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Did You Know...

... that HF Cubs could compete for the Czech Republic in 4-way Junior and 4-way Women?

HF Chicks at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
posted Jan 18th, 2019 - The NSL News story on January 16th pointed out two recent 4-way family situations, one of the Pro Team from Finland and the other one between HF Flying Circus and HF Bad Boys in the Czech Republic. Father and son Kimmo and Kalle Pohjola train and compete together in Finland, while Jan and Jakub Klapka are opponents in the Czech Republic.

Another friendly battle of the 4-way generations has been going on in the Czech Republic for a while, and the situation is very similar to the one between HF Flying Circus and HF Bad Boys.

The recent January meet of the World Tunnel League at the Hurricane Factory featured the latest battle between two generations of 4-way competitors who are officially separated in their respective competition categories at FAI/IPC events.

HF Chicks have been the Czech national team in 4-way Women for several years, while HF Cubs compete for the Czech Republic in 4-way Junior at FAI/IPC events. However, the World Tunnel League events have brought both teams together on the same leaderboards ever since the HF Cubs moved up into the AAA Class competition world in November 2018.

World Tunnel League January 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class Q,E,F,18 3,9,11 D,K,21,16 14,G,M,17 O,L,B,7 5,15,6 P,A,12,20 C,13,1 10,8,N 22,J,H,4 Total Avg
1 Pro Team  FI  34 20 27 24 37 23 19 23 20 21  248 24.8
2 HF Flying Circus  CZ  34 21 23 25 39 19 21 22 21 21 246 24.6
3 HF Bad Boys  CZ  31 21 22 23 33 19 21 19 19 19 227 22.7
4 HF Cubs  CZ  29 19 20 19 31 17 17 18 16 21 207 20.7
5 HF Chicks  CZ  29 19 19 20 29 17 15 15 16 20 199 19.9
6 Skydive University Slovakia  SK  24 17 20 19 27 15 16 16 16 18 188 18.8
7 Blackjack  FI  28 13 19 19 29 15 16 16 15 16  186 18.6
8 Tempo  FI  23 17 21 19 26 15 15 17 14 17  184 18.4
9 Telakka  FI  24 17 19 18 24 13 16 16 14 16  177 17.7
10 Sky....  CZ  20 14 18 18 29 15 14 15 14 15 172 17.2
11 Silver Knights  FI  18 13 16 17 24 15 14 14 13 16  160 16.0
12 M Team  CZ  19 11 14 13 21 10 10 14 11 14 137 13.7
13 Accord  CZ  16 11 13 15 21 11 9 12 7 13 128 12.8

HF Cubs and HF Chicks at the World Tunnel League's January meet at the Hurricane Factory

HF Cubs at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
Both all-female teams were first naturally separated between 2015 and 2018, as the HF Cubs juniors started their 4-way career in the A Class before moving up into AA in 2016. The separation was over in November 2018 when the HF Cubs competed for the first time in the AAA Class. The 4-way juniors won.

The HF Cubs are still eligible for the 4-way Junior competition at FAI/IPC world meets and world cups, and they don’t have to compete in the AAA Class. However, coach Jan Klapka and the team agree that they want to get ready for meets with the whole dive pool as soon as possible.

The HF Cubs still competed in their FAI/IPC category at the Czech Open Indoor Championship this month for a different reason. Team member Viktorie Nováková fell ill before the meet, and her team mates had HF Dragonflies junior Nela Kadecková in their lineup, who is only familiar with the AA Class dive pool.

In fact, the Dragonflies had just moved up from the Rookie Class to AA, as the NSL News reported on 19 December 2018. Nela Kadecková had three meets of AA Class experiences between November 2018 and January 2019 before filling the slot for the HF Cubs.

World Tunnel League January 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class Q,E,F,18 3,9,11 D,K,21,16 14,G,M,17 O,L,B,7 5,15,6 P,A,12,20 C,13,1 10,8,N 22,J,H,4 Total Avg
3 HF Cubs 29 19 20 19 31 17 17 18 16 21  207 20.7
4 HF Chicks 29 19 19 20 29 17 15 15 16 20  199 19.9
World Tunnel League December 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 3,B,5 15,J,7 9,16,18 17,C,H,M 14,Q,11 L,6,21 A,P,F,20 K,D,22,13 1,4,12 19,O,8 Total Avg
2 HF Cubs 22 26 20 33 19 22 29 21 17 18  227 22.7
3 HF Chicks 22 24 19 25 19 19 29 15 14 19 205 20.5
World Tunnel League November 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class H,16,P,21 11,D,7 N,18,9 K,C,B,Q,3 G,15,14 17,A,F,6 J,O,12,19 8,4,22 2,13,10 20,5,1 Total Avg
2 HF Cubs 22 22 24 25 21 24 18 17 14 16 203 20.3
3 HF Chicks 21 20 24 23 17 22 17 16 15 13 188 18.8
Czech delegation at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018
The November meet of the Czech World Tunnel League was still not the first time that HF Chicks and HF Cubs competed against each other. Both teams have contributed to the Czech Indoor Cloud League account many times in the past years, even though they did not always win their categories against other Czech teams. They could at least compare their scores regularly.

The HF Cubs juniors and HF Chicks seniors have been on the same AAA Class leaderboards three times since the Cubs entered the AAA Class world, and the juniors won each time.

The situation is even more interesting, as one of the former HF Cubs, Tereza Zívalová, has been training and competing with the senior team for a while. She was still in the Cubs lineup that won the bronze medals at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018 with a 27.3 average.

The fact that the HF Cubs have recently been the stronger female AAA Class team in the Czech Republic brings up a more rhetorical question: Who will compete for the Czech Republic in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019? It also raises a question that the NSL News brought up earlier: Could the HF Cubs compete in 4-way Junior and 4-way Women both? FAI/IPC has been allowing Formation Skydiving competitors to compete in different categories (4-way Open/4-way VFS and 4-way Open/8-way Open) at outdoor events...

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