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Did You Know...

... that USPA Nationals included the A Class/Beginner format in 2000 and 2001?

DeLand Tunnel Rage at a Florida Skydiving League meet in 2000
posted Jun 8th, 2021 - The recent introduction of the 4-way Beginner category (A Class) by the U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) has been the topic for the NSL News since it was announced as a test event for this year's national championships at Skydive Arizona in October.

A total of 26 teams have posted scores in the A Class this year, 11 of them at meets in the NSL Network, 15 more at events in the United Kingdom and Australia. That's a lot in a time when the Formation Skydiving competition world seems to slowly begin with recovery from the corona virus crisis.

The last complete competition year before the pandemic was the 2019 season. A total of 91 teams had posted A Class scores by December that year, 33 of them at events of the National Skydiving League in the United States. The A Class participation in 2019 was almost equal to AA Class competition (USPA Intermediate) where a total of 96 teams posted scoring numbers, 55 in the United States, including the 31 teams at the USPA Nationals.

The same event did not have the new 4-way Beginner category (A Class) in 2019. This means that the A Class was already the more popular category by then (33 - 24) outside of the national championships. In addition, the NSL News also knows about teams who have begun with preparations for the national championships after the USPA announcement of the new category.


USPA Nationals 2000
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Intermediate 9,7 6,F Q,A,K 21,O J,2 D,P,20 TBD Total Avg
1 DeLand Tunnel Rage 15 15 22 12 13 15 - 92 15.3
2 Blaze 15 15 15 13 10 13 - 81 13.5
3 Focus 4 13 13 16 11 11 11 27 75 12.5
4 Dallas 4-Quest 15 14 20 4 10 12 26 75 12.5
5 Vertex 11 9 18 7 10 10 - 65 10.8
6 Loki 11 7 14 11 11 10 - 64 10.7
6 Float'n Otis 10 12 13 11 8 10 - 64 10.7
8 Sirens 12 10 10 8 11 11 - 62 10.3
8 Crosskeys 4 11 10 14 8 8 11 - 62 10.3
10 Pepperell Event Horizon 11 10 10 9 11 10 - 61 10.2
10 Hinckley Defcon 4 10 10 11 9 11 10 - 61 10.2
12 Sintrifugal Force 11 11 10 10 9 7 - 58 9.7
13 Boondock Saints 11 11 9 8 10 8 - 57 9.5
13 Air Buddha 11 8 11 9 7 11 - 57 9.5
15 Checkpoint 6 10 13 9 9 8 - 55 9.2
15 Wings Of Blue 11 13 8 10 7 6 - 55 9.2
17 Minimum 60 6 8 12 10 9 9 - 54 9.0
17 Formula 4 6 8 12 7 10 11 - 54 9.0
17 Flashpoint 10 11 6 9 8 10 - 54 9.0
20 Da Vinci's Dream 9 10 11 6 9 8 - 53 8.8
21 Foreigners 11 0 13 9 8 11 - 52 8.7
22 Kokomo 10 10 8 7 7 9 - 51 8.5
22 Ground Zero 10 9 9 6 8 9 - 51 8.5
24 Arizona Fusion 9 10 9 7 6 8 - 49 8.2
25 Pepperell Expedition 6 11 8 7 8 7 - 47 7.8
25 B & B 2000 6 11 8 7 8 7 - 47 7.8
27 Perris 2000 6 10 7 6 9 7 - 45 7.5
27 Burning Daylight 10 10 7 9 8 1 - 45 7.5
29 Elsinore 4 Quest 9 6 10 5 7 7 - 44 7.3
30 Mark-4 5 8 8 7 6 5 - 39 6.5
31 Un4given 3 9 8 7 6 4 - 37 6.2
32 Hot & Nasty 3 6 7 4 6 5 - 31 5.2

Formula 4 at a Southwest Skydiving League meet in 2001
However, the 4-way Beginner/A Class is not totally new to teams in the United States at national championships. USPA experimented with new categories, as well, when the 4-way Open Class with the complete FAI/ISC dive pool seemed to be too difficult for new teams on lower experience and training levels.

The recent NSL News series of stories from the archives has taken a closer look at former USPA champions and their team careers, first in the AA/Intermediate Class, followed recently by AAA/Advanced Class teams. The USPA Nationals 2002 became eventually the first event with the current three categories, and with the synchronization of NSL AA and USPA Intermediate Class rules and dive pool.

The USPA Nationals 1997 had an Intermediate Class competition as a second category behind the Open Class. However, the teams still had to be familiar with the complete dive pool, including slot-switchers. The difference between Open and Intermediate was only the length of the sequence, which was identical with the Open Class draw until the 3rd or 4th point determined the end of the Intermediate sequence.

The same rules applied next year, even though the Intermediate Class was renamed to Advanced Class. Z-Spot won the first Advanced Class title after ten rounds with Intermediate Class sequences of 1997. USPA did not only change the name of the Intermediate Class to Advanced in this experimental phase. There was also a new category in 1998, 4-way Recreational, which resembled the Rookie Class of the National Skydiving League with six rounds of only random formations.


USPA Nationals 2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Intermediate Q,7 E,21 N,C,2 O,A,6 L,P,J K,20 Total Avg
1 Formula 4 14 14 13 13 19 11 84 14.0
2 Shaft 14 15 11 15 16 8 79 13.2
3 Slow Motion 11 14 12 14 14 12 77 12.8
4 Juggernaut 15 8 14 11 17 10 75 12.5
4 Aerohio Vertex 12 12 12 12 16 11 75 12.5
6 Xodos 11 11 11 14 14 11 72 12.0
7 Loki 10 14 12 10 13 11 70 11.7
8 Wind Line Lightning 11 9 11 11 12 10 64 10.7
9 Vertical Junction 10 8 9 11 15 10 63 10.5
9 Out There 9 10 11 10 12 11 63 10.5
11 4in Relation 11 10 10 11 12 8 62 10.3
12 Elsinore Equinox 11 10 9 10 12 8 60 10.0
13 Air Buddha 13 10 8 9 11 8 59 9.8
14 Someday 4Way 10 9 9 8 13 8 57 9.5
15 Otter Limits 10 8 8 11 12 7 56 9.3
15 Arizona Synergy 9 11 11 8 9 8 56 9.3
17 Buzz 10 8 8 10 10 9 55 9.2
18 Harry Carrie's 9 10 8 9 11 7 54 9.0
18 Air Force Falcons 12 9 9 11 6 7 54 9.0
20 CSS4 10 7 8 9 12 7 53 8.8
21 Undecided 10 9 6 10 9 8 52 8.7
21 Perris Fall Guys 9 8 8 9 12 6 52 8.7
21 Burning Daylight 8 9 8 9 11 7 52 8.7
24 Skydive Illinois Dreddogs 8 9 8 10 7 8 50 8.3
25 Air Force Wings of Blue 9 7 7 9 8 8 48 8.0
26 Risky Business 8 8 7 8 8 8 47 7.8
27 Opening Shock 8 9 4 10 9 6 46 7.7
28 Sudden Impact 7 11 4 9 6 7 44 7.3
28 Can Fource7 10 7 8 5 7 44 7.3
30 Elsinore Un "4" Given 8 7 7 9 5 7 43 7.2
31 Gonnabes 4 7 7 8 8 6 40 6.7
31 Arizona Fast Track 7 7 5 8 10 3 40 6.7
33 Air Force Silver 5 8 6 5 9 6 39 6.5
34 Mad Hatter 6 5 6 7 7 6 37 6.2
34 Arizona Weather Hold 6 4 7 6 9 5 37 6.2
36 Ty Breakers 9 7 5 6 6 3 36 6.0
36 Aerohio Revillusion 6 8 5 7 6 4 36 6.0
38 Pepperell Surprise 4 4 6 4 6 5 29 4.8
39 Ranch Keys 3 7 7 5 4 2 28 4.7
40 Perris Final 4 4 3 7 5 3 4 26 4.3

4-way Intermediate Class winner at the USPA Nationals 2002: Juggernaut
USPA did not continue with 4-way Recreational in 1999 and continued to work on the Intermediate and Advanced Class formats instead. The new Advanced Class of 1998, with the Intermediate Class rules of 1997, became the final version of the current Advanced Class in 1999. It has been a copy of the Open Class ever since, with a separate set of medals and some special qualification requirements.

The Intermediate Class came back in 1999, with the same rules as in 1997, and as in the Advanced Class of 1998: whole dive pool with six 3- or 4-point sequences. All teams in all three categories at USPA Nationals still had to train the complete FAI/ISC dive pool.

The next change of the Intermediate Class came in 2000. USPA now introduced a format that offered 4-way teams an easier entry into the competition world. In fact, the Intermediate Class of 2000 resembled the A Class of the National Skydiving League and the new Beginner category at the USPA Nationals this year: Six rounds with a limited dive pool and 3- or 4-point sequences. Nothing changed in 2001, and Formula 4 won USPA's Intermediate Class medals with A Class rules and 14.0 after six rounds.

It was in 2002 when the final change turned USPA's Intermediate Class competition into what it is today, ten rounds with 16 blocks and 4- or 5-point sequences, while the A Class format of 2000 and 2001 went into USPA hibernation until this year's national championships.

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