Marlow wrote:batonless relay wrote:if you don't have the standard or you're not even allowed entry without the standard it makes it impossible to make the argument of what you could do. All A's, less fuss, no permutations.
That is by far the most ****** ** thing you've ever posted
Peaking at the right time is a real (and important) concept. You GET the A at the Trials, if you don't already have it. Having only A-qualifiers (have you REALLY looked at how high they are?!) show up makes it the WORST meet ever, with tiny (or non-existent!) fields in the majority of events. The OTs are a great celebration of the sport in America and you'd reduce it to virtually nothing. There's little chance of meaningful competition, competition that can battle-harden you.
I think people are already trying as hard as they can to get the A now - your idea is not going to suddenly 'force' people to get it.
Marlow, please remember that we're talking about the easiest way to make the trials fair. And, to me that would include no marks chasing. And, the only way to stop marks chasing is to require that everyone get the A BEFORE entry. Does it bother me that there is marks chasing now? No. But it would bother me tremendously if the "favorites" were pre-selected - I might even consider that ****** **.
Also, there is NOTHING about going through an extremely slow race (which is what usually happens at USOT/USATF) that "battle hardens" any mid-distance runners for what will happen in the medal territory of the world stage. So, I might consider MOST distance races meaningless.