Timetable

Please refer to Appendix 1 for the competition timetable.

Competition Bibs

General

Each competitor will receive 2 competition bibs: 1 with the country code and 1 with the athletes’ number. The bib with the country code must be pinned to the front and the personal bibs must be pinned in the back of the competition clothing.

Exceptions are made for jumping events: these competitors are permitted to attach the bib (country code) only to the front or to the back of their competition clothing.

The competition bibs will be delivered to the teams upon accreditation

The competition bibs must not be cut, folded or covered or ruined in any way.

Competition Clothing

Competitors must wear the Federation’s official team clothing. World Athletics Rule 5 of the Technical Rules or TR5 will be strictly applied. Please make sure to follow the World Athletics Advertising Regulations in force. Clothing and items not conforming to this rule and the current World Athletics Advertising Regulations will be removed/taped at the Call Room.

The European Athletics has a record of the Team vests of all Member Federations available on European Athletics event management system, Arena, accessible at the following link: https://arena.european-athletics.org/.

Member Federations shall confirm their team vests. If the uniform displayed on the website differs from your current official uniform, the revised Team Vests form must be uploaded by 11 June 2021 using the form sent by European Athletics for that specific purpose. Otherwise, the existing records will be used as reference.

Team clothing must be uniform. A competitor wearing any other clothing will have no access to the competition area and will not be allowed to compete. This rule applies both to competition clothing (vest, shorts and tights) as well as to tracksuits.

The rule stipulating the compulsory wearing of the official competition clothing will be applied during the competition but also during any victory lap, interviews at the Stadium and Victory Ceremonies.

Shoes

All the competition shoes must comply with World Athletics TR5, including the sole and/or heel and the spikes dimensions. It is the athletes’ responsibility to make sure that the shoes to be used for competition are on the current list of approved shoes models by the World Athletics. In case of no compliance with the TR5 or the list of approved shoes, an athlete may be not allowed to compete or disqualified after the competition with the result being void.

The shoes will be checked at the Call Room as the clothing items. In case of a world or European record, an athlete is to provide the used shoes to the competition officials, after the event, if further checks are needed.

Call Room

The Call Room is located on the way from the warm-up area to the main stadium. Access will be allowed to athletes only and according to the following reporting times;

  First CallLast CallLeave the
Call Room
At competition site
Track Events (except hurdles)25 min 15 min   12 min 5 min  
Hurdles30 min20 min17 min10 min
High Jump 55 min 45 min   43 min 35 min
Pole Vault 70 min   60 min   57 min 50 min
Horizontal Jumps & Throwing Events 45 min 35 min   33 min 25 min

All times are prior to the actual starting time of the event.

Athletes who fail to report on time to the Call Room without a valid reason may be excluded from participating in this and all further events in the Championships, including Relays.

A dedicated, heat by heat, Call-up Schedule will be issued once Final Entries are confirmed.

It will be displayed at the Warm-up Area and handed out at the TIC daily.

Refreshments (still water) and toilets will be available next to the Call Room.

Call Room Procedures

In the Call Room the judges will check the following in accordance with World Athletics Rules:

  • Competition Bibs
  • Shoes as per TR5
  • Uniforms
  • Bags (identification on and content of)
  • Any other kind of advertising

Personal belongings (video cameras, tape recorders, radios, CD players, radio transmitters, MP3/MP4, cell phones or similar devices) will not be permitted in the infield as per World Athletics Rule 6 of the Technical Rules or TR6. Competition officials in Call Room will confiscate all not authorised items. Athletes will receive a receipt for any such items. Upon presentation of this receipt, the athletes will be able to collect such items from the TIC once their event has finished.

Specific Event Procedures

Competition Regulations are available at https://www.european-athletics.org/european-athletics/competition-regulations/

Trials in field events

In the field events, the practice trials will be supervised by the judges and to be in the order of the start list for the throwing events. Once the trial jumps/puts are finished, the participants will be asked to stand in the order of the competition for the presentation.

Field events except vertical jumps

There will be a maximum of four trials per competitor in each event. All participating athletes will have three qualification trials (1st, 2nd and 3rd trial). The best 4 athletes after the 3 qualification rounds will compete in the Final (4th round).

The athletes eliminated after the third trial will be ranked by their best performance after the 3rd qualification trial. The remaining 4 athletes will be ranked by their best performance after the Final (4th round). World Athletics Rule 25 of the Technical Rules or TR25 will apply for ties.

Vertical jumps

In the vertical jumps the World Athletics Rule 26 of the Technical Rules or TR26 shall be respected. Furthermore each competitor is limited to a maximum of 4 (four) fouls throughout the whole field event. After the fourth foul he/she may not jump further unless he/she has won the competition.

The winner of the competition is allowed to continue according to World Athletics Rule 26 of the Technical Rules or TR26.

The winner will be allowed to continue at the height he/she was not successful. World Athletics Rule 26 of the Technical Rules or TR26 will apply for placings.

The time permitted for each attempt in Pole Vault shall be 1 (one) minute except when consecutive attempts are by the same athlete or if only the winner is competing in which case World Athletics Rule 25 of the Technical Rules or TR25 shall apply.

Track events

In all track events, the athletes are supposed to leave the Call Room ready to compete. Their belongings will be taken directly to the Post Event Area. In case of a bad weather, the athletes will be allowed to take off their tracksuits at the start.

In case of a tie between athletes in the different heats for races up to 400m inclusively and relays, the photo finish judge shall consider the actual times to the 1/1000th of a second. If the tie cannot be broken, the attributable points shall be divided equally between them

This rule is also applicable for the 800m race, in case it is run in 2 heats (only 3rd League)

Starting order and distribution of athletes per heat

The order of attempts in field events shall be decided by a draw conducted by European Athletics. Each participating team shall be allocated a letter which shall determine the order of attempts in the field events in accordance with the appropriate chart as Appendix 7 of the European Athletics Regulations for the European Team Championships.

In the horizontal field events the order of trials in the first round will be kept for the first 3 trials. The order of the trials in the final round will be the reverse order of the ranking after the 3rd round.

For races up to 400m inclusively, the heats are being arranged by considering as much information as possible about the performances of all athletes and the heats drawn so that, normally, the best performers compete in the same heat. In principle the distribution will be based on the athletes’ season best performances. Results from the previous year major events (Finalists of Olympic Games or World Athletics Championships or Medallists in European Athletics Championships) can be also considered by the Technical Delegate for the purpose of the distribution per heats. This will be only applied in case an athlete has no season best.

4x100m and 4x400m relays, where relevant, will be staged in two heats of 6 teams each.  The teams’ distribution per heat will be according to the teams scoring standings 1 (one) hour before the scheduled time for each event. The best scored teams will compete in the same heat which shall be the last event of the session of track events. The results of the two heats are amalgamated.

Coaching Zones

To allow communication between athletes and coaches, seats have been reserved in the stands close to the field events. Special passes for each field event will be distributed to the teams during the accreditation, according to the Final Confirmation. There will be one pass per athlete competing. The pass is only valid when accompanied by a team accreditation, this accreditation needs to be visible at all times.

The coaches have to report to the Call Room at the time of the first call of the respective discipline. From their, they will be escorted by a volunteer to the coaching zones.

Timing & Measurement

The official timing will be provided by HUP Bulgaria using Finish Lynx photo-finish system and will be displayed on the official electronic timing instrument and photo finish cameras.  For all races of 800m or more, the elapsed time will be displayed on an electronic timer located close to the finish line.

All Throwing events will be measured by scientific measurement equipment (Electronic Distance Measurement).

Scoring

The European Athletics Team Championships comprises one single competition where men’s and women’s teams represent as a single team the respective European Athletics Member Federation.

The winner of each individual event and each relay in each match shall score as many points as there are teams competing in the respective League, the second will score one fewer, and so on. Athletes or relay teams with no valid performance, disqualified or not finishing shall not score.

In case of heats the results of the two heats are amalgamated, with the athletes’ times determining their placings. In case of a tie between athletes in the different heats for races up to 400m inclusively and relays the photo finish judge shall consider the actual times to the 1/1000th of a second. If the tie cannot be broken the attributable points shall be divided equally between them. (2/3 League)

If two or more athletes tie for a place in any event, the attributable points shall be divided equally between them.

The team having the highest aggregate number of points shall be the winner of the European Athletics Team Championships 2nd League 2021.

If two or more teams have the same aggregate number of points, the tie shall be decided in favour of the team having the greater number of event winners. If the tie still remains it shall be decided in favour of the team having the greater number of second places, and so on. (Regulation 602.12).

Promotion / Relegation

The lowest 2 (two) teams in the Super League shall be relegated to the First League.

The 2 (two) first classified teams of the First League shall be promoted to the Super League

The lowest 3 (three) teams of the First League shall be relegated to the Second League.

The 3 (three) first classified teams of the Second League shall be promoted to the First League.

The lowest 3 (three) teams of the Second League shall be relegated to the Third League.

The 3 (three) first classified teams of the Third League shall be promoted to the Second League.

As a consequence of one or more doping offence pursuant to World Athletics Rules during or before the European Athletics Team Championships the points, will be reallocated after the disqualification of the doped athlete(s) and the League ranking (including the promotion or relegation of the teams) will be adjusted.

Post Competition Procedures

After the competition, athletes leave immediately through the mixed zone.

In the mixed zone, all athletes meet the media: first TV, then radio and finally the written press. It is for the athlete to decide whether he/she will give an interview.

The clothing baskets will be brought to the kits collection area located after the mixed zone. The first three athletes in each event may be asked to attend an official press conference. These press conferences will take priority over all other interview requirements. They will usually be held before doping controls.

Protests and Appeals

Protests and appeals are permitted and will be processed in accordance with World Athletics Rule 8 of the Technical Rules or TR8.

In the first instance, protests must be made orally to the Referee by the athlete himself/herself or by someone acting on his/her behalf or by an official representative of a team (World Athletics Rule 8 of the Technical Rules or TR8). Such person or team may protest only if they are competing in the same round of the event to which the protest (or subsequent appeal) relates.

Where the appropriate Referee is not accessible or available, the protest should be made to him through the TIC. Protests concerning the result or conduct of an event shall be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the result of that event (posted on the TIC information board).

If the final decision of Referee is not satisfactory a written appeal can be submitted to the Jury of Appeal also through the TIC.

Any written appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be made in accordance with World Athletics Rule 8 of the Technical Rules or TR8 and signed by a responsible official on behalf of the athlete and submitted to TIC within 30 minutes after the official announcement of the decision made by the Referee.

When submitting an appeal form, a deposit of EUR 75, as set in the rules, must be paid. If the protest is unsuccessful, the deposit will not be returned. The Jury’s decision will be provided in writing.