Scott Arnold had great ideas, which look like they were written to cover all
events, not just artistic. But let’s keep them separate because the methods we
use may be different for each.
>We attended our first ever convention this summer when we were able to go to
>the NUC in Monrovia, California. One of the things I appreciated was the
>participatory nature of the convention; there were a wide range of skills and
>anyone who wished to compete, could.
Important fact: Being able to participate makes the conventions a whole lot more
fun, and makes people more likely to return in the future. So in my mind,
participation is a given. But how many events, and how to divide?
>We also volunteered some as race officials and that was also a lot of fun.
Thanks! Anything we can do in this area (to make volunteering more fun, and to
make it more a part of the process) will also be an improvement.
>As long as it is logistically possible, I would like to see the NUC remain open
>for all competitors.
Well qualified. Logistics have caused our convention to grow from a weekend
event into the six days it was this year…
>somehow be separate into distinct parts: a “novice” or qualifying division
>where anyone is encouraged to participate (with lots of those same people
>helping to officiate/run those competitions). This
I love how he includes the volunteering part. Just as you must teach to become a
black belt in most martial arts forms, helping make our giant event happen could
be thought of as a part of participation.
>division could be closed to those are “experts” or who otherwise qualify for
>the “serious” competitions.
Qualification will be the hard part, and where most of our discussion will
probably take place. Several methods have been proposed, which we will go
>>How to weed people out?
>That has a bad sound to it. Who wants to be a weed?
Of course nobody wants to be a weed (well, hardly anybody). But at the same
time, our spectators should have a way of predicting what they will see if they
decide to stick around in the hot gym (it’s almost always hot, not just this
year), or should they go elsewhere and be less bored. So can I say chaff? We
want to separate the wheat from it.
An elimination round is basically a weeding out process. There are many ways to
approach it, and convention hosts should be given freedom in choosing the
method(s) they would like to use. Part of what we must decide for our future
rules might be a shift in philosophy. Is the championship the most important
part of the convention? Or the convention part of the convention. If it’s a
national or world championship, do we really need to have competitors who put
together their performance last night and don’t even have it memorized? I would
rather not sit through that at the major competitions, either as a spectator, a
competitor, a photographer or especially as a judge.
>The “expert” competitions could then be limited to a certain number of
>participants and/or age groups.
Number of participants would have to be limited, based on our method of judging.
Our current method involves remembering what all competitors did and ranking
them in relation to each other (Freestyle only). If there are too many riders,
this cannot be done accurately. For Standard Skill this limit does not apply. I
would not want to judge more than a max. of 10-12 competitors in one group.
There would be no “age groups” to our experts, just male and female. We might
choose to keep the junior expert group, but it has had weak participation since
the beginning, with often only two competitors.
>Maybe the “novice” competitions could be the first couple days of the NUC.
>The “experts” and the one who just want to watch the “experts” wouldn’t need
>to come to this part if they didn’t want to, and the “expert” competions
>could go a lot faster, so the whole convention wouldn’t necessarily be a lot
I would like to think of this as a qualifying round. Though some experts might
be prequalified based on past performances, most riders will have to pass the
qualifying round to advance to the experts. Like the Compulsory Figures event,
which is no longer held at the Olympics for ice skating, nobody needs to watch
that event unless interested, and non-competitors don’t need to arrive until
later in the convention.
A separate gym should be available at all times for warmup and the “convention”
part of the convention. A Freestyle qualifying round should not need a gym. Just
enough room for riders to ride and ample space for judges and a reasonable
amount of spectators.
>>walking on rickety tables??
>What about rickety tables? I guess I need an explanation of that question .
That was at UNICON. We had judging tables that were entirely made of plastic and
weighed less than 5 pounds each. Idiot Max Louvius, in an attempt at comedy,
insisted on climbing over the judges tables for his entrance and exit. These
tables had a collection of food, drinks, glass containers, cameras and important
papers on them. I am absolutely amazed the tables didn’t collapse and break.
Sorry Max, however funny the rest of your act may have been, you’re an idiot.
That act belonged in the Renegade show or nowhere.