Cross Country athletes are prohibited from competing while wearing any jewelry (Rule 9-6-7, NFHS 2009 Rules Book. The only exceptions to this rule are wrist watches, and religious and medical alert medals. While not inclusive, the following are some examples of acceptable and unacceptable items:
a. Watches (worn on the wrist). Watches with GPS capabilities are illegal.
b. Religious medals – medal must be worn under the uniform and taped to the body.
c. Medical alert medals/bracelets – taped to the body and the alert may be visible.
d. Insulin pump – taped to body, worn under the uniform and adequately padded.
e. Heart monitor – only with a physician’s statement documenting the need (shown to the meet referee).
f. Atomizer – only with physician’s statement documenting the need (shown to the meet referee).
h. Any item used to control hair (i.e. scrunchies, rubber bands, elastic bands(even if the band has a small piece of metal), pre-wrap or ribbons must be of a single color.
i. Tattoo – unless objectionable. The tattoo must be covered if found objectionable.
j. Regulation headband or knit cap – must be unadorned except for manufacturer’s logo/trademark/references, school name, school nickname, or school mascot.
k. Regulation “sweat band” for the head or wrists when needed – must be unadorned except for manufacturer’s logo/trademark/references, school name, school nickname, or school mascot.
l. A cast or brace.
a. Cloth/yarn/hemp/etc., bracelets.
b. Rubber wrist/ankle bands/bracelets.
c. Earrings – even if covered with tape.
d. Rings or any other jewelry (i.e., navel rings, tongue rings, eyebrow rings, nose ring, or post earrings of any kind).
e. Barrettes or bobby pins/beads/etc.
f. Face/body paint and/or stickers.
h. Baseball hats, scarves, bandanas, do-rags, etc.
i. Pins, except to hold on competitor numbers.
j. Ribbons, pins, etc., attached to shoes/shoelaces – exception – computer chips
Please Note: The clerk of course may exercise some preventive officiating by doing a uniform/jewelry check prior to the race. Please note that the primary responsibility for adhering to the competition rules is that of the competitor and the competitor’s coach. While preventative officiating is permissible and even encouraged when applicable, it is not the primary duty of the meet official and in no way minimizes the responsibility of the competitors and coaches to know and abide by the rules.
sr:g: ccr wd jewelry rule 2009 (revised 10/2/09)