Best viewed with
Southwest Skydiving League
Meet 4
Elsinore, California
Results Here

Competition Draw


1 2 3 4 5 6


8 D M H 4 1 16 A N F 24 12 23 B 5 Q 20 K 7 21


9 Q 15 E 2 21 H F L 6 D O A M

Tedro reports:

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 and rules.

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 local team).

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 meet.

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 OmniSkore does not require a brain surgeon or a computer geek to setup and operate. Do you have a competition to judge? We fit almost everything you need in one simple shipping case: scoring processor, laptop computer, judging panels, data cables, and instruction manuals. All you need to provide are a printer and the video equipment (VCRs and monitors). Give us a call!

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 video makes.

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 the wash.

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?


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 two?

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 subgroup.

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 are busted.

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 built correctly.


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 inter?

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

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!

Other links:

Thanks for visiting OmniSkore, and please be sure to visit our sponsors too!
Ted Wagner, Chief Engineer | Tim Wagner, Webmaster