NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book by NFHSIn all cases, the final decision rests with the meet referee, who has the sole authority to rule on infractions, irregularities and disqualifications in a meet. Changes to Rules and expand the exchange zone in relays with legs of meters or less from 20 to 30 meters. All exchange zones for races with legs longer than meters will remain at 20 meters. Existing acceleration zone markings, such as triangles, squares or colored tape, placed at that location may be used to denote the beginning of the exchange zones on a track. Rule has been amended to prohibit athletes from running backwards or in the opposite direction non-legal direction during warm-ups on horizontal jumps, pole vault and javelin runways. Two changes to Rule 6 provide equivalent metric increments for tiebreaking jump-offs in vertical jumps, as well as clarify distance requirements for long jump and triple jump pits. For long jump and triple jump pits constructed after , the length of the pit shall be at least 23 feet seven meters.
2016 NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book
NFHS Track & Field Rules Book
NFHS has released the track and field rules changes and rationales. Places the responsibility of providing liquids during competition on the games committee, not the individual coaches. Rationale: The games committee should have responsibility for providing liquids during the race and not leave up to each coach. The signal at the beginning of the last lap in individual races now occurs in race distances of two laps or more. Rationale: Signifying with a bell with one lap remaining in the alerts timers, place judges and FAT operators on notice, builds excitement for spectators and is a positive signal for the competitors. Updates to current trends in the sport. Clarifies that a runner is disqualified by the starter when charged with a false start.
High school coaches, officials and administrators who have knowledge and experience regarding this particular sport and age group volunteer their time to serve on the rules committee. Member associations of the NFHS independently make decisions regarding compliance with or modification of these playing rules for the student-athletes in their respective states.
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