Track and Field

For downloadable PDF: Adapted Track & Field Guidelines
For screen reader friendly PDF version: Adapted Track & Field Guidelines
For downloadable flyer PDF: Adapted Track & Field Poster

Track and field events for students with physical disabilities can be easily integrated into existing local school level track and field events in regular and post-season competition.

Over the past several years, more State High School Associations have incorporated events for students with physical disabilities into their regular and post-season competition schedules.



  • Students with physical disabilities compete at the same track and field venues as their non-disabled teammates and they are on the same team.


  • Athletes who qualify for wheelchair competition must compete in a standard wheelchair, a throwing chair or a specially designed racing chair.


  •  Students who participate must meet all State High School Association eligibility requirements


  • Student athletes with physical disabilities taking part in school track and field meets should receive scores for the events they take part in


  • No modifications need to be made to the track
  • Heats may be added for wheelchair athletes and amputee athletes may be integrated to existing heats
  • For field events, throwing chairs can be used and anchored with tie downs
  • Students with physical disabilities can use racing wheelchair for track events and a manual, power or throwing chair for field events
Suggested Events

Track Events

  • Sprint (100m, 200m, 400m)
  • Middle Distance (800m, 1500m)
  • Long Distance (5000m, 10000m)
  • Relay Races (4x100m, 4x400m)

Jumping Events

  • High Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Triple Jump

Road Event

  • Cross Country

Throwing Event

  • Discus
  • Shot
  • Javelin
Additional Online Resources

Contributing Authors:  American Association of Adapted Sports Program, Anjali Forber-Pratt, Bridge II Sports, Paralympic Sport Coaching Guide, U.S. Paralympics, Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA

Guideline Table of Contents
State Models

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