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2007 Competition Rules

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Article I - Championship Events and USA Olympic Team Selection
     Section I - General
     National Championships 1 12
Regional Championships 2 13
Association Championships 3 14
Eligibility for Team Championships 4 14
Awards 5 15
General 6 16
Team Scoring 7 17
Non-Championship Competitions 8 18
Section II - Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships
Outdoor Track and Field Championships 10 20
Indoor Track and Field Championships 11 24
National Track and Field Championships 12 26
Other Championships 13 27
Transferring Membership Prior to Championships 14 29
Section III - Cross Country & Long Distance Running Championships
Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships 15 30
Long Distance Running Championships - Men 16 31
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Men 17 32
Long Distance Running Championships - Women 20 32
Trail/Mountain Running Championships - Women 21 33
Section IV - Race Walking Championships
Championship Events - Men and Women 25 34
Section V - Olympic Team Selection
U.S. Olympic Selection Competition 27 35
 
Article II - Doping
Doping 32 36
 
Article III - Officials
Meet Personnel 110 40
Games Committee 111 42
National Technical Officials 115 42
Photo Finish Operator 118 43
Jury of Appeal 119 43
Technical Manager 123 44
Referee 125 44
Judges 126 46
Umpires 127 47
Timers 128 48
Starter and Recall Starter 129 50
Lap Scorers 131 51
Competition Secretary 132 52
Marshal 133 52
Announcer 134 52
Surveyor 135 52
Wind Gauge Operator 136 53
Electronic Measurement Judge 137 53
Clerk of Course 138 53
Additional Officials 139 54
 
Article IV - Rules of Competition
Section I - General
Competitor's Check-In 142 55
Athletic Attire 143 55
Assistance to Athletes 144 58
Disqualification 145 60
Protests 146 61
Measurements and Weights 148 62
Validity of Performance 149 63
Electronic Devices 159 63
Track Lanes and Measurements 160 63
Starting Blocks 161 65
Method of Starting 162 66
The Competition 163 69
The Finish Line 164 71
Timing 165 72
Section II - Track Events
Regulations for Forming Heats 166 76
Running Event Ties 167 83
Hurdles 168 83
Steeplechase 169 85
Relay Races 170 86
Section III - Field Events
General Rules 180 90
High Jump and Pole Vault 181 97
High Jump 182 101
Pole Vault 183 102
Long Jump 185 103
Triple Jump 186 105
Throwing Events - General Rules 187 106
Putting the Shot 188 112
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 200 122
Weight Pentathlon 201 126
Ultra Weight Pentathlon 202 126
Section V - Indoor Competitions
Applicability of Indoor Rules 210 128
Indoor Stadium 211 128
Track Lanes & Measurement 212 128
Regulations for Forming Heats 214 130
Shoes 215 132
Hurdles 216 132
Relay Races 217 133
High Jump 218 133
Pole Vault 219 134
Horizontal Jumps 220 134
Shot Put/Weight Throw 221 134
Combined Events 222 135
Section VI - Race Walking
Judges of Race Walking 230 136
Race Walking Officials 231 138
General Rules 232 138
Section VII - Long Distance and Road Events Running and Walking
Course Certification 240 140
Medical and Safety Concerns for Road Events 241 140
Starting a Running Event 242 141
Course Marking and Monitoring 243 142
The Finish Line 244 143
Finish Line Recording and Timing 245 143
Scoring Running Events 246 144
Section VIII - Cross Country
General 250 145
Course 251 145
Start 252 146
Apparel 253 146
Finish 254 147
Section IX - Trail and Mountain Running
General 255 148
 
Article V - Records
World Records 260 148
National Records 261 149
Rules Applicable to All Records 262 151
Rules Applicable to Track Events 263 153
Rules Applicable to Field Events 264 154
Rules Applicable to Long Distance Running Events 265 155
Rules Applicable to Race Walking Events 266 157
Events in Which Records Are Recognized 267 157
    Men's Track and Field 267 157
    Women's Track and Field 267 159
    Indoor Events 267 159
    Junior Records (All Outdoors) 267 160
    Race Walking 267 160
    Men's Long Distance Running 267 161
    Women's Long Distance Running 267 161
    Masters Long Distance Running 267 161
    Youth Athletics 267 161
Noteworthy Performances 268 161
 
Article VI - Special Programs
Section I - Youth Athletics
General Rules 300 162
Track and Field Events 301 165
Regulations and Specifications 302 166
Regulations for Lanes and Heats 303 172
National Cross Country Program 304 175
Junior Olympics Program 305 176
Special Events and Programs 306 179
Section II - Masters Athletics
General Rules 320 180
Section II-A - Masters Track and Field and Race Walking
General Rules 330 182
Masters Track and Field Championships 331 182
Competitive Rules and Standards For Masters Track and Field 332 184
Masters Race Walking Championships 333 190
Section II-B - Masters Long Distance Running
General Rules 340 191
Masters Long Distance Championships 341 191
 
Illustrations 195
 
Special Section
Adaptations to USA Track & Field Rules of Competition for Individuals with Disabilities 209

 

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