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Olympic Trials Athlete Policy

Uniform Guidelines

Athlete competition attire worn at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials is governed by United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) regulations. Per USATF's agreement with the USOC, the athlete clothing policy (hereinafter “Guidelines”) for the Olympic Team Trials will allow both club names and a manufacturer's name/logo on an athlete's attire. The size of all logos must comply with the below Guidelines.

Athlete attire worn at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field (“the Event”), must be in accordance with the guidelines below.

The competition and warm-up attire of Athletes may only have advertising and/or identification as permitted under these Guidelines. Any advertising or other identification on such attire not specifically permitted under these Guidelines is strictly prohibited and will constitute a breach of these Guidelines. Any other advertising on or by or otherwise associated with an Athlete is prohibited, including but not limited to, body painting, tattoos, jewelry, hair dying, hair shaving, the use of any flags, banners, T-shirts, hats, and any other form of display of advertising.

Should an Athlete wear two pieces of clothing of the same nature during the Event, e.g., T-shirt under a vest and/or leggings under a pair of shorts, the under garment, if visible, must be clean and free of any markings.

These Guidelines apply to the whole duration of the Event, including, but not limited to, the competition itself, warm-up areas, all ceremonies (victory, opening, and closing), interviews, and press conferences staged by USATF or designated affiliates.

It is the responsibility of the Athlete to ensure his/her clothing complies with these Guidelines. Strict adherence to these Guidelines will be enforced at the Event. Templates showing the approved logo sizes can be found directly below. If an Athlete's attire does not meet these requirements, he/she will not be permitted to wear such attire in the Event. Athletes may be subject to additional discipline in accordance with USATF’s bylaws and operating regulations.

 

1.0 Vests/ Leotards

Athletes’ vests/ leotards should have the same color on the front and back.

Advertising or other identification displayed on vests and leotards must comply with the following requirements in respect to all Events.

1.1 Manufacturer's Logos

Vests: The name/logo of the manufacturer of the attire may be displayed once on the front of the vest. Such display shall be in a rectangular form with a maximum size of 30cm2 and with the lettering a maximum height of 4cm and the total logo a maximum height of 5cm.

Leotards (one piece, including upper body and lower body): The name/logo of the manufacturer of the attire may be displayed as follows:

  1. Once on the front of the leotard. Such display shall be in a rectangular form with a maximum size of 30cm2 and with the lettering a maximum height of 4cm and the total logo a maximum height of 5cm; or
  2. Twice on the front of the leotard; once above and once below the waist, but not immediately adjacent to each other. Such displays shall be identical, in rectangular form with a maximum size of 20cm2, and with the lettering a maximum height of 3cm and the total logo a maximum height of 4cm.

Examples of the permitted manufacturer logos on vests and leotards include, but are not limited to:

Examples of the permitted locations for manufacturer logos on vests and leotards include:

Figure X Figure Y Figure Z

A graphic or figurative logo of the manufacturer (not including name or any text) may also be used as a decorative "design mark" once or repeatedly as a strip not exceeding 10cm in width in one of the following positions, provided such use does not, in the opinion of USATF in its sole discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the garment:

  • Across the bottom of the sleeves;
  • On the outer seam of the sleeves;
  • Down the outer seams of the garment.

Examples of permitted decorative design mark of the manufacturer, used as a strip, include, but are not limited to:

Examples of prohibited decorative design mark, including text, of the manufacturer, used as a strip, include, but are not limited to:

Examples of the permitted locations for design marks on vests and leotards include:

1.2 Athlete’s Name

The name of the Athlete may be displayed on the front and/or the back of the vest/leotard. The maximum height of such display shall be 4cm.

1.3 Country Name

The name of the country of the Athlete and/or its official three-letter code may be displayed once on the back and/or the front of the vest/leotard. The maximum height of such display shall be 10cm. Use of the country name on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

1.4 National Team or Member Federation Logo or Flag

The National Team or Member Federation logo, flag, or national symbol may be displayed once on the front, above the waist, of the vest/leotard. The maximum size of such display shall be 30cm2 in area, with a maximum height of 5cm. Use of the National Team or Member Federation logo, flag, or national symbol on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

1.5 USATF Name/Logo

The name/logo of USATF may not be displayed on an Athlete’s vest/leotard, unless the logo appears on an official USATF issued past or present National Team uniform or retail merchandise.

1.6 National Sponsor

Only when competing on a National Team, the name/logo of the Sponsor of the National Team may be displayed once on the National Team vest/leotard on a separate patch. The maximum size of such display shall be 30cm2 with a maximum height of 5cm.

2.0. Tops, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Rain Jackets

The advertising or other identification displayed on tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and rain jackets must comply with the following requirements, in respect to all competitions.

2.1 Manufacturer’s Name/Logo

The name/logo of the manufacturer of the attire may be displayed once on the front of the garment (as seen in Figure A below). Such display shall be rectangular in shape, with a maximum size of 40cm2 and the lettering a maximum height of 4cm and the total logo a maximum height of 5cm. Examples of permitted manufacturer logos for tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and rain jackets are displayed in section 1.1 above.

A graphic or figurative logo of the manufacturer (not including name or any text) may also be used as a decorative “design mark” once or repeatedly as a strip not exceeding 10cm in width. Examples of acceptable design marks are shown in section 1.1 above. Design marks may be displayed in one of the following positions, provided such use does not, in the opinion of USATF in its sole discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the garment (as seen in Figure B below):

  • Across the bottom of the sleeves;
  • On the outer seam of the sleeves;
  • Down the outer seams of the garment.

Examples of the permitted locations for manufacturer logos and design marks on tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and rain jackets include:

Figure A Figure B


2.2 Athlete’s Name

The name of the Athlete may be displayed on the front and/or the back of the garment. The maximum height of such display shall be 4cm.

2.3 Country Name

The name of the country of the Athlete and/or its official three-letter code may be displayed once on the back and/or the front of the garment. The maximum height of such display shall be 10cm. Use of the country name on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

2.4 National Team or Member Federation Logo or Flag

The National Team or Member Federation logo or flag may be displayed once on the garment. The maximum size of such display shall be 40cm2 in area, with a maximum height of 5cm. Use of the National Team or Member Federation logo, flag, or national symbol on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

2.5 USATF Name/Logo

The name/logo of USATF may not be displayed on an Athlete’s attire, unless the logo appears on an official USATF issued past or present National Team uniform or retail merchandise.

2.6 National Sponsor

Only when competing on a National Team, the name/logo of the Sponsor of the National Team may be displayed once on each garment on a separate patch. The maximum size of such display shall be 40cm2 with a maximum height of 5cm.

3.0. Lower-body Attire

Advertising or other identification being displayed on lower body attire (e.g., socks, shorts, tights, but excluding leotards) must comply with the following requirements:

3.1 Manufacturer's Name/Logo

The name/logo of the manufacturer of the attire may be displayed once (as seen in Figure C below). The maximum size of such display shall be 20cm2, with a maximum height of 4cm. Examples of permitted manufacturer logos for lower-body attire are displayed in section 1.1 above.

A graphic or figurative logo of the manufacturer (not including name or any text) may also be used as a decorative "design mark" once or repeatedly as a strip not exceeding 10 cm in width. Examples of acceptable design marks are shown in section 1.1 above. Design marks may be displayed in one of the following positions, provided such use does not, in the opinion of USATF in its sole discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the garment (as seen in Figure D below):

  • Across the bottom of the legs;
  • Down the outer seams of the legs.

Examples of the permitted locations for manufacturer logos and design marks on lower body attire include:

Figure C Figure D
 

3.2. Country Name

The name of the country of the Athlete and/or its official three-letter code may be displayed once on the back and/or the front of the lower body attire. The maximum height of such display shall be 10cm. Use of the country name on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

3.3. National Team or Member Federation Logo or Flag

The National Team or Member Federation logo, flag, or national symbol may be displayed once on the front of the lower body attire. The maximum size of such display shall be 20cm2 in area, with a maximum height of 4cm. Use of the National Team or Member Federation logo, flag, or national symbol on an Athlete’s apparel may not be used in a font, form, or style similar to USATF’s past or present National Team uniform, unless it is official USATF issued or retail merchandise.

3.4. USATF Name/Logo

The name/logo of USATF may not be displayed on an Athlete’s lower-body attire, unless the logo appears on an official USATF issued past or present National Team uniform or retail merchandise.

3.5. Socks

The name/logo of the manufacturer of the socks may be displayed once on each sock. The maximum size of such display shall be 6cm2, with a maximum height of 3cm.

The name of the Athlete may be displayed once on each sock. The maximum height of such display shall be 2cm.

A graphic or figurative logo of the manufacturer (not including name or any text) may be used on socks as a decorative “design mark” once or repeatedly as a strip not exceeding 5cm in width across the top edge of each sock, provided such use does not, in the opinion of USATF in its sole discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the socks. Examples of acceptable design marks are shown in section 1.1 above.

4.0 Shoes

The name/logo of the manufacturer of shoes used by an Athlete is not restricted in size.

5.0 Other Apparel

5.1. The name/logo of the manufacturer of other apparel used by an Athlete during the course of the Event, including, but not limited to: headgear, hats, headbands, gloves, glasses, sunglasses, and wristbands, may be displayed once on such apparel. The maximum size of such display shall be 6cm2.

5.2. Personal Bags

The name/logo of the manufacturer of a bag may be displayed twice on each bag used by the Athlete. The maximum size of each display shall be 25cm2.

6.0 USATF Registered Clubs

An Athlete who is a member of a duly registered club may, on their upper-body attire (as referenced in sections 1 and 2 above), have the club name OR the club logo displayed on the front of the garment. The club name may appear on the back of the garment with the lettering a maximum height of 4cm, and no restriction in width.

Only clubs registered with USATF are eligible to have their club name/logo on the competition or warm-up attire of an Athlete. Clubs must have a USATF Club Membership valid through 2012 and have been registered with USATF prior to July 1, 2011 in order to have the club name/logo displayed on Athlete attire. A list of clubs registered prior to July 1, 2011 can be found at: http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/OlympicTrials-TF/athleteInfo/registeredclubs.asp.

Clubs which have been continuously registered with USATF since January 1, 1980 are considered “longstanding clubs.” Such longstanding clubs have been listed directly below. Registered clubs of such longstanding status, which contain no relation to a company or product, shall be permitted to maintain their logo, regardless of size. The logo of longstanding clubs may not, however, increase in size from the original registered design. Club logos including a logo or lettering representing a company or product are subject to the dimensions as stated under this policy.

USATF Longstanding Clubs
Atlanta Track Club
Boston Athletic Association
Central Park Track Club
Club Northwest
Florida Track Club
Greater Boston Track Club
Impala Racing Team
Liberty Athletic Club
New York Athletic Club
Santa Monica Track Club
Southern California Striders
Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey
West Valley Track Club

7.0 Schools/Universities/Military Exemptions

IAAF size restrictions shall not apply to uniforms of colleges, universities, or military units or branches whose names do not include any sponsor identification.

8.0 Measurement

The size of the advertising or other identification displayed on the Athletes’ clothing shall be measured while the clothing is worn. Measurements shall be taken randomly at Athlete check-in, clerking, during warm-ups, or before competition, as USATF deems appropriate. If an Athlete wears attire during a race that differs from the approved apparel, the Athlete and/or clothing manufacturer may be sanctioned as outlined below.

9.0 Specific Approval

A clothing manufacturer may submit to USATF by December 1st preceding the competition year, representative samples of Athletes’ clothing for USATF’s specific approval for such apparel. USATF’s decision shall be communicated to the clothing manufacturer in writing. Any clothing approved by USATF and worn by an Athlete during USATF Events shall be deemed to be in compliance with these Guidelines.

If an Athlete's clothing is not in compliance with these Guidelines, the Athlete may be required by the Event Officials to cover the non-compliant logos and/or marks or wear plain attire as provided by USATF.

Failure to comply with these Guidelines may result in sanctions, as determined by USATF, to the clothing manufacturer and/or the Athlete. Penalties may include, but are not limited to, fines to athletes, clubs, and/or sponsors up to disqualification from races or USATF Events.

For any questions about these Guidelines, please contact Jim Estes (317-713-4661 or Jim.Estes@usatf.org).
 


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