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02/17/2020 8:10:31 PM
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Will runners be allowed to wear a gps watch during events?
Will runners be allowed to wear a gps watch during events?
02/18/2020 3:08:13 PM
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Unless something has changed in Track and Field Officiating or in NFHS rules, GPS watches are considered an aid to the competitor and are not allowed. Both the AHSAA and the NFS make this very clear for cross country, per these examples. The AHSAA Cross County Sports Book, p. 78: "10. Use of GPS tracking/timing devices by participants is not allowed." The NFHS, in 2019, "SITUATION 2: A runner arrives at the cross country start line and the clerk notices that he/she is wearing a GPS watch. The clerk requests the athlete to remove the watch. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: NFHS rules prohibit a competitor from receiving any assistance. A GPS watch is considered an electronic aid to a competitor. (4-6-5d, f)" So, even though both apply to cross country, in particular, the foundation of the rule is the same. Regular watches are still allowed.
Unless something has changed in Track and Field Officiating or in NFHS rules, GPS watches are considered an aid to the competitor and are not allowed. Both the AHSAA and the NFS make this very clear for cross country, per these examples. The AHSAA Cross County Sports Book, p. 78: "10. Use of GPS tracking/timing devices by participants is not allowed." The NFHS, in 2019, "SITUATION 2: A runner arrives at the cross country start line and the clerk notices that he/she is wearing a GPS watch. The clerk requests the athlete to remove the watch. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: NFHS rules prohibit a competitor from receiving any assistance. A GPS watch is considered an electronic aid to a competitor. (4-6-5d, f)" So, even though both apply to cross country, in particular, the foundation of the rule is the same. Regular watches are still allowed.

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