Height Change Rules

Borges Based Rules: The bar should be raised in increments of 1’ (2’ for sheaf) until five or fewer competitors remain, after that the competitors may request any increment divisible by 3” (6” for sheaf). For record attempts only, the bar may be set at any height divisible by 1”.

NASGA Rules: The bar may be raised by larger increments until most of the competitors are eliminated and then raised by a lesser amount requested by the competitors and agreed to by the judge.

RMSA Rule: The bar should be raised by larger increments (one foot increments in the WOB and two foot increments in the Sheaf) until most of the competitors are eliminated and then raised by a lesser amount requested by the competitors and agreed to by the judge.

USAD Rule:  The bar will be raised by 1’ (one foot) (2’ for sheaf) increments until 3 competitors are remaining. Then the bar will be raised by an amount requested by the competitors and agreed to by the judge, but the minimum must be at least 3” (three inches).

Comments:

    • NASGA and RMSA rule sets do not define the number of throwers remaining that trigger using smaller height increments.  Also, these rule sets do not define what increment of height.
      • As a judge under these rule sets, you will have to balance the number of throwers left, the desired height, time constraints,and entertainment value to the crowd to determine the height.
      • An advantage to this rule set is that the judge can make a larger jump in height to speed up the event.
      • If inexperienced, do not be afraid to refer to other judges or the AD.
      • Using the idea in Borges rules were the increment is 3″ (perhaps 6″ increments in sheaf) should be considered.
  • Borges Rules: When running sheaf event, five (5) throwers trigger smaller incremetns. Five throwers still can take a long time to eliminate. However, the rule states may request, which means that they may not get it.
  • USAD Rule:  Using Borges based rules but drops the triggering number of throwers from 5 to 3.  It also does not have any provision for when a thrower is going for a record, which Borges rules does.

Some thoughts on when setting the height:

  • Don’t lose the crowd by dragging the event out to long.
    • The crowd likes height events until they don’t!
  • When setting records, get the AD involved.  Do you really want to break a record by less than an 1 inch – If you do, the setting of the cross bar height will become controversial, and reflect back on you, the AD, and the event.

Emerging Trend

Over the last few years, three foot (3′) jumps in the first few rounds have been used at several Midwest events.  These events reducing to the “standard” two foot (2′) jumps in heights.

This change blended the basic principal that a height contest’s goal is to determine the best thrower on a given day with (1) a reasonable starting height which most throwers can attain and (2) crowd entertainment (due to the shorter event).   Basically, the early 3′ jumps separate the wheat from the chaff while providing a starting height which most can make. Despite the starting height, this also speed up the event increasing the chance of holding the crowds interest.

Some rule rewriting maybe needed or the AD should consider publicizing this slight derivation from the rules for his event.