-] Subject: Re: World Cup
-] >>The World Cup Kite Competition will be held the first
-] >>weekend in September, 1993 at the Berkeley Marina,
-] >>Berkeley, California, USA. This competition brings
-] >>the best teams from 12 countries together for a 2-day
-] >>shoot-out. The invited teams are (in alpha order):
-] >WARNING: NOVICE QUESTION AHEAD! <G>
-] >Out of curiosity, how do we determine who the 12 best teams are? I mean,
-] >is it an arbitrary thing, or is there a point system that is used
-] The preselection is made on national basis, different methods
-] in different countries. The final _invitation_ is made by a
-] committee staffed by AKA, STACK, American Kite Magazine...
-] (something missing?)
-] World Cup is not intended to collect world's 12 best teams,
-] but "best" teams from different countries. (This time there
-] seems to be 18 teams, from 12 countries).
Actually AKA and STACK are not 'officially' involved with World Cup.
It is true that many of the people involved with World Cup are also
heavily involved with AKA, STACK, AJSKA/JKA, etc. So some of the
interests of these organizations do filter into World Cup, but the
assocation is (very) indirect.
Each country is allowed to use it's own system for determining
inviations. In the U.S. the invitations to World Cup are
determined as follows:
1) Using competitions from Jan 1st thru July 25th...
2) Add up the best three precision scores.
3) Add up the best three ballet scores.
4) Add the precision and ballet scores weighting precision 30%
and ballet 70%.
The top 2 teams (using this formula) get to compete. The defending champs
get an automatic invitation and don't count toward that countries 2 invitations.
This is why the U.S. has 3 teams this year.
The scores mentioned above are assigned like this:
PLACE REGIONAL NATIONAL ALL AMERICAN
----- -------- -------- ------------
1ST 10 20 30
2ND 8 17 26
3RD 6 14 22
4TH 4 11 18
5TH 2 8 14
6TH - 5 10
7TH - 2 6
8TH - - 2
For example, Air Art's best 3 precision scores were from 1st places at
Hawaii, Michigan, and Berkeley. All of these were national level events
so we got 20 points for each event for a total of 60 precision points.
In ballet: 1st at Hawaii (20pts), 1st at Berkeley (20pts), 2nd at
UP Sports (17pts) for a total of 57 ballet points. So our grand total is
(60 * 0.3) + (57 * 0.7) = 57.9 points.
Now that you know... you know.