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Did You Know...

... that the HF Chameleons mastered the 10-average AA Class level?

Czech national team in 4-way Open: HF Flying Circus
posted Mar 24th, 2019 - The last NSL News update from the Czech Republic after the March meet of the World Tunnel League at the Hurricane Factory had featured the meet videos of two of the Czech 4-way junior teams, the current national team, HF Cubs, and their 4-way junior successors, HF Flying Rebels.

NSL-TV is now following up with several more meet videos of Czech teams at the same event, including HF Flying Circus, the national team in 4-way Open, who will compete for the Czech Republic at the FAI Indoor World Meet, together with the HF Junior Cubs.

An earlier story on March 1st explained that the Czech delegation had to withdrew the national team in 4-way Women, HF Chicks, from the indoor world meet, after a new FAI/IPC rule does not allow 4-way junior competitors to compete in two different categories at the same event.

Two of the HF Chicks members are still 4-way juniors (Adela Vesela and Sabina Cioleková) and were prepared to compete with both teams, together with their former HF Cubs team mate Tereza Zívalová and HF Chicks senior competitor Eva Turkova. The plans for the indoor world meet had to be changed, while Adela Vesela and Sabina Cioleková are still competing with both teams at the WTL meets in the Czech Republic. The new videos also feature the ten rounds of the HF Chicks.

World Tunnel League March 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class M,P,Q,G,21 1,11,K 17,16,H N,L,D,6 13,18,3 E,J,14,5 2,F,12 15,C,B,19 22,10,8 9,20,A Total Avg
1 HF Flying Circus 29 23 25 29 18 26 19 22 17 26 234 23.4
2 HF Cubs 30 21 23 29 19 24 15 20 15 29  225 22.5
3 HF Chicks 28 20 23 27 17 17 15 21 14 26 208 20.8
4 Empower 24 16 19 23 15 21 16 18 14 20 186 18.6
5 Skydive University Slovakia 24 17 12 23 15 21 19 19 13 22 185 18.5
6 Sky.... 23 15 17 21 12 17 14 15 10 18 162 16.2
7 M Team 22 13 14 19 11 15 12 13 11 16 146 14.6
8 Accord 16 11 13 13 9 15 10 10 7 9 113 11.3
HF Flying Circus, HF Chicks and M Team at the March meet of the Czech Tunnel League
Jan Klapka (2nd from left) and Mirek Slánský (bottom) with Bad Boys in 2005
HF Flying Circus and HF Cubs were not able to lift their performance level beyond their previous record marks this month, which they have almost become used to. In fact, only one AAA Class team finished the ten March rounds with a new team record average.

HF Bad Boys member and Czech 4-way Godfather Jan Klapka began player-coaching the M Team when his own team was slowing down with training and competition. The Bad Boys have attended only two indoor meets in 2019, after a long gap since April 2018.

The M Team has benefited from Jan Klapka's extra time and mastered the March draw with the new 14.6 team record. The M Team lineup includes Mirek Slánský who was Jan Klapka's team mate back in 2005.

The M Team started without Jan Klapka in the Rookie Class indoor competition of November 2015 with a 1.8 average and went through A and AA before entering the AAA Class world with the beginning of the 2018/2019 indoor season.

Jan Klapka encouraged the team to make the final step and brought his own broad 4-way AAA Class experiences into the new category for the M Team. They have not missed a meet since November 2018 and are ready to tackle the 15-average level in the upcoming indoor meets.

World Tunnel League March 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AA Class M,P,Q,G 1,11 21,K,H N,L,D,6 13,18 E,J,14 2,F,19 15,C,B 22,8 9,20 Total Avg
1 HF Flying Rebels 32 16 21 24 16 22 16 18 15 18  198 19.8
2 HF Dragonflies 29 15 19 17 13 19 16 18 13 16 175 17.5
3 Ladies&Gentlemen 24 12 19 18 12 21 14 16 11 16 163 16.3
4 Mimozemky 19 11 15 13 10 15 15 12 10 15 135 13.5
5 HF Chameleons 16 9 12 10 10 12 9 8 9 11 106 10.6
HF Dragonflies and HF Chameleons at the March meet of the Czech Tunnel League
Beyond 10-average level in AA: HF Chameleons
The AAA Class teams had to deal with a slower competition draw in March, while the AA Class teams could start the competition with a sequence of four random formations (M,P,Q,G). Result was the opposite situation compared to the AAA Class competition, where only M Team finished with a new team record. All five AA Class teams at the Hurricane Factory were able to better their highest previous meet averages.

The NSL News mentioned earlier that Jan Klapka has moved all of his current 4-way Junior teams into the AA Class competition to get them ready for FAI/IPC events in the near future, while he is preparing a new generation of 4-way fliers for the Rookie and A categories. The future national team in 4-way Junior, HF Flying Rebels, are in their first year of AA Class competition and are very close to the 20-average level.

The HF Dragonflies even skipped the A Class and stepped up from Rookie Class competition until April 2018 to AA in November last year. The all-female junior lineup is still keeping up with the same progression that the Flying Rebels are showing.

Then there are the HF Chameleons with the youngest lineup, who started in the A Class in November 2017 and would not even need a 14-foot flying chamber to perform the AA Class dive pool. They left the 10-average level behind this month...

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