More great feedback – keep it coming!
Here’s my take on what I’m picking up:
Street Freestyle, Street, StreetStyle. So far still variations on the word Street. The people who don’t seem to like the word Freestyle appear to be riders who have never watched a Freestyle competition. If we keep it Street Freestyle, it can always be abbreviated to either of the two suggested variations. The existing Freestyle event is not a limiting environment, other than the 11 x 14 meter riding space. Riders have always been free to ride whatever they want, and bring in whatever props they want. Freestyle is not a negative on street.
How about Sidewalk Art?
My understanding is that in the BMX world the gound-based event is called Flatland Freestyle. Has this changed? We are doing something between flatland and vert. We can’t vert very high. But it’s still freestyle as well.
Even with existing rules, flowy riding will score better than 50 prehops. No problem there. Tugboat suggests “same as a skate comp.” I imagine there are lots of variations on that. I’ve seen lots of stuff on TV, but never been able to find any detailed rules on the Internet. Anybody know where some are? I’m interested in the judging criteria. That is, the specific stuff the judges are looking for. It can’t be too loose, or the results of a competition will be based on what that set of judges like, and not necessarily a fixed set of standards.
I like the idea of 5 or more judges, and tossing the high and low scores. We are about to make some changes to how we judge Freestyle, and those changes may be incorporated here, but we don’t know what those will be yet. For smaller competitions, you might be able to use less judges or some less formal system. I’d like to try for a formal system for MUni Weekend though, to try it out.
I like Robbie’s idea of everyone having 2 or 3 goes, then narrowing that group down to a set of finalists. I like the finalist idea for most events, but it takes more time. At MUni Weekend I think we’ll have the time. Others’ thoughts?
Skate park is an interesting option, but is restrictive to event hosts. If you already have access to a skate park that’s great. But in Truckee, the one park they have has a no-bikes rule. I don’t have the time for this MUni Weekend to try and contact someone, then get permission to ride in there. Much easier to have and control our own riding space, where we can make our own rules and use our own schedule. For future competitions, a skate park might work great.
Also, Dan Heaton pointed out that most skate parks are too spread out to make for a good competition. Whatever we do with this event, the audience and entertainment aspects must always be kept in mind. The Lloyd Johnson driveway is not perfect, but it will be the easiest place to set up our comp for MUni Weekend.
3 minutes for the finals. If we do prelims, maybe 2 minutes for those.
During the development of the event, we’ll probably have to keep it pretty open. But I would at least like to give riders a list of what will be available. In future, we might develop a list of required props, that must be built or provided for each competition. This can make the event harder to hold though, so I don’t want to make it too restrictive.
If there were a minimum list of stuff (to which hosts could add whatever else they have), what would you want on it? I’ll start a list:
- Grinding rail
- Low skinny
- High skinny
- Stairs with platform at top
- Low wall (how low?)
- High wall (how high?)
Two recommendations for helmets only. One suggested that’s what other skate comps use. Is that true? I’m thinking in terms of state-sized competitions and higher, not local stuff. So helmets are a given. Still listening for more opinions on the rest of it. Safety gear too restrictive? We require it for High and Long jump, people have managed some pretty amazing measurements with their safety gear in those. Try some different gear. Remember, if we require kneepads for instance, that will mean you can wear a pair of volleyball pads and be legal. Comfortable, but less protection. At the moment I’m leaning toward just helmets being required, and the rest up to you. Helmets will already be required for anyone riding at Northstar.
Tugboat suggested markings on the ground for 1 rev away, 2, etc. This assumes a certain tire diameter, which will not be the same for every rider. I think better for riders to get comfortable with visualizing how much space they’ll need.
Also no restrictions are planned on the type or number of unicycles used. Got something you want to show on a giraffe? go ahead. BC Wheel? Why not (don’t see why it needs to be pedal driven). Show up with a plain old bike or something that doesn’t fit the basic “unicycle” assumption and the judges will know what to do.