NBNO Entry and Seeding Rules - 2019

At NSAF we are determined to ensure that every entry is fairly evaluated for acceptance and seeding purposes. Over the years we have developed rules and procedures that help us to achieve this goal. Listed below are those specific rules, but first some broader points.

Entrants often attempt to gain acceptance with a mark that does not meet the guideline. They try to make a case by pointing out that at previous Nationals competitors in their event did not meet the entry guideline at the meet. While performances at prior New Balance Nationals may not have met guidelines in the meet itself, all entrants met entry requirements before the meet. Declaring that an athlete has better marks than competitors in previous meets will not result in acceptance in the meet. Not every athlete has a career day at the nationals.

Entry guidelines may be found HERE.  They are guidelines, rather than standards, because we do make allowances for reasonably small variances. That determination is made at the sole discretion of the Seeding Committee.

Entries in freshman events are restricted to 9th graders only.  Entries in Junior High events are restricted to 7th and 8th graders only.  Under no circumstances will entries from athletes lower than 7th grade or higher than 12th be accepted in any event.  No exceptions.

Please note: THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR ENTRIES THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTED. If you are unsure if you qualify, either enter and do not pay or send an e mail to info@nationalscholastic.org with the subject line GUIDELINE INQUIRY before you enter and pay. We will usually respond to you within 24 – 48 hours.

(Note bold italics = new for 2019 NBNO)



Conversions Used in Making Entry and Seeding Decisions

Events Boys


1500 to mile  +18.0  +20.0
1600 to mile  +1.2  +1.5
3000 to 2 mile  +40.0  +40.0
3200 to 2 mile  +4.0  +4.0
300H to 400H  +16.0  +19.0
3000ST to 2000ST  -3:30  -3:35


The Seeding Committee may make exceptions to these rules where justified. Athletes and coaches should be guided by the specific event entry guidelines that are listed here: NBNO Entry Guidelines.

For eligibility rules for transgender athletes, please click HERE.

Communication about seeding decisions should be directed via e mail to: Joe Lanzalotto.

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