Girls Track & Field - Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

3-1-2    No meet official, including meet referee and jury of appeals, shall set aside any rule.

Rationale:  Clarifies within the rules that the referee, meet officials or jury does not have authority to set aside a rule except as provided under special circumstances.

3-2-8, 3-2-4k, 3-2-7    The use of electronic communication devices is permitted during meets in unrestricted  areas and coaches’ boxes; however, they may not be used for any review of a referee’s decision or to communicate with an athlete during a race or trial.

Rationale:    Technology advancements in the area of electronic audio and video devices have made such items easy to use and very accessible.  Their use, if not used for communication during the actual competition when a competitor is on the track or completing a trial, no longer creates an advantage or disadvantage among competitors or teams and can serve as a coaching tool.

3-19-3, 7-5-5    Removes the requirement that the implement inspector shall inspect vaulting poles and the responsibility rests with the field referee or head field judge.

Rationale:  The implement inspector’s expertise is in the throwing implements not the vaulting poles.  The scales typically used are limited to about 40 pounds; therefore, are not usable for this purpose.  This provides for a more efficient and practical process.

4-3-1c(7), NOTES 1, 4-3-2, 9-6-1c(7)    Any visible undergarment worn underneath the uniform bottom that does not extend below the knees is now considered a foundation garment and not subject to single, solid color rule.  Any undergarment extending below the knees shall meet all requirements regarding a visible undergarment.

Rationale:    Compression-style shorts that extend beyond the length of the uniform short, but above the knees are frequently being worn as foundation garments, similar to a sports bra.  The color of such visible undergarment plays no significant role for officiating purposes.  The time and attention by officials to be certain athletes are in compliance when wearing such items delays progression of the meet and the severity of a penalty of disqualification for a noncompliant garment is too severe as the item does not impact the competition.

6-2-9    Consistent in all field events for communication, a pass shall be communicated to the event judge before the start of the trial clock.

Rationale:    Consistency in language in all field events regarding proper communication between competitor and judge when the athlete is going to pass.

6-6-1 NOTE    Clarifies the diameter restriction for the rubber tip javelin.

Rationale:    Updates the equipment requirements for the rubber tip javelin.

7-2-10, 6-2-9    Adjusts the prescribed time limits for pole vault and places time limits for consecutive trials in the throwing events.

Rationale:    Adjusts the prescribed time limits for the pole vault and now places the time limits for consecutive trials in Rule 6, Throwing Events, which has not previously been addressed in the throws.

7-5-24    Padding meeting the ASTM Specification Standards shall be required for the start of the 2014-15 track season.

Rationale:    For the purpose of minimizing risk of injury to a pole vaulter, require that planting box padding shall meet the applicable ASTM Specification Standard no later than the start of the 2014-15 track season.  This required implementation date allows for product availability.

2014 Track and Field Major Editorial Change

4-6-3, 4    These two articles, which address how to order reruns after an act of interference has occurred, have been deleted from Rule 4 and moved to Rule 5-9, which defines interference in running events.

5-1-3, 5-2-6    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.

6-3-1,2, 7-3-1,2    Clarifies that the tie-breaking procedure in field events applies only for places scoring and removes unnecessary language from the rules.

2014 Track and Field Editorial Changes

3-4-5, 3-8-3, 4-4 NOTE, 4-6-3 PENALTY, 4-6-4 PENALTY, 5-9-2, 5-9-3, 6-2-10, 6-2-12, 6-2-14 PENALTY, 6-4-2, 6-4-3, 6-5-2, 6-5-3, 6-6-2, 7-1-2, 7-2-1, 7-2-6, 7-2-10, 7-2-17, 7-4-1, 7-5-1, 7-5-29, 7-6-1, 8-1-1 NOTE, 8-1-2 NOTE, 9-6-4 PENALTY, Appendix A

2014 Track and Field Points of Emphasis

1.    Throwing implements returned to competitors by officials.
2.    Proper coaching requires staying up to date on rules and techniques.
3.    Coaches getting it right with uniforms.
4.    Importance of proper training of volunteers to work the meet.

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 Inter. 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.  July 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 be 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.
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.  The helmet should never be a substitute for safe equipment or
sound technique.
    (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 10) or prior to the first competition, and no sooner than Weeks 40 (April 7) and 46 (May 19).  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 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.
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 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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