Bibs: All contestants must wear their issued bibs attached to the front of their jersey. Securely attach the bib with the provided safety pins and insert disposable timing chip.
The Course: A course map is available on the TCAL website and Athletic.net. The Coach of each team is RESPONSIBLE for his runners knowing the course BEFORE the race begins. Marking the course by individuals prior to competition in any manner will constitute possible disqualification of an individual or team.
Starting Area: Contestants must be “competition ready” (dressed in proper uniform, warm-ups removed, race shoes on) upon arrival at the starting area. Only contestants will be allowed in the area behind the starting line boxes, no coaches, parents, or non-participating team mates.
- Athletes scheduled to compete must report as a complete team 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.
- Starting command shall be, “Runners Set”; and when all competitors are steady the “Go” signal will be given, by fashion of a starter pistol or bullhorn. In an unfair start, the starter or assistant starter shall recall the runners by firing the pistol. If a runner falls during the first 100 yards due to contact with another runner, the race shall be called recalled by firing the pistol.
Officials: The meet referee will assist in the selection of the meet officials. National Federation Rules for Cross Country along with current rules included in the TCAL Cross Country Plan will be followed. Decisions by the meet referee are final. Protests must be submitted in writing to the meet director to be reviewed by the Jury of Appeals. The Jury of appeals is comprised of selected coaches.
Finish Chute: Finish line officials will help supervise the runners after they enter the finish chute. Spectators are not allowed inside the chute.
First Aid: First Aid will be available at the tent/canopy near the finish are
Results: Official results will be posted on the TCAL website.
Awards Presentation will take place at the conclusion of the confirmation of the final results of the race.
A Few Rules for Reference
Tiebreaker rules: Ties in team scoring shall be resolved by comparing the sixth-place finishers from the tying teams. The team with the best sixth-place finisher shall prevail. If one team does not have a sixth-place finisher, the team with the sixth-place finisher shall prevail. If only five competitors of tying teams finish, the team scoring shall be resolved by totaling scores of the first four finishers.
Protest information: A coach should first go to the Referee. If the coach still feels that the terms and conditions of competition or the application of the rules have been misapplied or misinterpreted, a written appeal shall be made to the jury of appeals. The Jury of Appeals will be comprised of coaches not related to teams with interest in the appeal.
- Misapplication of rules must be filed within 30 minutes after the announcement of event results.
- Clerical or team scoring errors may be corrected up to 48 hours after the end of the meet.
- Correction of ineligible participant may be made at any time when discovered.
Disqualification – The offending competitor and the coach shall be notified of any disqualification.
- A competitor who false starts.
- A competitor who interferes with another competitor. (If a non-participating team member interferes with a competitor during competition, the nonparticipating team member may be disqualified from the meet. The nonparticipant’s teammate(s) also may be disqualified from the meet.)
- A competitor who is unsporting or uses unacceptable conduct.
- A competitor receives assistance from any other person. (Interference, pacing, joining or grasping hands during a race or a competitor using an aid during the race)
NOTE: providing liquids during competition is not considered to be an aid or assistance.
- A competitor who fails to complete the prescribed course that is defined by a legal marking system.
PENALTY: Disqualification on the competitor from the event.
The way the position is defined in the NFHS rule is this. Section 5 Articles 1-4
Article 1…The Jury of Appeals shall serve as the final board of appeals.
Article 2…A coach would first protest to the meet referee. If the coach feels that the terms and conditions of competition or the application of the rules have been misapplied or misinterpreted, a written appeal shall be made to the jury.
Article 3…Situations that are eligible to protest/appeal include, but are not limited to:
- Misapplication of the rules which must be filed within 30 minutes after the announcement of event results.
- Correction of clerical or team scoring errors which may be corrected up to 48 hours after the end of the meet, unless another time period is specified in advance by the games committee or meet director.
- Correction of meet results involving ineligible participant which may be made at any time when discovered.
- Failure to follow a procedure contained in the terms and conditions of competition announced in advance by the games committee or meet director. This would include such items as the time schedule, the number of qualifiers to advance, number of trials, etc.
Article 4…Situations that are not subject to protest:
- Any judgement decision pertaining to violations or alleged violations of the rules.
- a decision made by the finish judges or timers that does not involve misapplication of a rule, or the terms and conditions of competition.
- Whether a start is fair and legal.
The Jury of Appeal shall, as its sole function in matters resulting from a Referee decision, determine if the decision of the Referee Judge is based upon adequate evidence and within the scope of the authority given to such
person. If such determination is in doubt, the Jury of Appeal shall consult with all relevant persons and may consider other available evidence, including any available video evidence. The decision of the Referee shall be
upheld unless shown to be clearly erroneous. The decision of the Jury of Appeal shall be final. There shall be no further right to appeal. The Jury of Appeal may, however, reconsider decisions if new conclusive evidence is presented.