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It's a nice day in Elsinore, mostly sunny skies and
pleasant temperatures for late July. Five teams have
registered in the Open class and five in Intermediate.
This marks the first SSL meet to utilize USPA's new
Intermediate event class rules. Kudos to SSL director Graham
Harding for adopting the new guidelines for his league. It
would be great to see more of the leagues move toward
standard events and handicap systems.
For those of you not familiar with USPA's changes for the
Intermediate 4-way class, the dive pool's blocks are limited
to 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 15, 20 and 21. (All 16 randoms are still
included.) But wait, there's more: infringements do not
result in the deduction of a point, which makes score
calculation identical to the canopy formation (sequential
and rotation) events. If a team builds a formation
incorrectly, or muffs the inter, they simply don't get
credit for the formation, instead of losing a point.
OmniSkore's software now handles the modified dive pool
10:30am: Round 1 is in the can. In the Intermediate
class, Fusion of Arizona (Jeff Mowry, Bill Rangel, Mike
O'Connor and Charly Patel) took the early lead with an
impressive raw score of 10. Combined with their 1.45
handicap -- the second highest in the Intermediate class --
they have a 5.5 point lead over second-place Un4given (a
In the Open class, Perris High Pressure, Stratos4 and
Elsinore 4Cast are knotted up within a point of each other.
Inertia, from Eloy, had a problem with the Canadian Tee out
the door but recovered to post a 9. They are the team to
beat in the Open class, with a non-handicap of 1.00 for this
This meet also marks a bit of a milestone for OmniSkore:
we have four systems in use in four different locations at
the same time, three of those out of the country. England is
wrapping up their Nationals today, while Finland and Italy
are starting theirs. The system in England, which started
its journey in Spain, will go next to Germany; the system in
Finland will go to Holland. By the end of August we will
have supported six European national championships, all of
them without one of our consultants!
While I would have loved to have traveled to just one of
those countries, as I usually do, it is personally rewarding
to see that our customer base is starting to recognize that
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Round 2 is starting to trickle in, time to get to work...
Round 3 is in the can. In the Intermediate class, team
Fusion is running away. Their handicap was upped a bit by
the fact that some of the other teams in Intermediate have
Matrix team members on them, and of course it hasn't hurt
that they've been training. If only their video was as good!
In the Open class, 4cast has a slim lead over High
Pressure, who posted the highest score in round 3 and whose
video is quite improved at this meet. What a difference good
And speaking good video, who's this guy filming 305?!
They're a pickup Intermediate team that's hard to keep up
with, but he stays right on 'em. Nice work. What's that name
again? Luigi Cani, from Brazil. Freelance videographer, does
a little of everything, including stuff for Yahoo. Jumps a
main the size of a miniature postage stamp that shrunk in
A guy on team 401 (4cast) actually asked me what the
procedure was for protesting a bust. For everyone out there
with the same question, I suggest you get the baseball rule
book and look up the procedure for arguing balls and
strikes. Use the same procedure.
And speaking of rules ...
... I recently fired off a letter to the IPC requesting
clarification on two different situations that have occurred
this year. I'll pose the questions here. I'd love to get
your 'pinions on these matters:
Refer to the IPC Formation Skydiving Competition Rules.
Rule 4.3.4 states "If two blocks are drawn
consecutively where the last formation of the first block is
the same as the first formation of the next block, then
..." (you know the rest).
At a recent America's Cup competition we drew a block
followed by a random followed by a block, where the second
point of the last block was the same as the first point of
the first block. This resulted in overlapping blocks that
were not drawn consecutively; the second point of the last
block overlaps the first point of the first block, but only
after the sequence has begun. That is, you have a five-point
block the first time through the page, and a four-point
block subsequently (assuming you overlap them). The rules do
not seem to address this situation. How should it be
clarified? What should be done if "23 O 1" is
drawn (manually) at a competition? What if "23 A B
1" is drawn?
QUESTION TWO, PART A
The question refers to the second bullet of 4.7.3:
"If an infringement in the scoring formation of a block
sequence is carried into the inter , this will be considered
as one infringement only, and only one point will be
deducted, provided that the intent of the inter requirements
for the next formation is demonstrated and no other
infringement occurs in the inter."
The question is: if the infringement of the first
formation is carried all the way through the inter (and into
the second formation), will there be one infringement or
Example: A team builds an Open Stairstep with an
incorrect grip on one of the two subgroups, resulting in an
incorrect formation. The entire inter is performed with the
incorrect stairstep grip, and the second formation, a
Compressed Stairstep, is built with the same incorrect
What is the proper scoring in the above example? My
opinion is that neither of the criteria for a correct second
point have been met, and therefore both ends of the block
The intent of the rule is that a single infringement
(instead of two) is assessed only when the following two
conditions are met: (1) the intent of the inter is shown,
including all correct grips, and (2), the next formation is
QUESTION TWO, PART B
What is the meaning of "the intent of the inter
requirements"? If a team has a missing grip in a
subgroup (carried over from the first formation) for most or
all of an inter, but the next formation is built correctly,
is there one bust or two?
Example: a team builds a Zig-zag with a missing grip on
one of the sidebody pieces. The team performs the entire
inter with the grip missing, and does not pick up the grip
until after the Marquis is built. Thus, the correct Marquis
is shown, but never any part of a correct inter. One bust or
two? (Two, in my book.)
My understanding of the rule is that it was intended to
give teams one bust instead of two only in those cases where
a mistake in the first point of a block is carried briefly
into the inter. This is relatively common in such blocks as
Canadian Tee - Canadian Tee, Zircon - Zircon, and Zig-zag -
Marquis. If the team has to show the intent of the inter,
what defines showing the intent? Some, or most, of the
When you think about these things, keep this question in
mind: are you, under any circumstances, going to allow a
team to get credit for a formation that is built
incorrectly? Some people (one of them a very experienced
competitor and coach) are arguing that this is permitted
under the new rules. I could not disagree more...
Send your feedback to email@example.com.
The temperature has gone from pleasant & mild this
morning to HOT this afternoon. After round 5, Fusion
continues to run away with Intermediate, with Un4given,
Hopelessly Out#ed, Sumthin' Good and "3 Min!" all
following miles and miles behind. In Open, Elsinore 4cast is
still clinging to a slim lead, with Perris High Pressure
nipping at their heals and Stratos4 less than two back. But
with a 1.22 handicap, 4cast will have to stumble in round 6
for High Pressure to have a chance.
So how small is Luigi's main canopy? 58 square feet. Holy
Lawn-dart, Batman! That's less than half the size of my
Stiletto, with a suspended weight of about 165. Soon he will
be making some jumps on a 46-square-footer which he hopes
will be an official world record.
Ten more 'til a tall cold one. Stay tuned...
As long as I've been doing the AmCup and League meets,
I've always tried to do the last round in reverse order of
standing after everyone's on the ground to watch. There was
no contest to watch in Intermediate, but there certainly was
in Open. Elsinore 4cast had been staying just ahead of
Perris High Pressure since Round 1, and Stratos4 was not out
of the running.
So with the tapes lined up I started popping them in the
VCR in ROOST. PHP post a clean 14, with the last point just
barely on the freeze-frame.
E4C has to post an 11 to win. They skydive a clean ...
10! PHP wins by a tenth of a point! Nothing like a little
excitement to end a long hot day. This was quite a
turnaround form PHP's last SSL meet at Elsinore, when they
finished next to last. Congratulations High Pressure!
Next SSL stop: Perris, August 19th. See you there!