USATF to hear proposal to downgrade nationals shuttle-hurdle relay
Hurdlers should note a USATF rules proposal set for debate at Dayota Beach to downgrade (not drop, as I suggested earlier) the shuttle-hurdle relay at masters nationals: “Item 108 â€“ Submitted by Gary Snyder, Chair Masters T&F. Amend Rule 331.1(b) as follows: ((Shuttle Hurdle Relay)) Reason: Remove as a championship event pending an event definition.” Also: False alarm on a new false-start proposal for masters track. Rules will stay the same, if the latest ideas are an indication. In other words, we won’t go back to “no false start.” See the slate of USATF rule changes being considered at Dayton Beach annual meeting in December. Lots of masters rule changes are proffered, however, especially for LDR types. Since this doesn’t interest me, read the doc for specifics.
Also interesting is Item 50, submitted by Chairman Gary Snyder on behalf of masters throws czar Jerry Bookin-Weiner.
Here’s the wording and reasoning:
In making a throw, the competitor may choose to assume any starting position ((and shall use both hands)), holding the weight exclusively by the handle, and using both hands except at the start of the throw and at the release of the implement.
Reason: The language about both hands does not appear in either the IAAF Rules (with regard to the Hammer Throw), nor in the NCAA Rules (with regard to either the Hammer Throw or the Weight Throw). Evidently this was adopted to prevent throwers using the Scottish Games technique, which is similar to the Discus Throw. What it has created is a situation where officials are attempting to determine when an athlete has released the trailing hand (right for a right-handed thrower and left for a left-handed thrower) in order to determine if this rule is being violated. It is impossible to have both hands in contact with the implement until it is fully released; and there is no advantage to the athlete gained if the trailing hand is released ahead of the lead hand. The proposed change is intended to clarify that release of the trailing hand should not be considered a foul.