May 19, 2000
Competitor and NSL website visitor Phil O'Connor recently studied the concept for the World Skydiving League a little bit closer. He came up with great feedback, which resulted in an adjustment of the basic concept. O'Connor likes the general idea of the suggested format for the international level of competition. More on NSL's web site...
May 18, 2000
Activity at the Team Network has recently picked up. A few listed teams found their new members, and a few listed individuals found teams, as well. Currently, two competitive teams are in search for a fourth member. And the DeLand Chain Gang is still looking for a videographer for their meets in Georgia. For the first two meets, team videographer Seth Cohen has been travelling up with the team to Georgia. Ground Zero from the Ranch in New York is still listed, looking for a new team member. The Carolina team Random Diatribe just added their data to the network page. Both teams are looking forward to a very exciting season with a couple of competitions in the schedule. Ground Zero was tied for first place at the Ranch Skydiving League 1999. Random Diatribe started the 2000 competition season already with the first meet at the Americas Cup in Sebastian. Interested skydivers should get in touch with the teams as soon as possible to not miss a great opportunity for this season. The Team Network is a free contact service provided by the National Skydiving League for teams and competitors. More information regarding the service and teams' data can be found at the Team Network page.
May 5, 2000
Southwest Skydiving League director Graham Harding is reporting that almost 50% of the competitors at his second season meet were female. Harding and Omniskore master and chief judge Ted Wagner were so excited about this great participation that Wagner promised Harding free Omniskore service at the SSL meets as soon as it goes up to 67%. Harding has posted his meet report with pictures and more information at the competition page.
On the more serious side: this meet is once again presenting us with an example of how much male and female competitors enjoy jumping together in mixed teams and in the same competition classes. The International Parachuting Commission (IPC) still seems to see these things in a different light; the IPC is still pursuing separate classes for males and females.
For the first time, the next World Championship will include a female competition. In the past, several attempts were made to run World Cups and other competitions for the female class. The results were not convincing that there is a need for separate classes.
At last year's World Championship, four teams participated at the female World Cup, which was held at the same time as another test run. However, there is a great chance for SSL director Harding to get the free Omniskore service soon since there are more female competitors in the Southwest region who may decide to take Wagner up on his Tedbet at one of the next meets.
...more on Skydive League's Website