Perhaps I missed the thread on this, but I am hearing that there are proposals to move from age-based grouping to ability-based grouping in AWSA. I'm not sure of all the details, but I do have some questions:
1. Does this affect all tournament levels (C, States, Regionals, Nationals, E,L,R)?
2. Would the qualification COA and ranking scoring be moved to an ability-based model or remain age group?
3. If a skier does not want to reduce speed, would they receive the full buoy count for the higher speed and rope length that they select?
4. Would that higher buoy count (at any speed) apply to their ranking average and could it be assessed against the COA for their age division, assuming the COA remains an age-based qualification score?
6. Would the ranking scores from previous age-based divisions at higher speeds still be discounted when moving to the next division with a lower speed?
7. Are there details on this proposed approach posted anywhere? I did see a spreadsheet showing ability-based groupings by buoy count, but no specific rules or examples of how it would work in tournaments.
8. How does the model deal with changes in ability (either improvement or regression)?
I am open-minded about this. However, it probably does not impact me much. I have very little chance of any meaningful placement in any venue with or without this change. If the issue of higher speed options were handled correctly, I can see some benefit there and I know other skiers who have not wanted to slow down or would like the option to occasionally ski the higher speed. Allowing some flexibility there might be appealing.@JeffSurdej
, do you have information to share?
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