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Backstroke flags get in the way when playing water polo. If water polo is part of your activity mix, then it is really nice to be able to have an easy way to take the tension out of the flag line that stretches from one side of the pool to the other. And, it is hard to reach this at 8-foot height. An extra loop that gives a foot of slack attached to one or both sides of the pole and the flags is a great addition. Then flip the flag off the pole and it gets to sag.
Once the tension is off of the backstroke flags, the pole that holds the backstroke flag can be easily removed up and out of the hole in the pool deck. Lifting up the flags at one, or both ends at the same time, can then allow for the pole and the flags to be set aside while the water polo happens.
It would be GREAT to have additional deck holes against the wall at the back of the pool so that the backstroke flag poles can sit when not in their proper places for swimming. Otherwise, the backstroke flags sit on the floor and make a trip hazard. Or, if they are set upright, they can be easily knocked with a flying water polo ball. Put flat on the deck also can soil the flags too.
Finally, another game, SKWIM Ultimate styel, uses the backstroke flags as a zone for scoring points -- like an end zone. But, we like to lower the flags to a height that is about 1-meter or 4-foot above the water's height. This way it is more clear to the players as to if they've entered the end zone / red zone in the pitch of play.
So, it is GREAT to have a second area along the tall pole of the backstroke flags that can be a hook at a lower level. Unhook from the 8-foot height and re-hook at the 4-foot height. Then the flags are lower and the game play is more definitive.