ARTICLE 28

 

TRACK (WINTER AND SPRING) BOYS

Section 1. RULES

All activities under the jurisdiction of the RIIL in this article shall be conducted under the National Federation of State High School Association Track rules except for any special rulings adopted by the Committee.

 

  1. Schools signifying an intent to compete in Track by that very fact manifest their intention to compete in the two (2) Major Meets, the Class, and the State Championships sponsored by the RIIL.

 

  1. Athlete participation:
  1. Dual Meets: An athlete is allowed to participate in not more than four (4) events, provided that not more than two (2) running events are over 400 meters (600 Meters Winter Track). A combination of more than 2 of 800, 1000, 1500, 3000 and/or 4X800 meters will not be allowed.

All other Meets: An athlete may be entered in a maximum of four (4) events. There will be no restrictions on these events.

Athletes may not be entered into events for which they would not be eligible to compete. An athlete is considered entered into an individual event at the time team entries are submitted. Relay entries become final at the time of check-in with meet clerk.

 

  1. Any athlete who participates in meets and is not listed on the original RIIL eligibility list or any official additional list on file with the League Office, shall be subject to the provisions of Article 6, Section 5 (Penalties).

 

  1. Fair Effort/Scratch Rule:

Athletes legally declared in all running events with qualifying rounds must honestly participate. An athlete must compete as necessary to advance to the next round of competition or be barred from all remaining competitions of the Meet. After a deadline for confirmation has been set or a scratch meet held a competitor must compete in the events entered or be barred from all subsequent competitions of the meet. An athlete failing to start or take a trial (other than a designated pass), or who quits an event, shall be considered to have abandoned the competition and shall not participate in any subsequent events. An athlete may not elect to pass all trials in an event.

 

Section 2. SCHEDULE/MEETS

  1. Director(s) of Track shall make up the schedules and order of meets. No school may make any changes to the schedule. See Article 1, Section 17 (Home Confirmation Schedule). The Director(s) of Track shall work with the State Meet Director, coaches, and officials in carrying out the program.

 

  1. Scoring ‑ Scoring in all meets will follow Federation guidelines.
  1. Dual Meet Schedules – A dual meet schedule will be set up by the RIIL in both Indoor and Outdoor Track.

 

Section 3. POSTPONEMENTS

The postponement rules of the RIIL unless otherwise stated, shall govern all postponed track meets. Any request for a change requires the permission of the Director of Track as well as the consent of all schools involved.

 

Section 4. OFFICIALS

RIIL assigned official’s authority extends to pre and post-game oversight. Fighting and unsportsmanlike penalties will be within the authority of the officials at all times at the contest site. In the absence of the Director of Track or an RIIL appointed supervisor, the coaches of the respective teams shall act as the officials of all RIIL track meets and shall supervise said meets in accordance with these rules. A State Meet Director shall be appointed annually by the Committee.

 

  1. The State Meet Director shall act as director of all RIIL State Championship Meet. He/she will work under the authority of the Director of Track and will have authority to make any changes in the prescribed order of events or in other details in connection with the RIIL State Championship. He/she shall notify coaches of such changes at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of a given meet, unless in his/her judgment the changes must be made at the scene of the meet and immediately prior to its start. The State Meet Director of Track shall act as director for the RIIL State Championship Meet. He/she shall notify coaches of such changes at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance of the State Meet, unless in his/her judgment the changes must be made at the scene of the meet and immediately prior to its start.

 

  1. The Director(s) of Track shall make adequate provisions for supervising meets.

 

 

Section 5. CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS

The championship meets will be conducted under the direction of the Director(s) of Track using a format determined by the Director(s), approved by the Committee, and published with the RIIL Track schedule.

 

  1. A limit of four (4) entries per event per school shall be used for the RIIL Division and Class Meets. In the State Meet, a school may submit as many entries per event as are qualified by the rankings.

 

  1. Entries for the Class and State Meets must be submitted at a time and manner designated by the Director(s) of Track. Penalty for late entries: Schools who submit late (after the deadline) entries for the State Meet will be subject to the following:

 

  • 1st Offense - $50.00 fine
  • 2nd Offense - $100.00 fine

 

  1. Individuals from schools that do not have a Track team may not enter the RIIL & Class and/or State Meets except as provided for in Article 3, Section 7. In addition, individuals may not enter the Class and/or State Meets without competing in a minimum of two (2) prior meets as designated by the Director(s) of Track. Entry into the State Meet shall be the same for individuals as for members of full teams. Individuals will be credited with their performances in all major meets but will not be considered in the calculation of team scoring.

 

  1. Awards: A team and individual awards structure shall be established by the Committee for all RIIL Major Meets.

 

Section 6. MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Competitors participating in other simultaneous sports must compete in no less than one (1) dual meet and achieve a qualifying mark in a state qualifying meet.

 

  1. Entry information for the New England Meet will be provided to coaches as the information becomes available but no later than the State Meet.

 

  1. Uniforms: No competitor or team will be allowed to compete without wearing a proper uniform. Uniforms will comply with requirements as outlined in current Federation rules.

 

  1. RI RIIL State records will be developed from meets recognized and approved by the RIIL. Performances to be considered for state records must be submitted to the RIIL office with a proof of performance form.

 

  1. No athlete may compete or practice in the pole vault event unless under the supervision of a certified pole vault coach. The sport committee shall designate acceptable certification programs. Certification must be renewed after three years.

 

Section 7. WINTER TRACK

 

  1. Dual Meet entries – Dual meet entries must be submitted to the RIIL Track and Field Director as an electronic HYTEK Entry File. Entry deadline and number of changes will be designated by the Director. Teams are limited to four (4) entries per event. (Entrants in the 3000 may be limited to 3 if the additional runners would require a third heat of the 3000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Order of Events – Dual Meets:
  1. High Jumpstart at 5', up 2" per round, winner to be eligible to compete until out.
  2. 12# Plastic Shot
  3. 25# Weight
  4. Long Jump
  5. 3000 Meters
  6. 4 x 200 Relay
  7. 1500 Meters
  8. High Hurdles
  9. Dash
  10. 600 Meters
  11. 300 Meters
  12. 1,000 Meters
  13. 4 x 400 Relay

 

  1. Order of Events – Class and State Meets:
  1. High Jump:
  1. Class Meet‑Start at 5'4", up 2" until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD.
  2. State Meet‑Start at 5'6", up 2" until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD
  1. 12# Plastic Shot
  2. 25# weight
  3. Long Jump
  4. 4 x 800 Relay
  5. 4 x 100 Relay
  6. 3000 Meters
  7. Hurdle Trials
  8. Dash Trials
  9. 1500 Unseeded (Class Meet)
  10. Hurdle and Dash Semis **(Class Meet Only)
  11. 1500 Seeded
  12. Hurdle Finals
  13. Dash Finals
  14. 600 Meters
  15. 300 Meters
  16. 1000 Meters
  17. 4 x 400 Relay
  18. ** Semifinal round of hurdles and dash will be dropped if FAT timing is available

 

  1. For an athlete to be eligible to compete in the Class meet, the athlete must meet the established minimum standards. If the number of qualifying performances does not complete the field of 18 competitors, the best non-qualifying performances will be allowed to complete in the field of 18 competitors. The list of standards will be provided to coaches at the Winter Interpretation Meeting.

 

  1. An athlete to compete in the State Championship Meet must be among the top (18) and ties (15 in relay events). The Games Committee may adjust the number of competitors in the Hurdles and Dash to a field of 24. Rank order performance lists as maintained by the Meet Director shall determine eligibility to compete. Performances from dual meets, class meets, as well as any additional meets designated as “qualifying” meets shall be used in developing ranking lists. Six (6) alternates will be accepted in individual events and 2 alternates in the relays. Alternates will be decided by the designated scratch period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 8. SPRING TRACK

  1. Dual Meet entries – Unlimited
  2. Dual Meet Order of Events

Field Events – (Opening heights – Pole Vault 7’, High Jump 5’)

  1. 4x100 Relay
  2. Hurdles
  3. 100 Dash
  4. 1500
  5. 400
  6. 300 Hurdles
  7. 800
  8. 200
  9. 3000***
  10. 4 x 400 Relay

*** The 3000 Meters may be contested as the first running event if this is agreeable to all coaches involved.

 

  1. Order of Events – Division, Class and State Meets:

High Jump –

    1. Division, Class Meet – Start at 5’4”, up 2” until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD
    2. State Meet – Start at 5’8”, up 2” until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD

Pole Vault –

a. Division, Class Meet – Start at 8’, up 6” until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD

b. State Meet – Start at 10’6”, up 6” until 3 or fewer, subsequent heights TBD

 

Long Jump Triple Jump

#12 Shot Put Dicus Javelin Hammer

 

  1. 4 x 800 Relay 10. 100 Finals
  2. 4 x 100 Relay 11. 400 Sections
  3. High Hurdle Trials 12. 300 Hurdles
  4. 100 Trials 13. 200 Trials
  5. 1500 Unseeded 14. 800 Sections
  6. Hurdle Semis (Div & Class Meet) 15. 3000 B/G (state meet only)
  7. 100 Semis (Div & Class Meet) 16. 200 finals – formerly semis
  8. 1500 Seeded 17. 3000 finals
  9. Hurdle Finals 18. 4 x 400 Relay

 

Semi final rounds of the High Hurdles, 100 meters will be contested at Division and Class Meets only if the field size exceeds 18 after scratches.

 

The Sport Committee is authorized to move some field events to be conducted on the afternoon previous to the State Championship meet in an effort to expedite the meet for the benefit of al athletes, coaches and fans.

 

  1. Athletes to compete in the State Championship Meet must meet the qualifying standards for their events. Field will be filled to eighteen (18) except the 110 Hurdles and 100 Dash, which will be a maximum field of twenty-four (24) on tracks where 8 lanes are available. On 6 lane tracks the fields for these events will also be 18. Athletes who have met the provisional standards will be added to the State Meet to fill event field to 18. In events run entirely in lanes, provisional entries will not be allowed if such additions would cause the creation of additional heats/rounds. In vertical jumps, provisional athletes tying for the 18th qualifying spot will be added only if they do not cause the entrant field to exceed 20. The minimum field size will by 12. Rank Order performance lists as maintained by the Meet Director(s) shall determine eligibility to compete. Marks from divisional championship meets, class meets as well as additional meets designated as “qualifying” meets shall be used in developing ranking lists. The maximum field size for relay events shall be 12. Alternates will be allowed to compete if they have been previously entered and if scratches are determined from the scratch meeting prior to the start of the meet. The sport committee is authorized to move some field events to be conducted on the afternoon previous to the State Championship meet in an effort to expedite the meet for the benefit of all athletes, coaches and fans.

 

  1. In all qualifying meets, implements should be weighed and measured, if possible, prior to competition.

 

  1. State Meet Qualifying Standards: Qualifying and Provisional entry standards will be provided to coaches at the Spring Interpretation Meeting. Athletes not achieving the provisional standard may not be entered into the State Championship.

 

  1. No athlete may compete or practice in the pole vault event unless under the supervision of a certified pole vault coach. The sport committee shall designate acceptable certification programs. Certification must be renewed after three years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 6/21/17