What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Adam Brid » Thu, 23 May 1996 04:00:00


What limitations, if any, should be applied to the use of towels or other
materials on the surfaces of the starting blocks.

Adam Bridge

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Jorge Gonzale » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00

None, the only help towels give is when the poool has lousy blocks and
you are trying to avoid not slipping off.

Use towels or get better blocks.

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Wolf » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>If USS where to change its rule concerning foot position on the blocks
>both before and after "Take your mark" what should the requirement be?

>Should the feet be allowed anywhere before "Take your mark"?
>Should the current feet together away from the front of the block
continue.
>Something else?

>How about just before the start?

>Why?

As a former high school, USS and college swimmer, a current masters
swimmer and head coach of a USS team, I don't feel that it matters what
the start proticol is as long as it is uniform.  I would be against being
able to have the feet "anywhere" before "take your mark".  I don't think
that it matters whether the rules remain having to step forward on take
your mark, or being able to begin in the starting position  (ie with at
least one foot already at the front ala high school rules).  Personally as
a swimmer I like beginning back on the block since the step forward is a
last little mental boost to get myself ready for swimming.  I don't think
that this would be a necessary change, I don't think there is any
advantage one way or the other, and would just be a cosmetic change that
wouldn't improve anything.

Quote:
>What limitations, if any, should be applied to the use of towels or other
>materials on the surfaces of the starting blocks.

>Adam Bridge

I have seen towels used on the blocks, but I do not know what the current
ruling is.  There are currently so many different styles of blocks being
used, and all with different slipperiness that it is difficult sometimes
starting of blocks that are extremely slippery or far from the norm.  Home
teams in these situations have a tremendous advantage because they are
used to them.  However, I don't think that towels or any other foreign
subtance should be allowed to be used on blocks.  I think drying them off
is OK, but on the actual surface nothing should be allowed so that all
swimmers will be starting off a similar surface.  I could see a market for
a non-slip starting surface that would give an unfair advantage (in that
everyone didn't have access to one) to some swimmers.

These are just my opinions.  Thanks, Adam, for asking the thoughts of
r.s.s. participants to bring to the rules committee.  If anyone has views
on these, or other topics dealing with the rules, I invite you to discuss
them here so Adam may bring the views to USS with him.

James Wolfle

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Jill Spetoske » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00

I'm all for no restrictions on the use of towels and such.  In high
school, the pool we used had tile! blocks.  Visiting teams would come
in, and have a really hard time adjusting, and I can remember a 50 free
where two of theirs and one of ours slipped off the blocks early and
were dq'd.  (It was partially their fault.  They were leaning, it was
just you couldn't lean at all on those blocks)
I can't really see where allowing towels, and whatnot wouldn't serve to
make things more fair.

Jill Marie

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Edward M. Powe » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I'm all for no restrictions on the use of towels and such.  In high
>school, the pool we used had tile! blocks.  Visiting teams would come
>in, and have a really hard time adjusting, and I can remember a 50
free
>where two of theirs and one of ours slipped off the blocks early and
>were dq'd.  (It was partially their fault.  They were leaning, it was
>just you couldn't lean at all on those blocks)
>I can't really see where allowing towels, and whatnot wouldn't serve
to
>make things more fair.

>Jill Marie


How 'bout we set these things up with a wobbly mechanism that forces
the swimmers to move slowly and deliberately or the blocks wobble
around?  You be assured that you had a fair start from any swimmers
able to stay on the blocks long enough to hear the starter's pistol.

Ed

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Michael W. Moo » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> None, the only help towels give is when the poool has lousy blocks and
> you are trying to avoid not slipping off.

There are many starts who will not allow you to use towels. As the person
useing the towel could have an advantage the other swimmers do not have.

Michael

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Adam Brid » Sat, 25 May 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> > None, the only help towels give is when the poool has lousy blocks and
> > you are trying to avoid not slipping off.

> There are many starts who will not allow you to use towels. As the person
> useing the towel could have an advantage the other swimmers do not have.

> Michael

Currently it's up to the referee.  You don't HAVE to allow a swimmer to do
so.  BUT if one person gets to use a towel EVERYONE has the same right.

ab

 
 
 

What do you think about: using towels on the blocks

Post by Jorge Gonzale » Sun, 26 May 1996 04:00:00

What advantage?  Heck, just get a towel if you feel disadvantaged.

This is just some referees who feel that they must "show their authority"
and make silly rules.