As a result, Fahr von Winning scored the highest season average at the fourth GSL season meet, following the PD Blue camp. The 6.8 average beat even the GSL veterans. Just Trying To Get In by one point in the Intermediate Class. Just Trying To Get In won the GSL Intermediate Class in 1999. Fahr von Winning will keep on training and having fun. The next and last GSL season meet is scheduled for August 26-27.
July 6, 2000
Weather problems delayed the completion of the first season meet of the Ranch Skydiving League 2000. The second season meet on June 24-25 was completed easily. The current rankings have been posted at the NSL Scoring Overview. The RSL homesite will be updated soon. And yes, it has been confirmed, Ranch Air Traffic "The RATs" has become Retired Air Traffic as of this year. The Ranch home team has been one of the best teams in the country for many years in spite of the fact that each of the members has a real job. Even until last year's U.S. Nationals, the RATs used to choose to compete with the pros in the Open Class rather than dropping back and picking up gold medals in the Advanced Class. At last year's NSL Championship, they managed to give DeLand Genesis/PD Blue a race for the gold medal in the final rounds.
In addition to maintaining a competitive training schedule they've managed to help new teams and coach just about anyone who's ever asked at their home dropzone. However, this year the RATs are really slowing down. But they are still putting respectable scores on the board. They competed at the second RSL season meet and finished with an 11.3 average. The RATs stepping back leaves the door open for Equinox to take over the top spot at the Ranch. It looks like it's going to be a great year for this team.
July 5, 2000
The new Intermediate Class, which was introduced by USPA last month, does not only have its own reduced dive pool. There are more differences compared to the rules for the Open/Advanced Class. Teams and competitors of the Intermediate Class will like the new penalty rules. They are lighter than the ones for the Open/Advanced Class. "For an infringement occurring within working time, no infringement penalty will be assessed from the total points awarded for that round, ..."
This definition does not mean that there are no penalties at all in the Intermediate Class. The formation with the infringement or the formation after the inter where the infringement occurred will not be counted as a scoring formation. This is still the same situation as in the Open/Advanced Class. In addition to not counting the "bad" formation or "bad" inter/formation, the Open/Advanced Class teams are also receiving a deduction of one point for each infringement.
This is not the case for the Intermediate Class. There will be no extra deductions. This used to be different until last year's U.S. Nationals when each "bust" caused the loss of two points in all three classes. The whole Intermediate Class is currently more targeted at the beginner competitor, so the new and lighter penalty rules seem to make sense. Since the new USPA rules have been effective only since 1 June, 2000, this year's competitions before June were handled in different ways. For the scoring consistency, Intermediate Class teams competing in any of the leagues may expect each league's rules to continue unchanged for the rest of the season. But there is no doubt that the new rules for the Intermediate Class will be applied at this year's U.S. Nationals. The penalty rules can be found in USPA's Competition Manual 2000, page 49.