We’re in the middle of the track and field postseason, and I’ve witnessed several false starts — some by local standouts.
It seems a little unfair that after all the hard work and dedication an athlete puts into their craft, one misstep can be the difference between going on and going home.
I know thinclads used to be allowed one false start — a free pass if you will. That could result in eight false starts per race, though — and with 24 of them a meet, that can really add on to already long days.
But, basketball players are allowed five fouls before they are sent to the bench and baseball and softball players get three strikes. So, wouldn’t it seem right to give track athletes at least that courtesy?