Girls Track & Field - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

3-6-4 New, 3-19-3: Changes the responsibility of checking the starting blocks from the implement inspector to the head starter.

Rationale: Placing the responsibility of inspecting all starting blocks is more appropriate with the starter, who has this expertise, rather than with the implement inspector who has expertise with throwing implements.

3-10-7 New: Head event judges may use white and red flags to signal fair or foul for a field event trial.

Rationale: The use of flags will assist with efficient administration of the field events. Communication between officials, coaches and fans is enhanced by the visual signal, similar to the use of flags by umpires.

6-1-1 thru 5, 6-2-9: Expands and clarifies definitions of trial/attempt, flight, round, pass, foul and what determines the initiation of purposeful action of completing the specific throwing event.

Rationale: Expands the definitions for throwing events for greater clarity in application of the throwing rules and updates to accepted current sport terminology.

6-5-2 New: Establishes a maximum diameter for the boys and girls indoor shot puts to account for the synthetic cover.

Rationale: To account for the thickness of the synthetic covering of an indoor shot, which is not present on the outdoor implement, a maximum diameter is needed in the specifications for the implement.

6-6-1: The javelin shall be constructed of metal or other suitable material, which could be wood or newer materials, with a metal point or rubber tip.

Rationale: Updates the current javelin specifications by eliminating reference to wood, which is no longer a commonly used material. The change will permit use of newer materials, such as carbon fiber, in the construction of the javelin.

7-1-1 thru 7, 7-2-1: Expands and clarifies definitions of trial/attempt, flight, round, pass, foul and what determines the initiation of purposeful action of completing the specific jumping event.

Rationale: Expands the definitions for jumping events for greater clarity in application of the jumping rules and updates to accepted current sport terminology.

7-6-3: Updates size of takeoff board to accepted sport specifications by recommending it be 8 inches wide, but permits up to 24 inches.

Rationale: Updates to accepted current sport equipment specifications for the takeoff board while not resulting in existing boards becoming non-compliant.

7-2-2, 6-2-5: Clarifies language regarding when the order of competition may be changed for consistency in all field events and removes duplicate language.

Rationale: Removes duplicate language contained elsewhere in existing rules and adds language regarding when the order of competition may be changed for consistency in all field event rules.

9-1-3b New: Permits the use of double boundary lines marking both the inside and outside boundaries of the cross country course.

Rationale: The use of the double painted line provides additional guidance to the runners, better defines the race course for spectators, and allows for natural barriers (grasses, hedges, etc.) which appear on many of the newer courses.

9-3-3a, b New: Recommends the use of a video/photograph back-up system for cross country when transponders are used for place finish with a review activated when the timing system indicates a one-tenth second or less differential.

Rationale: Recommends the use of a video/photograph back-up system when order of finish in cross country is determined using a transponder system. Transponders can read early or late, come off the runner etc. The video back-up can confirm close finishes and also assist if other problems arise using the transponder system at the finish line.

9-3-4, 5 New, 9-4-6, 8, 9, 10: A finish corral is recommended at cross country meets in which the transponder system is used for the order of finish.

Rationale: The finish line is opened to its full width when using transponders for order of finish allowing competitors to race through the line. The use of a chute may restrict running space therefore, the corral should be used with transponder place finish. The corral enhances competitors’ ability to perform administrative tasks as directed by meet management and then progress in an orderly fashion out of the corral culminating all race activity.



2015 WISCONSIN ADAPTATIONS

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)

Boys
    (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
Girls
    (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.

STATE ASSOCIATION REGULATIONS
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.

GUIDELINES FOR WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES
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 
    issues.  
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.

STATE ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDATIONS
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,  
    etc.).
c. It is recommended that the five active continuing flight procedure be used for all high jump and pole vault
    competition.
d. Acceleration zones cannot be used for indoor meets unless all legs of the relay are conducted in assigned 
    lanes.
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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