Rules Updates
2018-19 NFHS Rules Changes

4-3-1: Eliminates redundant language and expands definition of foundation garments.

Rationale: This change expands the current interpretation of foundation garment to include any item worn under the uniform top and/or bottom as well as eliminate duplicate language in same rule.

4-3-2: Clarifies uniform language for relay and cross country team members.

Rationale: Slight differences in design of uniform do not negatively impact the identification of a relay or cross country team. The expectation of this rule is that all relay and cross country team members can be clearly identified as representing the same school.

6-6-11, 6-8-12: Records measurement in discus and javelin to the nearest lesser inch or centimeter.

Rationale: Clarifies measurements when using metric system.

6-9-4, 6-9-5: Clarifies pit measurements for long jump and triple jump.

Rationale: Ensures pit measurements are within industry standards for safety.

8-1-1 thru 3: Clarifies legal course layout.

Rationale: Clarification of course markings.

8-3-2 thru 5: Clarifies order of finish based on torso.

Rationale: Clarifies that no matter the system used, the order of finish is based on when the torso crosses the finish line.


2019 Editorial Changes

6-2-20: Provides consistent language in the rules book, case book and officials manual.

Rationale: Consistency with wording in the rules books.


2019 Editorial Changes

4-6-5 Notes, 5-1-3, 8-6-1 thru 3, 5-2-3, 5-3-6, 6-5-1, 6-9-1


2019 Points of Emphasis

  1. Uniforms
  2. Wearable Technology
  3. Officials Safety and Recommendations in Vertical and Horizontal Jumps
Game Conditions:

 See chart p. 141.
Game Rules:
1. Equipment— Only sneakers or shoes with rubber molded soles and rubber molded cleats are permitted in the modified program. Shoes with metal posts or spikes are not permitted in any modified sport.
2. A runner is permitted one false start before disqualification.
3. A student may enter a maximum of 3 events per day; no more than two track events or two field events may be entered each day. If a student is participating in two running events, the total distance may not exceed 1200 meters for indoor track and 2300 meters for outdoor track (total distance refers to specific events, not total distance of heats). 
4. The 55 meter 30" hurdle race with five hurdles shall have the following spacings:
a) start to first hurdle - 12 meters
b) distance between hurdles - 8 meters
c) fifth hurdle to finish - 11 meters
With section/league approval, the height of the hurdle in the 55m modified
boys' hurdles may be increased from 30 inches to 33 inches. (Oct. 2011)
5. The 200 meter 30" hurdle race with 5 hurdles shall have the following spacings:
a) start to first hurdle - 20 meters
b) distance between hurdles - 35 meters
c) fifth hurdle to finish - 40 meters
6. The 4 K metal shot may be used for outdoor track.
7. A. The suggested running events and their recommended order for spring track and field meets shall be:
 a. 55 m 30" hurdles f. 200 m 30" hurdles b. 200 m dash g. 800 m run
 c. 1500 m run h. 3000 m run (optional)
 d. 100 m dash i. 4 x 200 m relay 
 e. 400 m dash j. 4 x 100 m relay
 k. 4 x 400 (optional) *
 7. B. The suggested field events shall be: 4 K shot put, 1 K discus, high jump, long jump, pole vault and triple jump. With section/league approval, a six (6) pound shot put may be used for modified girls' track and field, rather than a 4K shot put (Oct. 2011). 
 8. The suggested running events and their recommended order for combined boy-girl outdoor track meets shall be: 
 a. 55 m 30" hurdles boys 
b. 55 m 30" hurdles girls
c. 200 m dash boys 
d. 200 m dash girls 
e. 1500 m run boys
 f. 1500 m run girls 
g. 100 m dash boys 
h. 100 m dash girls 
i. 3000 m run (optional) girls 
j. 400 m dash boys 
k. 400 m dash girls 
l. 200 m hurdles boys 
m. 200 m hurdles girls 
n. 800 m run boys 
o. 800 m run girls
p. 3000 m run (optional) boys
q. 4 x 200 m relay boys
r. 4 x 200 m relay girls
s. 4 x 100 m relay boys
t. 4 x 100 m relay girls
u. 4 x 400 m relay (optional)* boys
v. 4 x 400 m relay (optional)* girls
9. Possible events for winter track and field competition include:
 a. 50/55 m dash (boys)
 b. 50/55 m dash (girls) 
 c. 200 m dash 
 d. 300 m dash  
e. 400 m dash  
f. 600 m dash 
g. 800 m run 
h. 1000 m run  
i. 1500 m run 
j. 3000 m run 
k. 4 K shot put (plastic covered)
 l. long jump
m. triple jump
n. high jump
o. pole vault 
p. 4 x 200 m relay
q. 4 x 400 m relay
r. sprint medley relay (400m,200m,200m,800m)
In facilities with tracks other than 200m in length appropriate modifications in distances are acceptable. For multi-school contests, refer to General Eligibility Rule #10 (p. 135).