Name: Mark B. Bundick
NAR #: 19250 LIFE
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief Summary of the Proposed Change: I am proposing a change to Rule 13.1 National Rocketry Competition (NRC), Section 13.1.2 Event Selection to permit different event selection for different competition divisions.
State the Logic of the Change: The NRC’s creation was designed to attract new participants into the NAR’s competition community. The NRC has succeeded in doing this primarily by making contest easier to organize and report, and by providing nearly instant feedback on standings at the NAR website. The 2018-2019 Contest Year showed that these gains could be hampered, particularly for younger competitors, when very difficult events are selected for the NRC. 1/4A Helicopter Duration vexed many flyers, even experienced competitors. In the past, NARAM Contest Directors have also recognized that younger competitors may have difficulties in events that older flyers wish to fly. They accommodated the needs of both groups by selecting different events for different groups:
NARAM-54: D Egg Lofting Altitude (A & B Division) G Egg Lofting Altitude (C & T Division)
NARAM-59: D Helicopter Duration (A & B Division) G Helicopter Duration (C & T Division).
This proposed change seeks to provide an option for the Contest Board to consider a similar approach for NRC events. By allowing the Contest Board the option to select different events for different divisions, younger flyers will continue to improve their skills and not become frustrated by repeatedly poor performance in a more difficult event aimed primarily at older, more experienced competitors.
Effect if any on Current Competition and NAR Records: There will be no significant impacts to manufacturers, contest management, records or range operations from this proposed change.
Exact Wording for the Rule Revision as it should appear:
Add the following sentence to 13.1.2 – Event Selection: At the discretion of the Contest Board, different NRC events may be selected for different competition divisions.
9 Comments on RCP# 2019-05
Not a fan.Â The NRC was designed to be simple and all encompassing, on most levels.Â Also, not true as it does create more work on the results side of things.Â And then there is the example of when this was used, and a lower motor level was chosen for a NARAM, only to create a more difficult event for A division due to motor power not enough for heavier models.Â Keep all divisions same, especially if combining divisions is still in effect....you could in essence create a non event...Â :(
Two points to consider.
First, the expectation is that the six NRC events are included in the NARAM events list.Â Will it be expected that the different slates of NRC events would also dictate different slates of NARAM events by division?Â Part of the goal of the NRC is to practice in preparation for NARAM.Â I believe a change or clarification to 13.1.1 should also be implemented if this change is approved.
Second, the revision should also state that only a motor class may be changed by division.Â The event type should remain the same if different event slates are chosen by division.
I support this change.Â
One point of clarification might need to be addressed (unless it was intended). The examples both used the same event with different motor classes for different age divisions. As worded, this would change allow completely different events for different age divisions. Was the intent to allow that wide a degree of discretion in selecting the NRC events for the year?
If so, that raises the possibility that A (and maybe B) Div NRC events may stay relatively the same from year to year, further facilitating flying by younger participants with a stable set of age appropriate events. After a few years they would age out into more challenging events that would change from year to year. This could be good thing and should be promoted as an aspect of this rule change.Â
I like this proposal.
I understand the desire to have challenging events (especially for C-division), but if there are no kits available on the market or plans available on the NAR website for a particular event/motor class, we are making it really hard for new kids to fully participate in NRC and NARAM.Â