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Current Rulebooks

2012-2013 IAAF Rule Book
Updated: December, 2011
Best Practices Collection
2013 IPC Rule Book
Updated: January, 2013
Best Practices Collection
2013 NFHS Rule Book
Updated: October, 2012
Best Practices Collection
2013-2014 NCAA Rule Book
Updated: October, 2012
Best Practices Collection
2014 USATF Rule Book
Updated: January, 2014
Best Practices Collection
WMA Rules Website
Updated: November, 2009
Best Practices Collection

IAAF Rules Resources

2008 IAAF Rule Book
Updated: November, 2007
2009 IAAF Rule Book
Updated: November, 2008
2010-2011 IAAF Approved Rule Changes
Updated: August, 2009
2010-2011 IAAF Rule Book
Updated: November, 2009
The Referee
Updated: January, 2013

NCAA Rules Resources

2009-2010 NCAA Rule Book
Updated: September, 2008
2010 NCAA Rules Update Clinic
Updated: January, 2010
2011-2012 NCAA Approved Rule Changes
Updated: August, 2010
2011-2012 NCAA Rule Book
Updated: November, 2010
NCAA General Info, Interpretations, Supplements and Updates
Updated: January, 2014

NFHS Rules Resources

2012 NFHS Rule Changes
Updated: September, 2011
NFHS Rules Website
Updated: July, 2010

USATF Rules Resources

2005 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2005
2006 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2006
2007 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2007
2008 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2008
2009 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2009
2010 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: January, 2010
2011 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: February, 2011
2012 USATF Rule Book Website
Updated: March, 2013
2014 USATF Rule Changes
Updated: December, 2013

Submitting Rule Changes

Rule changes for USATF are made at our even year conventions and go into effect at the start of the odd years. However, rule changes do occur in odd years because of need for conformance with IAAF and WMA rules which are changed in odd years, i.e., 2007. Thus the changes for 2008 are the result of changes made by IAAF and/or WMA at their meetings in 2007 and approved for the most part by USATF at the Hawaii Convention in 2007.

  • Odd Years
    • Rule changes made: WMA, NCAA, NFHS and IAAF (Supposedly every 4 years but there have recently been changes every two years.)
    • Rules go into effect at the start of the next even year or May 1 for WMA and IAAF
    • USATF to conform with IAAF/WMA
  • Even Years
    • Rule changes made: NCAA, NFHS and USATF
    • Rules go into effect: start of next odd year

Suggest Rule Changes

If you have a suggestion for a rule change, please email Mark Kostek and include the following information:

  1. Original rule number
  2. Original tule text
  3. How you would like the rule modified
  4. Your rationale for the change

Please remember that any rule changes submitted now can not be acted upon until the next rule change year.

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