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RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS

FIELD RULES AND SPECIFICATIONS


Long Jump – Takeoff Board

IAAF
The takeoff shall be marked by a board sunk level with the runway and the surface of the landing area. The edge of the board which is nearer to the landing area shall be called the takeoff line. Immediately beyond the takeoff line there shall be placed a plasticine indicator board for the assistance of the Judges.The takeoff board shall be rectangular, made of wood or other suitable rigid material, and shall measure 1.22m +/- 0.01 long and 20cm (+/- 2mm) wide and 10cm +/- 10.01 deep. It shall be painted white.

The distance between the takeoff board and the far end of the landing (sand pit) area shall be at least 10m (32 ft.-10 in.). The takeoff board shall be placed between 1m and 3m from the nearer end of the landing (sand pit) area. The plasticine indicator board shall consist of a rigid board, 10cm wide (+/- 2mm) and 1.22m (+/- 0.01) long and be made of wood or other suitable rigid material. The board shall be mounted in a recess or shelf in the runway, on the side of the takeoff board nearer the landing area. The surface shall rise from the level of the takeoff board to a height of 7mm (+/- 1mm).

The edges shall either slant at an angle of 45 degrees with the edge nearer to the runway covered with a plasticine layer along its length 1mm thick or shall be cut away such that the recess, when filled with plasticine shall slant at an angle of 45 degrees. When mounted in this recess, the whole assembly shall be sufficiently rigid to accept the full force of the athlete’s foot. The surface of the board beneath the plasticine shall be of a material in which spikes of an athlete’s shoe will grip and not skid.

USATF
Same as IAAF.

NCAA
Same as IAAF with the following exceptions:
Length: Takeoff board shall be at least 1.22m long.
Width: Takeoff board shall be approximately 20cm wide.
Thickness: Not more than 10cm thick.
Other: Distance between the takeoff board and the nearer edge of the landing (sand pit) area shall not be less than 1m or greater than 3.66m (12 ft.). The plasticine indicator board, not mandatory, shall be prepared so that the top of the plasticine is level with the takeoff board. Color of plasticine shall be a contrasting color.

NFHS
The takeoff area shall be marked by a rectangular shaped takeoff board, manufactured of wood or synthetic material. The takeoff board must be set firmly in the ground at least level with the runway and the surface of the landing. A firm base must be provided. The width shall be between 8 inches (minimum) and 24 inches (maximum). The length shall be 42 to 48 inches long.

If the takeoff board is 8 inches wide, an additional 8 inches of firm, resilient material may be placed so that it abuts the edge of the takeoff board farthest from the scratch line.

On hard surfaced runways a painted scratch line of contrasting color and with the same size specifications may be used in lieu of a takeoff board. The boys’ recommended scratch line shall be located 12 ft from the nearer edge of the landing (sand pit) area. The girls’ recommended scratch line shall be located 8 ft from the nearer edge of the landing (sand pit) area. These distances may be adjusted to accommodate different levels of competition.