What Is The Definition Of Sand Pit In Track & Field?
The sand pit serves two purposes:
- It provides a cushioned landing for jumpers.
- It helps judges see how far the athlete jumped.
How Does The Sand Pit Help Prevent Injury?
Similar to jumping into a pile of leaves versus onto concrete, sand slows the jumper’s momentum gradually. That “give” allows jumpers to propel themselves forward without worrying about a potentially dangerous landing.
How Does The Sand Pit Help With Measuring Jumps?
Because workers rake the sand pit between jumpers, the imprint left behind after a jumper lands provides sufficient evidence to determine the length of jump. This is why jumpers will often get up quickly and awkwardly—to make sure they do not create a closer mark in the sand.
How Big Is The Sand Pit?
Olympic-sized sand pits measure 9 m (29.53 ft.) long and 2.75 m (9.02 ft.) wide. Each pit is at least .3 m (.98 ft.) deep.
The size of the sand pit does not change with the gender of the jumper; however, due to ability, shorter sand pits can be constructed for less-experienced jumpers. For instance, a high school may only need a 6 m by 3 m pit.
Example Of How Sand Pit Is Used In Commentary
1. As the sand pit is raked between jumpers, we’ll take you to a commercial break.
2. Echevarría has almost out-jumped the sand pit!