hanks to everyone who's helped me gather info.
To those who don't like the idea of shining a little light on this subject - shame on you! If we're in this for the athletes, we should want them all to have a fair shake.
If you're not in this for the athletes, then why are you still involved? Think about it...Equipment
I contacted three (3) companies that make automatic timing equipment.
I held for quite some time before I finally spoke with Aaron
, a tech at Daktronics
. He began by stating that, if their equipment (relay take-off platforms) is installed properly, the system's reliability is "good". He said he was unaware of any controversy surrounding our high school state meet relay DQ's.
I got hold of Bob
. He said his company had tried using technology similar to that in the Daktronics system, but found it to be less reliable than they'd like. Colorado's relay take-off judging systems now work to sense pressure/force and he's happy to report that they've found it to be very accurate, even with smaller age group swimmers.Jane
says they do not make a relay take-off platform. They do not have enough confidence in the technology to put a product out there. In fact, when asked to modify their timing systems to interface with another manufacturer's relay take-off platforms, they declined. IST is a sponsor (Platinum Partner) of NISCA.
To be reliable, the automatic systems must record both
a finish and a take-off to the hundredth of a second. If a touch pad fails to register a finish correctly (happens once in a while, right?) and/or a lid fails to record a take-off properly, how can we continue on with "business as usual"?High school swimming must modify current rules or stop using this equipment.Rules
Organizations like TISCA
, and NFHS
should all be working together
to make rules that keep our competitions fair for all athletes.
Very reliable sources* have provided emails that indicate this has not
Stonewalling? Plausible denial? Patronizing B.S.? Stalling? Heads in the sand? Yeah, there's been plenty of it.
A couple of years ago the out-of-control arms race (tech suits) was hurting high school swimming. Cooperation between the above groups led to a quick revision of the rules that helped level the playing field for our athletes.
It's been over a year since Kevin Murphy
began sounding the alarm on this issue. Now we've had a second round of relay DQ's that officials could not undo. Are we going to let it happen again in '12?
Here are some of the people that can weigh in on the side of our athletes - please give them the opportunity to do so. Edited 7:45 p.m. - The question has been asked about whether these folks have been contacted about this issue. While I can't speak for them all, I know some of them have. Still, you can't assume they've all heard about it, so let them know what you think needs to be done.
UIL Athletic Director - Dr. Mark CousinsUIL Assistant Athletic Director (Swimming) - Traci Neely
UIL Swim & Dive Rules Interpreter - Frank Swigon
TISCA President - Penny DiPomazioNISCA President - Dana AbbottNISCA President-Elect - Arvel McElroyNISCA Rules Chair - Paul TornoNational Federation of State High School AssociationsVideo Evidence
Without going into details, I'm convinced that the Southlake Carroll Girls' 400 Freestyle Relay in the 2011 UIL State Swimming & Diving Championships "A" Final was a perfectly legal swim.
For now, you're just going to have to trust me on that.Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
These folks provide our sport with the best possible venue for our state championship meets.
When scheduling conflicts come up, a few call for moving our state meet to a different site. Are they kidding? Be objective and tell me why another facility is better suited to hold big-time swim meets. You can't, can you?!?!
They do everything they can possibly do for us.
Our problems are in our rules. Unfortunately, they can't make/change our rules...
* Let's call them Deep Dipper, Deep Flipper, and Deep Dripper