So my observation over the last few running meets which seems to be similar to a few others on here are that there seems to be a real issue with this new computer system, in relation to junior or novice runners entering the open races and be given inflated marks for their abilities and hence are then running under net time, which therefore is essentially handicapping the majority of the senior runner out of the event, besides a few who are in pb form or who have improved a lot over the winter.
Birdman comment that we have been having some close finals, I’m not sure if you are just talking about the women’s but I know a lot of the distance open races haven’t been close and the heats of the open sprints haven’t been close due majority senior runners on appropriate marks but with there being an influx of junior/novice runner on these inflated marks.
If you were speak to any of the senior runners and ask any of them, if they have ever ran under net time for a race, I bet majority will say never. Why is this season are majority of races been run under net time.... it’s because something is wrong with the computer System!
The league needs to put them self in the spikes of a senior athlete. Imagine turning up to particular event and have been running for 8years plus and never had won a particular distance or not won a race in particular distance for 7 years. You line up for your event and have several junior/novice runners start in front of you and run under net time and win. (This is something that I have never seen happened in my racing until this year!)
The league states to be patient as it take a few meets to sort out for them to collect more data. So senior athletes are still meant to pay their money to enter events but handicapped out of it due them not having enough data for these new athletes. This problem we’ll never be resolved as you are always going to have new runners enter the open. My solution is that they handicap the junior/novice runners entering the open event manually until they do have enough data.
At the moment it seem like we are all on the SAAL aeroplane which is on a autopilot computer with no human pilots involved to see if there are any mistakes. If there was still a handicapper involved overseeing this, I don’t think we would be having this many issues. I’m not sure if the league knows this about computers but they actually don’t have eyes, it can’t actually see that the second place novice runner in 120 open at Kensington was an athlete who can actually run and who is physically very strong and you could have given him a mark slightly above the novice mark and he would have still be in the mix, but instead for his first 120m run he is given the ridiculous make of 16.45! If the handicap had one look at him before he even ran, there is no way he would have ever been given a mark like that.
Is anyone with league actually checking the marks that the computer system is spitting out..... I query this as I noticed in the 300m all comers race you had a novice runner off 22 who was a middle age women and then you had a national 400m runner off 20. Interesting note is the novice runner off 22 time isn’t even recorded on the SAAL results... why is that... has it been deleted....
My concern leading up to this weekend, is that we have a 200m event which only really occurs maybe once or twice a year. If we are relying on this new computer system, is it going to have enough data for these junior/novice runners to give them a mark that’s appropriate and competitive but not inflated that they run under net time..... I guess we will have to watch this space!
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