Uniforms must be school-issued and worn as intended by the manufacturer. The complete cross country and track and field uniform consists of shoes, school-issued track bottoms and full-length track top (singlet) or one piece uniform. Bare midriff tops are not acceptable. The top must hang below or be tucked into the waistband of the bottoms when the competitor is standing erect. Any visible shirt worn under the top must be unadorned and of a single (and the same) color. Any visible undergarment worn under the uniform bottom that DOES NOT extend below the knees is now considered a foundation garment and not subject to the single, solid color rule. If the undergarment does, in fact, extend below the knees, it too must be of a single, solid color. A visible garment worn under the uniform top or bottom displaying contrasting stitching to the single, solid color of the undergarment and functions as the actual seam for the undergarment’s construction is legal. Visible items worn under both the top and the bottom do not have to be the same color. The top and bottom may have school identification, and the top may have the competitor’s name. The top shall not be knotted. Also a single manufacturer’s logo or trade name (no more than 2 ¼ square inches in size with no dimension exceeding 2 ¼ inches) is permissible per each item of the uniform apparel. The American flag may be worn on the uniform and shall not exceed 2” x 3”. Bottoms may vary in length and style, but must be the same color for all team members. In relay races in track and field and in cross country team competition, each team member shall wear the same color and design uniform (top and bottom or one piece uniform). Any visible shirt worn under the top must be unadorned and of the same color for all teammates choosing to wear it. Similarly, any visible undergarment worn under the uniform bottom that extends below the knees must be of a single, solid color and the same color for all team members. If undergarments are worn under both the top and bottom, these undergarments do not need to be the same color. A shoe is a covering for the foot having an upper and definitely recognizable sole and heel. The upper portion of the shoe must be designed so that it can be securely fastened to the foot by laces or velcro. Track spikes may not exceed ½ inch in length measured from the sole to the tip of the spike. Unless deemed unsuitable by meet management, track spikes up to one inch in length may be used for cross country competition. The use of slippers or socks does not meet the requirements of this rule. In Ohio, high school track and field and cross country competitors are required to wear the school-issued jersey with the number permanently attached to the back of the jersey. The numerals shall be plain Arabic numerals of a CONTRASTING COLOR to the jersey color and must be a minimum of 4” in height. The numerals shall be arranged in a horizontal fashion. Matching numbers may be attached to the front. Each school is assigned a range of numbers that may be used. The prohibition of wearing jewelry has been removed from the rules for track and field and cross country competition. Rings or bands of any type of material, earrings, necklaces, navel jewelry, any type of body piercing adornment, bracelets of any type of material including rubber commemorative bands are now legal. As in previous years, the wearing of a visible medical alert continues and is encouraged for purposes of risk minimization. Religious and medical alert medals are now legal and are no longer required to be taped to the body. Religious medals may now be worn over the uniform and in full view of officials and other competitors. Meet referees do have the authority to ask competitors to remove jewelry if deemed unsafe to the athlete or equipment. A watch may be worn around the wrist. Unadorned devices, such as bobby pins, barrettes and hair clips, no longer than 2 inches, may be worn to control a competitor’s hair.
PENALTY: For an illegal uniform – when a violation is observed and noted by a meet official, the competitor shall be required to make the uniform legal before becoming eligible for further competition, and shall be issued a warning that a subsequent violation shall result in a disqualification from the event.
The ultimate responsibility to have each competitor compliant with uniform rules is with the coach.