Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association

Important Message


ALL Athletic Director:

I hope all of you are enjoying the summer and finding some time to relax just prior to the start of another busy school year and fall sports season.

This information below is to give all of you an early “heads up” as to a major change to a PIAA Rules Modification!   During their summer meeting the PIAA Board of Directors rescinded their modification that did not permit the wearing of Jewelry in the sport of T&F/CC.  The bottom line is that Track & Field and Cross Country  athletes can now wear jewelry while competing.  This includes the wearing of ear rings, necklaces, bracelets, wrist bands, hair barrettes, hair clips, beads, headbands, wrist watches, sunglasses, religious medals, adorned scrungies, etc.

Hats and head coverings MUST still be APPROVED in advance by the PIAA and the coach or athlete will need to  produce the letter from the PIAA to be able to wear such apparel while competing in a Meet.  

***** Since this is a PIAA modification change and NOT a NFHS change the wearing of jewelry will become effective this fall during the Cross Country season.

Please share this information at your earliest convenience with all of your Cross Country and Track coaches.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Jim Ellingsworth

Statewide T&F/CC Rules Interpreter.