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2006 Competition Rules

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ARTICLE I - Championship Events and USA Olympic Team Selection
Section I - General
National Championships 1 11
Regional Championships 2 12
Association Championships 3 13
Eligibility for Team Championships 4 13
Awards 5 14
General 6 15
Team Scoring 7 16
Non-Championship Competitions 8 17
Section II - Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
Outdoor Track and Field Championships 10 19
Indoor Track and Field Championships 11 23
National Track and Field Championships 12 25
Other Championships 13 26
Transferring Membership Prior to Championships 14 28
Section III - Cross Country & Long Distance Running Championships
Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships 15 29
Long Distance Running Championships - Men 16 30
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Men 17 31
Long Distance Running Championships - Women 20 31
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Women 21 32
Section IV - Race Walking Championships
Championship Events - Men and Women 25 33
Section V - Olympic Team Selection
U.S. Olympic Selection Competition 27 34
Section VI - Doping
Doping 32 35
 
ARTICLE II - Officials
Meet Personnel 110 39
Games Committee 111 41
National Technical Officials 115 41
Photo Finish Operator 118 42
Jury of Appeal 119 42
Technical Manager 123 43
Referee 125 43
Judges 126 45
Umpires 127 47
Timers 128 48
Starter and Recall Starter 129 49
Lap Scorers 131 50
Competition Secretary 132 51
Marshal 133 51
Announcer 134 51
Surveyor 135 52
Wind Gauge Operator 136 52
Electronic Measurement Judge 137 52
Clerk of Course 138 53
Additional Officials 139 53
 
ARTICLE III - Rules of Competition
Section I - General
Competitor's Check-In 142 55
Athletic Attire 143 55
Assistance to Athletes 144 57
Disqualification 145 59
Protests 146 60
Measurements and Weights 148 61
Validity of Performance 149 61
Electronic Devices 159 62
Track Lanes and Measurements 160 62
Starting Blocks 161 64
Method of Starting 162 65
The Competition 163 68
The Finish Line 164 71
Timing 165 71
Section II - Track Events
Regulations for Forming Heats 166 75
Running Event Ties 167 82
Hurdles 168 82
Steeplechase 169 84
Relay Races 170 86
Section III - Field Events
General Rules 180 90
High Jump and Pole Vault 181 97
High Jump 182 102
Pole Vault 183 102
Long Jump 185 104
Triple Jump 186 106
Throwing Events-General Rules 187 107
Putting the Shot 188 113
Throwing the Discus 189 114
Hammer and Discus Throwing Cage 190 115
Throwing the Hammer 191 116
Throwing the Javelin 193 117
Throwing the Weight 195 121
Section IV - Combined Events
Events - General Rules 200 123
Weight Pentathlon 201 127
Ultra Weight Pentathlon 202 128
Section V - Race Walking
Judges of Race Walking 230 129
Race Walking Officials 231 131
General Rules 232 131
Section VI - Long Distance and Road Events, Running and Walking
Course Certification 240 133
Medical and Safety Concerns for Road Events 241 133
Starting a Running Event 242 134
Course Marking and Monitoring 243 135
The Finish Line 244 136
Finish Line Recording and Timing 245 136
Scoring Running Events 246 137
Section VII - Cross Country
General 250 138
Course 251 138
Start 252 139
Apparel 253 139
Finish 254 140
Section VIII - Trail and Mountain Running
General 255 141
 
ARTICLE IV - Records
World Records 260 141
National Records 261 142
Rules Applicable to All Records 262 144
Rules Applicable to Track Events 263 146
Rules Applicable to Field Events 264 147
Rules Applicable to Long Distance Running Events 265 148
Rules Applicable to Race Walking Events 266 149
Events in Which Records Are Recognized 267 150
   Men's Track and Field 267 150
   Women's Track and Field 267 151
   Indoor Events 267 152
   Junior Records (All Outdoors) 267 152
   Race Walking 267 153
   Men's Long Distance Running 267 153
   Women's Long Distance Running 267 153
   Masters Long Distance Running 267 153
   Youth Athletics 267 154
Noteworthy Performances 268 154
 
ARTICLE VI - Special Programs
Section I - Youth Athletics
General Rules 300 155
Track and Field Events 301 158
Regulations and Specifications 302 159
Regulations for Lanes and Heats 303 165
National Cross Country Program 304 168
Junior Olympics Program 305 168
Special Events and Programs 306 172
Section II - Masters Athletics
General Rules 320 174
Section II-A - Masters Track and Field And Race Walking
General Rules 330 176
Masters Track and Field Championships 331 176
Competitive Rules and Standards For Masters Track and Field 332 178
Masters Race Walking Championships 333 183
Section II-B - Masters Long Distance Running
General Rules 340 184
Masters Long Distance Championships 341 184
 
ILLUSTRATIONS 187
 
SPECIAL SECTION
Adaptations to USA Track & Field Rules of Competition for Individuals with Disabilities 201

 

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