Your opinion. Mine differs. I’ve spoken to kids who can’t stand starting in alleys or in that two-tiered ‘mob start’ because they’ve turned ankles, gotten elbowed and gotten the wind knocked out of them before they took two steps. No restart, just go for it kid.
I would guess that this is about getting the meet done with more quickly and if you noticed next year the meets will be only on the weekends so there must have been complaints about length during the week.
My guess is that’s the reason as well, I just don’t think this is the right change to make in order to address that issue.
Well if you’re going to pack all those meets into one weekend in one facility you’d better find a way to make them shorter or you’re not going to get them all in.
I think they have ‘opening heights’ for jumps and ‘minimum distances’ for jumps and throws that they will not measure below, right? Why not have ‘maximum times’ for the 400m and 4x400?
You can’t be serious when you use slower times in the sectionals as a reason not to do it. ALL the times in sectionals are slower because of the nature of the event.
Why is it that times or marks should be any less during a sectional meet than they are at another meet in the same venue? This point doesn’t make sense to me. Why set the kids up for a sub-par performance in the name of ‘getting it over with faster’? Just one more case where there are other factors taking precedence over the kids’ enjoyment of the meet or chances for a good performance and in this case, yes I think their safety as well. Ask the top 10 400 meter runners in any section how they feel about running in ‘alleys’ indoors and see if you find any fans. Then ask them why. That should figure into the decision here. I think most if not all would tell you they’d rather run in lanes.
Complaints? ANYTHING will cause complaints. ANYTHING.
Sorry not still buying that this is dangerous.
So I guess we don’t have a bet.
Me and you arguing this point now isn’t going to change anything. The coaches have voted and apparently this is what they want. I wish them good luck and sincerely hope no one gets hurt as a result.
I predict that there will be another change after this year to go back to lanes though, just like we have had before. The knee-jerk reaction to put more kids in a heat is not the only answer to long meets and someday someone will figure out a better, safer way.