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Odd Rules In Sports

By SYDNEY LEACH AND ANNIE CARPENTER Published: March 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Track and field is a sport that is played outside. The track part involves running,which can also include hurdles, distance, sprinting, and relays. The field part involves throwing, which is discus, shot put, long jump, high jump, and pole vault. When running you can choose to run a 400, 800, 1600, or 3200.

Now for some of the odd rules that might not have been discussed before. When the contestants run, they cannot go into any other lane than the lane they started in. When running hurdles you can touch the hurdle but if it is knocked over, the runner is disqualified. With discus. the contestants cannot touch the ground outside of the circle they are standing in, but they can lift their foot above the ground outside the circle.

Annie's Opinion- I understand the rule of not leaving your lane. If you do then it could be an advantage to you while you cause a disadvantage to the other runners. What I do not understand is how you can hit the hurdle and not be disqualified. It is pretty much the same thing as knocking it all the way down, right? Also why can the discus contestants have their foot above the ground but not touching? That would also be the same thing as touching just above the ground.

Sydney's Opinion- I did not know much about track and field until this moment. Some of these rules do not make much sense. For example, the rule where the runner is not allowed to knock over a hurdle or else they are disqualified. What if the runner is for sure winning the race but ends up knocking a hurdle down by accident at the finish line? But on the other hand, this rule should be put in place because a runner could just run straight through the hurdles on purpose. They could purposely knock down the hurdles instead of jumping over them. Maybe this could be a new event for the sport track and field. It could be called "hurdle knocking."


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