Clearing a Height

What Constitutes Clearing a Height?  There is some difference in the rule sets, perhaps reflecting regional difference in the equipment and the event.  For most games, the rule sets could easily be standardized on this point with out to much problems.  SAAA rules would most likely be the exception (which is part of the variety in Heavy Atheltics),

NASGA Based Rules

The crossbar may be suspended at both ends or by one end. It may be suspended at both ends by either pulleys and rope attached or rested on pegs attached to the uprights or both.

  • If the implement pulls down the crossbar as it goes over, it is the judge’s decision whether the toss will be counted or not.
  • If the crossbar is suspended by resting on pegs (“touch-bar“), then the toss will not be counted if the crossbar is knocked off either peg.
    • The crossbar will remain on the pegs after an attempt until the competitor leaves the throwing area (determined by the judge’s discretion).

The center of the implement will go over the bar within the inside of the uprights or the inside of the upright and the end of the bar if only one upright is used.

The implement may touch the crossbar as it goes over.

  • RMSA modification: The implement will go over the crossbar within the inside the uprights or the inside of the upright and the end of the bar if only one upright is used.

Borge’s Based Rules

Standards similar to those used in the pole vault should be used. Two configurations are allowed:

  1. Knock-off bar: The crossbar should sit on pins that extend perpendicularly from the uprights; the crossbar should not be attached to the uprights, so that if the implement hits the bar it will generally be knocked off. If the implement goes over the bar, the attempt is good whether or not it hits the bar provided the bar is not knocked off the pins.

  2. Fixed bar: The crossbar is physically attached to the uprights so that if the weight hits the bar it will remain in position. If the implement goes over the bar, the attempt is good whether or not it hits the bar.

The implement must go over the bar within the uprights.

Original SAAA modification:  A fixed bar may be used for W.O.B. In order to use the Fixed bar in the weight over bar event the weight must completely clear the bar. If the weight touches the bar it is considered a knock off.

2012 SAAA modification is less strict than the original but are still the strictest rules on clearing a height

  • If the implement goes over the bar then the attempt is good.
  • In the sheaf toss the implement may hit the bar.
  • In the Weight Over the Bar, the implement must not hit the bar in such a way as to cause it to vibrate violently, doing so counts as a knocked off bar. Some glancing is permitted provided the bar vibrates only minimally, the bar may not count as knocked off in this case at the Judge’s discretion
  • Most judges rule that if the implement rebounds off the uprights and goes over the bar between the uprights, the attempt is good.

Differences

Borges based rules would appear to not allow a commonly used form of uprights in the Midwest: Using Pulleys and rope with heavy duty rubber bungee cords used to attach the cross bar to the ropes.  This method gives a bit of a shock absorber effect.  This is not a big deal as this has nothing to do with whether the implement cleared a height or not.

  • Because of this, or coincidental to this, NASGA based rules include the following clause:
    • If the implement pulls down the crossbar as it goes over, it is the judge’s decision whether the toss will be counted or not.

    which puts a bit more pressure on the judge. However, if the judge is consistent in his ruling and communicates this to the flight, this should not be a problem.

USAD uses NASGA based rules in knock off bar uprights requires the bar to remain on the uprights until the competitor leaves the throwing area (determined by the judge’s discretion)

Agreement

  • If the crossbar is supported by two uprights, the implement needs to go over the bar in between the uprights.
  • The implement can touch the cross bar on the way over in all but SAAA rules.  An element of judgement is needed under SAAA rules.