2011 Cross Country
Advisory Committees Coaches: Rich Raney (Muskego), Thain Jones (Freedom), Tom Kaufman (Madison West), Shelby Heuer (Osseo-Fairchild), Jeff Jurss (Sheboygan Area Lutheran), Elizabeth Faller (West Salem), and Dominic Newman (Shorewood) Officials: Dan Fregien
RefRanking.com will be used this year by all coaches in all sports to rank officials. Rankings are used by the WIAA staff to assign tournament officials. This system is much easier for coaches to use and has proven to provide officials with more rankings. Coaches can enter rankings 3 days after the completion of a contest. Instructions on how coaches can access the system can be found on the WIAA School Center. RefRanking.com
Officials can access the RefRanking.com page by following the instructions provided with their rules books this year. Officials need to review their profile information regularly and make updates as necessary. Officials will need to enter their schedule of games into RefRanking.com in order to be ranked by coaches. Officials will NOT be asked to submit a separate Schedule of Games this year as the games entered in RefRanking will be used to verify each official’s schedule for classification purposes. Tournament availabilities will also be posted on RefRanking.com. RefRanking.com
Officials will use their current login and password that provides them with access to the WIAA Officials Center. Coaches will complete the initial login information and will then receive an email with their login information and password. Please write down your login information for future reference.
Emergency Safety Procedures & The “Plan” Contact athlete training staff. Review procedures for contacting EMS. Review district policy for emergency (lightning, tornado, etc.). Secure communication network. Identify location of nearest AED. Updates based on extreme weather (heat or cold).
Heat And Hydration Hot temperatures + Humid ConditionsPotentialHeat Stress
NFHS Lightning Policy • When thunder is heard or cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen; event is suspended. • 30-minute rule: once event is suspended, must wait 30 minutes to resume provided no additional thunder/lightning. • Additional thunder/lightning resets the clock for another 30 minutes.
Supplements Policy Include information at preseason meeting with athletes and parents. Schools have DVD, pamphlets, and tri-fold cards. Caffeine enhanced products highly discouraged.
Hazing A “forced” activity means any activity that is a condition of initiation into an organization, regardless of a student’s willingness to participate in the activity. Strictly prohibited.
Female Athlete Triad Information located at www.wiaawi.org WIAA Information Health Female Athlete Triad Eating/menstrual disturbance/time loss NCAA manual link located under Resources
Cell Phone/Social Networks State law prohibits use of cell phone (image recording devices) in lockerrooms – except for emergency. Be aware when posting to social networks.
Wisconsin Updates • Athletes ineligible during WIAA tournament not allowed in uniform, warm-ups, or awards ceremony.
Meet DirectorRule 3-3-1 • Identifies the meet director as the official representative of the host meet management. • Designates a specific person to serve as the contact person for the host school to guarantee competition will run smoothly. • In the absence of a games committee, the meet director performs duties assigned to the games committee.
Meet DirectorRule 3-3-2 • It is the responsibility of the meet director to handle: • unsporting conduct by a spectator(s) • other matters outside of the competition rules • If necessary, the meet director may designate another representative of the host meet management to serve as his/her designee for these matters.
Jewelry ProhibitedRules 4-3-3, 9-6-3, Penalties • Jewelry shall not be worn by competitors in track and field or cross country. • Items not considered jewelry include: • medical alert bracelets and necklaces • religious medals worn under the uniform and taped to the body • a watch worn around the wrist • unadorned devices such as bobby pins and flat clips (no longer than two inches) worn to control the competitor’s hair
Jewelry ProhibitedRules 4-3-3, 9-6-3, Penalties • Important to practice preventive officiating. • If a competitor is observed wearing jewelry or an illegal uniform prior to competition and can be addressed by the official and make the uniform legal or remove the jewelry without delay, this is always a better situation for all parties involved.
Jewelry ProhibitedRules 4-3-3, 9-6-3, Penalties • NEW: Penalty applies only to same individual in that particular meet. No carryover to next meet. Notify coach. Only disqualify if same athlete is discovered wearing jewelry after being given official warning.
Jewelry – Medical AlertsRules 4-3-3a, 9-6-3a • Changes the requirements while wearing a medical alert bracelet to accommodate new styles and materials. • The alert should be visible • When an alert medal is attached to: • a bracelet made of metal or an unyielding material, it shall be taped to the body • a bracelet made of a pliable material, it is not required to be taped to the body • a necklace, it shall be taped to the body
Jewelry – Medical AlertsRules 4-3-3a, 9-6-3a • Medical alert bracelets made of pliable material are not required to be taped to the body.
Jewelry – Medical AlertsRules 4-3-3a, 9-6-3a • Metal medical alert bracelets and all medical alert necklaces shall always be taped to the body
Hair DevicesRules 3-2-4o, 4-3-3d, 9-6-3d • Jewelry is prohibited from being worn in competition and this includes various items worn in the hair • Items such as rubber bands, cloth headbands or scrunchies may be approved by the games committee to control the hair and not considered jewelry • The state association may develop an across the board policy or interpretation on what is considered jewelry and prohibited and what would be acceptable for hair control
Hair DevicesRules 3-2-4o, 4-3-3d, 9-6-3d • Unadorned devices, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips, no longer than 2 inches, may be worn to control the competitor’s hair • Do not require action by the games committee to be worn and are legal • These items, when legal, are not considered jewelry
Hair DevicesRules 4-3-3d, 9-6-3d • Headband approved by games committee. • Unadorned hair devices, such as bobby pins or flat clips, no longer than 2 inches are legal. • No games committee action needed.
Hair DevicesRules 4-3-3d, 9-6-3d Illegal Legal
Rule InterpretationVisible Undergarments • Visible undergarments displaying seams stitched on the outside of the garment in a visible contrasting color to the undergarment are legal.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs • Is a waiver required to run the girls’ 5000 meter at our invitational?
FAQs • Is a waiver required to run the girls’ 5000 meter at our invitational? • ANSWER: No waiver is needed. Make sure all participating schools and the officials are notified well in advance.
FAQs • Our school wants to score eight places at our conference meet. Is this allowed?
FAQs • Our school wants to score eight places at our conference meet. Is this allowed? • ANSWER: Either the conference commissioner or host school should contact the WIAA for a waiver of Rule 9-2-2.
FAQs • May members of our cross country team run in this weekends 5k fun run?, Charity run?, Triathlon?, Half marathon?
FAQs • May members of our cross country team run in this weekends 5k fun run?, Charity run?, Triathlon?, Half marathon? • ANSWER: Not allowed. “A student becomes ineligible in a sport for the remainder of the season for competing in a non-school game, meet, or contest in the same sport during the season of practice and competition. . . This applies to fun runs, charity runs, running portion of triathlon, marathons.
FAQs • Are dogs allowed at cross country meets?
FAQs • Are dogs allowed at cross country meets? • ANSWER: Dogs should not be allowed at a cross country meet. Enforcement may be difficult on courses in public parks, but hosts should publicize that, with the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not welcome.
FAQs • Are athletes who roll the waistband of their shorts subject to disqualification?
FAQs • Are athletes who roll the waistband of their shorts subject to disqualification? • ANSWER: Not necessarily. If the athlete is complying with Rule 9-6-2, which requires the “waistband . . . shall be worn above the hips. There shall be no bare midriff.” There would not be a violation of the rule.
FAQs • In recent years we have had more athletes (JV) than uniforms which meant we were unable to have matching uniforms. What can we do?
FAQs • In recent years we have had more athletes (JV) than uniforms which meant we were unable to have matching uniforms. What can we do? • ANSWER: Contact the WIAA and request a waiver of Rule 9-6-1.
FAQs • We have an athlete who needs to wear a head-covering (scarf) due to a medical condition (or religious reason). What should you do?
FAQs • We have an athlete who needs to wear a head-covering (scarf) due to a medical condition (or religious reason). What should you do? • ANSWER: Contact the WIAA and request a waiver prior to the first competition of the season.
FAQs • We will be participating in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. Do we need permission to participate?
FAQs • We will be participating in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. Do we need permission to participate? • ANSWER: Yes. Teams participating in out-of-state in events similar to the Griak should have their Athletic Director file a request for a waiver, which can be found on the School Center.
FAQs • My athletes have GPS watches. Are these legal to wear during a race?
FAQs • My athletes have GPS watches. Are these legal to wear during a race? • ANSWER: New from the NFHS: “The GPS being utilized would constitute an aid, thus it would be illegal.” If discovered its use would result in disqualification.
CLARIFICATIONS • Contrasting stitching on an undergarment is legal. • Gloves and socks are not part of the uniform. • Arm warmers are allowed, but not part of the uniform.
CLARIFICATIONS • Uniform bottoms may be a variety of lengths as long as they are the same color and design. • Permanent and temporary tattoos areallowed provided they are not offensive.