Long Jump – Rules

All rules for long jump are made and monitored through International Association for Athletic Federations. Playing by rules will fetch you points on your performance and the reverse may cost you penalty which may lead to disqualification from the entire tournament.

Here is a list of some important rules that every athlete needs to follow while participating in a Long Jump event −

  • The number of trials varies depending upon the number of competitors. If the number of competitors is more than eight, then each one will be given three trials and best eight among them may be given additional three trials. However, if the number of competitors is less than eight, then each may be given six trials.

  • If a competitor wishes, he can have some practice trials before the beginning of the competition under the supervision of judges. Once the competition has begun, they are not allowed to use the competition or take-off area.

  • Markers are provided by the organising committee to the players to mark their take-off and run off points. No other substances like chalks should be used which can leave indelible marks.

  • Soon after the athlete jumps, measurement is done from the nearest point that has touched the take-off point.

  • All measurements are done perpendicular to the take-off point.

  • For the trial to be legal, the wind meter reading is also important. It should show the parameters within the required specific zone.

  • The performer has to complete his jump within one minute.

  • If there is a tie between two players after scoring, chances are given to them till the time one performs better than the other and gain more points.