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  • #16
    Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

    "given the reality that virtually all jumpers flop and use a J-shaped run up, then having the pit on the curved end makes more sense. Jumpers run straight but off center in relation to the pit, then cross-step into an arc that brings them parallel to the bar at take off."

    Perhaps my syntax was askew - putting the pit on the straight side of the D is the ONLY way to be strictly fair, because no matter where your approach is, you have equal apron to work with.

    While 'everyone' does run the J now, the radius of the arc is very short in some cases, putting them in the grass to start with (if the pit is at mid-curve of a D-apron). Plus VERY few jumpers run parallel to the bar (as in post above). They takeoff with closer to a 20-30 degree angle off the bar, aiming their CG at the back corner of the pit in running momentum.

    I actually agree with the first post overall because the realities of the approach are such that we don't need 'equality' because most approaches fit within such parameters as to make the pit on the D-curve a very good option. BUT if some jumper is put at a disadvantage because he/she doesn't have equal 'access' to the pit, that will be a big problem.

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    • #17
      Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

      Here's another pragmatic consideration. If you have the pit against the straight edge of the D, you only have to have the first couple of feet of pit on the synthetic. Put it against the curve and the whole pit then eats up part of the D. But that's not all. You also have to leave a safety zone at back so people can exit the pit and not bump into runners on the fly. And then there's the matter of seating the judges and indicators, etc., to the side(s) of the pit so they're not in anybody's way, and you've got to come out a bit more, because the curve is likely impinging on that capability. Think you'd find curve-side pits would seriously compromise the already-short amount of approach area.

      Having said that, I seem to recall that BYU's pit, where the '82 NCAA was one of the great men's HJs in collegiate history, had the pit on the curve. On the other hand, don't recall that the infield was designed to double up as a soccer pitch, so that probably explans why they had several acres of synthetic approach.

      Higher in the thread, somebody mentioned Stanford. It is interesting to note that the high jump(s) there are usually contested along the long axis of the D. Wonder what layout constraint there is that keeps other facilities from doing it that way? (And the HJ people are virtually always sharing the D with a vault runway, so it's not as if they have it alone.

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      • #18
        Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

        The real solution here is to put the pit at the edge of the field (adjacent to the track) at mid-field directly in front of the grandstand, pave over all that infield grass and send the throwers off to some soccer field, thus making lots of room for all high jumpers and putting them into the center of attention as they deserve to be.

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        • #19
          Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

          yeah !!! yeah !!!!

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          • #20
            Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

            You seem to be forgetting that most of the throwers have lethal weapons in their hands. Not to mention that they're a little beefier than the jumpers. Where does the shot putters compete? Wherever they want to.

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            • #21
              Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

              You are right, taf! I vividly remember being flaked out between jumps on the infield at Fresno when a my high jump mate pointed out rather urgently that we needed to move. I turned to see Randy Matson standing about five feet away throwing his shot straight up into the air as high as he could (pretty damn high) and catching it with the same hand... Yikes!!! We decided it was way better to just cede the area than to ask him to cut it out because he was scaring us!

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              • #22
                Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

                I'm sure that as time goes by this is becoming a bit of a story that grows in the telling, because I can no longer actually dredge up a mental picture of it, just recall that they did it, but I know that two guys on my team in college (both NCAA scorers) used to play catch with the javelin from about 100ft apart. (I wanted to say 150, so I feel fairly safe saying 100!)

                Needless to say, the coaching staff wasn't too impressed!

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                • #23
                  Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

                  I used to high jump. Only in America did I ever compete with the pit on the curved side of the "D". I hated it. Not only did one have to face the challenge of running on grass then transfering to synthetic, but you also had to face the problem of not being able to see the bar optimally because it was in front of the crowd. Yes, standing on the track and having to judge when to start the approach between races was not the best but because that is the norm it wasn't really a problem; part of the skill in competing.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

                    I think people on this thread are talking about two different types of Ds. One is the high school version, where the D is an "island" surrounded by grass. The other D is at a world class-type track where high jump area meets the track and the curve of the D actually inside lane 1 of the track. tafnut, are you picking up on this, too?

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                    • #25
                      Re: Track pet peeve: HJ areas

                      Yeah, I got that too. You meant the island type and that was what I first responded to. The D that's fitted into the track's curve is how many big venues have it, which is why the pit has to be on the flat side in that case. Oh well, interesting discussion anyway.

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