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Thread: Education and Weenies
Message: Education and Weenies
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From: "PAUL LOGUE" <GPAULOGUE at msn.com>
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 13:56:34 UTC
In Allyson's last post, she include the following: The biggest problem is that people won't become judges To me, this is very true. Secondly, and just as important, many of our members no very little about what is in our "Red Book". In my opinion, the IAC "red book", Official Contest Rules, lacks the recognition it deserves. In fact, many of our members have never read this little book and may think that it is only for contest officials, judges and competitors, in that order. A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine, who has been competing for at least 10 years, overheard a conversation concerning "achievement awards" and turned to me and asked, "What is he talking about?" Indeed, it is true that contest officials and judges need to be and are familiar with the "red book." Competitors should be familiar with it, but in many cases, they are weak in their knowledge of its contents. Then we have members who are unable to compete.........for a number of good reasons. My contention is that they too should be knowledgeable about the "red book" contents. Knowledgeable in a way that allows them to become familiar with such topics as: the aerobatic box, the X and Y axes, Aresti symbols, qualifications for workers forms A, B and C, flight programs, contest operations, grading procedure fundamental judging criteria, allowable figures for unknowns, achievement awards program, etc. Even if they are only a by-stander or observer of this wonderful sport, each member of the IAC should have a "red book" in their possession. I submit that a set of questions be designed which could later be compiled into a booklet. This set of questions would then be available to all members, new and old, to use as a study guide while becoming familiar with the "red book." I can even see developing a "RED BOOK PATCH" to be given to all members who have answered the questions in the booklet. Becoming familiar with the "red book" would show members the many areas where they could be a "volunteer" at a contest. By the way, I understand where Damon is coming from. I saw Damon do his first sportsman contest and he jumped into his "red book" with the same enthusiasm and became a judge very quickly. He is certainly no Weenie. At our last contest, a former National(ADV) champion was asked to judge more than his share which resulted in near heat stroke and he was unable to fly. Looking back, I know we should have gone to a 3 judge line. Also, I think that when a competitor's investment climbs towards $200,000 and above, he/she expects more from themselves than to just have a fun week-end. There are only a few Phil Knights around. Paul Logue Chapter 3 .