Uniform Guidelines and Interpretations  click for printable version

In the hope of answering as many questions as possible and avoiding any future frustration, we have created this page to help clarify rules regarding uniforms and legal participation in Track and Field.

First, the official legalese and then what it means to you.


ART. 1 . . . The competitor’s uniform shall be issued by the school, worn as intended by the manufacturer, and have the following restrictions:


  1. Each competitor shall wear shoes.

  • Shoes shall be worn on both feet and shall have an upper and definitely recognizable sole and heel.

  • The (shoe) upper must be designed so that it can be fastened securely to the foot.

  • The use of slippers or socks does not meet the requirements of the rule.

    2. Each competitor shall wear a full length track top and bottom or one-piece uniform issued by the school.

  • The top shall not be knotted or have a knot-like protrusion.

  • Bare midriff tops are not allowed.

  • The top must hang below or be tucked into the waistband of the bottom when the competitor is standing upright.

  • The waistband of a competitor’s bottom shall be worn above the hips and shall not be rolled.  

  • THE OXFORD TRACK INTERPRETATION: Any visible garment(s) worn underneath the uniform must be unadorned and of a single, solid color. 

ART. 2 . . . Additional restrictions for relay races.

  1. Each team member shall wear the same color and design of school uniform although the length of the bottom or one-piece uniform may vary.

  2. Any visible garment(s) worn by two or more relay team members underneath the uniform top and/or bottom shall be unadorned and of the same single, solid color, but not necessarily the same length.

  3. Participants may not wear anything that aids in securing the baton.

NOTE: Visible items worn under both the top and the bottom do not have to be the same color.  However, each item does need to be a single color.



   What it means to you…


  1. Each athlete will receive a team issued top and bottom as the official uniform.  This uniform is to be turned in at the end of the season.  Failure to do so will result in being issued an “obligation” by the Athletic Department. 

  2. Athletes are responsible for ALL other clothing/spirit wear (OPTIONAL).  We are asking that each athlete purchase either the long sleeve Nike Legend or Badger B-Core as their "team shirt".  These items can be purchased in the team store by clicking here.

  3. Compression or undergarment layers for Oxford Track and Field Athletes.

  • Boys will wear white for bottoms and/or white for tops

  • Girls will wear dark or navy blue for bottoms and white for tops

  • Length need only be considered if running a relay.




Uniform compliance is a HUGE area of confusion for many teams, so we are including the interpretations for the MHSAA Coaches Rules Meeting.   Some of these requirements are in constant flux, but you will never go wrong following these.


There are some rules that are a little bit on the “newer” side that may cause some confusion for certain athletes, coaches, and event officials at other meets.

  • Athletes MAY wear a watch in competition (non-GPS)

  • Athletes MAY wear metal barrettes during completion

  • Athletes MAY wear jewelry during competitions.  AS LONG AS it is deemed safe to the athlete and the equipment.


Another important note to consider concerning “temporary body adornment”. While it is legal for an athlete to have a tattoo, it is NOT LEGAL for an athlete to compete with any temporary body markings.  This would include, but is not limited to, temporary tattoos, henna, drawings, etc.  Different coaches, officials, and games committees apply these rules differently.  In the event of any confusion, always follow the directions of the official or the games committee.

As a staff, we realize that there are a lot of rules in track and field and it is hard to keep up with all of them. Our hope is that this information will help address some of the more common and confusing ones.  If there is ever a question, please talk with one of the coaches. 

Our general philosophy is pretty simple:

If it doesn’t help you perform to the best of your ability, then you don’t need or want it!