Did You Know...... that a German veteran competitor sees "clearly presented" as a "fuzzy definition"?
Uwe Soppa with IPC FS Committee member Dr. Rainer "Exi" Hoenle
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.
German 8-way team at the World Meet 2004 in Croatia
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.
German 8-way team at a 2004 training camp in DeLand
image by: Thomas "Moritz" Friess
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.
Soppa makes a very interesting point, which can still be discussed at the NSL Forum. Only time will tell how the teams, competitors and judges will deal with the new situation. The 2005 season is the test year for the IPC. The NSL leagues have scheduled enough meets to get a lot of feedback. The SSL Valentine's Meet and season opener did not bring any extraordinary experiences. The next evaluation will follow after the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2005 on March 19 at Skydive DeLand.comments / feedback