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Competitor Clothing Policy

Competitor Clothing

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 for the Olympic Team Trials will allow both club names and a manufacturer's name/logo on an athlete's attire. The size of the club name and manufacturer's name/logo must meet IAAF guidelines (outlined below).

Any advertising or other identification on such attire not permitted under these regulations is strictly prohibited and will constitute a breach of these regulations.

It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure his/her clothing meets these requirements. Strict adherence to these U.S. Olympic Team Trials rules will be enforced at the competition -- if an athlete's attire does not meet these requirements, he/she will not be permitted to wear it in the Olympic Team Trials.

Only clubs registered with USATF in 2007 prior to the USATF National Club Track & Field Championships (July 15, 2007) are eligible to have their club name on the competition or warm-up attire at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. In order for athletes to be permitted to wear the club uniform at Olympic Team Trials events, their club must be a registered USATF club at the time of the Olympic Trials competition. Clubs registered on July 16, 2007 or later, or registering for the first time, may apply in writing for a waiver of this restriction, which must be approved in writing by the USATF CEO.

To apply for a waiver or for any questions about these rules and regulations, please contact Brian Brase at the USATF National Office (317-713-4658 or Brian.Brase@usatf.org).

Upper-body Attire

Manufacturer's Logo and Club Identification

Uniform GuidelinesCompetition attire (vests/leotards) worn by an athlete on the upper body may carry a manufacturer's logo on the left chest, which may be a maximum of a 30 cm2 rectangle with the lettering a maximum height of 4 cm and the total logo a maximum height of 5 cm. The manufacturer's logo may appear only once on vests/leotards. (See diagram)

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 in one of the following positions, provided such use does not, in the opinion of the IAAF (USATF acting on behalf of the IAAF) at its 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

Other competition and warm-up attire (track suit tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, rain jackets) worn by an athlete on the upper body must conform to the same regulations as the vests/leotards, except the size of the manufacturer's logo display on such attire may be a maximum of a 40 cm2 rectangle.

In addition, an athlete who is a member of a duly registered club (as described above) may, on their upper-body attire, have the club name appear once on the front or back of the shirt or singlet in letters a maximum of 4 cm high but not restricted in width. The size of the identification is considered to be the size while worn by the athlete. (See diagram)

Lower-body Attire

Manufacturer's Name/Logo

The manufacturer's name/logo is the only identification that may appear on lower-body competition attire (shorts, tights), and it may be a maximum of 20 cm2 in area, with a maximum height of 4 cm and may appear only once.

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 in one of the following positions, provided such use does not, in the opinion of the IAAF (USATF acting on behalf of the IAAF) at its discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the garment:

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

Socks may also have the manufacturer's name/logo displayed once, with a maximum size of 5 cm2 in area and a maximum height of 2.5 cm.

A graphic or figurative logo of the manufacturer (not including name or any text) may also be used on socks as a decorative "design mark" once or repeatedly as a strip not exceeding 5 cm in width across the top edge of each sock, provided such use does not, in the opinion of USATF at its discretion, dominate or unduly detract from the appearance of the socks.

Other competition and warm-up attire worn on the lower body is subject to the same requirements as that for the competition attire for the lower body.

The identification of the name/logo of the manufacturer on other apparel such as headgear, hats, headbands, gloves, armbands, wristbands, glasses and sunglasses is limited to one identification mark, which may be a maximum size of 6 cm2.

The name/logo of the manufacturer of shoes used by an athlete during the course of the competition is not restricted in size.

If an athlete's clothing is not in compliance with these regulations, the athlete may be required by the event officials to wear plain attire as provided by the competition organizer.

Schools/Universities/Military/Longstanding Club Exemptions

IAAF size restrictions shall not apply to uniforms of colleges/universities/military units or branches, or longstanding track clubs (under IAAF rules, clubs existing prior to January 1, 1980) whose names do not include any sponsor identification. However, longstanding track clubs wishing to be exempted from the IAAF size restrictions must request an exemption in writing, and the exemption must be granted in writing by the USATF CEO. Please contact Brian Brase at 317-713-4658 or Brian.Brase@usatf.org for more information on this topic.

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