Error in published IUF and USA Skill Levels!

Attention anyone interested in skill levels,

Constance Cotter has just announced that she found an error, which appears
to be in every version of the IUF and USA Skill Levels that has been
published since 1996. There may be some exceptions to this, but the
official rulebooks since then have contained the same levels, with the
same mistake.

The IUF (International Unicycling Federation) and USA (Unicycling Society
of America) have slightly different details in their skill level rules,
but the list of skills for both is identical. Right down to the mistakes.

Have you ever wondered why Level 7 includes “Ride backward in a circle”?
Sounds kind of easy, doesn’t it. In fact, it also appears in Level 5.
Level 7 is supposed to say “Ride backward with the seat out in front in
a circle.” This is a logical progression from doing the same thing in a
straight line in Level 6.

I must have looked at that level a hundred times since 1996, and it never
occurred to me that riding backwards in a circle was too easy (it is).

CORRECTIONS ARE COMING OUT: Thank you Connie for finding this error. I
bet a lot of jaws in Minnesota dropped as you looked and found the
same error in so many places! Connie spread the word. I prepared new
copies from the original Word docs of both rulebooks. These have been
sent to Kevin Gilbertson to publish on the IUF and USA Web sites. If
Kevin has time, these may go up as early as today, sliding under the
wire before Nationals! But as he is either about to leave for Toronto,
or possibly already gone, it may take a few weeks (until after
Unicycle Across Europe).

The corrected USA Rulebook will say “July 2001” on the cover.

The corrected IUF Rulebook still says “1998” but it will also contain
updated rules for unicycle basketball. Also I corrected the contact
information for myself, and Rolf Sander’s Unicycle Hockey Web site. The
copyright notice has been changed to 2001.

See the rulebooks: http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/
http://www.unicycling.org/usa/competition/

WHAT ABOUT RIDERS THAT PASSED LEVEL 7 WITH THE MISTAKE? If you have
formally passed Level 7, you are legal. This is because you used an
“official” set of levels. But the truly dedicated unicyclist will learn
the seat in front backward circle, and test the level again if they can.
If you’ve already passed Level 9, which includes a seat in front backward
figure 8, you shouldn’t worry about it though… :slight_smile:

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone

  • Keeper of the IUF and USA Rulebook original files
  • A Level 7 rider forever! (Hand wheel walk? Yuck)

On 13 Jul 2001 12:03:36 -0700, john_foss@asinet.com (John Foss) wrote:

>Constance Cotter has just announced that she found an error, which
>appears to be in every version of the IUF and USA Skill Levels that has
>been published since 1996. There may be some exceptions to this, but
>the official

FYI: I have downloaded the unicycling FAQ (don’t know from where, maybe
www.unicycling.org) on 13 January 2000 and it is still on my PC. It
contains a correct version of level 7 skills.

Klaas Bil

“To trigger/fool/saturate/overload Echelon, the following has been picked
automagically from a database:” “Dick Cheney, encryption, Falun Gong”

<!doctype html public “-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en”> <html> I’m
so glad Connie found that error, but to be honest my attention span
stopped at around the Level 4 and some of Level 5 stuff. It’s some mental
block that I can’t think about tricks that’ll take a couple of more years
to learn! And besides, I’m having too much fun doing MUni and trials.
<p>Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk but I live in Toronto <br><A HREF=“http://tor-
ontounicyclists.tripod.com”>http://torontounicyclists.tripod.com</A>
<q>John Foss wrote: <blockquote TYPE=CITE>Attention anyone interested in
skill levels,
<r>Constance Cotter has just announced that she found an error, which
appears <br>to be in every version of the IUF and USA Skill Levels that
has been <br>published since 1996. There may be some exceptions to
this, but the official <br>rulebooks since then have contained the same
levels, with the same mistake.
<s>The IUF (International Unicycling Federation) and USA (Unicycling
Society of <br>America) have slightly different details in their skill
level rules, but the <br>list of skills for both is identical. Right
down to the mistakes.
<t>Have you ever wondered why Level 7 includes “Ride backward in a
circle”? <br>Sounds kind of easy, doesn’t it. In fact, it also
appears in Level
5. Level <br>7 is supposed to say “Ride backward with the seat out in
front in a <br>circle.” This is a logical progression from doing the
same thing in a <br>straight line in Level 6.
<p>I must have looked at that level a hundred times since 1996, and it
never <br>occurred to me that riding backwards in a circle was too
easy (it is).
<q>CORRECTIONS ARE COMING OUT: <br>Thank you Connie for finding this
error. I bet a lot of jaws in Minnesota <br>dropped as you looked and
found the same error in so many places! Connie <br>spread the word. I
prepared new copies from the original Word docs of both <br>rulebooks.
These have been sent to Kevin Gilbertson to publish on the IUF <br>and
USA Web sites. If Kevin has time, these may go up as early as today,
<br>sliding under the wire before Nationals! But as he is either about
to leave <br>for Toronto, or possibly already gone, it may take a few
weeks (until after <br>Unicycle Across Europe).
<r>The corrected USA Rulebook will say “July 2001” on the cover.
<s>The corrected IUF Rulebook still says “1998” but it will also contain
<br>updated rules for unicycle basketball. Also I corrected the contact
<br>information for myself, and Rolf Sander’s Unicycle Hockey Web site.
The <br>copyright notice has been changed to 2001.
<t>See the rulebooks: <br><a href=“http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook-
/”>http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/</a> <br><a href=“http://www-
.unicycling.org/usa/competition/”>http://www.unicycling.org/usa/compet-
ition/</a>
<u>WHAT ABOUT RIDERS THAT PASSED LEVEL 7 WITH THE MISTAKE? <br>If you have
formally passed Level 7, you are legal. This is because you used <br>an
“official” set of levels. But the truly dedicated unicyclist will learn
<br>the seat in front backward circle, and test the level again if they
can. If <br>you’ve already passed Level 9, which includes a seat in
front backward <br>figure 8, you shouldn’t worry about it
though… :slight_smile:
<v>Stay on top, <br>John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone <br>- Keeper of the IUF and
USA Rulebook original files <br>- A Level 7 rider forever! (Hand wheel
walk? Yuck)</blockquote> </html

klaasbil_remove_the_spamkiller_@xs4all.nl writes:
>On 13 Jul 2001 12:03:36 -0700, john_foss@asinet.com (John Foss) wrote:
>
>>Constance Cotter has just announced that she found an error, which
>appears
>>to be in every version of the IUF and USA Skill Levels that has been
>>published since 1996. There may be some exceptions to this, but the
>official
>
>FYI: I have downloaded the unicycling FAQ (don’t know from where, maybe
>www.unicycling.org) on 13 January 2000 and it is still on my PC. It
>contains a correct version of level 7 skills.

OK, so what’s the error?! I am hoping to pass levels up to 6 in Toronto
and would love to hear that the error is that one-footed wheel-walking was
included by mistakel! Then I’d have a chance at Level 7, too! David

my copy of rules seem to be in order. Although it was brought to my
attention last week that my version of Level 7 had a sideways wheel walk
in
it. A cut and paste error on my part.

Barb K.

John Foss wrote:

> These have been sent to Kevin Gilbertson to publish on the IUF and USA
> Web sites. If Kevin has time, these may go up as early as today, sliding
> under the wire before Nationals! But as he is either about to leave for
> Toronto, or possibly already gone, it may take a few weeks (until after
> Unicycle Across Europe).

The rulebooks at the IUF and USA website have been corrected, along with
any other web pages I maintain that have the levels listed. If you happen
to find that I missed one, please let me know.


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