Frequently Asked Questions

My athlete has achieved a provisional time. When will I know if they get in?

Starting on February 1st, we will begin accepting athletes with provisional times in events that have lower amounts of automatic entries. Athletes will not be asked to pay and complete their registration until they are accepted.

Can I use open times and relay times for a composite time?

No. If you are going to use a composite time, all marks must be open. We will only accept a 1200m split for the 1200m leg of the DMR because this distance is only run in a relay.

I want to enter a DMR relay team but none of the relay members have run it or run the 1200m. How can I enter?

You can use a composite time for your relay which may include a 300 or 500 meter open time (for the 400 leg), a 600 or 1000 meter open time (for the 800 leg), an 800/1600/1 mile (for the 1200 leg), and a 1000/1600/1 mile open time (for the 1600 leg).

What does a composite outdoor 2023 time mean?

This means that you can use any four athletes’ open times from outdoor to achieve a qualifying standard. Those four athletes must be the ones competing at NBNI 2024!

Can we qualify for the shuttle hurdles using composite times?

Yes. If you are using 55 meter hurdle times, simply add them up and if you are under the automatic standard, your team will qualify. If you are using 60 meter hurdle times, they will need to all be converted to 55 meters by using the Milesplit Calculator and then submit the composite.

If our team achieved the outdoor 2023 relay time, does that mean we are all set for indoors?

If the same four athletes that achieved the Outdoor 2023 standard are returning in the 2023-2024 Indoor season and will compete at NBNI 24’, then you may use their time.

If our team achieves a qualifying time using composites, but we need to substitute one of the athletes out, is that okay?

No. Relay teams using composite times are not allowed alternates. If you need to substitute an athlete, the new athlete must still contribute to a qualifying composite time for the relay. Relay teams that don’t use the final 4 qualified athletes (athletes registered in slots A1-A4) or run an athlete that isn’t registered, will risk disqualification for that event.

If our team achieves an indoor relay qualifying standard, can any four athletes run?

Yes! If your girls team, for example, runs 4:02.0 in the 4×400, you can have any four athletes from your school run at nationals.

Do alternates receive backpacks?

No they do not. The four athletes listed in the registration under spots A1-A4, who you anticipate will run at NBNI 2024, will receive backpacks.

I achieved the 5K standard from a cross-country race this fall, will you accept it?

Because there is such a large discrepancy between cross-country courses around the country, our seeding committee will use our discretion to accept a 5K mark. Marks that were achieved on well-known historical cross-country courses will take priority.

What can you tell me about the Reggie Lewis Center?

The Reggie Lewis Center is home to multiple national and world records. Check out the facility records!

My athletic.net profile has incorrect information (age, grade, name spelling, etc.) How can I update the information?

Athletic.net can take care of updating this information, check out this article for instructions.

Will I be allowed to use starting blocks for NBNI 2024?

Yes! In all middle school, freshman, and championship events, starting blocks will be permitted in prelims, semi-finals, and finals.

How will awards work if there is no longer a Rising Stars Division?

National Champions across championship individual and relay events will receive awards. All-American Awards will be awarded to the top 6 athletes in individual Championship events and top 6 teams in Championship relays. All athletes in the top 6 of the Championship, Freshman, and Middle School divisions will receive medals.

I am registered as unattached but now I want to register under a team/club and run with a relay, how do I do that?

Unfortunately once you are registered as unattached, you are no longer able to switch to a team/club. We highly recommend that if you may run on a relay with a team, that you register under the team/clubs account.

Can I run in a relay with athletes from other high schools?

No. All relays must be made up of athletes from the same high school.

What do I do if my athlete improves their mark from their initial registration?

Coaches are responsible for updating their seed times up until registration ends on February 29th, 2024 in order to place their athlete in the appropriate section.

How do I apply for a press pass? 

If you are a media member and interest in obtaining a press pass for NBNI, please fill out the media request form here.