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In general, there seems to be a lot of support for the changes in the 4-way event. The new Block 12 and the adjusted Block 5, along with the Star as a new Random Formation, do not cause any trouble and have been well recieved by the teams and competitors. It would be hard to imagine that teams and competitors would not welcome the reduced punishment for infringements and efforts to make judging faster and easier. However, there are still a few concerns.
The perspective of losing only one point in a penalty situation might inspire teams to take more chances and increase the pace to the team limit. The edge between performing on the safe side and pushing the limits will probably become smaller. Result could be an increasing number of critical situations where the judges have to pay special attention to the action.
A veteran competitor and member of the German 8-way team, which finished in 4th place in Croatia, Uwe Soppa, detected this controversy and possible conflict situation and posted his evaluation of the new penalty situation at the NSL Discussion Forum.
|I'm astonished that everybody posting messages here seems to feel comfortable with the term "clearly presented" which is mentioned multiple times in the rules as if it would become more obvious like that. |
For me this is a fuzzy definition and what appears top be clear to me or other skydivers might be unclear to a judge. Fuzzy definitions, developed pretending to protect the judges authority are not the right way for a sport with clear and distinct rules defining what a grip is, what a centerpoint is, and so on.
I was hoping for more technical definitions which can be verified by video and YES, this means, accepting slow motion for grip issues and and even stills for centerpoint issues. I think that the hardware to do this fast and efficiently is available today. I wouldn't want to be a judge under these circumstances.
I see a lot of trouble coming up with judges punching the fault button if something appears to be unusual to them, or too fast, but not wrong. Hey, it's only one point, used to be two, so don't get mad...