Athletics And Sports (Relay Race)

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In today’s Physical and Health Education class, we will be learning about Athletics And Sports (Relay Race)

Athletics And Sports – Relay Race

athletics and sports relay race

Relay race is a racing competition where members of a team take turns completing parts of the racecourse or performing a certain action. Relay races take the form of professional races and amateur games. Relay races are common in running, orienteering, swimming, cross-country skiing, biathlon, or ice skating (usually with a baton in the fist). 

In the Olympic Games, there are several types of relay races that are part of track and field. Relay race, also called Relay, is a track-and-field sport consisting of a set number of stages (legs), usually four, each leg run by different members of a team. The runner finishing one leg is usually required to pass the next runner a stick-like object known as a “baton” while both are running in a marked exchange zone. 

Each runner must hand off the baton to the next runner within a certain zone, usually marked by triangles on the track. In sprint relays, runners typically use a “blind handoff”, where the second runner stands on a spot predetermined in practice and starts running when the first runner hits a visual mark on the track (usually a smaller triangle). The second runner opens their hand behind them after a few strides, by which time the first runner should be caught up and able to hand off the baton. Usually a runner will give an auditory signal, such as “Stick!” repeated several times, for the recipient of the baton to put out his hand. In middle-distance relays or longer, runners begin by jogging while looking back at the incoming runner and holding out a hand for the baton.

In summary, a team may be disqualified from a relay for:

  • Losing the baton (dropping the baton shall not result in disqualification. 
  • Making an improper baton pass, especially when not passing in the exchange zone
  • False starting (usually once but sometimes twice)
  • Improperly overtaking another competitor
  • Preventing another competitor from passing


Explain what a relay race is all about?


Reading Assignment

Explain the difference between Sprinting and Relay Race


Weekend Assignment

List five reasons why a team may be disqualified from a relay race. 


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