I'm looking for ideas for building a non-operational start gate/wand for our club team training sessions. Any ideas are welcome.
The wand doesn't need to actually allow for timing. Rather, I need a simply and SAFE way to teach/train our young athletes on starts. Our racers are not high level athletes. More than anything, I want to develop good starting habits when we set training courses during practice.
One idea would be to use an old timing system... great idea, but we don't have access to one.
Last year we occasionally used a piece of bamboo lashed horizonally to a vertical bamboo. That worked okay, but I'd like to put together something bit more elegant.
My current thought is some kind of spring loaded hinge mounted to a piece of PVC pipe that I could simply drill into the snow. But, I'm open to other ideas.
The criteria are that it has to be safe, even for novice racers. It has to be cheap. It has to be relatively sturdy. And, it has to be simple and easy to carry (which is to say that I am often the only course setter setting our training courses... so, easy of carrying and set up are important.)
Thanks, in advance, for the help.