Updated USATF youth rules (updated May 19)

USATF Youth Coaches:

It is the goal of the USATF Youth Programs Department to create awareness of updated USATF rules that may affect our youth athletes that participate in our programs on the Association, Region and National levels. Please be advised of the following rule changes:

Competition Rule 170/Relay Races/Paragraph 3:
• In the 4x100m, and the 4x200m, the first and second exchanges in the ‘Swedish’ Medley and the outdoor Sprint Medley relays, each takeover (exchange) zone shall be 30m long, of which the scratch line is 20m from the start of the zone.
• In other words, the exchange zone is now 30m long.

p77 Competition Rule 168.3b – Hurdling
• Provided the hurdle is NOT displaced or it height lowered in any manner including tilting in any direction, a competitor may go over the hurdle in ANY manner.
• In other words, it is permissible to step over, put your hands on the hurdle or walk over without being DQ’d.

p99 Competition Rule 187.1.b – Throwing Events
• Touches with any part of the body, the top of the iron band or painted circle, including the top inside edge of each, or the surface outside of the circle. It is NOT considered a failure (foul) if you touch is made without providing any propulsion and occurs during any first rotation at a point completely behind the white line
• In other words, if you touch the back half of the circle/ring and do not gain/provide any propulsion from it, it is NOT a foul/failure.
• It is a foul if the athlete touches with any part of the body, the top of the iron band or painted circle, including the top inside edge of each, or the surface outside of the circle.

(posted May 19, 2018)