Girls Track & Field - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

1-4: As an option to be determined by the games committee or meet director, the order of events for indoor competition shall consist of the 55-meter or 60-meter High Hurdles, Dash and Low Hurdles.  With no action, the standard events’ distance shall be 55-meters.

Rationale: Many indoor events are run in college facilities, which are set up for the 60-meter distance. Allowing this as an option eliminates special marking of the facility for the hurdles and dash.

4-3-3, 9-6-3: The prohibition of wearing jewelry has been removed from the rules for track and  field and cross country competition.  As in previous years, the wearing of a medical alert with the alert visible continues and is encouraged for purposes of risk minimization.

Rationale: The prohibition of jewelry is not necessary in track and field and cross country. The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents. Elimination of the rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to competition.  Coaches continue to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped. 

6-2-9, 6-4-9a, 6-5-9a, 6-6-11h, 7-2-11, 7-4-14d, 7-5-29e, 7-6-13f: Clarifies that a competitor shall be charged with a foul if he/she does not initiate a trial within one minute after the competitor’s name has been called.

Rationale: Clarifies that a competitor must initiate a trial within the time limit, with completion of that trial allowed beyond the prescribed time.

6-2-17 NOTE, 6-6-9, 7-2-17 NOTE 1: Establishes the procedure to follow should a legal implement break during an attempt and a replacement trial awarded or at the completion of an attempt with the result recorded and no replacement trial.

Rationale: Allows for an additional trial when an implement breaks and becomes non-compliant during competition due to no fault of the competitor. Reorganizes and places rule within general rules for throwing and jumping events.

6-4-9f, 6-5-9g, 6-6-11g: It is no longer a foul if the competitor is not under control before legally exiting the competition area after the implement has landed.

Rationale: Maintains consistency with current trends in track and field.

6-4-9g, 6-5-9h, 6-6-11f: The event judge no longer calls “Mark” when an implement has landed and there has been no foul by the competitor.

Rationale: Maintains consistency with current trends in track and field.

7-2-11: A crossbar displaced by a force disassociated with the competitor after he/she is legally and clearly over the crossbar shall not be a fault.

Rationale: Addresses possible influence of an outside force on the crossbar on an otherwise successful attempt.

8-1-1, 2: An option is available to conduct the boys decathlon and the pentathlon running the 1600- or 1500-meter run.  With no action, the 1600-meter run shall be the standard event distance to be included.

Rationale: When using the IAAF standard scoring, the 1500-meter run is the standard distance. Either distance should be accepted as both can be scored.

8-2-1f  New: The indoor weight throw may be included in the order of events for indoor meets.

Rationale: Presently, the shot put is the only event for throwers at indoor meets.


2015 Track and Field Major Editorial Changes    

5-12-1, 5-14-2f: Removes “impedes” from rules, as it is unnecessary when the rule already addresses interference.

5-13-2: Interference is defined in Rule 5-9 and the extra reference to “stride” is unnecessary and removed.

5-13-3,4: Reorganized Rule 5-13 for clarity by moving non-infraction actions into Articles 3 and 4.

7-2-12: Clarifies competitor with best mark in preliminaries goes last in the finals, including after excused competitors have completed their trials.

2015 Track and Field Editorial Changes

2-2-2, 2-2-3, 3-10-4, 4-6, 4-6-4, 4-6-5, 4-6-5 NOTE 3, 6-2-5, 6-3-1, 6-4-6 NOTE 3, 7-2-1, 7-2-8, 7-3-2, 7-3-2a(1), 7-3-2c, 7-4-15, 7-5-10, 7-5-13, 7-5-15, 7-5-17, 7-5-30, 7-6-8, 7-6-17a

2015 Track and Field Points of Emphasis 

  1. Safety in the hammer and weight throws
  2. Proper flagging in the throwing events
  3. Legal implements breaking and becoming non-compliant during competition
  4. Displacement of the crossbar not associated with competitor
  5. Jewelry restriction removed
  6. Head event judge mechanics – throwing events


Printable Version - Please print and place in your rules book for future reference.

a. The National Federation order of running events is NOT followed in Wisconsin. The correct order of events
    designed by the Wisconsin high school track and field coaches is as follows: (Rule 1-2-1)

    (1) 3200 Meter Relay
    (2) 110 Meter High Hurdles
    (3) 100 Meter Dash
    (4) 1600 Meter Run
    (5) 800 Meter Relay
    (6) 400 Meter Dash
    (7) 400 Meter Relay
    (8) 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles
    (9) 800 Meter Run
   (10) 200 Meter Dash
   (11) 3200 Meter Run
   (12) 1600 Meter Relay
   (13) Discus Throw
   (14) High Jump
   (15) Long Jump
   (16) Pole Vault
   (17) Shot Put
   (18) Triple Jump
    (1) 3200 Meter Relay
    (2) 100 Meter High Hurdles
    (3) 100 Meter Dash
    (4) 1600 Meter Run
    (5) 800 Meter Relay
    (6) 400 Meter Dash
    (7) 400 Meter Relay
    (8) 300 Meter Low Hurdles
    (9) 800 Meter Run
   (10) 200 Meter Dash
   (11) 3200 Meter Run
   (12) 1600 Meter Relay
   (13) Discus Throw
   (14) High Jump
   (15) Long Jump
   (16) Pole Vault
   (17) Shot Put
   (18) Triple Jump
Note: Other events, but not the javelin or hammer throw, are permissible.

b. The correct order of events designed by the Wisconsin high school track and field coaches for combined
    (boy-girl) meets is as follows:    
    (1) 3200 Meter Relay (girls)*
    (2) 3200 Meter Relay (boys)*
    (3) 100 Meter High Hurdles (girls)
    (4) 110 Meter High Hurdles (boys)
    (5) 100 Meter Dash (girls)
    (6) 100 Meter Dash (boys)
    (7) 1600 Meter Run (girls)
    (8) 1600 Meter Run (boys)
    (9) 800 Meter Relay (girls)
   (10) 800 Meter Relay (boys)
   (11) 400 Meter Dash (girls)
   (12) 400 Meter Dash (boys)
   (13) 400 Meter Relay (girls)
   (14) 400 Meter Relay (boys)
   (15) 300 Meter Low Hurdles (girls)
   (16) 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles (boys)
   (17) 800 Meter Run (girls)
   (18) 800 Meter Run (boys)
   (19) 200 Meter Dash (girls)
   (20) 200 Meter Dash (boys)
   (21) 3200 Meter Run (girls)*
   (22) 3200 Meter Run (boys)*
   (23) 1600 Meter Relay (girls)
   (24) 1600 Meter Relay (boys)
   (25) Field Events
Note: (a) *The 3200 relay and run must be conducted in the normal order of running events. It is legal,
               however, to run each of these events jointly (boys/girls together).
         (b) Other events, but not the javelin or hammer throw, are permissible.
         (c) Co-ed relays are NOT permitted.
c. If a student participates in more than the allowed number of events, the student is only disqualified from the
    excessive event(s). The points/places earned in the excessive event(s) shall be forfeited. Lower place 
    winners will be advanced. (Rule 4-2-2)
d. Pole Vault Competition (Rule 7-5)
   (1) Pole vault competition can only be scheduled at facilities where the rule book equipment specifications
        are met.
   (2) If a host school cannot schedule pole vault because equipment/facility does not meet rule book
        specifications, the following options are available to that host school:
        (a)  Conduct pole vault competition at an alternate site and add vaulting points to the total meet score.
        (b) No pole vault competition – points are lost to the meet. Total team score from 17 events only.
   (3) If a host school can schedule pole vault, but is competing with schools which do not sponsor pole vault
        because of illegal equipment/facilities, the conference (if a conference meet) or the host school if a 
        nonconference meet) shall determine meet events. Decisions which must be made include: if pole vault
        will be conducted and scored or if pole vault will be conducted for exhibition only.
   (4) If a school, however, has legal equipment/facilities, but is not sponsoring pole vault because of lack of a
        coach or athletes, pole vault must be scheduled in meets with schools sponsoring pole vault and
        appropriate points for the pole vault forfeited to opponent(s).
e. Jury of Appeals (Case Book Comment page 16)
    Hearing and ruling on appeals of official’s decisions, including the decision to re-run (or not re-run), who is 
    eligible and when it will occur.

a. Field Events
   (1) Pole Vault - Two feet of 2 inch thick additional padding is required around the landing pad area of the
        pole vault pit. Any additional obstructions beyond the two-foot extension should also be padded.
   (2) High Jump - Three to four feet of 2 inch thick additional padding is required around the sides and back of
        the high jump landing pad.
   (3) Throws - Athletes taking discus throws and shot put warm-ups are prohibited from taking more than two
        implements into the throwing circle at one time.
   (4) In subvarsity throwing competition, 1-1-1 is recommended, but not required.
b. Uniforms/Equipment
   (1) Pole vaulters MAY wear a properly fitted helmet. The helmet should be “round and smooth and able to 
        withstand multiple impacts”. Helmets should not have a facemask or visor attachment.  Helmets are
        recommended to meet ASTM pole vault helmet standards.
   (2) Pole vaulters must weigh, in the presence of the athletic director and head track coach (if head coach is
        the athletic director, another administrator will assume this responsibility) three times per season.  Week
        36 (March 9) or prior to the first competition, and no sooner than Weeks 40 (April 6) and 46 (May 18). The
        pole vaulter’s weight must be recorded on the Weight Verification Form as per NFHS (Rule 7-5-3).  One
        copy of the form must be kept on file with each member school.  An additional copy must be made
        available on request by meet officials prior to each competition.  Failure to comply with weigh-in
        procedures will result in disqualification from that event.  
   (3) Headwear – Only headbands or knit caps which are unadorned except for school name, school nickname,
        or school mascots are legal.
   (4) A single manufacturer’s logo/trademark no more than 2 1/4 square inches with no dimension more than 2
       1/4 inches is permissible on all items of apparel.
   (5) Athletes must compete using the defined appropriate shoes/spikes.
   (6) The identical relay uniform rule applies to all varsity and nonvarsity teams.

a. Criteria: Anyone with a permanent disability resulting in loss of mobility is eligible. A statement of such a 
    disability must be on file with the school nurse or designated personnel responsible for student health 
b. Equipment: Manual wheelchairs only. May be specialized racing chairs or court chairs. A throwing chair,
    maximum of 75cm high is allowed.  All participants must wear a protective helmet. All participants must
    wear protective gear as prescribed by their physician. Shoes are not required.  It is the responsibility of the
    athlete’s family to provide and maintain the wheelchair.
c. Events: Traditional track events including the following events; 100, 400, 800, and 1600, meters. Field
    event; shot put, 4k for both boys and girls. There is a maximum of 4 events but no more than 3 track events
    may be contested in one single meet.
d. When possible for races contested completely in lanes, one lane should be left open between athletes.
e. All track events should be co-ed when possible.
f.  Rules of competition: Schools are expected to notify the host school (of the meet) 24 hours prior to the
    scheduled meet that they intend to have a wheeled athlete competing. All wheeled athletes must compete in
    separate races from able-bodied athletes. Wheeled athletes competing in the shot put may be included with
    the able bodied athletes but are considered exhibition.  
g. Scoring: These events are considered “exhibition” only. No points will be awarded.

a. It is recommended that conference meets and invitationals follow the WIAA tournament order of events and
    other defined meet procedures.
b. The conference (if a conference meet) or the host school (if a nonconference meet) shall determine how the
    discus throw, long jump, shot put, and triple jump are conducted (i.e., trials and finals, finals only, open pit,  
c. It is recommended that the five active continuing flight procedure be used for all high jump and pole vault
d. Acceleration zones cannot be used for indoor meets unless all legs of the relay are conducted in assigned 
e. By rule book definition relays are races between teams of four contestants each running one leg (distance).
    All other relays (for example – three person relay, high jump relay, etc.) do not meet rule book definition,
    thus the regulations of identical uniforms, relay event cards, etc., (unless specified by the meet
    management) do not pertain.

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