Name: Vern Richardson
Brief Summary of the Proposed Change: Change the requirement to have at least two competitors in a division or they get combined into another division.
State the Logic of the Change: When there is a combining of divisions, the single competitor get all the points awarded in their division regardless of how they place. The detriment is with the division in which they are combined. They often get less points.
Effect if any on Current Competition and NAR Records: This will effect NARAM competition only, points will be distributed differently in divisions that would have been combined.
Exact Wording for the Rule Revision as it should Appear: Section #9.6 – Delete the first sentence and the second paragraph. Delete the words “attempt to” in the second sentence. That leaves the following, “An entry must make an official flight before points can be awarded in the event.”
10 Comments on RCP# 2019-02
I fail to understand the rationale for this rule change given that the Sporting Code says up front:
âThe United States Model Rocket Sporting Code (USMRSC) or Sporting Code, provides a standard set of rules by which NAR members may compete with one another on the basis of skill, ability, and expertise.â
Competing with âone anotherâ means you fly and have your performance compared to one or more other flyers.
Changing the rule to the proposed wording means you donât do that any more.
Thatâs a participation trophy, not competition.
I oppose this change and will vote against it.
I understand the concern with combining competition age divisions and I too am not a fan.Â However, I do not see where the "Exact wording of the rule revision as it should appear" addresses this issue.Â The revision will only change two words in rule 9.6.Â It will change "An entry must attempt to make and official flight..." to "An entry must make an official flight...".
How does this remedy the combining of competition divisions or the awarding of points?
I agree, competition should be at least 2 people. This change should be approved.
I support this change. I do not feel that age divisions should be combined at the national contest. A younger division competitor should not be penalized for others not trying a particular event by moving them up into an older age (and presumably harder) Division. This may have been needed when points were collected at Regional and smaller events, but the NRC has eliminated that problem.Â
That said, I do agree that the larger issue is getting more participation in A and B Division competition, but that is for another discussion.
I agree with Mark Bundick's comment regarding this proposal when it was submitted last year: "I oppose this change as it runs counter to the spirit of competition, the whole point of which is to test your performance against other competitors. Flying alone is just that, and is not competition against others."
Competing with yourself is not competing.
Now I could get behind separating the points from the medals/places for the two combined divisions. That way the younger competitor is still rewarded for participating in an event that may have been too difficult for others in their age division, but doesn't get a medal just for showing up and getting a qualified flight. If a B divisioner performs well enough to take a medal from the C-divisioners, the C-Divisioners should work harder. Now on the other hand if a single A divisioner is moved up to a B division, or a B divisioner is moved up to C division and they get one point for a qualified flight because they were not in the top 10 for the older division, then their effort to compete in a difficult event is not being rewarded with national or meet champion points. (1 pt is not being rewarded)
This proposal is legislating a solution to a problem that only exist because we are failing to recruit youngsters into NAR competition. Let's solve the problem with grass roots efforts to get more kids involvedÂ as opposed to putting and bandaid on a gaping wound.
By the way the form would not let me enter my name, it pre-populated my user name and would not let me change it.
I encourage the membership to approve this proposalÂ