- get your Rule Book and/ Case Book digitally here.
- Places the responsibility of providing liquids
during competition on the games committee, not
the individual coaches.
- The signal at the beginning of the last lap in
individual races now occurs in race distances of
two laps or more.
- Clarifies that a runner is disqualified by the
starter when charged with a false start.
- Clarifies the mechanics used to confirm the
result of an attempt when flags are not utilized
by calling “fair” or “foul”
- Allows the placement of one American flag on
each item of uniform apparel and deletes NOTE
restricting flag placement
- Adds receiving physical aid by any other
person during a race to the list of unfair acts
of assisting a competitor
- A participant assisting an injured/ill
competitor when an appropriate health-care
professional is not available is no longer
- Establishes the location and spacing of cones,
when used, in the absence of a curb.
- Deletes the requirement of separating
competitors from the same team if they were to
be in the same heat in the first round of
- Competitors in distance races (800m and
greater distances) use only a standing start,
remaining motionless for the start without their
hand(s) touching the ground.
- Includes how trials are recorded when a legal
implement breaks during competition within the
rule and deletes as a NOTE.
- Clarifies that directional sign posts can be
used with or in place of directional flags in
- Clarifies the three consecutive passed heights
must take place before the competitor attempts a
- Clarifies when the two minutes of warm-up
jumps are permitted when a competitor has passed
three consecutive heights with no attempted
- The head starter is now responsible for
checking the starting blocks
- Head event judges MAY use red and white flags
to indicate foul and fair trials
- Expands and clarifies definitions of
trial/attempt, flight, round, pass, foul and
what determines the initiation of purposeful
action of completing the specific throwing or
- Establishes a maximum diameter for the boys
and girls indoor shot puts to account for the
- Updates size of takeoff board to accepted
sport specifications by recommending it be 8
inches wide, but permits up to 24 inches.
- Permits the use of double boundary lines
marking both the inside and outside boundaries
of the cross country course.
- Recommends the use of a video/photograph
back-up system for cross country when
transponders are used for place finish with a
review activated when the timing system
indicates a one-tenth second or less
- A finish corral is recommended at cross
country meets in which the transponder system is
used for the order of finish.
- No jewelry rule
- Jumping and Throwing events; the trial that is
carried to completion must be initiated within
the time limit.
- If an implement becomes illegal during a trial
due to no fault of the athlete, another trial is
- If the trial was completed before the
implement becomes illegal, no additional trial
- Discus and Shot Put; it is not a foul if the
athlete is out of control when exiting the back
half of the circle
- The implement must land before the athlete
leaves the back half of the circle
- Discus and Shot Put; the event judge does not
have to call "Mark"
- High Jump and Pole Vault: "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.”
- Coaches/Athletes using electronics to
influence an official's decision, results in
- OHSAA manual is online only.
- Introduced "foundation garment" that does not
fall under uniform rule.
- Stitching on undergarments is of no
consideration any more.
- The use of electronic communication devices is
permitted during meets in unrestricted areas and
coaches boxes; however, they may not be used for
any review of a referee’s decision or to
communicate with an athlete during a race or
- In the pole vault, per Ohio modification, the
Head Vault official, as well as the field
referee or head field judge, may verify the
legality of poles
- Relay; both runners shall not touch the baton
outside the exchange zone
- No cartwheel technique in shot put
- Added time limits for consecutive attempts
- PV range of standards is now 18" to 31.5"
- The referee's authority begins upon arrival at
the meet and concludes 30 minutes after final
results have been made official.
- Undergarment stitching of contrasting color is
legal if stitching is for the actual seam
- Races of 800m or more, the athletes must place
themselves 3m behind the starting line
- Other than the competitor, no person shall be
allowed to touch the vaulting pole to prevent
the pole from dislodging the crossbar
- CC measurements of the course shall be along
the shortest possible route.
- Unsporting conduct by spectator is
responsibility of meet director
- Allows bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips no
longer than 2"
- Jewelry rule; 1st violation leads to team
warning, not disqualification
- Rule 4-4 clarifies rules on braces, casts,
padding, prostheses, concussions and for
modifications due to medical or religious
- The head event judge may change the order of
competition and permit successive trials
- It is no longer a miss if the bar is displaced
and there is equipment malfunction.
- PV competitor has passed three consecutive
heights and has not entered the competition
should be permitted two minutes of warmu-up
jumps per number of competitors entering without
the crossbar. The competitors shall enter
the competition at that height. Such
warm-ups must be taken at a height change.
- Ohio: Field event contestants must report
before the start of their flight.
- Ohio: No headgear may be used except headbands
manufactured for that purpose and navy watch
style caps. (Rule 4-3)
- Ohio: The use of video productions may not be
used by anyone for coaching purposes.
- Ohio: Cross Country; The use of modified
scoring is approved. (Rule 9-2-3)
- Coaching areas must be clearly marked by meet
management before the start of the meet.
- Video replay shall be approved by the games
committee before the competition
- Specifies the location of the anemometer;
- Broadens restricted communication devices;
- All heats in a running event shall use the
same starting procedure; 5-6-3
- Hurdles; eliminates deliberate knocking down
by foot; foul if knocked down by hand; 5-13-2-b
- An approved bungee cord may be used during
warm-ups in high jump and pole vault; 7-2-11
- Effective Jan. 1, 2013 the crossbar shall be