gm wrote:Clearly a foul by Pichardo on his final attempt
clearly ! don't know why they measured it
This is an evolving procedure in Horizontal jumps.
For an eternity, the rules clearly stated..it shall be a foul and not measured if (depending on the rule book in effect):
a. The foot touched the ground beyond the foul line
a. The foot extends beyond the plane of the foul line.
Three years ago, when the board camera began coming into common use, even thought is was a violation of existing NCAA rules, we were under a mandate to measure any foul that might be protested, save the unrevealed mark but not record until the issue was settled by the referee.
This was an onerous, foolish, impossible task guessing which jumps might be protested. The practice back-tracked a little when it was decided by the rules gurus that the pit marker was to hold the mark until the jumper passed the board. If no immediate protest, the mark is not measured. If protested,measure but do not reveal or record the mark until resolved. I personally have never been reversed and am not aware of any.
A coach or athlete, who are the only people with standing to protest, 20 or 30 yards away, at an angle do not have an optimum view to successfuly challenge the judge on the board. If they are behind the board, fair jumps can look foul and vice versa, if view is from front of boars, foul jumps can look fair.
In practice, protests have become rare. As one camera tecnician said to me, "It is just a $50 protest fee to prove you guys right."
The most recent NCAA rule book deleted the phrase "shall not be measured" but does not address the controversal measuring of foul jumps or describe how the mark shall be treated or implemented. The NCAA rule book says...+...each legal jump shall be measured..."
The USATF rule book, at least as far back as 1983, does not contain the phrase, "shall not be measured". I does say, "..all fair
attempts shall be measured immediately..."
In neither case is does it say to measure foul jumps. I have debated this issue with the rules gurus until..... we are both tired of it.. but .. it took me three years to get the exit foul clarified so there is still hope..