The same story broke the news that Skydive Dubai will host the World Championship of Formation Skydiving in 2012 and that the event will be a part of a new Mondial, which features all skydiving disciplines at the same time and at the same place.
There were more rule changes that were decided at the same meeting of the International Parachuting Committee (IPC) at the end of January in Montenegro. The VFS 4-way teams (Vertical Formation Skydiving) are dealing with a complete makeover of their dive pool, and a few additional adjustments apply for all Formation Skydiving teams.
3.3.6 Contact is allowed between different subgroups during the inter of a block sequence.
3.3.7 Where subgroups are shown, they must remain intact as a subgroup with only the depicted grips on other jumpers in that subgroup.
3.3.8 Assisting handholds on other bodies in a scoring formation are not permitted.
3.3.9 Handholds by the jumper on their own body within a subgroup or a scoring formation are permitted.
4.2.1 The draw of the sequences will be done publicly and supervised by the Chief Judge. Teams will be given not less than two hours knowledge of the results of the draw before the first call/first competition jump.
There used to be live competition draws, long ago and before Omniskore created PrintPool and before CamScore and others followed up with electronic programs for a competition draw. It became easy and convenient, even at the larger and more relevant events, to just push the button that creates a new draw and then print out the copies for the teams.
The IPC rules apply directly only for the IPC sanctioned events. This means in reality that the IPC FS Committee creates the rules specifically for the World Meets and World Cups of Formation Skydiving competition, plus a few other potential "A Category" events. The national federations and other event organizers usually adopt the IPC rules, but they don't have to.
The rules for the live competition draw, as all other rule changes, are effective 1 March 2011.
In fact, the exact definition of the new rule only requires a public competition draw supervised by the Chief Judge. It does not define the environment for the procedure and what "public" means. It also doesn't mean "manually" where the letters and numbers are drawn from a hat.
However, the Shamrock Showdown 2011 will once again and traditionally apply both. Public will stand for the stage at the reception on Thursday evening at the Clarion Hotel, and the sequences will be drawn manually by the participants from one of the trophy's bowl while the teams are being introduced to the crowd. It has been a fun and exciting part of the competition in the past...