Earlier this month, Brent Rutemiller called for swimming organizations to suspend use of automatic relay take-off judging systems.
Read a response from Colorado Time Systems here.
We understand that fail safe systems need to be implemented and that's why an employee of Colorado Time Systems told the NCAA that they should use a minimum of a semi-high speed video camera to provide backup for the RJPs. A number of the major USA Swimming meets and NCAA meets are using relay judging and some are also currently using video cameras with a speed of about 100 frames per second.
So, why in the world would we continue using these systems without either a human element or a video back-up?
Colorado Time Systems agrees that fail safe systems need to be implemented in those rare cases that technology malfunctions. However, to completely eliminate RJPs would be hindering the advancement of the sport and opening the door to even more controversy if humans took over.
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