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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:704] RE: Fon du Lac and U.S. Aerobatic ...


Thread: [IAC-L:704] RE: Fon du Lac and U.S. Aerobatic ...

Message: [IAC-L:704] RE: Fon du Lac and U.S. Aerobatic Team Selection

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From: "Robert D. Scherer" <flyakro at>

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 23:46:59 UTC


 I'd like to see some credence given to consistency, as well as preparation
for a specific contest.

How about competitors declaring their intent before "selection year".  Rate their percentage 
scores in regional contests (maybe some minimum number) against
each other and apply that with an appropriate factor into the Nationals rankings
or a specific Team Selection contest??

On Friday, August 15, 1997 12:51 PM, Allyson Parker-Lauck [SMTP:princess at] wrote:
> I was talking with a fellow IAC'er today about this year's procedure for
> U.S. team selection (requiring attendance at Fon du Lac as well as
> Nationals and using combined scores to select the team).  Even though I
> don't fly Unlimited, I do care very much about our U.S. team, and I wasn't
> really wild about the new team selection process.  Now after seeing so few
> pilots trying out for the team at Fon du Lac, it really makes me wonder if
> this idea is really bad.
> In 1995 if I recall correctly, there were 36 people flying Unlimited at the
> Nationals, most of whom were trying for a spot on the team.  This year at
> Fon du Lac, only 15 pilots were trying out for the team.  In 1995, there
> were 7 women at the Nationals trying out for the team, this year at Fon du
> Lac only 3.  Anybody see a trend here?  Like the ever so eloquent Kurt
> Haukohl once said "SHRINKAGE --- BAD!"
> I have nothing against the Fon du Lac contest at all.  I just think that it
> is difficult and expensive enough to attend only one week-long contest.  By
> requiring 2 isolates SOOOO many people--evident by the lack of
> participation this year.  Maybe it's worth looking at yet another team
> selection method for next time.  Is the old way better?  Would it be better
> to have a special contest JUST for team selection?  Is this way ok?  What
> do y'all think?
> Allyson Parker-Lauck
> Ponca City, OK


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