The NCAA amended timing rules so that many timing systems short of FinishLynx now become Automatic Timing — and as such may not be reported to the 100th of an second. Here is the new rule:
Amend Rule 5-12.2 as follows:
a. When fully automatic timing (FAT) is used, results must be recorded in 1/100th of a second and shall be the next slower 1/100th of a second based on the position of the reading line. Final results shall indicate FAT with the time in 1/100ths, such as 10.33. No method of timing other than FAT shall report results with two decimal places, i.e. 1/100th.
((b. When fully automatic timing (FAT) is used, and the timing system allows, ties will be broken by reading the picture to the 1/1,000th of a second.))
b. When automatic timing (AT) is used, results must be recorded with an indicated accuracy not greater than image record rate of the equipment. The use of two decimal places is strictly forbidden. Final results shall indicate AT in a format such as 10-15/60, for an accuracy rate of 60 frames per second. If converted to a decimal, the result shall be rounded to the next slower available decimal less than the accuracy rate, and may be noted with an ‘A’. The decimal result recorded for 10-15/60 is 10.3A.
c. When manual timing (MT) is used, times must be rounded to the slower 1/10th of a second. Watches recording in hundredths of a second must be rounded up to the next tenth. After each race, the head timer shall be responsible for recording the results from the timers. If two timers agree, their time shall be the official time. If all three watches disagree, the middle watch shall be the official time. If only two timers record the time, the slower time shall be official. Final results shall indicate MT with a decimal time in 1/10th of a second. A manual time result shall be recorded in the format 10.4 or 10.4H.
((When fully automatic timing (FAT) is used, and the timing system allows, ties will be broken))Ties shall be broken for the purpose of determining place or advancement in FAT or AT by reading the picture to the ((1/1,000th of a second))accuracy available, but not greater than 1/1,000th of a second. Ties based on recorded MT shall remain.
((d Final results must indicate method of timing (FAT-10.33 or MT-10.4) and wind velocity in meters per second (e.g., 2.0 mps)))
e. Wind velocity in meters per second (e.g., 2.0 mps) shall be recorded on the final results and should be recorded for the 100 and 200 meters, and 100 and 110 hurdles.
As a result of this we have been hired to time some NCAA and NAIA college events with our FAT FinishLynx System. Happy to have the opportunity to work additional events at the collegiate level.