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    A Modest Proposal . . .
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    Field events can be split into two categories - those that shoot for a preset distance (PV and HJ) and those in which athletes can go for a record (PR, CR, NR, WR) on every effort. From a spectator standpoint I much prefer the second group.

    The men's PV, for instance: I'd much prefer to see Mondo shoot for a WR every time he's on the runway, instead of taking shots and wasting energy at the 5.5m range - shoot for a WR on every single effort.

    Like the rest of the field events, six attempts max with a cull of the herd after three. No moving standards or placing bars – just let electronic eyes determine the lowest height that 100% of the body clears. And have the electronics create a crossbar of light that can be set at the vaulter's requested height to give them a target.

    It would make the event more exciting and probably cut down on overall attempts, so less time needed.
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    I agree with cutting down on the number of attempts....but not so sure about the light beam thing....there is something to actually crossing a bar that high that has an appeal that just flying through the air doesn't.
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    bad hammy--what can you tell us about the cost and availability of those "electronic eyes"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    bad hammy--what can you tell us about the cost and availability of those "electronic eyes"?
    The tech exists but has not been applied to the HJ/PV. Put in an order with whoever's doing the electronic distance measuring for other field events - they'll build you one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad hammy View Post
    The tech exists but has not been applied to the HJ/PV. Put in an order with whoever's doing the electronic distance measuring for other field events - they'll build you one.
    I'm no engineer, but I thought the technology used in the other field events still involve an official placing a marking point at the distance achieved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wamego relays champ View Post
    I'm no engineer, but I thought the technology used in the other field events still involve an official placing a marking point at the distance achieved.
    Not necessarily. I believe some EDM systems don't require that, particularly in the horizontal jumps. They do, however, require that the operator of the system determine the correct point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wamego relays champ View Post
    I'm no engineer, but I thought the technology used in the other field events still involve an official placing a marking point at the distance achieved.
    Actually, at least in LJ and TJ, they now have the technology to measure attempts without putting markers in the sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Actually, at least in LJ and TJ, they now have the technology to measure attempts without putting markers in the sand.
    Seiko debuted that, I believe, at Daegu in '11

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Actually, at least in LJ and TJ, they now have the technology to measure attempts without putting markers in the sand.
    Some form of laser point measurement has become common but there is an an occasional problem when sand condition/texture/moisture and light almost dictate a physical marker.
    Caveat: Check calibration periodically/frequently.. batteries get weak,stands get jostled and stuff happens
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad hammy View Post
    It would make the event more exciting and probably cut down on overall attempts, so less time needed.
    By no means more exiting in my view. What is exciting is how the bar goes higher and higher and also seeing an actual bar stay or fall.
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