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1 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations 2014 Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Changes Major Editorial Changes Points of Emphasis

2 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations

3 Authority of Meet Officials and Games Committee Rule  The meet referee, other meet officials or the jury of appeals shall not set aside any rule

4  Officials may use electronic/wireless communication devices for administrative purposes during the competition only as set forth prior to the start of the meet Use of Electronic Devices Rule 3-2-7

5 Use of Electronic Devices Rule  Electronic devices may be used in unrestricted areas and coaching boxes, providing the location does not interfere with progress of the meet as determined by the meet referee Electronic devices shall not be used to transmit information to the competitor during the race or trial Electronic devices shall not be used for any review of an official’s decision State associations may also have policies in place to further address the use of electronic devices  Penalties: A competitor shall be disqualified from the event Team personnel (e.g. coach, manager, etc.) shall be disqualified from further participation in the meet for unsporting conduct

6 Use of Electronic Devices Rule 3-2-8

7 Responsibility to Inspect Poles – Field Referee, Head Field Judge Rules , ,  Prior to warm-up, the field referee or head field judge shall inspect each pole to be used in competition to verify that the pole is legal equipment

8 Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2  Any visible garment(s) worn underneath the uniform bottom and extending below the knees shall be unadorned and of a single, solid color  Any garment worn underneath the uniform bottom and that terminates above the knees is considered a foundation garment and not subject to being a single, solid color

9 Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2 Visible undergarment LEGAL Visible undergarments Both must be same color ILLEGAL Foundation garment LEGAL Foundation garments LEGAL

10 Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2 Extends below knees Visible Undergarment Garment terminates above knees Foundation Garment Garment terminates below knees Visible Undergarment

11  All garments terminate above the knees; thus, all are foundation garments and not subject to single, solid color requirement Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2 A, B, C LEGAL A B C

12 Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2  SITUATION: Following the clerk of the course providing instructions regarding the race to the field of competitors in the 400-meter dash, he/she observes a competitor a) with his boxer shorts exposed under the uniform shorts; b) with a large manufacturer’s logo on a garment under the uniform shorts; and c) with the school mascot on a garment under the uniform shorts. All items terminate above the knees. The clerk has no objections. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: These items are all considered foundation garments. Boxers Manufacturer’s logo School mascot

13 Uniform – Foundation Garment Rules 4-3-1c(7), 4-3-1c(7) NOTE, 9-6-1c(7) NOTE 2  Relay team members wearing foundation garments are not required to wear the same color foundation garment  The foundation garment does not have to be a single, solid color  This rule also applies to cross country teams RELAY UNIFORMS

14 General Rules for Throwing Events Rule  A pass shall be communicated to the event judge before the start of the trial clock

15 Javelin Throw Rule NOTE  When a rubber tip is used, the metal point shall end in a slightly rounded button shape or other feature onto which the rubber tip shall be attached…

16 Prescribed Time Limit for Pole Vault Rule  A competitor shall initiate a trial that is carried to completion within the prescribed time limits, one minute after being called for a trial When three or fewer remain in the high jump or pole vault at the beginning of a bar height, the above time shall be increased to three minutes When a single competitor, who has won the competition, remains in the high jump or pole vault, the allowed time shall be five minutes

17 Prescribed Time Limit for Consecutive Trials in Throwing Events Rule  By way of the chart, the time limits for consecutive trials in throwing events are now clarified

18 Pole Vault – Planting Box Padding Rule  The planting box shall not contain any foreign materials except planting box padding. Such padding, if used, shall meet the applicable ASTM Specification Standards and can be incorporated into the design of the planting box or can be a padding addition to an existing planting box Padding meeting the ASTM Standards may be used immediately, subject to rejection or conditional approval by state association action Padding meeting the ASTM Standards will be required for the track season

19  Pole vault planting box padding shall meet ASTM Specification Standards for the indoor and outdoor seasons Pole Vault – Planting Box Padding Rule ASTM Standards in

20 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations 2014 Track and Field and Cross Country Major Editorial Changes

21 Major Editorial Changes Rules 4-6-3,4 and 5-9  Articles and 4, addressing how to order reruns after an act of interference, have been moved to Rule and 3 ART. 2…If interference occurs in a preliminary heat, the referee may allow the offended competitor or relay team to start in a subsequent heat in the same round of heats if a lane is available, or in the next round of heats, the same as if the offended competitor or relay team had won a place ART. 3…If interference occurs in the final heat or section, the referee may order a new race between all those in the finals, or between those who, in the referee’s opinion, are entitled to the privilege

22 Major Editorial Changes Rules 5-1-3,  All-weather track surfaces utilizing a painted line to mark the inner edge of the track are now the more commonly-used surface  The order of listing a painted line, followed by a raised curb to designate the inside edge of the track is more appropriate for the construction and design of today’s tracks On all-weather tracks, a painted line 2 inches (5 centimeters) or more in width may be used to mark the inner edge of the track. A solid curb…

23 Major Editorial Changes Rules 6-3-1,2 and 7-3-1,2  6-3-1…with the same best height or distance  6-3-2When there is a tie at any distance of a throwing event, places and points scored…  7-3-1…competitors finish with the same best distance or height  7-3-2When there is a tie at any height or distance of a jumping event, places and points scored…

24 Other Editorial Changes  3-4-5When a competitor is disqualified, the referee shall notify, or cause to be notified, the competitor and the competitor’s coach  3-8-3Deleted this article, as it appears in  4-4 NOTE…The accommodations should not fundamentally alter the sport, heighten risk…  The time at which the preliminaries in each throwing event must be concluded or completed should be set…

25 Other Editorial Changes  In two-session meets, it is recommended all competition in throwing…  PEN…coach or event official at the site shall result…disqualification from that event. If the incident…disqualified from further competition in the meet.  6-4-2, 6-5-2, Reverses order in which all calibrations are listed – metric, which is the standard for scales and listing of implement weight  6-4-3The throwing circle shall be level and 8 feet…

26 Other Editorial Changes  7-1-2…group of competitors in a jumping event.  7-2-1…To place in a jumping event, a competitor shall have had at least one legal jump.  NewContestants shall report promptly to the head event judge at the designated location when the event is announced.  …one minute after being called for a trial, except in the pole vault where the time is 1 ½ minutes. Failure…

27 Other Editorial Changes  7-4-1, 7-5-1, The inclination declination in the approach…  An unsuccessful trial is charged but not measured  NOTE New Scoring table for the 1600-meter run is located at Track and Field  PEN…disqualification from the meet event…  Appendix AAdds a statement regarding use of charts and diagrams outside of the body of the rules.

28 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations 2014 Track and Field and Cross Country Points of Emphasis

29 Throwing implements returned to competitors by officials  Coaches and officials, including all those who may volunteer to assist with administration of the throwing events, must always work together to minimize the risk of injury due to improper return of throwing implements, lack of throwing sectors being cordoned off and/or lack of adequate training for those individuals working the event  A throwing implement should never be thrown or tossed back to the competitor once the trial is completed  There should be a predetermined process and individuals designated to have the responsibility to walk the implements back

30 Throwing implements returned to competitors by officials  This process should also include the path to follow when walking back to avoid walking through the throwing sector  This process should be carefully reviewed with all those working the event prior to any warm-ups commencing as well as at the coaches meeting and with the athletes as they report to the event for warm- ups and competition  Everyone involved should always be alert, as the unexpected can always happen  Equally important is the coach following similar procedures with his/her athletes during practice

31 Proper coaching requires staying up-to-date on rules and techniques  The sport of track and field, like other sports, continues to have advancements made in equipment, uniforms, techniques and training  Such advancements may be related to improved performance, better and more efficient training and many times, changes which reduce the risk of injury  As an example, the new standard for the pole vault plant box padding has the potential to minimize the risk of injury to a vaulter which 1) makes the event safer and 2) allows the vaulter to minimize the effects of potential injuries and enjoy greater amounts of participation

32 Proper coaching requires staying up-to-date on rules and techniques  Coaches have the responsibility to study the rules, attend in-person and online clinics, read current sport literature on training and new equipment and learn from others to stay current with the advancement and opportunities in the sport  Just as it is a goal for our athletes to continue to get better, much of that advancement is contingent upon the coach staying up-to-date on rules, techniques and risk minimization in the sport

33 Coaches “getting it right” with uniforms  Track and field is a sport which traditionally has colorful uniforms and styles that serve different purposes for performance  Having the athletes show up for competition in a legal uniform starts with the coach  Any time there is a violation due to uniforms, it is a violation that could have been avoided  The officials do not have the responsibility for putting athletes in legal uniforms, but do have the responsibility to enforce the rules

34 Coaches “getting it right” with uniforms  It is the coach who must know the rules and then take the time each season to educate his/her athletes on the rules and to come ask questions of the referee if the athlete wants to wear a different garment due to weather or an injury  This season, there are changes in the uniform rule that coaches must educate their athletes to these rule changes and emphasize the importance and responsibility of each athlete to be accountable for his/her actions to come ready to participate in a legal uniform

35 Importance of proper training of volunteers to work the meet  It takes a number of volunteers to work a track and field meet  Unlike sports such as soccer, volleyball or basketball, where there is a defined number of officials who are trained and generally certified as an official to work the contest, track and field meets may only have a few certified officials and the rest are volunteers to work the meet  During the regular season, these volunteers may or may not know a significant amount about the details of officiating the events they are working  They are versed in the basics and then expected to run off a good event  In order to run a fair, safe and well-administered meet, the schools must take time to adequately train the individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to work the event

36 Importance of proper training of volunteers to work the meet  Athletic directors and coaches should work together to develop a training system and materials to educate these individuals who are going to work their meets  Local officials will also be of assistance, as they may be able to provide training materials or have training materials on a Web site  Many state associations have material on their Web sites that are useful  The NFHS provides an Officials’ Manual and the online Pre- Meet Notes, which are suitable for use with volunteers  To avoid problems and run an efficient and enjoyable meet, take time to properly train the many volunteers who will work your track and field meets

37 Accommodating a Competitor with a Disability Rule 4-4 NOTE Request of Accommodation by School State Association Review Approval from State Association Competition with Approval of Accommodation

38 NFHS Track and Field Pre-Meet Notes NFHS Track and Field Pre-Meet Notes are made possible through the cooperative efforts of the NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee and USA Track and Field Officials Training Subcommittee NFHS Track and Field Pre-Meet Notes will be available online at and https://www.usatf.org/groups/o fficials/newsletters/

39 Coach/Athlete Education Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development & Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field 1,749 delivered to date!

40 Coach/Athlete Education Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development & Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field  Course objectives Starting a beginner – teaching proper standing grip height, width of hands on pole, and position of hands on pole How to instruct beginning-level pole vaulters through skill development drills and build confidence Maintaining a safe practice and competition environment – proper pad placement and securing of vault mat pads  Course Introduction Welcome and Introduction Learning Objectives  Unit 1: Starting a Beginner Unit Introduction Standing Grip Height Positions of Hand on Pole Balanced Pole Carry Working with Straight Pole Pop Quiz Fun Fact!

41 Coach/Athlete Education Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development & Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field  Unit 2: Basic Laws of Physics Unit Learning Objectives Unit Introduction Focus Through the Top Arm Keep Head and Eyes Up Jump Off the Ground Putting it All Together Fun Fact!  Unit 3: Drills & Coaching Techniques Unit Introduction Unit Learning Objectives Drill Progressions & Coaching Techniques NFHS Rules  Unit 4: Problem Solving Resources Reminder

42 Coach/Athlete Education Pole Vault: Successful Skill Development & Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field  Unit 5: Equipment and Facility Unit Introduction Learning Objectives Zero Point Standard Base Pads Preferred Landing Zone  Unit 6: Interactive Exercise The Science Involved  Unit 7: Conclusion Final Remarks Course Test Congratulations!  Resources PDFs Videos

43 Coach/Athlete Education Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field 1,924 delivered to date!

44 Interscholastic Officiating  Introduction to skills and concepts used as an official  Ideal for new officials or those in first few years of officiating  minutes to complete  Topics include: basics of becoming and staying an official, science of officiating, art of officiating, how to combine these skills for successful officiating  Course is FREE to any NFHS Officials Association member  Non-members course is $20  Contact NFHS Officials Department for details ( )

45 Free! $20 $50 All NFHS courses can be accessed at

46 NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Publications  The Rules Book, Case Book, Officials Manual and Scorebooks can be ordered: Online at By calling

47 Take Part. Get Set For Life.™ National Federation of State High School Associations Thank You for your support of High School Athletics!


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