HIGH SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY & COMPETITION RULES FOR 2008

1.       All high school competitors must compete for their high school teams and be cleared for competition by the school principal.  Relay teams must consist of runners from the same school.

2.       Competition in the High School Division of the Relay Carnival is under the supervision of official representatives of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. To be eligible for competition in the Carnival High School events, a school must conform to the following:

          a. be a member in good standing or recognized as an allied member in good standing of its own State High School Athletic Association, or;

          b. if not so recognized, it must be approved or recommended for competition by its State High School Athletic Association as having eligibility standards which conform to or are more strict than those of the State Association.

          c. Specific eligibility requirements, such as that of age limit, shall be those established by the State High School Athletic Association under which they regularly compete. However, in no instance may an athlete exceed the following limits:

                    Age limit: athlete may not turn 20 before July 1 of 2008.

                    High School attendance limit: 8 semesters (7th and 8th grade students are ineligible, as are students who may have participated during their 7th or 8th grade years).

3.       Any Pennsylvania school that is not a member of the PIAA and wishes to participate in championship relay and individual events must have its principal or headmaster sign the accompanying forms, which binds those schools to compliance with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) eligibility requirements.  These forms include the PIAA Contract for Contests Under PIAA Rules (single-side) and the PIAA Supplement to Contract Involving Non-Member Schools (double-side).  The signed original of each form must be received by the Penn Relays Office with the entry form, no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Non-member schools unable to sign these forms will be accepted for competition at the Penn Relays but will be placed in separate events in the 4x100 and 4x400.  Please note that all entries must include the principal’s and head coach’s signature.

          Non-member schools from states other than Pennsylvania must be approved or recommended for competition by their state association which is a member of the National Federation in order to compete in championship qualifying or individual events.  Schools that are neither approved nor recommended for competition will be placed in separate “prep school” events in the 4x100 and 4x400.  Non-member schools from any state, whether they are approved/recommended or not, may opt to participate in the non-member class in the 4x100 and 4x400, but must indicate this on a separate letter submitted along with the entry.                                                                                                                               

4.       Team Membership: No athlete may participate with two different affiliations in one Carnival.

5.       Rules of Competition: The rules of competition for the Carnival shall be the 2008 Official National Federation Edition Track and Field and Cross County Rules Book, except where the longtime practices, special facilities, and special written rules of the Carnival may require otherwise.

6.       Relay Substitutions: The rules of the IAAF regarding replacement on relays will apply for colleges and high schools.  This allows for two substitutions.  Only four medals or watches will be awarded.

7.       Track and Field Surfaces: The track, all jumping surfaces and the javelin runways are synthetic surfaces of 3/8" thickness.

8.       Spikes: Only 1/4" spikes are allowed. No corkscrew spikes will be allowed.  Spikes will be checked.

9.       Checkpoints: Relay zone and jumping event checkpoints may be marked with standard white trainer's tape only.  No other items may be used, including chalk, powder, duct tape, masking tape, tacks or safety pins.

10.     Starting Blocks will be provided by Penn where the use of blocks is considered essential. This includes finals of all hurdle races and finals of all High School relays starting in lanes. No starting blocks other than these provided will be permitted on the field.

11.     Ties for Qualifying: Eight teams will qualify for all relay event finals starting in lanes.  Running event ties will be broken by re-reading the photo-timer images to one-thousandth of a second.  All field event ties involving the eighth qualifying position will be advanced to the final three attempts.

12.     Lane Priority: Turn Races (9 lanes) 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1; Straight Races 5-6-4-7-3-8-2-9-1-10; Shuttle Hurdles 3-4-2-5-1.

13.     Verification of Receipt of Entries: The Penn Relays will not accept entries after the deadlines (April 1 for High Schools.)  Coaches should check the website to verify that the Relays Office has received their entries (www.thepennrelays.com).  In emergencies, coaches may call on the day before the deadline (215-898-6145).  Please do not call for this information on other days.

14.     Notice of Acceptance: Acceptance into the High School Boys' and Girls' 4x800m, Distance Medley and individual events will be posted on the website (www.thepennrelays.com).  All teams not listed are rejected and will not be allowed to compete.

15.     Results will be posted on a bulletin board next to the paddock area and on the Relays Web Site (www.thepennrelays.com) as soon as possible.  Results will not be supplied to coaches in the Press Area.

16.     Tri-State Events are open to schools from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

17.     Events will not be delayed for those who double.

18.     Jury of Appeals will be chaired by Bill Guy. A $25.00 fee must accompany an appeal.  The Penn Relays has no official video, and no independent video may be used in protests or appeals.

 

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS - GIRLS

 

 

Relay teams should be entered only if they have achieved the following performances in official meets in 2008Individual event performances must be achieved during the 2008 seasons except for the 400H, Discus and Javelin, which may be achieved in 2007.  All marks must be achieved in meets among at least five schools.  Marks not readily verifiable in national track & field periodicals or on national websites must include supporting documentation.  Updating of performances (see next page) is permissible in all events except the 4x100m and 4x400m.

 

Standards for high school entries:

 

 

 

4x100............. all accepted

4x400..................... 4:20.0

4x800................... 10:00.0

DisMed................. 12:45.0

 

Mile........................ 5:10.0

................... (1500) 4:48.0

3000..................... 10:30.0

................. (3200) 11:17.0

400H....................... 64.00

.................... (300H) 46.00

 

HJ..................... 1.68 (5-6)

PV.................. 3.20 (10-6)

LJ............. 5.40 (17-8 1/2)

TJ........... 10.90 (35-9 1/4)

SP........... 12.10 (39-8 1/2)

DT............ 35.00 (114-10)

JT............... 37.00 (121-5)

 

 

Achievement of the above standards does not guarantee acceptance.  Size of fields as listed under event headings are approximate and will be adjusted as circumstances require.  Event starting times may change.

 

Athletes may not compete in more than one individual event, nor may a school compete in both the 4x800m and the Distance Medley.  Athletes entered in more than one individual event will be accepted only in the event in which they are seeded highest unless the coach indicates a preference.

The same holds for the preference between the 4x800m and Distance Medley.

 

 

Updates of team times for the 4x800m and Distance Medley Relays in Carnival-approved meets must be reported to the Chair of the Secondary School Advisory Committee or to a member of the Advisory Committee not later than noon, Sunday, April 13.  Updates for all individual events in Carnival-approved meets must be reported in the same manner not later than noon, Sunday, April 6.  THIS IS THE COACH'S RESPONSIBILITY.  DO NOT CALL THE RELAYS OFFICE WITH UPDATES.  These times will be used by the Committee in selecting the limited number of teams and individuals to compete and in seeding sections. Accepted entrants will be posted on the website Monday, Monday, April 7 (individual events) and April 114 (4x800 and DMR).  Entrants not on this list will not be allowed to compete.

 

If a relay team (4x100m, 4x400m) qualifies for a consolation final and does not intend to run, they are asked to notify the Referee so another team may be moved up. We will publish a list of alternates along with qualifiers in these races.  The IAAF rule allowing two substitutions in the Relays will be used.

 

HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS - GIRLS

4x100m Relay.  Small Schools (female enrollment 524-, grades 10-12) heats, Thursday, 11:10 a.m. (for teams lettered AA-FZ), 11:40 a.m. (for teams lettered GA-MZ); Large Schools (female enrollment 525+, grades 10-12) heats, Thursday, 12:05 (for teams lettered NA-TZ), 12:30 (for teams lettered UA-ZZ).  Eight fastest teams qualify for Championship final, Friday, 2:24 (prize #6); next eight fastest small schools qualify for 524- final, Friday, 2:22 (prize #8); next eight fastest large schools qualify for 525+ final, Friday, 2:20 (prize #8); eight fastest Tri-State (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware) teams qualify for Tri-State final, Saturday, 1:45 (prize #7).  Blocks for finals only.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1.

 

4x400m Relay.  Open Classified Races, Thursday, beginning 1:20.  Teams will be classified on the basis of their performance in the Penn Relays during the past five years, and on estimated and adjusted times for the current year. Teams which run slower than 4:40 in 2008 will be placed on a one year probation.  Central League Race, Thursday, 4:05; Suburban A Race, Thursday, 4:10; Suburban B Race, Thursday, 4:15; Suburban C Race, Thursday, 4:20; Suburban National Race, Thursday, 4:25; Suburban American Race, Thursday, 4:30; Northern Delaware Race, Thursday, 4:35 (open to New Castle County schools); South Jersey Small Schools (I, II, B) Race, Thursday, 4:40; South Jersey Large Schools (III, IV, A) Race, Thursday, 4:45; Philadelphia Catholic League Race, Thursday, 4:50; Philadelphia Public League Race, Thursday, 4:55. Separate prizes for each race (prize #8).

          Eight fastest teams qualify for Championship final, Friday, 6:05 (prize #6; to be run in lanes with blocks).  The leading team from the Philadelphia Public League, Philadelphia Catholic League, PIAA District I, South Jersey and Northern Delaware, and the remaining fastest teams from these races qualify for 12-team Philadelphia Area final, Saturday, 5:25 (prize #7).  Teams qualifying for the Championship Final may not run in the Philadelphia Area Final. The alternates list will be created solely by time.

 

4x800m Relay. High School Races, Thursday, beginning 10:30 a.m. Small Schools (female enrollment 524-, grades 10-12) event, Thursday, 10:30 a.m.; 35 teams, two races, separate prizes for each race (prize #8).  Large Schools (female enrollment 525+, grades 10-12) event, Thursday, 10:50 a.m.; 35 teams, two races, separate prizes for each race (prize #8).  Twelve fastest teams qualify for Championship final, Friday, 12:40 (prize #6).  Entries are from teams which have run 10:00 or faster in Carnival-approved indoor or outdoor meets this year prior to April 13. Teams may enter a “no time” and update the mark prior to April 13.  From these entries, approximately 35 teams will be selected for each event based on meet performances achieved prior to April 13. Teams may not run in both the 4x800 and Distance Medley. Teams running slower than the entry standard (10:00) are subject to probation.

 

Distance Medley Relay (1200-400-800-1600).  Championship, Thursday, 6:20; 15 teams (prize #6).  Entries are from teams which have run 12:45 or faster in Carnival-approved indoor or outdoor meets this year prior to April 13. Teams may enter a “no time” and update the mark prior to April 13.  From these entries, approximately 15 teams will be selected based on meet performances prior to April 13.  NOTE: Members of selected teams may not compete in Mile or 3000m.  Acceptance of a team member in the Mile or 3000m may result in rejection of a Distance Medley team. Teams may not run in both the 4x800 and Distance Medley. Coaches having a preference about contingencies involving entries in the Mile, 3000m, or the Distance Medley must enclose a note stating preferences when submitting their entries.

 

Mile Run.  Championship, Thursday, 6:35; 15 runners (prize #9).  Coaches must indicate whether the qualifying mark was run at 1500m, 1600m or Mile.  See note under Distance Medley.

3000m Run.  Championship, Thursday, 6:40; 25 runners (prize #9).  Coaches must indicate whether the qualifying mark was run at 3000m, 3200m or 2-Miles.  See note under Distance Medley.

400m Hurdles.  Championship, Thursday, 10:20 a.m.; 27 runners, 3 sections (prize #9).  Start at end of sprint straight; blocks provided.  Lane Priority: 6-7-8-9-5-4-3-2-1. NOTE: No alternates will be selected.

 

High Jump.  Championship, Thursday, 2:30; 20 jumpers (prize #9).

Pole Vault.  Championship, Thursday, 1:00; 20 vaulters (prize #9).

Long Jump.  Championship, Thursday, 1:45; 20 jumpers; infield pit (prize #9).

Triple Jump.  Championship, Thursday, 1:45; 20 jumpers; track-side pit with 30- and 36-foot boards (prize #9). NO RUNWAY SWITCHING PERMITTED.

Shot Put.  Championship, Thursday, 4:00; 20 throwers (prize #9).  Competitors should bring their own shots (international junior implements may not be used).

Discus Throw.  Championship, Friday, 9:00 a.m.; 20 throwers (prize #9).  College sector will be used.  Competitors should bring their own discs (international junior implements may not be used).

Javelin Throw.  Championship, Thursday, 12:00 noon; 20 throwers (prize #9).  Competitors should bring their own javelins. Only implements conforming to 2003 high school specifications will be allowed (that is, the same as the college and international implement).

 

 

PREPARATORY SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY RULES

 

Any Pennsylvania school that is not a member of the PIAA and wishes to participate in championship relay and individual events must have its principal or headmaster sign the accompanying PIAA Supplement to Contract Involving Non-Member Schools, which binds those schools to compliance with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) eligibility requirements.  The signed original of each form must be received by the Penn Relays Office with the entry form, no later than Tuesday, April 1, 2008. Non-member schools unable to sign these forms will be accepted for competition at the Penn Relays but will be placed in separate events in the 4x100 and 4x400.  Please note that all entries must include the principal’s and head coach’s signature.

 

Non-member schools from states other than Pennsylvania must be approved or recommended for competition by their state association which is a member of the National Federation in order to compete in championship qualifying or individual events.  Schools that are neither approved nor recommended for competition will be placed in separate “independent school” events in the 4x100 and 4x400.

 

A preparatory school shall be ineligible for preparatory school relays if its regular track meet schedule is mainly with high schools. Preparatory school athletes are eligible to compete in high school relay and individual events if (1) they conform to the eligibility requirements of the State High School Athletic Association under which they regularly compete, and if (2) they conform to Penn Relay Carnival rules for age and attendance listed for high schools (see Secondary School Eligibility Rules, page 13, item 2c).

 

PREPARATORY/INDEPENDENT SCHOOL EVENTS - GIRLS

 

4x100m.  Girls’ Independent School Races, Thursday, 12:55 (prize #8).  Sections against time.

 

4x400m.  Girls’ Independent School Race, Thursday, 3:55 (prize #8). Girls’ Prep School Race, Thursday, 4:00 (prize #8).