Jewelry is OK in high school track and field

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Starting in the 2015 spring season, high school track and field participants will no longer be prohibited from wearing jewelry of any kind during competition.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the rule change last week on its website.

It was one of several recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations, steamming from a meeting in June.

NFHSA director of sports and liaison Becky Oakes said the panel determined that prohibiting jewelry in high school track and field and cross country is no longer necessary.

"The wearing of jewelry ordinarily presents little risk of injury to either the competitor or opponents," she said.

Some other major rule changes are:

• The time limit to initiate a trial in throwing and jumping events was revised to one minute.

• In field events, an additional trial will be allowed if equipment breaks during competition due to no fault of the competitor.

• In discus, it no longer will be a foul if a competitor is out of control when exiting the back half of the circle. In discus, shot and javelin, the requirement for the judge to call "mark" is eliminated.

• In high jump and pole vault, a crossbar displaced by a force disassociated with the competitor after he/she is clearly over the crossbar shall not be a fault.

• The 1,500 meters will be acceptable as replacement for the 1,600 during decathlon and pentathlon competition.

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