Total Immersion Forums  

Go Back   Total Immersion Forums > Freestyle
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-06-2012
CoachPaulB CoachPaulB is offline
Coach
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 28
CoachPaulB
Default Backstroke Flags

I understand that backstroke flags are a set distance from the walls. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of an injury related to the flags not properly distanced from the wall.
I am required to have insurance for my classes and this question seems relevant even though Im not teaching any back stroke at this time. Would anyone be able to comment on this.
It seems that they are not required as some pools don't have them.
Thanks for your feedback
Coach PaulB
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-06-2012
andyinnorway andyinnorway is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1,680
andyinnorway
Default

my local pool doesn't have flags but they have a permanent yellow line on a cement joist on the ceiling.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-06-2012
CoachJohnB's Avatar
CoachJohnB CoachJohnB is offline
Coach
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 162
CoachJohnB
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CoachPaulB View Post
I understand that backstroke flags are a set distance from the walls. I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of an injury related to the flags not properly distanced from the wall.
I am required to have insurance for my classes and this question seems relevant even though Im not teaching any back stroke at this time. Would anyone be able to comment on this.
It seems that they are not required as some pools don't have them.
Thanks for your feedback
Coach PaulB
Flags not being properly set from the wall can lead to swimmers misjiuding the finish or the turn. i have seen swimmers require stitches on their head or feet because the flags arent in the right spot.

a lot of pools dont have or require flags if they arent hosting a meet or have a team training there.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-06-2012
Butiki Butiki is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 75
Butiki
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CoachPaulB View Post
It seems that they are not required as some pools don't have them.
It seems that way. I swim at 4 pools, depending on where I am at the time of day. All pools hold classes, and two of these pools have Masters sessions. However, only 1 pool has the flags permanently attached.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-07-2012
CoachPaulB CoachPaulB is offline
Coach
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 28
CoachPaulB
Default

So having done a little research since my last post it seems that 15ft is the set distance the flags are supposed to be from the wall. This is applicable in a 25 yd pool. I'm not sure why it would be different in a meter pool but there is some info that prescribes a different distance. More like 5 meters from the wall. Maybe that is an international standard.
Thanks for the comments.

Coach PaulB
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-07-2012
CoachJohnB's Avatar
CoachJohnB CoachJohnB is offline
Coach
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 162
CoachJohnB
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CoachPaulB View Post
So having done a little research since my last post it seems that 15ft is the set distance the flags are supposed to be from the wall. This is applicable in a 25 yd pool. I'm not sure why it would be different in a meter pool but there is some info that prescribes a different distance. More like 5 meters from the wall. Maybe that is an international standard.
Thanks for the comments.

Coach PaulB
This is from the USMS rule book. 5 meters is the FINA world standard. 5 yds is a USA only standard. I would venture to guess that since the USA has a short course yards season, the governing body wanted the backstroke flags to be 5 yards from the walls instead of 5 meters from the walls

Since you are listed as a "coach" you should purchase a copy of the rule book from USA, USMS or whatever country you are coaching in. This will be good book to have so that you can answer rules questions from your swimmers, if they come up.


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]

Last edited by CoachJohnB : 01-07-2012 at 05:53 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-10-2012
CoachPaulB CoachPaulB is offline
Coach
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 28
CoachPaulB
Default

Thanks CoachJohnB. I will definitely purchase a book. And thanks to the others for your comments.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.