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rs232
September 22nd, 2014, 04:23 AM
Is there some standard distance from the walls where the backstroke flags are strung up?

Rob Copeland
September 22nd, 2014, 12:13 PM
107.13 Backstroke Flags and Lines

107.13.1 Design—At least three triangular pennants 6 to 12 inches in width at the base and 12 to 18 inches in vertical length, of two or more alternating and contrasting colors, shall be suspended on a firmly stretched line over each lane for all backstroke, individual medley, and medley relay events. [M]

107.13.2 Location

A Long course and short course meters—5 meters (16 feet, 5 inches) from each end of the course, a minimum of 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches) to a maximum of 2.5 meters (8 feet, 3 inches) above the water surface. [M]

B Short course yards—15 feet (4.57 meters) from each end of the course, 7 feet (2.13 meters) above the water surface. [M]

C Measurement—Height shall be measured to the horizontal line from which the pennants are suspended.[M]

orca1946
September 22nd, 2014, 12:24 PM
Rob has the exact rules above. Some pools for practice use the "old"flags that droop down in the middle so as to look closer that normal.

Karl_S
September 22nd, 2014, 02:18 PM
Of course at some pools they tie the flags to lifeguard chairs, fence posts, lamp posts, or worst of all, poles held in place by buckets of cement, which seem to get placed at a different (and incorrect) location every day!

Then there is this hotel pool:
http://www.comfortinn.com/media/eBrochure/ebrochure/MD/MD185/MD185C1.JPG
(2541 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Grantsville, MD)

ALLISONWARE
September 22nd, 2014, 06:02 PM
And don't forget pools that can be BOTH SCY & LCM....the flags magically never seem to move.

Is the USMS & USA-S rule the same?

Frank Thompson
September 22nd, 2014, 09:19 PM
Yes. USA-S 103.15 is the exact language of USMS 107.13 and is referenced on page 47 of the 2014 USA-S Rule Book.

Bill Sive
September 23rd, 2014, 12:12 AM
Are backstroke flags mandatory during workouts?, or is it up to the facility?

knelson
September 23rd, 2014, 09:56 AM
Then there is this hotel pool:
http://www.comfortinn.com/media/eBrochure/ebrochure/MD/MD185/MD185C1.JPG
(2541 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Grantsville, MD)

They probably advertise it as being "Olympic-size." :)

sunruh
September 23rd, 2014, 10:56 AM
Are backstroke flags mandatory during workouts?, or is it up to the facility?

define "workout"

:D

orca1946
September 23rd, 2014, 02:12 PM
Where are the "Olympic " starting blocks??

knelson
September 24th, 2014, 10:14 AM
Where are the "Olympic " starting blocks??

They move the deck chairs up to the edge of the pool, of course.

ElaineK
September 24th, 2014, 01:01 PM
They probably advertise it as being "Olympic-size." :)

I am always baffled at how others define an "Olympic" pool. :confused: A 25 yard pool is "Olympic" to most non-swimmers. :rolleyes: They seem to forget how big a REAL Olympic pool is and that the U.S.A. is one of the only countries measuring pools in "yards."


They move the deck chairs up to the edge of the pool, of course.

:lmao:

Muppet
September 24th, 2014, 02:44 PM
They probably advertise it as being "Olympic-size." :)

trademark violation!!!

Bill Sive
September 24th, 2014, 06:37 PM
define "workout"

:D

Workout - with a registered Masters Team/Club, during their scheduled pool time, at their regular pool, with a Masters Coach. Not a swim workout on your own, with other Masters Swimmers, without a Coach.