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March 14, 2019

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NCAA Field Event Timing Statement

This past Monday, at the close of the IAAF Council meeting a news release was issued. This release included IAAF rule changes that are to take immediate effect. The following is the edited release.

Competition rule changes 

Included in a list of rule changes, the IAAF Council has reinstated the ‘60-second rule’ for athlete attempts in field events.

The following Competition Rules have been amended with immediate effect:

  • R180.17 – To go back to the 1 minute time for trials in all field events

This announcement by the IAAF may cause confusion with officials and coaches conducting competition at the NCAA level.

The NCAA outdoor season has begun and several competitions have been conducted. The NCAA has a policy that prohibits changing of rules outside of the appropriate rules cycle. To avoid potential confusion the following statement will be released

Field Event Timing for NCAA Events

Field Event timing for the entirety of the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field season will remain as written in the chart located in Rule 6.1-6 on page 84 of the current season rule book. 

If questions arise please contact me at the information listed below.

Thank you,

Mark Kostek
NCAA Men's & Women's Track & Field/Cross Country
Secretary Rules Editor
515-208-8300 cell

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