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Let qualifying athletes compete in championships: THREE-LIMIT RULE UNFAIR
Petition Background (Preamble):
For track and field meet management, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) states that (Rule 4-2-4c) "In meets which involve four or more schools, not more than three contestants from a given school shall be allowed to enter an individual event."
In other words, even if an athlete meets a qualifying district or state standard, they will be omitted from that championship if three other athletes from their school also qualified. Some believe this gives all schools a chance to compete in championship meets; however, when qualifying standards are ignored, athletes who have not met the standard get priority over athletes who have qualified.
This is a proposal/petition to modify rule 4-2-4c and allow the BEST QUALIFIERS to compete even if they come from similar schools. The district would still set up a maximum number of total athletes that can compete in each event, but not be concerned with obtaining a "representative sample" of the district/state. This would create a championship track meet that is more authentic: the best performers in a given district/state would compete.
One instance where an athlete qualified to District III Championship, made it in the top 12/18 of performance list, but was forced to be scratched from the meet.
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The best athletes should be permitted to compete in a championship.
The Let qualifying athletes compete in championships: THREE-LIMIT RULE UNFAIR petition to District III Track and Field Chairman, PIAA Track and Field Committee was written by Maria Vita and is in the category Sports at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: track and field, district championships, state championships, three-limit rule