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Iowa High School Track & Field underway

Saturday, March 5, 2011

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Last year's spring track and field season got off to a late start with winter's heavy snows blanketing Northwest Iowa for many weeks. Here, the 2009-2010 Braves made the best of a bad situation by building a snowman on the Cherokee track infield. Iowa prep track and field athletes began practice two weeks ago and meets will begin later this month. Photo by Paul Struck
Iowa High School track and field athletes are busy training for their season. Following is some information about the 2011 season from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

Team Participation Rules

1. The first day of practice will be February 14, 2011.

2. Meet Limitation:

Teams will be allowed to compete in 12 meets.

(Meets not included in this limitation: IHSAA meets (district or state), Drake Relays, UNI Dickinson Relays, ISU Indoor Classic)

3. Indoor track meets do not count toward the meet limitation, unless an indoor meet is held after the outdoor season has begun. The indoor track season ends when a school has its first outdoor competition. Any indoor meet held after a school begins outdoor competition counts against the meet limitation. The only exceptions would be the excluded meets identified in item #2.

4. On occasion, a school will have an athlete who is very talented and the school feels he should have better competition than the rest of the team; therefore, they take the individual to a meet and leave the rest of the team at home. If a school

does this, this meet will count against the meet limitation if the outdoor season has begun. (This does not include the Drake Relays)

5. A two-day meet shall be considered a one-day meet insofar as the limitation rule is concerned.

6. If a school signs a contract to participate in a track meet, they cannot break that contract to attend a different meet. The IHSAA rules require schools to honor their first contract.

Individual Participation Rules

1. Individual Meet Limitation:

Individuals will be allowed to compete in 12 meets (meets not included in this limitation: IHSAA meets (district or state), Drake Relays, UNI Dickinson Relays, ISU Indoor Classic).

Indoor track meets do not count toward the meet limitation unless an indoor meet is held after the outdoor season has begun. The indoor track season ends when a school has its first outdoor competition. Any indoor meet held after a school

begins outdoor competition counts against the meet limitation. The only exceptions would be the excluded meets identified in item #2.

2. A competitor may compete in only one meet per day, excluding the Drake Relays. The only exception would be if you have a varsity/junior varsity meet or a sophomore/varsity meet held on the same day at the same site.

An individual can participate in both meets, as long as he does not violate the one-day individual event participation rule. In this instance, the competitor will be charged with only one meet.

3. Individual Event Limitation: Each contestant is limited to four events. Preliminary events count as an event.

4.. If there are no preliminaries, an individual entered will be charged with an event unless he scratches prior to reporting to the clerk of course or event judge.

5.. The Board of Control of the IHSAA has adopted the National Federation rule with regard to a participant competing in too many events. Rule 4, Section 2, Article 2 requires the forfeiture of all individual points, team points, and places earned by a competitor exceeding the participation limit. This forfeiture applies to both individual and relay points and places.

6.. Fatigue: Individuals showing excess fatigue for the event in progress may be waved off the track by the referee. If the competitor fails to comply, he will be disqualified. National Federation rules require that a competitor displaying the signs or symptoms of a concussion shall be immediately removed from the meet and not allowed to return until cleared by an appropriate health-care professional. Please refer to Rule 4, Section 4, Article 3 in the National Federation Rules.

7. The referee has the authority to disqualify lapped runners in any event. However, if the lapped runner is in a possible scoring position, or is not interfering with other runners, the runner may be allowed to complete the race. If permitted to

run, the runner should be allowed to run the normal race course.

9. Personal conduct: Disqualification will be invoked for unsportsmanlike conduct. The referee has sole authority in this area, however, any official may request the referee to take such action. Please refer to the IHSAA Handbook for the

current IHSAA disqualification rule. The use of tobacco products by coaches or participants is prohibited by IHSAA rule.

District Meets

The 48 largest track schools are 4-A, next 64 largest 3-A, next 96 largest 2-A and the balance 1-A.

1. All districts will be co-educational meets.

2. The 2011 district meets will be held for all classes on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The rain date for all districts will be the following day (excluding Sunday) . All district meets will start at 4 p.m. There will be a 45 minute break between the boy's 3200 and the boy's shuttle hurdle and a 10 - minute break. If rain date is used, meet manager determines starting time.

3. District Assignment: Schools will be assigned to a district based on geographic location. This assignment cannot be changed.

4. Only two contestants may compete in an individual event from a member school.

State Meet

The 2011 State Track and Field Meet will again be a coeducational event, held in cooperation with the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The meet will be held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines on May 19, 20 and 21. The format

for the meet will alternate from the 2010 format. Classes 2A & 3A will compete in the morning and Classes 1A & 4A will compete in the afternoon. There are still pending details regarding the administration and organization of the meet. Specific details will be made available when the determinations have been made.



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