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AWSA rule for handles

ZmanZman Posts: 1,585 Mega Baller
From page 30 of AWSA Tech Controller's Handbook. "The handle or handle assembly shall be made of 2.5 cm - 2.8 cm (1" to 1.25") outside diameter material with no sharp edges or projections, and it is recommended that it shall float."
I have measured many handles at R tournaments, and never knew, or was asked to check handle diameter. And, no doubt there were some skinny handles, 0.940 or 0.888's. First question, does anyone really ever check something so silly as this? Second, why is this even in the rules? So long as bottom of handle to inside of end loop is 1.5 meters, what does it matter? Maybe a relic from many years ago when bent handles might have been a safety concern? At least for ML handles today, same thick wall aluminum core no matter what handle diameter you use.
Obviously, I'm bored this evening....


  • thagerthager Posts: 4,845 Mega Baller
    Might depend on which gender wrote the rule?
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  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,785 Mega Baller

    I think this rule might need some refinement.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,585 Mega Baller
    edited September 2017
    Maybe the part about taking out the switch loop before measuring ropes, and starting the measuring at 2 meters on the measuring tape, instead of 1.5 meters to only account for the handle, not handle plus switch section. :smile:
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 360 Solid Baller
    I'm not sure, but I think page 30 applies to tournament supplied handles only.
  • JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 624 USAWS Official
    @Zman Ill get this over to tech and see if it needs an update or an elimination.
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