Wednesday, July 27, 2011

‎2.1.2.1 The skating surface and boundary line colors must meet the definition of high contrast beyond a reasonable doubt or the Head Referee shall request the venue use colors that meet that definition. … (cont.)

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2.1.2.1 The skating surface and boundary line colors must meet the definition of high contrast beyond a reasonable doubt or the Head Referee shall request the venue use colors that meet that definition. The skating surface and boundary line colors are of high contrast if there is a large degree of visual difference between the boundary line and the base color of the skating surface such that the boundary line color stands out from the skating surface.

It is important that track and boundary line colors are of high contrast, which means that they clearly stand out from each other. Black and white are high contrast. Blue and purple are not. If the track surface is light, such as polished concrete, using something like a light yellow tape is a bad idea. A darker color, like black, forest green, navy blue, etc might be more appropriate. On a dark track surface, such as a dark colored sport court, bright colors, like day glo colored tape, is more preferred. If the colors of the track surface and boundary lines are not high contrast, it will be difficult for skaters and referees to know if skaters are out of bounds, and will ultimately make the game look bad to fans.

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