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In fact, Bodyflight Aerodyne also ended up in the same 5th place, in Germany as well as in Hibaldstow, after ten rounds at both places. There was no other British team that completed ten rounds at both events. UK's national team SonicNutz completed only nine rounds at the World Cup after missing the second cut. Unagi and Escondido did not qualify for the semifinals and completed eight rounds in Germany. The Brit Chicks completed all ten rounds in 8way at the World Cup but did not make the cuts at the UK Nationals last weekend.
The new NSL-TV clip now features all teams in Round 3 and Round 4 of the female 4way competition, and the point deductions have also been added to the leaderboard.
|World Cup 2011||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5||Round 6||Round 7||Round 8||Round 9||Round 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Aerodyne DB Defenders||16||20||16||17||19||20||19||17||17||28||189||18.9|
|2||Illusions||12 (-2)||21||17||14 (-3)||16||16||19||18||15||19||167||16.7|
|3||Polaris||13 (-2)||19||13 (-3)||15||15||17||17||13||16||23||161||16.1|
|4||Golden Knights||13 (-1)||16||14||15||14||14||13||15||15||24||153||15.3|
|5||Bodyflight Aerodyne||13 (-2)||18||12 (-1)||14||12||16||12||14||14||23||148||14.8|
The judges usually relate the tough standards to the same key definition in the current set of rules:
|Scoring formation: is a formation which is correctly completed and CLEARLY PRESENTED either as a random formation or within a block sequence as depicted in the dive pool, and which, apart from the first formation after exit, must be preceeded by a correctly completed and CLEARLY PRESENTED total separation or inter, as appropriate.|
Infringement: is a formation, inter, or total separation not CLEARLY PRESENTED
The third Polaris penalty in Round 3 is one of many examples where the judges simply make a wrong call, which is based on the above definition. It is a fact that there was a total separation, as the frame image shows. It is also clearly presented since all team members make an effort to show separation.
It is - no doubt - a very short time frame and very difficult to see. However, the windows at NMP-PCH Hayabusa or Aerodyne Aerokart jumps are often even much shorter. Arizona Airspeed is not going slower either...
It is obvious to any reasonably experienced competitor that the first Bundy and the pieces are complete, as much as it was obvious that the Golden Knights did not make any mistakes in the last seven seconds of Round 9. Common sense here but not there? It becomes increasingly difficult for teams, competitors and observers to understand and follow the interpretation of the rules.
There are several other examples of incorrect judging calls in the ten new videos that are now available for reviews. In fact, there is not even one of the seven point deductions that holds its ground after reviewing them in real time, slower motion and frame by frame.
The other penalty is an incomplete formation for the Diamond of Block 10 at the end of the second page. It may not look pretty, and the judges may not like the break of it, but it surely is a complete formation. Last not least and even worse comes the third penalty in the same jump, the 17th point in working time.
The cat grip is the last one for the completion of the first Canadian T of Block 8, and the "impatient front piece" begins to move for the inter. However, the Center Inside ignores the moving energy in the front and calmly waits until the second cat grip is taken before breaking the formation. It wasn't good enough for the judging panel. Sorry, Illusions.
There is hope though, as the NSL News reported on 12 July 2011. The door at least seems to open for a different way how to get closer to the real truth that happens in freefall. Maybe it is also time to include the application of "common sense" in the definition of the rules.