Competition Rules

USATF Rules Apply


USATF rules will apply to all events. Any protests must be filed in writing within 30 minutes of the results being posted online and must include a $40 cash deposit which will be returned if the protest is upheld. Protests can be filed by the start/finish area, outside the track and additionally at the throws area, in between the long throws and shot put area. Athletes may wear a uniform of their choosing but we suggest following your state association rules. This is an invitational style meet that is sanctioned by USATF. It is not sanctioned by any high school federation since it is contested after the official high school season.

Vertical Height Progressions

Note: USATF sanctioned meet; all progressions will be executed in metric increments

Pole Vault – To be determined based on entries
High Jump – To be determined based on entries


Track Events

Track Events (800m, Mile, 2 Mile, Relay Finals on Time) Sections assigned by performance list with best section running last unless otherwise specified. All athletes in track events must report to the clerking area at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the event. More detailed information on the clerking area will be posted in the coming weeks. 


Field Event Flight Seedings

Field Events Flights will be assigned by performance list and then random within the flight per USATF rules. Best flight will compete last.



Only ¼” pyramid spikes are allowed on the track. We will check spikes at the entrance to the clerking area.

For Javelin and HJ, we will permit 9mm (close to ⅜) such that they are pyramids.


Relay Cards

All coaches must fill out relay cards and turn in to the clerk.  Relay cards are available at the clerking area and packet pick up.

Starting Blocks

Per USATF rules, athletes in the Championship Division MUST use starting blocks and start in a crouch position for all events up to and including the 400 Meter Dash and the first leg of all relays where that leg does not exceed 400 meters. For the Freshman and Middle School divisions, the general rules regarding the use of starting blocks and stance are waived, with the use of starting blocks and stance being within the discretion of the athlete.


False Start Rules

In the Championship and Freshman divisions, one false start disqualifies the athlete who committed the offense.

For the Middle School division, a yellow and black card will be raised for a false start that will be assessed to the entire field. Any 2nd false start committed will result in a disqualification to the athlete.



Relay Starting Information

4×100 and 4×200 = Lanes all the way

4x400m and 1600 SMR = 3 Turn Stagger

4×800 and DMR = 1 turn alley start

4×1 mile = Merge on straightaway



Throwing and Pole Vault Implements

Implement inspection will be conducted at the site of the competition beginning 1.5 hours prior to the scheduled start of each event. Each athlete will be limited to two implements to be inspected

Implement weights will be as follows:

Girls Middle School Boys Middle School Girls Championship Boys Championship
Shot Put 6 lbs 4 kg 4 kg 12 lbs
Discus 1 kg 1 kg 1 kg 1.6 kg
Javelin n/a n/a 600g 800g
Hammer n/a n/a 4 kg 12 lbs

Pole vaulters may enter through the Big East Gate off of South Street Overnight Storage in the fenced in area by the Big East Gate (Southeast corner of the track by the sprint finish line). New Balance and the University of Pennsylvania are not responsible for lost poles.



Finals Qualification

(Jumps, Throws)

The eight competitors with the best valid and measured performances will be allowed three additional attempts in the Final round. The order of competition for the Finals will be in reverse order of the best performance in the first three trial rounds.


Finals Qualification

(100m, 200m, 100m/100m Hurdles, 4×100)

Per USATF rules, the number of preliminary heats and how athletes qualify for the 8-athlete Final will be determined based on entries. 

Semi-Finals will consist of 24 athletes with top two in each heat and next two fastest times qualifying for the Final.



Boys Middle School 100 meter hurdles are 33 inches

Girls Middle School 100 meter hurdles are 30 inches

Boys Freshman and Championship 110 meter hurdles are 39 inches

Girls Freshman and Championship 100 meter hurdles are 33 inches

Boys Freshman and Championship 400 meter hurdles are 36 inches

Girls Freshman and Championship 400 meter hurdles are 30 inches



Athletes may wear a uniform of their choosing but we suggest following your state association rules.



While our hope is to stay on schedule throughout the duration of the meet, we reserve the right to go up to 10 minutes ahead of schedule. 


Relay Batons

Meet management will provide batons at the start of the race. Please do not bring your personal batons and be sure to return them as soon as your race is complete.

Number of Events

As per USATF youth rules, an athlete may not compete in more than 4 events.  A 100m Dash prelim, semi and final only counts as one event.


Transgender Athlete Policy

Eligibility rules for transgender athletes are in line with current USATF and World Athletics rules.

For any USATF competition or events operated using USATF rules [which includes New Balance Nationals Outdoor] as part of a USATF sanction and where age-group awards and/or prize money are at stake, an affected competitor(s) who has a valid reason to question the accuracy of the entry information of a prize- or award winning athlete may protest, either orally or in writing, against the prize- or award-winner with the referee during the respective meet, in accordance with the applicable rules for that event.  If the matter cannot be immediately resolved, and all applicable appeals have been exhausted, the affected competitor may file a grievance within USATF, following the procedures described in Regulation 21 of the USATF Bylaws and Operating Regulations.