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2005 Rules of Competition

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ARTICLE I - Championship Events and USA Olympic Team Selection
Section I - General
National Championships 1 13
Regional Championships 2 14
Association Championships 3 15
Eligibility for Team Championships 4 15
Awards 5 16
General 6 17
Team Scoring 7 18
Non-Championship Competitions 8 19
Section II - Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
Outdoor Track and Field Championships 10 21
Indoor Track and Field Championships 11 25
National Track and Field Championships 12 27
Other Championships 13 28
Transferring Membership Prior to Championships 14 30
Section III - Cross Country & Long Distance Running Championships
Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships 15 31
Long Distance Running Championships - Men 16 32
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Men 17 33
Long Distance Running Championships - Women 20 33
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Women 21 34
Section IV - Race Walking Championships
Championship Events - Men and Women 25 35
Section V - Olympic Team Selection
U.S. Olympic Selection Competition 27 36
Section VI - Doping
Doping 32 37
 
ARTICLE II - Officials
Meet Personnel 110 41
Games Committee 111 43
National Technical Officials 115 43
Photo Finish Operator 118 44
Jury of Appeal 119 44
Technical Manager 123 45
Referee 125 45
Judges 126 47
Umpires 127 48
Timers 128 49
Starter and Recall Starter 129 50
Lap Scorers 131 51
Competition Secretary 132 52
Marshal 133 52
Announcer 134 52
Surveyor 135 53
Wind Gauge Operator 136 53
Electronic Measurement Judge 137 53
Clerk of Course 138 54
Additional Officials 139 54
 
ARTICLE III - Rules of Competition
Section I - General
Competititor's Check-In 142 56
Athltic Attire 143 56
Assistance to Athletes 144 58
Disqalification 145 60
Protests 146 60
Measurements and Weights 148 61
Validity of Performance 149 61
Electronic Devices 159 61
Track Lanes and Measurements 160 62
Starting Blocks 161 64
Method of Starting 162 65
The Competition 163 68
The Finish Line 164 70
Timing 165 71
Section II - Track Events
Regulations for Forming Heats 166 75
Running Event Ties 167 81
Hurdles 168 82
Steeplechase 169 84
Relay Races 170 85
Section III - Field Events
General Rules 180 89
High Jump and Pole Vault 181 96
High Jump 182 101
Pole Vault 183 101
Long Jump 185 103
Triple Jump 186 105
Throwing Events-General Rules 187 106
Putting the Shot 188 111
Throwing the Discus 189 112
Hammer and Discus Throwing Cage 190 113
Throwing the Hammer 191 114
Throwing the Javelin 193 115
Throwing the Weight 195 119
Section IV - Combined Events
Events - General Rules 200 121
Weight Pentathlon 201 125
Ultra Weight Pentathlon 202 125
Section V - Race Walking
Judges of Race Walking 230 127
Race Walking Officials 231 128
General Rules 232 129
Section VI - Long Distance and Road Events, Running and Walking
Course Certification 240 131
Medical and Safety Concerns for Road Events 241 131
Starting a Running Event 242 132
Course Marking and Monitoring 243 133
The Finish Line 244 134
Finish Line Recording and Timing 245 135
Scoring Running Events 246 135
Section VII - Cross Country
General 250 136
Course 251 136
Start 252 137
Apparel 253 137
Finish 254 138
Section VIII - Trail and Mountain Running
General 255 139
 
ARTICLE IV - Records
World Records 260 139
National Records 261 140
Rules Applicable to All Records 262 142
Rules Applicable to Track Events 263 144
Rules Applicable to Field Events 264 145
Rules Applicable to Long Distance Running Events 265 146
Rules Applicable to Race Walking Events 266 147
Events in Which Records Are Recognized 267 148
Men's Track and Field 267 148
Women's Track and Field 267 149
Indoor Events 267 150
Junior Records (All Outdoors) 267 150
Race Walking 267 151
Men's Long Distance Running 267 151
Women's Long Distance Running 267 151
Masters Long Distance Running 267 151
Youth Athletics 267 152
Noteworthy Performances 268 152
 
ARTICLE VI - Special Programs
Section I - Youth Athletics
General Rules 300 153
Track and Field Events 301 156
Regulations and Specifications 302 157
Regulations for Lanes and Heats 303 163
National Cross Country Program 304 166
Junior Olympics Program 305 167
Special Events and Programs 306 171
Section II - Masters Athletics
General Rules 320 172
Section II-A - Masters Track and Field And Race Walking
General Rules 330 174
Masters Track and Field Championships 331 174
Competitive Rules and Standards For Masters Track and Field 332 176
Masters Race Walking Championships 333 181
Section II-B - Masters Long Distance Running
General Rules 340 182
Masters Long Distance Championships 341 182
 
ILLUSTRATIONS 185
 
SPECIAL SECTION
Adaptations to USA Track & Field Rules of Competition for Individuals with Disabilities 197

 

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