Competition Byes

Munster Schools Competition Byes Procedure

The procedures for requesting a Bye from Regional to Provincial and/or Provincial to National are outlined below. Requests which do not comply fully with the procedure will not be considered. Requests from Parents, Coaches or any person other than the designated School contact will not be considered.

Application for Bye into Munster competition:

Letter from Athlete’s School → Regional Secretary→ Munster Secretary→ Consultation with Munster Schools Athletics Board→ Decision to Athlete’s School.

If Bye is granted, athlete will be included in the Munster competition.

Application for Bye into National competition:

Letter from Athlete’s School → Munster Secretary→ Consultation with applicable Regional Secretary & Munster Schools Athletics Board→ Decision to Athlete’s School.

If Bye is granted, Munster Secretary will communicate decision to the Irish Schools Administrative Director & the athlete will be included in the Irish Schools competition.

Grounds for Bye

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Irish Schools Athletics Association AGM in December 2017, the rules relating to Competition Byes have changed. A motion was passed at that AGM and there are now only three circumstances where athletes can apply for a Bye:-

  1. If the applicant is sitting a State Exam on the day of the competition
  2. If the applicant has been selected by his/her National governing body to compete in a recognised International
  3. Family bereavement

No other reasons will be accepted for a Competition Bye. The same rules are in operation in all Schools Regions and Provinces nationwide.


All letters of application for a Bye must be on School Headed Notepaper & signed by the teacher in charge of athletics & either the Principal or Deputy Principal. Letters may be e-mailed to the Munster Schools Secretary at with the original to follow by post (see Contact page for details)

Bye Deadline: All Byes have to be made at least 72 hours before the actual competition.

For each competition, once the deadline for receipt of Byes has passed, all applications will be dealt with in block & the outcome of ALL appeals will be announced together.

Replacements: For all non-laned events (ie events exceeding 400m) & Field Events, replacements shall be made from region first & then on standby thereafter.

Last updated: 7 January 2023