4-3-1, 2 Penalty, 9-6-1 Penalty For the wearing of an illegal uniform, when a violation is observed and noted by a meet official, the competitor shall be required to make the uniform legal before becoming eligible for further competition and shall be issued a warning that a subsequent violation shall result in a disqualification from the event. The referee shall be notified of the violation by the observing meet official and the referee shall notify, or cause to be notified, the head coach of the offending school of the competitor’s violation and warning.
Rationale: The adjustment of this penalty, to an individual warning and disqualification for a subsequent violation of the same rule, is more appropriate for the severity of the actual violation. The responsibility remains with the coach to have athletes in legal uniforms for competition. Preventative officiating will be significant to reduce potential violations and keep the meet progressing smoothly.
4-6-7 Removes reference to any other person as assistance (includes non-persons as well).
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Rule 9-1-1 - The maximum length of a course is 5000 meters for boys and 5000 meters for girls. Other distances, during the regular season, are acceptable.
(1) Headwear - Only knit caps which may be solid or multi-colored. School name, school nickname, or school mascots are legal along with a single manufacturer's logl/trademark no more than 2 1/4 square inches with no dimension more than 2 1/4 inches is permissible.(4) The identical uniform rule applies to all varsity and nonvarsity teams.
(2) Headbands worn as earwarmers are allowed and subject to same rules as knit caps. Bandannas folded as a headband are not allowed.
NIKE TEAM NATIONALS AND OTHER POST-SEASON TEAM COMPETITIONS
NXN is a post-season competition that involves a regional qualifying round. The WIAA does not allow high school teams to participate in these meets but, does allow “club teams” to participate.
*No contact with the high school cross country coach is allowed after the date of the State Cross Country Meet. *The team must be a club team. No high school uniforms, warm-ups, transportation, or funding is allowed. The team should not be identified as the high school team. For example; “Central High School” is not acceptable but “Cheetahs Running Team” would be.
*Teams may not be chosen or invited based upon their performance at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet. They must run a qualifying meet which is open to all.
*Amateur status rules must be followed. From the Rules At A Glance: C. AMATEUR STATUS A student may not accept, receive and/or direct to another, any cash or merchandise awards for achievement in athletics. This means athletes may not accept items such as shoes, jackets, gift certificates, etc., for athletic accomplishments, such as being on a winning team, being selected for the school varsity team, or being a place winner in an individual tournament, etc. They may receive an award which is symbolic in nature, such as trophies, medals, ribbons, event T-shirts, event hats, game balls or other items of no intrinsic value. Rules further prevent athletes from receiving compensation or benefit, directly or indirectly, for the use of name, picture and/or personal appearance as an athlete. This includes receiving free and/or reduced rates on equipment, apparel, camps/clinics/instruction and competitive opportunities that are not identical for all other participants. A student may not be identified as an athlete, provide endorsement as an athlete, or appear as an athlete in the promotion of a commercial/advertisement and/or profit-making event, item, plan or service. Also, an athlete violates this rule if he/she plays in any contest (school or nonschool) under a name other than his/her own. (RE – Art. IV).
2013 Cross Country Q & A’s
Vol. 1 – 10/8/13
QUESTION 1: My athletes would like to wear a) face paint, b) temporary tattoos, c) their time goals marked on their hand with permanent marker. Which of these would be legal?
ANSWER: Cross Country Coaches Advisory has determined that face paint is prohibited as it detracts from the integrity of the event. Temporary tattoos (school nickname, mascot, etc.) are allowed as is a discreet marking on the body. Coaches are reminded that the athletes are representing their school and that as representatives they should uphold the high standards of their school and team.
QUESTION 2: Recently, we've had officials tell us that the very small headbands my girls wear for hair control are illegal because of the manufacturer's logos. Please clarify the rule.
ANSWER: Regarding hair control devices, Wisconsin is following the NFHS Rule 4-3-3d which does not address this issue. The ruling would be that logos on hair control headbands are legal. Headbands (knitted, wide ear warmers worn during cold weather) are governed by the State Association Regulations which also applies to knitted caps. These items are subject to the single manufacturer's logo restriction.
QUESTION 3: We recently had an athlete compete with a guide. Is this allowed?
ANSWER: Yes, but officials must ask the coach to show the WIAA issued waiver which gives the athlete permission to run with a guide. Coaches are encouraged to show the waiver to the meet referee during the pre-meet coaches meeting.
Answer Allowed. “A school may change its squad make-up from one level of tournament competition to the next.”
QUESTION 1 Are the shoes with the individual toes legal?
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