aaronk wrote:Are HS'ers wimps, sissy's, not capable of using those size implements, etc??
Would you say the IAAF
made mistake by going to lighter implements for the U18 girls?
For example, the U18 girls will be throwing the 3 kg shot put.
Tell the truth, I'm NOT up on rules and regs in T&F....at ANY level!!
So I don't know about any new rules for under-18 girls.
But if such a rule has been entered on the books, then YES, I'm against it!!
Here's an analogy:
The 12 lb shot (and all "jr" wts and hurdle heights, etc) are like training wheels on an adult bicycle.
You might need to acclimate yourself to riding a bike....i.e. balancing, etc.
But eventually those training wheels are removed...and the kid is on his way to the Tour de France!
You want a solution to the lousy USA results in the throws??
I firmly believe using "jr" wts is a BIG reason why we're so bad there.
By the time a kid is 17 or 18, (usually their Junior or Senior year in high school), their bodies have developed to the point they can handle the heavier weights, the higher hurdles.
Look at some of those guys who throw 75 feet....or even just 70 or 72 feet....with the 12 pounder.....then take 3 or 4 or more years to get anywhere near 70 feet with the 16 pounder!!
If they started in the 11th grade using the 16 pounder exclusively....(throw out the training wheels!!)....you might see more 70 footers in their FIRST year of college....if not in their senior year of high school.
And yes, the same with the girls. Let them too throw away their training wheels after 10th grade!!
(EDIT) Thought of another analogy....but concerning the distances run by high schoolers on the track and cross country.
When I was in school, the Junior Varsity would run 660 yards instead of an 880, or 1320 yards instead of 1 mile.
In CC, we ran 1.5 miles instead of 2 or 3 miles!!
Only on the "Varsity" did we run the full distance!!