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Cross Country Plan Rules

  1. NATIONAL FEDERATION TRACK AND FIELD RULES will govern the meet.
  2. DISTANCE. The distance for the cross country event will be
    • approximately two miles for girls (3200 meters)
    • and three miles for boys (5000 meters).
  3. COURSE. The course must be marked with cones or flags at the corners and turns.  Difficult or confusing turns must have a person directing the way or be clearly chalked.  The coach of each team is RESPONSIBLE for his runners knowing the course before the race begins.  No markings other than official course markings may be applied to or adjacent to the official course.  Such action may be subject to disqualification of the school’s entries.
  4. FINISH LINE. The finish line is the front of the chute.
  5. FINISH LINE PERSONNEL.
    • A clerk is required to establish the order of finish.
    • A picker decides the close finishes.  He determines the order of finish at the chute.
    • Chute workers are provided by the schools to move runners through the chute and help maintain the finishing order. CHUTE  WORKERS shall be entered in TAPPSter prior to the state meet
  6. STATE CHAMPION. The team with the lowest sum of its first five runners is the State Champion.  The second lowest team score is the State Runner-Up.
  7. SCHEDULE: As posted for current year on the TAPPS website.
  8. SITE OF STATE MEET
    • Directions to meet site and course layout will be posted on the TAPPS web site, www.tapps.biz.
    • All tents, camps, and team areas will be set up in the designated area on the map. DO NOT SET UP TEAM OR SPECTATOR TENTS AND CAMPS INSIDE THE RACE COURSE OR IN NON-DESIGNATED AREAS.
  9. UNIFORMS:
    • The cross country uniform consists of a minimum of jersey and shorts, of uniform color and design, which are not objectionable, and shoes, which may be supplied by the contestant.
    • When other apparel is worn under the jersey; or if leotards, biker shorts or body suits are worn under the shorts, by more than one team member (two or more), that apparel must be the same color.
    • Contestants may not wear caps, toboggans, head bands or jewelry.  They may use string, rubber bands or tape to keep hair in place.  (The meet referee may allow toboggans and other apparel in inclement weather.)
    • If leotards, biker shorts, body suits, or closed legged briefs are worn, shorts must be worn over them.
    • The competitor must wear the assigned contestant number.  With chip timing in place, runners finishing with no number will not be scored in the meet.
    • TATTOOS MUST BE COVERED BY TAPE OR THE UNIFORM AT ALL TIMES.
    • In keeping with NFHS rules the following are emphasized:
      • NFHS Rule 4.3.b.3
      • NFHS Rule 4.3.b.6
      • Violations may lead to disqualification
  10. MEET DIRECTOR. The Meet Director is responsible for typing and sending the final results to the participating schools within two weeks of the state meet finish.  Those results shall include the team scores and all individual places.