3-4-2 The referee’s authority begins upon arrival at the
meet site and concludes 30 minutes after the last event results have been
announced or made official. The referee
retains clerical authority over the contest through the completion of any
reports, including those imposing disqualification that are responsive to
actions occurring while the referee has jurisdiction. State associations may intercede in the event
of unusual incidents after the referee’s jurisdiction has ended or in the event
that contest is terminated prior to the conclusion of regulation play.
Administrative duties for the meet referee may need
to continue after the meet to document actions which occur during the
competition. This revision illustrates the difference between the meet referee’s
jurisdiction during the contest and other administrative responsibilities such
as submitting specific reports after the meet. In addition, clarifies that state
associations may continue to develop and implement policies that allow for
review of unusual incidents that occur while the meet officials have
jurisdiction or after the meet.
4-3-1b(8), 4-3-1c(7), 9-6-1b(7), 9-6-1c(7) new NOTE 2 A
visible garment worn under the uniform top and/or bottom displaying contrasting/different color stitching
to the single, solid color of the undergarment and which functions as the
actual seam for the undergarment’s construction is legal.
Rationale: Stitching on a
visible undergarment, top or bottom, of a contrasting or different color to
that of the single, solid color of the garment will not distract or cause the
color of the undergarment to become confusing.
The stitching must be used for construction of the garment and not
4-3-3 PEN For the first violation, the competitor shall be required
to remove the jewelry before further competition and 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 he/she shall notify the coach of
the offending school of the competitor’s violation and the warning.
Rationale: The penalty and
potential of disqualification for wearing jewelry should apply only to the
starting command for individual races, or opening relay legs of 800 meters or
more outdoors and 600 meters or more indoors shall be to instruct all
competitors to take a position three meters behind the starting line or dashed
arc behind the line. With the command
“On your marks” all competitors will step to the starting line without
delay. When all competitors are steady,
the starter shall fire the starting device.
Rationale: Creates consistency in the distance behind
the starting line for the step-up mark used in all one command running
events. This distance is far enough
behind the line that competitors will have a definite stop before the starting
line and eliminate a leaning movement into the start.
7-4-10, 7-5-17 When the number of entries dictates, the games
committee may assign competitors to flights of no less than five competitors
for preliminary competition or may conduct the event in continuous
flights. In continuing flights, the
first five competitors as determined by the games committee constitute a
flight. As a competitor clears the bar,
passes at turn at the height or is eliminated, the next competitor in order
will be moved up so that the number of competitors in the active flight will be
Rationale: Defines the minimum number of competitors in a flight and
eliminates the maximum number of competitors in a flight. Further clarifies the use of “five alive” and
the procedure to follow to end “five alive” in an orderly fashion.
vaulting pole may be of any material and of any length and diameter. It may
have a binding of layers of adhesive tape of uniform thickness on the grip
end. However, the plant end of the pole
may be protected by layers of tape, PVC, sponge rubber or other suitable
material to protect the pole when placed in the planting box.
Rationale: Eliminates the limit of the requirement for
only two layers of tape and requires the tape to be of uniform thickness. Does not remove the intent that a competitor
cannot build a knob type grip to enhance his/her performance.
7-5-25, 7-5-29 new i No
person shall be allowed to touch the vaulting pole except the pole may be
caught by an assigned official, designated pole catcher or the competitor, when
circumstances warrant, but never to prevent the pole from dislodging the
crossbar which would result in a foul.
Rationale: Clarifies who may touch or catch the pole and
under what circumstances touching the pole is not allowed. The touch or catch by the competitor that
prevents the crossbar from being dislodged is a foul.
9-1-1 The cross country run shall be a course 2500 to 5000
meters (1.5 to 3.1 miles) in length as determined by the meet director or games
committee. Measurements shall be along
the shortest possible route a runner may take.
Rationale: This method of
measurement is a more accurate distance of the running route taken by
competitors and updates the rule to current trends in the sport for course
9-3-3, 9-6-2 Computerized
transponders may be used to record the finish of a runner in cross country. A bib transponder or two transponders per
runner, one attached to each shoe must be used.
When transponders are used, the official order of finish for the runners
is that recorded by the transponder, torso for bib transponder and foot for
Updates terminology when referring to a computerized transponder and includes
allowing the use of a transponder being placed on the runner’s bib. Clarifies, when worn on the shoes, there is
to be one transponder/chip on each shoe and transponders determine order of
2012 Track and Field Major Editorial Changes
4-4 new NOTE Clarifies the authority and criteria for the state
association to authorize exceptions to the competition rules to provide a
reasonable accommodation to individual participants.
5-10-7 Clarifies a legal relay handoff between the incoming
and outgoing runners.
6-3-2a and b Unnecessary verbiage removed in describing the tie
breaking procedure in throwing events is removed.
6-6-1 Brings the high school javelin specifications in
line with current IAAF rules which are used in the high school event.
7-4-16 Clarifies that it is a
foul if the competitor takes off from two feet or uses weights or artificial
9-6-1 PEN, 9-6-4 PEN Corrects a clerical
error and clarifies disqualification.
2012 Track and Field Editorial Changes
1-1-1, 1-1-2, 2-2-3, 4-3-1b(5), 5-3-7
NOTE 1, 6-2-3, 6-2-5, 6-2-6, 6-2-7, 6-6-2, 7-1-3, 7-1-4, 7-2-2, 7-3-3,
7-4-16d, 7-6-29e, 9-4-2, 9-7-4
2012 Track and Field Points of Emphasis
1. Starter positions
2. Exchange zones
3. Jewelry and uniforms
4. Safety around landing systems
5. Throwing event safety