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    Quote Originally Posted by dukehjsteve View Post
    With plasticine, the jumpers get a break that those w/o it do not get.
    In any given competition, all the jumpers face the plasticine or none do.
    To repeat: OVER THE LINE IS OVER THE LINE.
    No it isn't. What if a javelin thrower's arm crosses the line but doesn't touch the ground?

    If the plasticine wasn't catching some jumpers who touched the ground beyond the board, the solution should be better equipment to detect that, maybe a pressure-sensitive mat, or some other technology. It's the 21st century. A break-the-plane rule is a cop-out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 18.99s View Post
    If the plasticine wasn't catching some jumpers who touched the ground beyond the board, the solution should be better equipment to detect that, maybe a pressure-sensitive mat, or some other technology. It's the 21st century. A break-the-plane rule is a cop-out.
    Different rules. Break the plane was the rule before the advent of plasticine and cameras.
    That is the point. They do not touch the ground beyond the plane but get the advantage of taking off beyond the foul line as opposed to a visual foul.
    With increasing use of cameras, I have seen board officials refer to the monitor screen before virtually every call.
    Ideally, if horizontal jumps used a 24" take off board and available technology to measure from the actual take off point to landing point, it would virtually eliminate fouls and jump distances would increase. Realistically, such technology is not available to 99% of competitions.
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    The rule comes into effect November 2020, after the next Olympics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Gerbil View Post
    The rule comes into effect November 2020, after the next Olympics.
    Thank you, you are correct. I missed that note when making the original post.
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    The old rule did not prevent officials from ruling Carl Lewis' "30 foot jump" as foul for having broken the plane.
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    So the plasticine is a quarter inch higher than the board? Pity the poor Lonewolf and colleagues smoothing out the junk to that exact tolerance ! And how about the unfortunate jumper whose take off is perfect but whose toe makes a 1/16th inch deep scratch on that elevated plasticine? Ridiculous methodology...
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    You are right, it will be difficult to quickly repair minor nicks in the square plasticine and a time consuming nuisance to repeatedly change boards. The upside is it will almost assuredly
    eliminate the 2" oversteps that do not touch the plasticine.
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