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Sapsasa state carnivals and state championships – eligibility and selection

The Sapsasa ­state carnivals and championships are for district representative teams. This information outlines the eligibility, selection and age requirements. A list of the dates and venues for the championships and carnivals is also available.

Age requirements

The minimum age is specific to the type of sport.

Individual sports

Children must be turning 10 in the year of competition. Individual sports are cross country, swimming and track and field championships.

Team sports

Children must be:

  • in year 6 or 7
  • turning 11 in the year of competition.

Selection criteria

Selection is based on ability, attitude and behaviour. Selected students must have the principal’s endorsement to compete.

Team sports

Team sports selection for each district team should:

  • give equal consideration to year 6 and 7 students
  • give preference to a year 7 student if there is no clear difference compared to a year 6 student.

Year 5 students that meet the age criteria can only be selected if there are not enough players in year 6 and 7, and if the school sport team leader approves it.

If there is no clear difference between 2 players from different schools, preference is given to the student from the school with the least representation in the team.

The aim is for as many district schools as possible to be represented.

Trials selection

A minimum of 2 trials will be held. Information will be sent to schools by the district convenor.

The coach is responsible for the selection of the team but they must set up a panel with 1 to 3 other people.

Students must be given equal court or field time during trials to demonstrate their skills and abilities.

Competitors aged 13 and 14

In individual sports like swimming and track and field, 14-year-olds can compete with 13-year-olds. However, there are some restrictions.

  • The first three 13-year-old place-getters in an event are presented with medals and recognised for any record set.
  • Any placed 14-year-old would be awarded a medal equivalent to their placing (no records to be recorded).
  • No points are allocated to the district for 14-year-old competitors.
  • 14-year-olds are not eligible to compete in relay teams.

In team sports a 14-year-old can compete but the school sport officer must be notified so they can manage and monitor the safety of all the players involved.

Opposite-gender competitors

If a student wants to compete in an opposite-gender state carnival where there is no equivalent competition for their gender, the school sport team leader (or delegate) can give approval to trial and be selected (on merit). This can be for any player who has chosen that sport and regularly plays it at a high level competition.

District and affiliation status

Each Sapsasa district can enter 1 team only in each sport (boys and girls where applicable). Students must trial and be selected in the district in which their school is affiliated. Students must be attending an affiliated school.

Playing time and recognition

All players in team sports will have an equal amount of playing time, or as close to it as possible, throughout a series of games in state carnivals or championships.

Anyone who takes part receives a participation certificate.

Awards for team sports

  • Members of the winning team in each division are presented with a gold medal.
  • Members of the 2nd placed team in each division receive a runner-up certificate.
  • No silver or bronze medals are presented.

Awards for the individual sports of cross country, swimming and track and field

  • Gold, silver and bronze medals are presented to each individual and each relay team placed first, second or third.
  • In individual sports with lower participation numbers only gold medals are presented.


School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au