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Information Flyer

Southern Wesleyan April 27-28, 2018 

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2018 Southern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship, May 10-11

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USATF SC JO T&F Championships, Myrtle Beach June 22-24

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USATF Youth National Outdoor, 6/26/18 to 7/1/18, Brockport, NY

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National Officials Shirt

Have you received your USATF shirt? Have you entered your Shirt size? As of April 3, there are 351 officials who have not received their national shirt because they have not entered their shirt size on their profile page. That is an increase of 11 individuals from our last report. If you have not received your shirt, please check your USATF membership profile. You can enter your size there or contact your Association Certification Chair for assistance.

2018 USATF Rule Books

Certified officials can purchase the 2018 USATF Rule Book for $10 at this link:

Marty’s "Training Tip"

As I do in every training session or clinic I teach, I ping safety again and again. Earlier this year, an official in the Czech Republic was hit in the chest by a shot and killed. I personally saw a shot sail over the head of an official at a national championship meet earlier this year because they were not aware there was anyone warming up in the ring. Thankfully, no one was injured in that instance, and all that was required was a quick change of underwear, but it points out the importance of not only constant vigilance as an official, but teamwork!

In this case, the Flight Coordinator overseeing warm-up throws at the ring was distracted by someone asking a question, and an athlete slipped behind him into the ring. The officials in the sector were retrieving implements and had their backs turned to the ring. As officials, we must work as a team and protect each other. One good way to close the ring or runway is to use a cone in front of the board, arc, or in the center of the ring.Most facilities have a traffic cone available, or if you are like me and carry just about everything needed to run a meet in your trunk, I have two 16” collapsible cones I bought on Amazon for about $15 each. For me, they are worth the investment to keep control of my venue.

Want to see more “Training Tips”? Let Marty Johnson know via email atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Officials’ Evaluations

Our officials’ evaluations - for officials who work USATF championship meets - are comprised of two distinct tools:

  1. A Selection Recommendation – provided to the USATF Selection Committee for future years’ championship selections; and
  2. A Performance Appraisal – to give feedback to the rated official on their performance at a particular meet.

Event heads complete an evaluation on crew members, and a crew member and/or referee completes an evaluation on event heads. Going forward, once an evaluation is submitted, it generates an email to the rated official containing the evaluation questions and responses. For details on the evaluation process and format, click on this link.

Best Practices

More than 35 of our “Best Practices” and “Resources” documents have been updated in the past three months. Take a look in the Best Practices library at this link to see items of interest, and to check the dates of documents you’ve printed off, compared to the latest in the library. And then, recommend the website to one or two fellow officials who may not be aware of its existence.

Implement Inspector's Handbook Updated

As part of preparing the latest EFSS newsletter, Ivars Ikstrums has also made some modest revisions to the Implement Inspector Handbook. Click here to download your copy of the handbook.

N.O.C. Awards Program and Hall of Fame

The N.O.C. Awards webpages along with the Officials Hall of Fame webpages have been updated. Check out the site for criteria for each of the awards, nomination forms and past winners. Then during the course of the outdoor season, if you see someone that should be considered, please fill out and submit the nomination form.

USATF Rules Year

This is a USATF Rules Year. Anyone with suggestions, changes or housekeeping items can contact Laurie Boemker or any of the Subcommittee members.

Contact Laurie Boemker, Officials Rule Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

NCAA Rule Focus ~ Rule Adoption

The NCAA has not adopted the field event 30 second rule or the IAAF relay exchange zone rule. Please apply all NCAA rules as written in the 2017-2018 Rule Book.

NCAA Rule Focus 2 ~ Call for Proposed Rule Changes

The NCAA Men's and Women's Track and Field Rules Committee is now accepting your rules change proposals to be considered for discussion at its annual meeting in June. The committee is interested in your ideas and concerns relative to playing rules you think need to be changed.

Please use this link to record your proposal and rationale. This form must be fully completed in order for the proposal to be accepted. All proposals must be received by May 1, 2018.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Rachel Seewald atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dan Rose, chair
NCAA Men's and Women's Track and Field Rules Committee

Mark Kostek, secretary-rules editor
NCAA Men's and Women's Track and Field Rules Committee

Let’s Talk Pole Vault with Patrick Ronan, New England Association

When setting up the pits for the Pole Vault, it is important to understand not only the rules, but the way a bending pole works. The NCAA recommends a maximum distance from the back of the box to the pads of 15cm, while the NFHS calls for a 3” max, and the USATF a range of 10-15cm. The problem is that some box collars have a square front edge, while others, like the one in the photo are angled. Pits too have varying angles of inclination away from the box. So how do you know where the pads should be placed? The key is in the angle of the back of the stop box where the photo shows a sneaker (top of shoe) pressing the pole against the pads but not hitting the top of the stop box itself.

When a vaulter bends the pole, that pole needs to be able to proceed forwards, uninhibited by the pads, or the lack of forward progress will prevent the vaulter from getting into the safety of the thick part of the pads. If the pole can’t maintain its forward momentum, the vaulter will end up coming down short of the bar onto the front tapered sections of the pads.

So what is the right, and safe way to set up the pads? If you have an angled box collar, put the bottom edge against the top of the stop box and the pads against the top of the box collar. Then use the sneaker and pole method shown in the picture to make sure the pole will not be impeded by the pads. If you have a square edge box collar, push it back from the stop box by a couple of inches and place the pads a couple of inches back from that. Use the sneaker and pole test to adjust as needed.

USATF Rule of the Month

Throwing Events - General Rules - Rule 187.22 - Throws From a Circle (Sector)

The sector within which all throws from a circle must fall, shall be clearly marked on the ground with lines 5cm wide, the inner edges of which shall form the sector boundary. These sector lines are radii from the center of the circle. The outer ends of the radii should be marked with flags. Sectors shall be 34.92 degrees (±0.1 degree).

NOTE 1: Flags or continuous barriers should be erected parallel to and at least 3m outside of the sector lines for their full length.

NOTE 2: For description of the landing sector for indoor competitions and exception with limited space indoors, see Rule 221.

As an aid in marking and checking the 34.92-degree sector lines, the table below may be used. For greater accuracy, use the longest distance the field will allow. In this table, 'A' indicates the distance from the center of the circle to a point on each of the two sector lines and 'B' indicates the distance between those two points.

IAAF Rule of the Month - Javelin Throw, Rule 193.1

(Refer to USATF Rule 193.1(a) - 193.1(f) and Youth Exception, Rule 302.5(h))

RULE 193 Javelin Throw Competition

1. . . .
(a) The javelin shall be held at the grip with one hand only. It shall be thrown over the shoulder or upper part of the throwing arm and shall not be slung or hurled. Non-orthodox styles are not permitted.
(b) A throw shall be valid only if the metal head strikes the ground before any other part of the javelin.
(c) Until the javelin has been thrown, an athlete shall not at any time turn completely around, so that his back is towards the throwing arc.

Previous references in the Rules to the “tip” of the javelin have been removed and are replaced by a generic reference to the head. This acknowledges that the shape of the head varies greatly, making it harder to separately define the tip. It means that Judges in determining whether the javelin has landed correctly in terms of Rule 187.16 and Rule 193.1(b) and the reference point for measurement in terms of Rule 187.20(b) now have a bigger area with which to assess. But the principles remain as before and there must be some angle on landing, however small, for the throw to be valid. Flat or “tail-first” landings are still to be red flagged. 

World Para Athletics - Rule 7.14 (Assistance-Field Events)

Assistants for athletes in Sport Classes F31-33 and F51-54 will be permitted (one assistant per athlete per event) who can assist the athlete under the control and supervision of the Officials to ensure the athlete transfers safely to the throwing frame, and assist athletes to strap into their throwing frame.

Note: Strapping must be only to the frame with non-elastic material.

COMMENT: It is important to note assistants are only permitted for athletes in Sport Classes F31-33 and F51-54. If an athlete in different Sport Class requires assistance that athlete must complete a request for assistance form and submit this to the Technical Delegate for approval at least 24 hours prior to the event. Assistance is only permitted if the Technical Delegate approves the request. Officials are not responsible for transferring athletes to the throwing frame. Athletes or their assistants (if permitted or approved) are responsible for this. In some instances the Technical Delegate(s), in his absolute discretion, may allow assistance by a Technical Official or accredited volunteer at the event site to ensure the competition area is not overcrowded with people. Technical Officials or accredited volunteers shall not provide assistance to athletes when transferring from their day-chair to the throwing frame and vice versa. Such assistance must only be performed by assistants approved by the Technical Delegate(s) in cases where such approval is required. 

IAAF Breaking News ~ Race Walk Rule Change

The IAAF Council on March 5, 2018 Amended Rule 230.7(c). To view the Race Walk Rule amendment click here.

Did You Know?

In much of North America, Athletic is synonymous with sports in general, maintaining a more historic usage of the term. The word "athletics" is rarely used to refer to the sport of athletics in this region. Track and Field is preferred, and is used in the United States to refer to most athletics events, including race walking and marathon running (although cross country running is typically considered as a separate sport).

Are You Controlling the Throwing Circle?

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