Officiating at AO Championships
So here we go again. Today at AO Youth Boys competition the coaches were not allowed to be in the area. So called ‘coaches box’ was created near the high jump pit in the middle and for some kids beginning of their approach run.
Tim and Janet Slocombe are back with their ego and huge desire to be in control of everything (one or both of them being JUMPS REFEREEs yesterday and today).
So as the result we are back to situation when the officials are failing to run the competition nice and smooth and make everything possible to isolate coaches from the area so that we do not notice if they are doing something wrong. Yesterday we had the area close to the pit crowded with shot putters so it was distracting some of the vaulters but today it was empty. However the runway was only opened at 9:45 as officials started to put the measuring tape and train volunteers how to raise the bar at 9:30 so the competition (there were only 4 vaulters in the list) started at 10:25 with 25 min. delay without any reason.
Ontario coaches: unless we speak up it’s not gonna change and our vaulters will jump low and not have fun at meets run by AO. The officials will keep being mean and unfriendly. Zeke has felt it yesterday but today it was even worse.
I really call you to join our efforts and do something.
I already talked to Randolph Fajardo from AO and pointed out there were problems.
1. Push AO towards letting ONLY the following officials run the pole vault: Ian (we all wish he was available more), Owen and Wayne.
2. Make AO create rule that PV coaches are not discriminated and ARE ALLOWED in the area as other jumps and throws coaches are.
3. When PV and SP run at the same time I suggest that throwers enter the circle from another side. There’s obviously more space between the cage and LJ pit compared to the space between PV pit and the cage.
If any of you including athletes, parents and fans have something to suggest or share please leave your thoughts here.