would be allowed with the same stipulations as those indicated above. Temporary tattoos (school nickname, mascot, etc.) 29. shall be worn on the breast and be clearly visible. Waivers for other head coverings may be issued for religious or medical situations by the WIAA staff. Ask the meet referee this question directly so that all coaches hear the same answer to avoid issues once the race has begun. Please refer to the Cross Country Season Regulations, “Schools are prohibited during the regular season and the WIAA tournament series from practicing for sectional and State Tournament preparation at sites and facilities hosting WIAA tournaments.” Even though the language specifically states “schools”, this has always applied to individuals as well. 34. Consideration for winter hikers or other winter sports enthusiasts Every cross-country ski trail user must behave in a manner that does not harm or endanger others at all times. 26. Question:     I was told by a referee that I need to present a form signed by a doctor stating that my runner needs an inhaler for his asthma. Get Set For Life. This year that course is the site of our sectional race. WIAA staff will issue a waiver for this cross country season which should be shown to the meet referee prior to the start of competition. 2019-2020 Cross Country Rules and Information Chiquana Dancy Director of Sports and Student Programs National Federation of State Take Part. What if the race has just begun? This is a serious offense and coaches should be certain that their athletes understand not only the penalty but also the potential harm this practice may cause to others. 9. 35. 2014-15 Interpretations. Stayed one night on our travels north. Contestant number and computerized transponder/chip. Therefore, styles (including length of bottoms/material/etc.) Coaches are encouraged to show the waiver to the meet referee during the pre-meet coaches meeting. The Championships shall be held on a Saturday in March. Question:     At a recent meet during the countdown the official announced “Take your marks.” I don’t recall that being part of the starting commands for cross country. (RE – Art. • Cross country meets should use staggered, wave, or interval starts to allow for 6 foot social distancing between athletes. Answer:       It is the responsibility of the coach to relay the rules of the sport of cross country and also the ethical implications when an athlete decides to cheat by cutting a course. Most of the time they are not noticeable, but once in a while we get a girl who has a loose uniform top and you can see the sides of it. What you need to do: Be certain that your athletes AND parents know and understand the rule. Answer:       That is correct at this time. 14. 4-6-5g, 8-6-1e: Clarifies that a competitor should not be penalized for helping another competitor who is distressed or injured when no advantage is gained by the competitor who is assisting. Foundation garments are not subject to logo/trademark/reference or color restrictions. This means that logos should be applied as to not take away from the function of the flag. However, the WIAA has its own adaptation to the Cross Country starting procedures. Can we allow them in? Question:     At a meet I officiated one of the teams was wearing very nice knit caps with “US Air Force” woven into the caps. Rules, Answer:       NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Rules do not prohibit the use of wearable technologies, but Rules, 42. No high school uniforms, warm-ups, transportation, or funding is allowed. Which is correct? “Spikes, if allowed may NOT be longer than ½ inch.”  Reports have been received that clerks/officials are not checking spike lengths, but that is not a reason to exceed the allowed length. Copyright Details. Does this mean our girls do not have to have matching color sports bras? 5516 Vern Holmes Drive 8-1-3: Clarifies cross country course layouts. Answer:       The ruling would be that logos on hair control headbands are legal. 42. I researched the NFHS Track and Field Rules. NATIONAL FEDERATION ALLOWED ADAPTATIONS b. 2020 Cross Country Rules Changes 4-6-5g, 8-6-1e: Clarifies that a competitor should not be penalized for helping another competitor who is distressed or injured when no … Air horn, etc. Answer:       Rule 8-7-1 regarding a false start refers you to the track rule 5-7-4. They consist of 9 high school boys and girls and are called Holy Family. Question:     With the new jewelry rule, is it correct that medical alert items no longer have to be taped to the body if they are on chains, etc.? *Amateur status rules must be followed. Is this allowed? Answer:       Whipping a flag is grounds for disqualification. Question:     Is it okay for the directional flags to have our school logo in the center of the flag? It is no longer necessary to tape the medal to the body, but make sure the information on the medal is clearly visible. Rules for the stadium jumping and dressage phases of eventing are similar to those used for the individual events. Cross-country teams are made up of six to nine athletes. Is this still true with the removal of the jewelry ban and restrictions on hair control devices? Safety Please refer to rule 4-3-12, "Each competitor shall wear shoes on both feet. You’ll need a copy to show to the officials. The computer picks up a lightning strike 3 miles away, but nothing is seen or heard at the site of competition. The team should not be identified as the high school team. It is up to the host school to decide whether they want to allow them or not. Stevens Point, WI 54482-8833, Phone (715) 344-8580 However, NFHS has advised that for risk minimization purposes, athletes wearing Superman socks will be instructed to tuck the "capes" into the sock so that other runners do not catch their spikes on the extended. XC courses and trails consist of a mix of rough forest paths and singletrack (also referred to as doubletrack depending on width), smooth fireroads, and even paved paths connecting other trails. Question:     I recently read the notice about the prohibition of face and body paint. Question:     If we are running and scoring 8 athletes in our meet do we need a waiver? Please clarify the rule. This will continue to be a point of emphasis throughout the season. 33. Question:     There are coaches that are under the impression that if a sectional meet is held at a public park, athletes may legally go individually or in small groups to run the course. They watch the start, go to the mile and two mile marks, watch the finish or go to an interesting feature of the course; a steep hill. Question:     I cannot find any reference to arm sleeves in the rules book, case book, or WIAA website. *Teams may not be chosen or invited based upon their performance at the WIAA State Cross Country Meet. Although no stitches were required, he did have a large cut in his eyebrow. Answer:       Allowed. If the flag had hit him in the eye, the injury would have been significant. Races usually take place in the winter Is this also allowed in cross country? They must run a qualifying meet which is open to all. (A student becomes ineligible in a sport for the remainder of the season for not receiving school approval beforehand and/or competing in more than 2 nonschool events in the same sport during the season). With the removal of the jewelry ban and restrictions on hair control devices, it was decided to simply refer to the NFHS Rules. Should I be looking outside of the cross country section and go into the track section? Our JV uniforms are not identical to our Varsity uniforms. Question:     Are socks considered part of the uniform? It would still be obvious that it is Red, Blue or Yellow flag. Answer:       Socks are not governed by NFHS rules. I've seen a few athletes wearing "Superman" socks. Answer:       No, the prohibition no longer exists. Even if an individual act independently. *If another school has a history of practicing at a public park that is now a site for a sectional meet, they may continue to practice there. 7. Foundation garments are no longer subject to logo/foundation/reference or color restrictions. Answer:       Cross Country Coaches Advisory has determined that face paint is prohibited as it detracts from the integrity of the event. From the Rules At A Glance: C. AMATEUR STATUS A student may not accept, receive and/or direct to another, any cash or merchandise awards for achievement in athletics. Cross Country Requirements/Considerations for Covid-19, 2020 Track & Field/Cross Country Rules Interpretations, 2020 Track and Field/Cross Country Points of Emphasis, 2020 Track and Field and Cross Country Comments on the Rules, 2020 Track & Field/Cross Country  Pre-Meet Notes, Wisconsin Interscholastic Rationale: The committee believes when no advantage is gained by a competitor helping a distressed or injured competitor, the competitor assisting should not be penalized for exhibiting good sportsmanship. 6-2-6: Clarifies that it is illegal to run backward or in the opposite direction (non-legal direction) on a horizontal jump, pole vault or javelin runway. Answer:       Please refer to the Cross Country section of the WIAA Fall Season Regulations. Question:     Occasionally we have a runner(s) who we move up from JV to Varsity for a meet. Rationale: Clarifies the language of the 2019 rule change for long jump and triple jump pits and ensures pit measurements are within industry standards for safety. Is it legal for me to transport the kids to this meet? may vary. Answer:       Legal provided the athlete presented their prescription for the inhaler to the meet referee prior to the start of competition. *The team must be a club team. Answer:       Thanks for checking on this. Rationale: The reorganization of the rule states that a course should be clearly marked with any or all of the methods listed in the rule. When hosting a cross country meet, hosts should make every attempt to station umpires at flags indicating a turn on the course. The uniforms will not need to be identical, but should be easily identifiable. The courses can be flat, hilly, undulating on grass or muddy terrain. Answer:       Regarding the sports bra, please refer to page 31 of the NFHS Case Book. Competition Rules 4-6-5g, 8-6-1e: Clarifies that a competitor should not be penalized for helping another competitor who is distressed or injured when no advantage is gained by the competitor who is assisting. Simply directing team members to run the site on a weekend by themselves or individuals running without knowledge of the coach does not make this legal. Cross-country jumping is often part of a three-day event or horse trial that may include stadium jumping and dressage. I also have another group of homeschooled students called the Homeschool Eagles. 28. Answer:       Host schools are expected to have a clear plan in place to move athletes/spectators from the course. Question:     In previous years there has been a prohibition against a folded bandanna worn as a hair control device or sweatband. Coaches, with school approval, may transport athletes during the season. CE & Walk Rules The contest will not count against the individual maximum for the athlete in that sport. If it looks like practice it probably is! before the start of the first event of the Cross Country Championships whether Boys or Girls This is the current interpretation of the language and it applies to almost all of the sports (except golf) sponsored by the WIAA. WIAA rules would prohibit this. I began with Rule 8 and could only assume the official was referring to Section 7, Article 4 (Disqualification for a competitor who "receives any assistance from any other person"). This means athletes may not accept items such as shoes, jackets, gift certificates, etc., for athletic accomplishments, such as being on a winning team, being selected for the school varsity team, or being a place winner in an individual tournament, etc. No entries shall be accepted from an Association whose affiliation fees are outstanding. For example, Team A runs a hill workout at XYZ Park on Wednesdays or Team B runs repeat halves at XYZ Park on Mondays. Some schools are very open to the idea and some absolutely do not want to include non-WIAA member groups. Answer:       Rule 4-3-2a states that “All relay and cross country team members must wear uniforms clearly indicating, through predominant color, school logo and color combinations of all outer garments worn as a uniform, that members are from the same team. 1. Which of these would be legal? XC Rules Mon-Fri: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, (IMPORTANT: Use the FIND option on your keyboard to search for key words. Can you clarify whether this is correct? Be certain though, that if they have middle level students they do not enter them or have them compete against senior high students. 6-3-2-b-4-a: This change provides metric measurements for tie-breaking jump-offs for vertical jumps. To alert the runners to my presence, I will be standing behind a 3 foot tall orange cone. Question:     In a recent invitational meet, I noticed athletes in a part of the course that was heavily wooded, cutting the course flags. Question:     Further discussion on thunder/lightning. 8. Answer:       During the season, an athlete may participate in not more than 2 nonschool competitions. Question:     Are the shoes with the individual toes legal? Answer:       Whipping a flag is grounds for disqualification. Learn more about the history and rules of Jogging the entire route would not be interpreted as “spectating” but rather as practicing on the sectional site. There is a team in our area that always has candy striped legs for sectionals, is this considered body paint? Cross-Country Hub Skip to content We use cookies to improve your experience. Cross Country Championships Rules The Championships shall be held on a Saturday in March. I believe that a warning to the head coach regarding this practice would be appropriate. 39. Fax (715) 344-4241 "; and 4-3-12-4 “The use of slippers or socks does not meet the requirements of the rule”. Question:     Is it a rules violation if a runner begins a race wearing shoes, purposely removes them during the race and finishes in socks? If you have questions after viewing, contact Nessie Harris at nharris@schsl.org 30. Answer:       Rule 4-3-2a now states that All relay and cross country team members must wear uniforms clearly indicating, through predominant color, school logo and color combinations of all outer garments worn as a uniform, that members are from the same team. 1. Cross country jumps are very imposing and not designed to fall or come apart when struck by a horse, although this Particularly on the valley cross-country ski trail, winter hikers or other winter sports enthusiasts looking for relaxation can be expected in certain sections. That Article cross-references 4.6.5 which defines "assistance". By using our site you are accepting our Cookie Policy. Answer:       Cast, splint (meet referee inspects to determine if padding is necessary), knee brace (does not need padding), insulin pump, prescription hearing aid. 5-3-3 & 4, 5-10-6 thru 11: Clarifies that in the 4x100-meter relay and 4x200-meter relay, and other relays with legs of 200 meters or less, each exchange zone will be 30 meters long. Answer:       Yes, the host school administrator should contact the WIAA and request a waiver which would allow 8 athletes to run and score in the meet. Rationale: Clarifies that a team finishes the race with the same baton that it used at the start of the race. Answer:       This is one of the starting procedures outlined in the NFHS 2019-2020 Officials Manual, page 41. Cross-country skiing, skiing in open country over rolling, hilly terrain as found in Scandinavian countries, where the sport originated as a means of travel as well as recreation. Can we allow them in? Question:     If my athlete wears an insulin pump does he need special permission? Answer:       Regarding the sports bra, please refer to page 31 of the NFHS Case Book. Question:     I cannot find any reference to arm sleeves in the rules book, case book, or WIAA website. In Wisconsin officials position themselves on opposite sides of the the course, during the start of the race. Answer:       There is no specific language that prohibits you from putting a loop on the directional flags, however the color of the flag (Red, Blue or Yellow) must remain VERY CLEAR. They may receive an award which is symbolic in nature, such as trophies, medals, ribbons, event T-shirts, event hats, game balls or other items of no intrinsic value. Coaches are reminded that the athletes are representing their school and that as representatives they should uphold the high standards of their school and team. Individual competitions such as the Foot Locker, Border Battle, USATF qualifier, etc. Refer to Article 1, NOTE: The official should be able to observe that all members are from the same team. *Coaches may videotape the course and show the tape to their athletes. Will we need a waiver so that these athletes can run in the Varsity meet? Nonschool competition is not allowed during the WIAA tournament series in that sport. If they go, is it legal for them to walk the course, or walk/jog on the course to get to different vantage points to watch the meet? Answer:       Rule 4-6-7 NOTE: “...is not considered an illegal aid as long as a physician’s statement documenting the need of the athlete to use the prescription is present to the meet director/referee....” Your athlete should contact their doctor and request a written statement of the need for the inhaler. 16. Question:     At a recent meet, an athlete competed with an artificial lower leg. What is the correct procedure to follow? As you indicated, with the use of technology, if there is an imminent threat of severe weather, the race should not be started. *The host school may continue to practice on the meet site if they have an established history of practicing there. As for "pacing", Rule 4.6.5 Situation B of the Casebook indicates that a coach can call out times and splits. Please refer to rule. 41. No late or amended entries shall be accepted after the closing date as identified above. Rules further prevent athletes from receiving compensation or benefit, directly or indirectly, for the use of name, picture and/or personal appearance as an athlete. All exchange zones for races in excess of 200 meters will remain at 20 meters. 20. 37. Question:     Is an athlete allowed to use a Velcro pouch to carry their inhaler during the race? Question:     I will be officiating a large 25 team invitational this weekend. Is this legal? 2. Question:     We have been competing in a junior varsity meet the week of sectionals for many years and have had our Varsity athletes competing in sectionals come with the junior varsity team and do their work out on the course prior to the JV race. Rationale: This rule change will not eliminate courses that may be used for smaller meets with limited numbers of participants. Age Groups The issue was reported to the meet referee who informed the head coach that team cheers should be done prior to the two minute call and not on the starting line. Officials should include a reminder regarding this offense during their coaches meeting. XC Cup Rules Rules Maps More Home Cross Country Share This Cross Country CYO Cross Country is open to children in grades 3 to 8. The race distance for both girls and boys varsity cross country meets and all MSHSL postseason tournaments shall be 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) unless the meet director or games committees adjusts the distance because of weather or some other unforeseen reason. The NFHS rule is “see or hear.” With today’s technology available through smart phones, tablets, etc., is there a “safe” distance that lightning strikes can be from the site even though nothing is seen or heard? What Is the Goal? Officials must use their best judgment in allowing runners to actually finish, but only if that route is shorter then abandoning the race course in a move to shelter. The tights have a 1inch wide silver reflective tape that extends up the shin. Just want to make sure before I tell them they all have to go buy the same color. They don't call themselves a club team. Previous committees have not chosen to change the current language as it applies to cross country. 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