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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: sporty freestyle


Thread: sporty freestyle

Message: Re: sporty freestyle

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From: Herman Dierks <dierks at>

Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 19:07:31 UTC


   FYI, one way to handle the Sportsman free is to use the same
 figures as the Known and reorder them into a new sequence.
 This was done by the person that won first place at Nationals
 in 1995. The reordering of the figures gave him a wind correction
 advantage.  This way the figures are the same so the K factor
 is the same.  The down side is you have to practice two sequences
 and hope you don't confuse them during the contest.
 I do agree that the Sportsman free style rules are such that
 they are not practical and therefore you rarely see a sporty
 free style at a contest.  Some minor changes to the rules as
 you sugest might make the freestyle more popular.

> From scott at Tue Oct 15 10:37:50 1996
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> Date: Tue, 15 Oct 1996 11:36:02 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Scott McMaster <scott at>
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> On 15 Oct 1996, Dave Reinhardt wrote:
> > O.K., Here's yet another 2 cents...
> >>>snip 
> > Some people in this discussion (including myself) have mentioned an increased
> > use of freestyle sequences Sportsman.  Since this is already an option, I'm 
> > curious as to how many Sportsman freestyles were flown in contests this 
> > year.  I flew one and I know that at least a couple of pilots had one 
> > ready.  In any case, it doesn't seem to be too popular and I doubt it has 
> > anything to do with the fact that you have to have a new freestyle every 
> > year.  My guess is that Sporty free's are not popular because:
> > 1.  It takes more time to practice two sequences than one and,  
> > 2.  No one is teaching these pilots how to write a good, safe, presentable 
> > and flyable sequence.
> >>>snip
> I can only speak for myself.  I had a good, safe, presentable, and 
> flyable freestyle written in preparation for my first contest (sportsman).  
> That was in the fall of the year and I didn't actually make it to a contest 
> until the following year.  In the interem the K for the known changed by 10 or
> 15 points and the realization hit me that because of #1 above, and the fact 
> that the free would be totaly different every year, I would actually be at a 
> disadvantage to use one.  Needless to say I now grind around the known 
> twice, just like (almost) everyone else.
> So for me, not using a free in Sportsman has everything to do with it 
> changing every year.  I would be interested to see how many frees would
> be done in advanced or unlimited if the option to fly the known twice 
> existed, along with the requirement to design and practice a new free 
> sequence every year....
> Scott McMaster, P.Eng
> Decathlon C-GVQT
> email:  Scott at McMaster.CA


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