Unfortunately, the cross country manual doesn't address ear muffs directly (it also does a poor job addressing the headware modification in general if I was being completely honest). The track manual is much better:Another thought that crossed my mind had to do with some of the things that I've seen athletes wearing on their head during very cold weather. I have seen all sorts of things worn on the head during cold weather - ear muffs, heavy duty headbands that function more as something to keep the ears warm, etc. Look at the picture that is currently on the OHSAA website of the head wear on the female runner:
Competitors may also wear a headband with or without ear protectors provided the headband is designed for the purpose of protecting the head and ears.
Always a good idea to at least ask the clerk. He/she may get the refereee involved if there are any doubts. Or, just go straight to the referee if you want.It sort of looks like a head band but the function of it is more to keep the ears warm. If I were a coach and had even the slightest doubt I would check with officials or, better yet, have my athlete wear something else.
Thanks. I had originally written up a reply to mathking. When your post came along, I felt I could reply to it and get my points across in a better way. This new board has a bad habit of saving responses that were typed up but never posted, even if you blank out the reply box.FYI, Altor, the quote you posted is my quote, not mathking's. You may want to edit that.