Your 2.5 hour weight class window idea: I like it, but know it is impossible based on HS travel accommodations. No district is going to arrange separate travel arrangements for individuals when they are already skeptical of funding the sport in the first place. It isn't feasible.
I wasn't thinking of school-based high school tournaments, which are a small minority of the tournaments run. I probably should have been, though, as this is the "High School" section.
Taking up that angle, though: you are correct about the athletes' travel to the tournament; it would be silly to even try. Travel from the tournament is another matter, though, as parents often take their kids home, rather than letting them take the bus. This means some percentage of athletes can leave early. And the advantage of being able to tell parents when to show up in order to see their kid(s) compete is worth considering.
On the flip side of that: idle athletes tend to cause problems. Athletes who know
they have nothing to do for hours are probably a liability. And having all the athletes of certain weights leave early would undermine the team aspect of these things.
It's not an entirely natural fit for school-based high school tournaments. I think it's the direction we need to take for open tournaments, though.
Mat-side weigh ins: the fact that most HS tournaments are already lacking in help particularly competent help.....
Adding another piece to the puzzle, as well as another competent helper to facilitate it (pre-match weigh in at the table) isn't as easy
as you suggest. If you're talking about major events and top tournaments than sure people will line up to help and take a few bucks to do it.
The average HS tournament will be a complete crap show.
Possibly. I don't think we should wave away the burden of implementing any mechanism. On the other hand, eliminating the traditional weigh-in is a mitigating factor (though you'd still need a skin check). Assuming one scale serving two mats, an eight-mat tournament might need four people to sit around, with one simple thing to do every several minutes. This doesn't spell "disaster" to my mind, but people do have a knack for making a mess of things.
If the federation and states are already overseeing the safety of our athletes, and these weight management systems are data proven to be effective, then what are we talking about?
The fact that the system is burdensome and (I believe) expensive?
No doubt, we should stick with a proven system until we have a proven alternative. Mat-side weigh-ins should build up some kind of track record in open tournaments, probably at the youth level, before they're even considered for the high school season.
Edited by Ray_Brinzer, 17 April 2018 - 04:56 AM.