Metal pedals at the NUC

I looked through the electronic form of the NUC registration form and saw that
metal pedals are not allowed for racing competition events on the track. The
form in OOW does not include this though. Did this rule change, and if so, why?
I understand not having metal pedals in a gymnasium, but not on a track.

Beirne


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Re: Metal pedals at the NUC

>I looked through the electronic form of the NUC registration form and saw that
>metal pedals are not allowed for racing competition events on the track. The
>form in OOW does not include this though. Did this rule change, and if so, why?
>I understand not having metal pedals in a gymnasium, but not on a track.
>
The announcement that metal pedals will not be allowed on the racing track was
inadvertedly omitted from the Winter issue of On One Wheel, although it is in
the current issue (Spring) which you will receive shortly if you haven’t
already. You are correct that metal pedals will more easily damage a gym floor,
but they can also damage a track surface. In fact, in our dealings with
officials in Bowling Gren, there was considerably more concern with damage to
the university track than to the high school gymnasiums! The university athletic
director made several phone calls to ADs at schools which previously hosted NUCs
to verify that there was no damage to their tracks. Thus, our intent in
prohibiting metal pedals in both the gyms and on the track is to minimize the
likelihood of damage, and to save the Unicycling Society of American the
considerable cost which would be entailed in repairing even a small section of
damaged track. We will continue to be dependent on the good will of universities
and high schools in the conduct of the NUC in furture years, and you can bet
that damage to gym floors or racing tracks will quickly use up that good will.
Our prohibition of metal pedals is one way to show officials at host sites that
we are doing all we can to minimize the likelihood of any damage to their
facilities.


Stephen A. Cernkovich / Bowling Green State University Department of Sociology /
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 Office Phone:419-372-2743 / Home Phone:419-352-3933
FAX:419-372-8306 / Internet:scernko@bgnet.bgsu.edu