provided by Jeff Hartwig:
This year was a compliance year for rules meaning the IAAF has introduced new rules that we bring into alignment with our rules in order to be in compliance as our rules must follow theirs.
This year had 76 items on the agenda. Rules of most significance to athletes were as follows:
- Item 19- athletes in horizontal jumping events as well as high jump and pole vault will not only be required to wear a number on either the front or back.
- Item 23- dealing with assistance to athletes who have fallen during running events where athletes will not be allowed to be helped to their feet by another competing athlete without disqualified for receiving assistance.
- Item 28- will now require actual surveys to be done of temporary facilities such as those used for street and town square events.
- Item 41- (which was brought to the attention of the committee last year) has amended rule 166 such that in the event that more athletes are advanced to the final than the number of lanes on the track that the preferred start method shall be shared lanes instead of a waterfall start which now conforms to IAAF language
- Item 52- IAAF now specifies in all field events except pole vault the time to initiate an attempt has been reduced from 1 minute to 30 seconds. Pole vault remains 1 minute. Additional time is allowed when field size is reduced late in competition.
- Item 57- allows that thrower may now touch the top of the iron band or painted circle including the top inside edge of the throwing ring provided it does not provide any propulsion and occurs during the first rotation and occurs behind the white line which is drawn outside the circle separating the front and back halves of the ring
provided by Casimir Loxsom:
- Throws: Grazing of the back of the circle is no longer a foul.
- Item #41, 166.4 adopted to USATF Rules (THANK GOODNESS) “In any 800 meter race, including a final, where for any reason there are more athletes competing than lanes available, the Technical Delegate(s) shall determine in which lanes more than one athlete will be drawn.” This means they won’t do a waterfall start like last year.
provided by Chris Giesting:
IAAF adopted a rule about not allowing certain shoes with unique traits because it’s termed an unfair advantage to have a shoe that isn’t made public to the average person. (Mainly this is referring to the Nike 2:00 hr marathon shoe). USATF decided to not include this particular wording of the rule so that shoes that aren’t “available to the average person” are still permissible, they just can’t have mechanisms involved that give unfair advantages (i.e. springs or something).
Wording was changed on a rule for the 800m at national events to where if more than 8 runners are advanced through to finals they will be added to “individual lanes.” Meaning no waterfall starts but rather they will double up lanes first, using “alleys.”