January 7, 2000
Pal Bergan, Chairman of the IPC (International Parachute Committee) Formation Skydiving Committee, has posted the annual report of his work group for 1999. This report is including an analysis of the world meet in Australia and rules perpectives for the near future. The report is very honestly critiquing some of the ways in which the world meet in Australia was run. And it is emphasizing again the importance of working positively with the media. Bergan is still encouraging providing the IPC with feedback. His committee will have the next meeting on January 22-23, 2000, in Australia. At this meeting, decisions regarding the rules will be made.
Bergan's original message to the skydiving world can be found at http://www.skyleague.com/NSLNews.htm
December 16, 1999
The NSL headquarters has created a screensaver. The Screensaver is featuring beautiful 4-way pictures from the archive of the NSL website. Most of the pictures have been provided by NSL teams and their videographers. The screensaver can be downloaded for free for seven days directly from the picture on the frontpage, which takes you to the download page. After the trial period, it can be purchased for $9.50 as a download. It can also be ordered as a gift for friends and family in a nice gift case for $12.70 (delivery via priority mail). The purchase will help the NSL to keep growing and to be able to invest more into the league's progression.
The NSL Screensaver was first introduced to the public at the NSL Championship 1999. Now, the NSL created the download version for easier and more broad access. A local expert on screensavers at the NSL headquarters hometown DeLand came up with the idea of using exciting 4-way pictures after he saw them at the NSL website. He created the screensaver itself while the NSL headquarters set up the access to it at the NSL website. There it is. Take a look at the NSL Screensaver at the NSL website.
December 8, 1999
The 30-minute TV show of the 1999 National Skydiving League Championship has been aired three times on the Sunshine Network, the FOX Sports Net affiliate in Florida. VHS copies of the show can be ordered directly from the NSL headquarters for $20, including shipping. Executive producer of the show was NSL President Kurt Gaebel. The production company Communication Concepts Inc. executed the NSL's plan in a very professional way.
December 5, 1999
The National Skydiving League format for the 2000 season will include some exciting changes. Due to the fact that there will be more leagues and teams participating (Southwest Skydiving League, Great Lakes Skydiving League, Colorado Skydiving League, Northwest Skydiving League, Carolina Skydiving League), the National Skydiving League will introduce the NSL Playoffs 2000. All participating leagues will be set in two different divisions, the Western Skies and the Eastern Skies. Both divisions will hold their own playoffs as the qualification events for the NSL Championship 2000.
The NSL headquarters is expecting a total of twelve leagues participating in the 2000 season, six leagues each in the Western and Eastern Skies. Each league will first determine their regional league champion in the overall handicapped class. Then, the best two teams of each league, without a handicap, will directly qualify for the NSL Playoffs Western and Eastern Skies.
In addition to the twelve directly qualified teams in each division, four wild card slots will be added for the total of sixteen teams at each playoff event. The wild card slots will give stronger teams a chance to still make it to the playoffs if they missed one of the first two ranks in their league at the end of the season. This may happen in one of the naturally strong leagues such as the Florida or the Southwest Skydiving League. Top teams like Frost or ZSpot could not qualify for the NSL Championship 1999 since DeLand Genesis was the best and the qualifying team of the Florida Skydiving League. There is even a chance for teams for a wild card to the playoffs if they could not participate fully in only one league. If a team has competed at a minimum of four NSL season meets in different leagues, it may also qualify for a wild card after the directly qualified teams.
The 2000 format will let the best two teams of each league plus four other league teams of each division advance to the NSL Playoffs 2000. At the NSL Playoffs 2000, the best eight teams of each division will directly qualify for the NSL Championship 2000 with sixteen participating teams.