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Rules Updates
2016 NFHS Rules Changes

3-6-4 New, 3-19-3: Changes the responsibility of checking the starting blocks from the implement inspector to the head starter.

Rationale: Placing the responsibility of inspecting all starting blocks is more appropriate with the starter, who has this expertise, rather than with the implement inspector who has expertise with throwing implements.

3-10-7 New: Head event judges may use white and red flags to signal fair or foul for a field event trial.

Rationale: The use of flags will assist with efficient administration of the field events. Communication between officials, coaches and fans is enhanced by the visual signal, similar to the use of flags by umpires.

6-1-1 thru 5, 6-2-9: Expands and clarifies definitions of trial/attempt, flight, round, pass, foul and what determines the initiation of purposeful action of completing the specific throwing event.

Rationale: Expands the definitions for throwing events for greater clarity in application of the throwing rules and updates to accepted current sport terminology.

6-5-2 New: Establishes a maximum diameter for the boys and girls indoor shot puts to account for the synthetic cover.

Rationale: To account for the thickness of the synthetic covering of an indoor shot, which is not present on the outdoor implement, a maximum diameter is needed in the specifications for the implement.

6-6-1: The javelin shall be constructed of metal or other suitable material, which could be wood or newer materials, with a metal point or rubber tip.

Rationale: Updates the current javelin specifications by eliminating reference to wood, which is no longer a commonly used material. The change will permit use of newer materials, such as carbon fiber, in the construction of the javelin.

7-1-1 thru 7, 7-2-1: Expands and clarifies definitions of trial/attempt, flight, round, pass, foul and what determines the initiation of purposeful action of completing the specific jumping event.

Rationale: Expands the definitions for jumping events for greater clarity in application of the jumping rules and updates to accepted current sport terminology.

7-6-3: Updates size of takeoff board to accepted sport specifications by recommending it be 8 inches wide, but permits up to 24 inches.

Rationale: Updates to accepted current sport equipment specifications for the takeoff board while not resulting in existing boards becoming non-compliant.

7-2-2, 6-2-5: Clarifies language regarding when the order of competition may be changed for consistency in all field events and removes duplicate language.

Rationale: Removes duplicate language contained elsewhere in existing rules and adds language regarding when the order of competition may be changed for consistency in all field event rules.

PREVIOUS MODIFICATIONS (FROM NYSPHSAA HANDBOOK)
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).