1. Schedule Format
- Conference meets are generally scheduled for Wednesdays.
- The schedule will consist of dual, tri, or invitational meets and one league championship meet.
- The NFHS season team limit is seven [for scoring purposes only].
- Girls and boys cross-country meets will run at the same site.
- Athletes will be color identified with a permanent marker on runner’s tag if not running flights that are grade separate; red for 7th grade and blue for 8th grade.
- Host school discretion to run separate gender and grade.
- 2. Starting Time
- The starting time for meets will be 4:00pm, unless otherwise noted.
- 3. Distance
- The distance of a meet will consist of a course with a maximum of 2 miles.
- 4. Meet Limitation
- There will be no more than two meets per week.
- 5. Facility Preparation
- Facility preparation is the responsibility of the host school for any cross country meet.
- 6. Warm-Up
- All competitors will participate in a jog over the course for familiarization.
- This will be considered the warm-up before the first event.
- 7. Meet Officials
- It is recommended that cross country meets should have the following workers present:
- Finish Judge
- Individual to regulate finish chute
- 8. Game Uniform
- All uniforms worn in a varsity meet should be an official school uniform consisting of:
- Running shorts
- Running shoes
- 9. Policy on Ejected Players and Coaches
- If a player is ejected, he/she will miss the next scheduled contest. If a player is ejected the second time, the player will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
- If a coach is ejected, he/she will miss the next scheduled contest. If a coach is ejected the second time, the coach will be suspended for the remainder of the season.
- 10. Supervision
- It is the responsibility of the home school to provide all supervisory people. The supervisor shall be a school administrator or his/her designee. Visiting teams will provide adequate supervision for their athletes.
- 11. Eligibility
- All participants must meet WIAA and school / district requirements.
Lightning Guidelines – Developed using guideline and position statements from the
NFHS,HATA,and NCAA – 08/17/09
A. Prior to contest site being used, safe locations* shall be identified for all players.
B. Prior to the contest beginning, staff (game manager, athletic trainer, official) shall confer about weather conditions and league guidelines.
C. If lightning or thunder is seen/heard, a flash-to-bang method** should be used to determine when to clear field.
D. The National Severe Storms Laboratory recommends that athletic participation cease when lightning is detected within 6 miles. For our purposes this will be indicated by a 30-second flash-to-bang count as assessed by an ATC/official/game manager.
E. Thirty-minute rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash of lightning is witnessed prior to resuming play. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30 minute count reset the clock and another 30 minute count should begin.
F. Hold periodic reviews for appropriate personnel.
*Safe Shelter - The primary choice for a safe location from the lightning hazard is any substantial, frequently inhabited building. The electric and telephone wiring and plumbing pathways aid in grounding a building, which is why buildings are safer than remaining outdoors during thunderstorms. It is important not to be connected to these pathways while inside the structure during ongoing thunderstorms. The secondary choice for a safer location from the lightning hazard is a fully enclosed vehicle with a metal roof and the windows closed. Convertible cars and golf carts do not provide protection from lightning danger. It is important not to touch any part of the metal framework of the vehicle while inside it during ongoing thunderstorms. (NATA –Position Statement Lightning Safety 2000)
**Flash-to-Bang Method - To use the flash-to-bang method, begin counting when sighting a lightning flash. Counting is stopped when the associated bang (thunder) is heard. Divide this count by five to determine the distance to the lightning flash (in miles). For example, a flash-to-bang count to thirty seconds equates to a distance of six miles. Lightning has struck from as far away as 10 miles from the storm center. “If you hear it, if you see it, flee it” Postpone or suspend activity if a thunderstorm appears imminent before or during an activity or contest, (irrespective of whether lightning is see or thunder is heard) until the hazard has passed. Sign of imminent thunderstorm activity are darkening clouds, high winds, and thunder or lightning activity.
It is recommended by the National Weather Service in Seattle that you check the following sites for current weather conditions if possible:
It is also suggested buses remain at the site during inclement weather.