INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.
The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.
“The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”
Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same clarification and expansion of definitions apply.
Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.
In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.
Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.
Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for both runners and spectators.
The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule 6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide, but still allow for larger boards.
Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321 participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885 participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.
The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule. Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois ranked No. 1. The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.
NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)