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|Subject: ||RE: What are your thoughts on dual meets?|
another navy fan wrote:
What do you like?
What would you change about them? Are they good for the sport?
It's a catastrophe for some teams that apparently have 2 dual meets and an invitational in a single week.
My sophomore year of high school, I had a coach who ran me in the 4 x 800m, Open 800m, Open 1600m, and 4 x 400m in 2 dual meets in the same week, and then ran me in those same 4 events at a Frosh-Soph Invitational.
When the Invitational came around, my team managed a win in the 4 x 800m and 4 x 400m purely because of depth, but me and every one of my teammates were off our PRs by a good 5 and 10 seconds in the 800m and 1600m
So dual meets can make for some good runs and workouts, but if your coach really doesn't know how to handle you, they can also screw you over.
Sounds like your state association sucked then. I thought most states had similar restrictions as Washington does, where you can compete in at most 2 meets per week. If your state association doesn't even protect their athletes by limiting that... what good is it?
As for the OP... dual meets are great for competitive leagues, double-duals are better for not-so-competitive leagues. They're great opportunities for everyone to run, and younger kids to get used to the competition, and for the rivalries they can create. If you aren't in a competitive league though, the duals are pretty useless for the more elite athletes that never get any competition out of it. For that reason, teams in weaker leagues especially need to find suitable invitationals to make up for the shortcomings of their duals in order to prepare their athletes for state (or whatever goals they may have).
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