We're counting on our TISCA leadership to come down strongly on the side of our athletes and demand changes to protect them from potential machine malfunctions.
They may also want to remind coaches at the fall TISCA clinic about Rule 4, Section 1, Article 1.
This part of the rule book lists officials and their duties.
While coaches are unable to protest judgement calls, they are able to ask the meet referee to call the meet committee at a championship meet.
"The meet committee shall make decisions on matters not specifically covered by the rules or on the misapplication of a rule during a meet."
Presspad failures occur. It's usually not a big deal, and we get it cleared up quickly.
In those cases where that doesn't happen, a meet committee should be allowed to weigh in when a coach feels he/she isn't being heard.
The coach may state his/her case to this small group of unbiased adults. They are trusted to look into the matter. Even without the use of video evidence, data from the system can be reviewed.
While the meet referee is still going to have the final say, this committee can give him/her good guidance with which to make that final decision.