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Welcome to the home of Menehune Track
 
Our mission is to provide coaching staff, parents & athletes the most up to date information on the
 2017 OIA Track Season

Contact us at: menehunetrack@gmail.com 


Please Check Daily for the Latest

 


2017 ISLAND MOVERS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY–SATURDAY, MAY 12–13

KEAAU HIGH SCHOOL


What's New: 

Current Info & Reminders: 



 
MoHS Athletic Trainer Message:

ATHLETIC CLEARANCE PROCEDURES:
All student-athletes must have athletic clearance prior to participation. Athletic Packets are available in the main office and Athletic Training Room during summer months, or in the College & Career Center and Athletic Training Room during the school year (August-May). Contents of the packets include:
1. Moanalua High School Athletic Department Parent Athlete Handbook
2. Athletic Participation Procedures
3. Parent Consent Liability Form for Participation
4. Department of Education Physical Examination Form
5. Processing Fee ($10.00) in an envelope 
(checks made out to Moanalua High School)
6. Athletic Department Booster Club Membership Form (Donation $10-$105) 
 (checks made out to MoHs Athletic Booster Club)

Completed forms (Parent Consent and Liability Form, Processing fee of $10.00, and DOE Physical Form) must be turned in to the Athletic Training Room or the Athletic Department tray in the Main Office. A pink slip will be available for pick up in the Athletic Training Room, after school, when the forms are processed (24 hours within receipt of packet). This pink slip is the athletic clearance to participate and is good for 1 school year. Pink slips must be given to the head coaches prior to participation. Student athletes who are already athletically cleared and wish to try out or participate in another sport during the school year must obtain another copy of their pink slip (athletic clearance). 
Our priority is with the athletes who are in season and have completed the clearance process (pink slips are processed once the "rush" is out).
While it seems we're doing it constantly, please encourage your returning athletes to get their pink slips/clearance ahead of time.


Process to obtain additional pink slip
1. Call or make request from Athletic Trainers (837-8065 or Bldg S across from locker room)
2. Pink slips will be ready for pick up at the Athletic Training Room 24 hours after they receive your packet.

Mahalo for your cooperation.
Aloha,
Reid Takano, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Certified
Moanalua High School



Upcoming 2016 - 2017 Moanalua Athletic Department Events:

Mandatory Parent & Athlete Meetings
Date                                     Day                  Time                              Place July 28, 2016                         Thur                 6:30pm                         Gym Football Only August 10, 2016                   Wed                  6:30pm                        Gym FALL SPORTS November 9, 2016                Wed                   6:30pm                         Gym WINTER SPORTS February 15, 2017            Wed                   6:30pm                        Gym SPRING SPORTS

					 
Athletic Awards Banquet
  • May 21, 2017 @ Honolulu Country Club- 10:30 lunch, 11:00 program 

MOHS Coach’s Meetings
  • End of Year‐ May 21, 2017 Sunday @ Honolulu Country Club 9:30 am

School & Sports Assemblies
    • Welcome Back Assembly - August 2016 8:30 AM
    • Fall Sports‐ Tuesday, August 30, 2016**
    • Homecoming Day Pep Rally Thursday, September 22, 2016 8:30 AM
    • Talent Show Try-Outs - Tuesday, October 25, 2016 2:30 PM Student Center Performers Only
    • Talent Show Assembly - Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8:50 AM - 9:40 AM
    • Winter Sports‐ Tuesday, December 6, 2016**
    • Faculty Talent Show - TBD
    • Drug Free Assembly - February 3, 2017
    • Spring Sports‐ Wednesday, March 29, 2017**
    • May Day Assembly April 28, 2017
    • Awards Assembly May 16, 2017
  • **All Sports Assemblies begin at 8:30 AM in the Gym

2017 MoHS Commencement:
  • May 22, 2017 Monday Time 5:30 PM at Aloha Stadium
Homecoming Week September 19 - 24
  • Monday, September 19: 
    Homecoming Week! Volleyball Round 1 (SR-FR, JR-SO), Dress-up (Chopstick Twin Day), Noon Hour (Chopstick Transfer), Night Pep Rally (6:30 p.m., Athletic Field)
  • Tuesday, September 20: 
    Homecoming Week! Volleyball Round 2 (SR-SO, JR-FR), Dress-up (Souvenir Shirt Day), Noon Hour (Class Cheer)
  • Wednesday, September 21: 
    Homecoming Week! Volleyball Round 3 (SR-JR, SO-FR), Dress-up (Tourist Day), Noon Hour (Tahitian Dance Off), Banner Competition (8:00 a.m., Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, September 22: 
    Homecoming Week! Day Pep Rally (Volleyball Finals, Song Contest), Dress-up (Class T-Shirt Day), Noon Hour (Paper Plane Darts)
  • Friday, September 23: 
    Homecoming Week! Parade (2:00 p.m., Student Lot), Dress-up (Moanalua Day), Noon Hour (Name That Flag)
  • Saturday, September 24: Homecoming Game 4:00 PM (Moanalua vs. Kahuku)

Moanalua High School Events, Important Dates and Holidays:

Teacher Workday No School: July 26 - 29 & August 1, 2016 
Orientation and Schedule Pick-up:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016
First Day Classes Begins: Wednesday, August 3, 2017
Moanalua High School Open House: Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00 pm (Cafe)
Statehood Day No School: Friday, August 19, 2016
Labor Day No School: Monday, September 5, 2016
Exam Week #1: October 3 - 7, 2016
Fall Recess No School: October 10 - 14, 2016
Menehune Classic: October 22, 2016 5:30 pm (Athletic Field)
Election Day No School: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Veterans Day No School: Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanksgiving Day No School: Thursday, November 24, 2016
School Holiday No School: Friday, November 25, 2016
Music Winter Concert: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Exam Week #2: December 15 - 16 & 19 - 21, 2016
Winter Fantasy: December 22, 2016
Winter Recess No School: December 22, 2016 - January 5, 2017
Teacher Workday  No School: January 6, 2017
Martin Luther King Day No School: Monday, January 16, 2017
Senior Luau:  TBD
Teacher Workday
  No School: February 13, 2017
Sophomore Banquet: February 17, 2017 (Honolulu Country Club)
Music Department Movie Night February 18, 2017
President's' Day No School: Monday, February 20, 2017
Kinaole Awards Dinner : February 23, 2017 5:30 pm (Honolulu Country Club)
CD South Parade of Bands MoHS GYM February 24, 2017 
Senior Prom: March 4, 2017
Moanalua Complex Concert MoHS GYM March 10, 2017 
Exam Week #3 March 13 -17, 2017
Junior Prom: March 17, 2017
Spring Recess No School: March 20 - 24, 2017
Kuhio Day No School: Monday, March 27, 2017
Freshman Banquet: TBD

Teacher Workday  No School: April 7, 2017
Moanalua Professional Development Conference: 
April 7, 2017
Moanalua Music Department Craft Fair: (Winter) December 10, 2016 & (Spring) Discontinued
Good Friday No School: Friday, April 14, 2017

Music Aloha Concert: Saturday,  April 29, 2017
2017 Commencement: Monday, May 22, 2017 at Aloha Stadium
Exam Week #4: May 22 - 26, 2017
Students Last Day Friday, May 26, 2017
Memorial Day No School: Monday, May 29, 2017
Teacher Work Day No School:  May 30, 2017

Moanalua Field Renovation Project (The Latest News)

  • Moanalua Field Renovation Project Pictures 
  • Field Work  (In Progress) as of 7/18/16
  • Dust Curtains are almost completed as of 11//28/14
  • Pole Vault Runway Expansion Work order change Approved
  • Field Renovation Project Starts November 17, 2014
  • Permits are in hand and we are a go for November
  • Field Renovation Project Delayed Till November 2014 (Not Again)
  • The Big Meeting on our field renovation project Friday, February 28
  • Project Timeline will be available soon 
  • On February 18 we will be issued a permit to start our field renovation project
  • Field Work begins Late February or early March (We Hope)


Upcoming Menehune Track Events:

  • MoHS Blue and Silver Meet Canceled till 2018
  • Moanalua Complex Track Meet March TBD, 2018 8:00 AM
  • Menehune Invitational Track Meet April , 2018 12:30 PM Canceled till 2018
 
  • Up Coming OIA Track Events:


    HHSAA State Championship Trials & Finals:
    Student $5.00 Adults $7.00 Senior Citizens (62 and over) $5.00 ***

Meets Moanalua High School Track Team Will Be Participating In
Bus Transportation may be provided for all meets held on school days

*** Admission will be Charged & Concession Open During All Championships

    Up Coming OIA Events:
    • OIA Golf Tournament June 
    • OIA Foundation Dinner: TBD
    • HIADA Conference: June 
    • AD Workshop: June 
    • OIA Coaches Banquet June  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


     Current Track Events Offered at Moanalua High School for the 2016 Season:
    • Sprints 100, 200, & 400 Meter Dash (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys)
    • 100 High Hurdles & 300 Low Hurdles (JV & Varsity Girls) 
    • 110 High Hurdles & 300 Intermediate Hurdles (JV & Varsity Boys)
    • 4x100 Meter Relay & 4x400 Meter Relay (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys) 
    • 800, 1500, & 3000 Meter Run (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys)
     Current Field Events Offered at Moanalua High School for the 2016 Season:
    • High Jump (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys) Not This Season
    • Long Jump (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys)Starting 2017 Track Season
    • Triple Jump (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys)Starting 2017 Track Season
    • Pole Vault (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys) Not This Season
    • Shot Put (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys) Starting 2017 Track Season
    • Discus (JV & Varsity Girls & Boys) Starting 2017 Track Season
     All Track & Field Events Listed Above is Subject to Availability of Facility and/or Event Coaches and is Subject to Change


    Admission will be Charged JV & Varsity Divisional Championships and OIA JV & Varsity Championship Trials & Finals:
    • 5.00- Students with OIA Activity Pass and eighth grade & under
    • $6.00- Senior Citizens (62 and older) and Military Personnel with proper ID
    • $8.00- General Admission
    • Host School Pep squad members will be allowed to enter without paying if they are in their team
    • uniform
    • Each school should provide an athletes and coaches list for entry into the finals
    • Passes- All Sports Pass “Spring Sports Pass”
     

     

    NEWS RELEASE

    NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE

    HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS

    Rules Changes Approved for High School

    Track and Field, Cross Country

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Becky Oakes

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 7, 2015) – Beginning with the 2016 high school track
    and field season, the head starter (or designee), rather than the implement
    inspector, shall inspect all starting blocks used in the running events.

    The addition of Article 4 to Rule 3-6 was one of eight changes recommended
    by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track
    and Field Rules Committee at its June 15-17 meeting in Indianapolis. The
    committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “The committee did significant work in cleaning up some confusion regarding
    trials and passes by expanding terms contained in definitions,” said Becky
    Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules
    Committee. “Likewise, changes were made to include the use of flags in field
    events and update cross country rules to reflect the current trends in the sport.”

    Rules 6-1-1 through 5 were amended to expand and clarify the definitions
    for trials/attempts in throwing events. Rule 6-2-9 concerning a competitor’s
    initiation of a trial was consequently affected by the change. Similar
    revisions were made to Rules 7-1-1 through 7 and Rule 7-2-12 so the same
    clarification and expansion of definitions apply.

    Other significant track and field rules changes included the revision of
    Rule 3-10-7. The rule now states that “the head event judge may be equipped
    with both a white and red flag” to signal whether a throwing attempt is fair
    or foul. The change will allow for more efficient administration of field
    events and for improved communication between officials, coaches and fans, Oakes said.

    In cross country, Rule 9-3-3 was revised to recommend the use of a video or
    photograph to verify the order of finish in races in which the timing system
    indicates a differential of one-tenth of a second or less. Having the video
    as a back-up and a process in place for problems that may arise from the use
    of a computerized transponder/chip system is a good solution, Oakes said.

    Added to Rule 9-3 is the recommendation of a finish corral at cross country
    meets where transponders are used for the order of finish.

    Other changes to cross country included an addition to Rule 9-1-3, which
    now allows the use of double painted boundary lines and/or natural or
    artificial boundary markers as an alternative method to mark the course for
    both runners and spectators.

    The remaining changes to track and field concern equipment standards. Rule
    6-5-2 was added, specifying the maximum allowed diameter for indoor shot put
    to account for the synthetic cover that is not present on the outdoor
    implement. Rule 6-6-1 was revised to allow for the use of newer javelin
    materials such as carbon fiber. Finally, Rule 7-6-3 was altered to recommend
    that the takeoff board for long jump and triple jump be eight inches wide,
    but still allow for larger boards.

    Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,321
    participants in 16,271 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 478,885
    participants in 16,217 schools during the 2013-14 season, according to the
    NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. Cross country is the seventh-most
    popular sport for boys with 252,547 participants in 14,473 schools and is
    the sixth-most popular sport for girls with 218,121 participants in 14,267 schools.

    This press release was written by Brandon Jones, a summer intern in the

    NFHS Publications and Communications Department and a junior at Indiana University Bloomington. 


    Prohibition of Jewelry Lifted in High School Track and Field

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   Contact: Becky Oakes

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 14, 2014) — Effective with the 2015 high school track and field season, the prohibition of jewelry will be eliminated. This was one of several rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 16-18 meeting in Indianapolis. The committee’s recommendations were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee, said the committee determined that prohibiting jewelry in high school track and field and cross country is not necessary.

    “The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents,” Oakes said. “Elimination of the rule allows officials to focus on meet administration directly related to actual competition. Coaches continue to have the obligation to see that competitors are properly equipped.”

    In other changes, language regarding the time limit to initiate a trial in the throwing and jumping events was revised. Previously, competitors in these events had to initiate a trial and carry it to completion within one minute. Beginning next year, participants must only initiate the trial within the one-minute time limit. Completion of the event will be allowed beyond the prescribed time.

    Another change was made in field events involving implements. In events such as the shot put, discus, javelin and pole vault, an additional trial will be allowed when an implement breaks – and thus becomes illegal – during competition due to no fault of the competitor.

    The revised note in Rules 6-2-17 and 7-2-17reads as follows: “If a legal implement breaks during an attempt in accordance with the rules, no penalty shall be counted against the competitor and a replacement trial shall be awarded. If the implement breaks upon completion of the trial, a replacement attempt shall not be awarded and the results of the trial shall be recorded, provided it was made in accordance with the rules.”

    In the discus throw, it no longer will be a foul if a competitor is out of control when exiting the back half of the circle. Also, in the discus, shot put and javelin, the requirement for the judge to call “mark” was eliminated.

    Another change involves the high jump and pole vault events. A new article in Rule 7-2 will state that “a crossbar displaced by a force disassociated with the competitor after he/she is legally and clearly over the crossbar shall not be a fault and is considered a successful attempt.”

    In Rule 8 involving special events, the committee approved the 1,500-meter run as an alternate for the 1,600-meter run in the decathlon and pentathlon. Oakes said when using the IAAF standard scoring, the 1,500-meter run is the standard distance. In addition, the indoor weight throw was approved for the listing of special events.

    The final change involves Rule 1-4 on indoor track. Since many indoor meets are held in college facilities, the committee approved the 60-meter high hurdles and dash as alternates for the 55-meter high hurdles and dash. Oakes said this option eliminates special marking of the facilities for the hurdles and dash.

    Track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys with 580,672 participants in 16,001 schools and is the No. 1 sport for girls with 472,939 participants in 15,962 schools during the 2012-13 season, according to the NFHS Athletics Participation Survey.


    About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

    The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.7 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site atwww.nfhs.org.

     

     

    MEDIA CONTACTS:                 Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                     Director of Publications and Communications

                                                     National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                     bhoward@nfhs.org

     

                                                     Chris Boone, 317-972-6900

                                                     Assistant Director of Publications and Communications

                                                     National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                     cboone@nfhs.org

     

     

    Bruce Howard

    Director of Publications and Communications

    National Federation of State High School Associations

    PO Box 690

    Indianapolis, IN 46206

    317-822-5724

    317-822-5700 (Fax)

    bhoward@nfhs.org

     

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    Free Online Course – The Role of the Parent in Sports – Now Available

    Contact: Tim Flannery

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 19, 2010) — A new online education course – The Role of the Parent in Sports – is now available through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) at www.nfhslearn.com.

    Similar to the Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know online course released in May, the new parent course is being offered at no cost. Anyone can register for the free course at www.nfhslearn.com

    “Parents of students who participate in athletics make a huge difference in the quality of the sport experience for their sons and daughters,” said Tim Flannery, NFHS assistant director who directs the NFHS Coach Education Program. “Parents unintentionally spoil the educational experience of their children at times by the way they talk to them after games, behave in the stands and interact with coaches and officials. This online course provides information and resources to help parents understand their role in ensuring an educational experience for their son or daughter.” 

    The NFHS Coach Education Program was started in 2007, and more than 140,000 coaches have taken the core course — Fundamentals of Coaching. Forty-five of the 51 NFHS member associations have adopted the course.

    In addition to the core courses (Fundamentals of Coaching and NFHS First Aid for Coaches), eight sport-specific courses are available in football, basketball, soccer, softball, cheer and dance, spirit safety, wrestling and volleyball. The program also includes four elective courses and the two free courses.

    The NFHS offers coaches the ability to become Level 1 certified as an Accredited Interscholastic Coach. In addition to the Fundamentals of Coaching course, coaches must complete NFHS First Aid for Coaches, or its equivalent, and one of the sport-specific courses or Teaching Sport Skills, and then can apply for certification online.

    All NFHS coach education courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com


    About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
    The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; produces publications for high school coaches, officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org

     Pole Vault Planting Box Padding Required for the 2014-15

    High School Track Season

                             Contact: Becky Oakes

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 2, 2013) — The installation of pole vault planting box padding permitted under Rule 7-5-24 will be a requirement in high school track and field beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    This was one of 13 rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules Committee at its June 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    “Several of these major rules changes are areas the committee has discussed and monitored for the past two or three years,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and staff liaison for track and field.

    Pole vault planting box padding that meets ASTM specification standards was allowed this past season and will be permitted in 2013-14 before being required in 2014-15. The padding can be incorporated into the design of the planting box or can be an addition to an existing planting box.

    “The committee viewed this as one of the areas of pole vault where padding meeting the specific ASTM specification standard has the potential to prevent or minimize the severity of an injury that may occur to a vaulter landing in the plant box,” Oakes said.

    Another change in the pole vault will limit a competitor to one minute to initiate a trial after being called for the attempt (more than three entrants). If two or three competitors remain, the allowable time is three minutes; if only one remains, the time limit is five minutes. The time limit for consecutive trials remains unchanged at three minutes.   

    With an increasing number of track and field participants wearing compression-style garments under their uniform shorts as foundation garments, Rule 4-3-1c(7) was modified to require only those visible garments worn under the uniform bottom that extend below the knees to be unadorned and of a single, solid color. Current NFHS rules regarding logos and insignias apply to knee-length or longer garments. There are no longer restrictions to visible garments worn under the uniform bottom if they terminate above the knees.

    “The committee is continuing to address uniform rules to ensure that they are practical for today’s high school athletes,” Oakes said. “It is also working to make the penalties for non-compliance fit the severity of the violation and preserve the integrity and spirit of the rule on uniforms.”

    Rule 3-2-8 now permits the use of electronic devices in unrestricted areas and coaching boxes, providing the location does not interfere with progress of the meet as determined by the meet referee. With this allowance, some supporting rules have been established.

    Electronic devices shall not be used to transmit information to the competitor during the race or trial, nor are they permitted to be used for any review of an official’s decision. However, state associations may also have policies in place to further address the use of electronic devices.

    Violation of these rules will result in competitor disqualification from the event and team personnel disqualification from further participation in the meet for unsporting conduct.

    “This rule clarifies that coaches can use electronic devices and share information with their athletes as long as the devices are being used in accordance with the stated rule,” Oakes said. “This is an opportunity for coaches to use available technology as a coaching tool and increase the opportunity for good coaching.”

    Two rules were added to the “Meet Officials and Their Duties” section. Rule 3-1-2 states that the meet referee, other meet officials or the jury of appeals shall not set aside any rule. Additionally, Rule 3-2-7 permits official communication equipment to include wireless communication devices, among officials, for aiding in matters related to the meet.

    In another rules change, vaulting poles are no longer inspected by the implement inspector. They are now to be inspected by the field referee or head field judge prior to warm-ups, according to changes made to Rules 3-19-3 and 7-5-5. The committee believes that implement inspectors have more expertise in throwing implements, and this change ensures a more efficient and practical process for inspections of vaulting poles on site.

    In the javelin (Rule 6-6-1 Note), specific diameter dimensions of the rubber tip were removed from the rule to align with the current process of manufacturing the equipment.

    Finally, Rule 6-2-9 requires a pass to be communicated to the event judge by the competitor before the start of the trial clock.

    Outdoor track and field is the second-most popular sport for boys at the high school level with 575,628 participants, and the most popular sport for girls with 468,747 participants, according to the 2011-12 NFHS Athletics Participation Survey. The sport ranks second in school sponsorship with 16,218 schools offering the sport for boys and 16,143 sponsoring the sport for girls.

    This press release was written by Jason Haddix, a 2013 spring/summer intern in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department. He is a senior at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis studying journalism and medical imaging.

    About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

    The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:                 Bruce Howard, 317-972-6900

                                                     National Federation of State High School Associations

                                                     PO Box 690, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206

                                                     bhoward@nfhs.org

     

    Bruce Howard

    Director of Publications and Communications

    National Federation of State High School Associations

    PO Box 690

    Indianapolis, IN 46206

    317-822-5724

    317-822-5700 (Fax)

    bhoward@nfhs.org

     

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    2012 High School Track and Field Rules Changes Focus on Jewelry Violations and Pole Vault Requirements

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        Contact: Becky Oakes

    INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 5, 2011) — The penalty for wearing jewelry during high school track and field competition will shift from the team to the individual competitor beginning next season.

    In its June 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee addressed the jewelry rule and clarified two rules in the pole vault among its nine major changes. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

    The revised jewelry rule states that “for the first violation, the competitor shall be required to remove the jewelry before further competition and be issued a warning that a subsequent violation shall result in a disqualification from the event.”

    “The rule still prohibits the wearing of jewelry, but the members of the rules committee and results of the questionnaire strongly support the penalty applying only to the competitor involved as opposed to the entire team,” said Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Track and Field Rules Committee.

    In Rule 7-5-2, requirements for pole vault competitors were changed. The rule eliminates the limit of only two layers of tape on the grip end but still requires any tape placed on the pole to be of uniform thickness on the grip end.

    In addition, Rule 7-5-25 clarifies who may touch or catch the pole and under what circumstances touching the pole is not allowed. The rule reads, “No person shall be allowed to touch the vaulting pole except an assigned official, assigned pole catcher or the competitor, when circumstances warrant, but never to prevent the pole from dislodging the bar.”

                “The competitor or designated official can catch the pole, but the touch or catch by the competitor that prevents the crossbar from being dislodged is still a foul,” Oakes said.

                The committee also made updates to Rule 9-1-1 regarding the method of measuring a cross country course that reflect trends in the sport. The cross country course shall be measured along the shortest possible route that a runner may take, as opposed to measuring down the middle of the course.

                Another change now makes it legal for competitors to wear visible undergarments that have a contrasting stitching to the color of the single, solid color of the undergarment. The stitching must function in the construction of the undergarment and not as a design.

                Other rules changes approved by the committee include:

    • Rule 3-4-2: The referee retains clerical authority over the contest through the completion of any reports, including those imposing disqualifications, that are responsive to actions occurring while the referee had jurisdiction. State associations may intercede in the event of unusual incidents after the referee’s jurisdiction has ended or in the event that a contest is terminated prior to the conclusion of regulation play.
    • Rule 5-7-3: The starting command for individual races – or opening relay legs of 800 meters or more outdoors and 600 meters or more indoors – shall be to instruct all competitors to take a position three meters behind the starting line or dashed arc behind the line. With “On your marks,” the competitors step to the starting line.
    • Rule 7-4-10: The games committee may assign competitors to flights of no less than five for preliminary competition or may conduct the event in continuing flights.  In continuing flights, the first five competitors, as determined by the games committee, constitute a flight. As a contestant clears the bar, passes a turn at the height or is eliminated, the next competitor in order will be moved up so that the number of competitors in the active flight remains constant. When the field is down to eight or fewer competitors, it is recommended that participants are called as listed on the event sheet.
    • Rule 9-3-3: Updates were made to this rule that address the use of bib transponders or timing chips on the shoes and the official order of finish when the computerized item(s) are used. 
     
     
     
     

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