>Could someone of "our" AKA spokesmen (Steve, Darring
>Marty) contact Corky Chewning and ask if the distribution of
>the rule book in electronic form would be allowed and
I'm in charge of the "electronic opportunities" committee. Electronic
publishing of the various AKA publications is something that is being
worked through. The AKA does make money from publications so the
impact of making publications available basically for free has to be
One idea along these lines is for the AKA to set up a BBS of some sort
that people could log into to retrieve information and do other BBS
sorts of things. The AKA could charge for such access to help recover
equipment and operating expenses of the BBS as well as income that
would have come from publications.
>According to the preliminary info, I have, the main change
>from 92 Rule Book concerns the Ballet competition, where
>the score is now made of only two parts: execution and
>coreography, each counting 50% of the total.
From memory (I was on on the rule book committee, although I didn't
really contribute much to the books content):
- Ballet - a change has been made to de-emphasize content and
to emphasize choreography. The maximum time for individual
ballet has been changed from 5 minutes to 4 minutes.
- A new type of precision has been created. Currently two to
five compulsory figures are flown along with a freestyle
portion. The new precision is much like the technical
program in skating; a set of three predetermined figures are
to be set into a routine. These figures are to be flown as
drawn, and will be judged individually. The transition from
one figure to another, and anything else that the flyer
places into a routine, is also judged.
An event can use either the new style or the older style of
- New compulsory figures have been added, and some of the old
ones have been made more difficult.
- A new (experimental) event has been created, called
"freestyle". The intent of freestyle is to replace
innovative, although there is no reason that the two won't
continue into the future.
Freestyle is what the old innovative used to be, with an
emphasis on entertainment. The perceived problem with
innovative is that scoring is heavily weighted towards
innovation, and in order to win you have to have lots of
toys and tricks. Freestyle doesn't score on innovation only
on entertainment value.
- There used to be a restriction that if an individual flew in
a team ballet event, that they couldn't fly in a pairs event
as well. This restriction has been lifted.
- Event organizers have to let competitors know about small
fields ahead of time.
- The sections on field setup, jobs during an event, and
general event guidelines has been expanded.
That's all I remember. I'm sure that there is more...
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