What is the effectivity date for 2010 "Decisions"?

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What is the effectivity date for 2010 "Decisions"?

Post by Pat Chewning » Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:42 pm

The ISSA BOD recently came to some decisions:

New contest sanction status scheme (Regional, National, Continental, World Cup)
New recognized racer groups (Open, Women, Jr, Masters) [no pro]
New list of disciplines (GS, Tight Slalom, Slalom, Super G, Boardercross)

When will a new rule book be issued with these decisions embedded?

What is the effectivity date of the decision?

The reasons I'm asking:
1) I see a mixed bag of old and new sanction status schemes in the 2010 calendar.
2) The Oregon State Games has a Slalomcross and I'm wondering if those results will count for points under the "Boardercross" discipline.
3) The Oregon State Games is put on by the Oregon Amateur Athletic Association. We are not supposed to have PRO racers at the event. It has always been a confusing and inconsistently-applied rule. If the ISSA says there are no PRO racers, then that is good enough for me and I will not have to worry about who is PRO and not have to listen to any whining about letting the PROs win all the medals .... etc.
4) The 2010 ISSA Rules book does not include these changes, yet some of them are presently being applied.

Second, we’ve decided to revise the old sanctioning structure (Major, Main, Prime, and Basic categories) as follows:


Level 1: World Cup, including the annual World Championship
Level 2: Continental Championship (e.g., North American Championship)
Level 3: National Championship (e.g., French Championship)
Level 4: Regional Championship
We believe this category system offers greater intuitiveness and marketability for all concerned: racers, organizers, spectators, sponsors and media.
Each year, the number of ISSA sanctions awarded will be:
• World Championship: One.
• World Cup (WC): Two per Continent (including the World Championship).
• Continental (CO): One per Continent.
• National (NA): Four per Continent.
• Regional (RG): Unlimited.
The number of World Cups per year will increase as the sport grows. At the discretion of the ISSA Status Marshals, World Cup status may be awarded on a Discipline-specific basis. In other words, at a particular event, one or more Disciplines may be sanctioned at the World Cup level, with the other Disciplines at the Regional level.

Third, we’ve decided to revise the list of Slalom Disciplines that we officially recognize and sanction, as follows:


a. Tight Slalom (includes Straight Parallel Slalom)
b. Slalom (formerly referred to as “Hybrid” or “Special” Slalom)
c. Giant Slalom
d. Super G
e. BoarderX
We do not expect or require that Super G and BoarderX will be staged at every event, but we hope to sanction at least two of them per year at the World Cup level. Clear definitions and guidelines for these two Disciplines coming soon.

Fourth, we’ve decided to revise the list of Competitor Classes that we officially recognize, sanction, and rank in each Discipline, as follows:


a. Open (includes both “Pro” and “Amateur”)
b. Women
c. Juniors (age 17 as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and under)
d. Masters (age 45 as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and over)

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:45 pm

1. The rules changes passed by the Board are in effect now.
2. The issues with the various sanctions listed on the contest calendar will be resolved soon. The new sanction statuses are in effect now.
3. The changes have not been incorporated into the 2010 Rules booklet because I have not done it yet. I've been waiting for the composition of the Boarder X rules before going into to do wholesale changes to the layout. I'm not doing it piecemeal and spending many more hours than necessary to amend, edit and re-layout the booklet and then do it all over again when more material is available.
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Post by Pat Chewning » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:25 am

OK, thank you Wes!

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Post by Ramón Königshausen » Wed Apr 28, 2010 3:00 pm

So is the Pro category water under the bridge?

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:00 pm

Ramón Königshausen wrote:So is the Pro category water under the bridge?

rmn
Yes.

The original release regarding the changes is still the lead story on the front page. I realize at no point did it say "effective immediately" but it also did NOT say, "on (such and such) date will this be implemented."

Probably an omission that should be corrected but it does say the Board decided to make these changes and released the decision. The logic of the decision was made and the changes are effective seems clear. But if not, this clarification should settle any confusion.

The BOD also realizes these changes were made AFTER some (but certainly not all) sanctions were already awarded. Although races with high statuses will remain high status races (no "main" is going to be resanctioned as a "regional"), the races will be reclassified with appropriate sanction statuses.

Also, one last thing. What's been emphasized is please do not consider the new sanctions as a 1-to-1 crossover. Regionals are not "equal" to Primes and Mains are not "equal" to Continentals. This is a new sanctioning system involving one race designated the World Championship, a set of races classified as World Cups and other races sanctioned as continentals, nationals and regional events. There will be a concerted effort to make this point clear to racers and organizers.
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Post by Jani Soderhall » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:23 pm

When should we expect a reclassification of event statuses for all events?

/Jani

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Post by Wesley Tucker » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:25 pm

Jani Soderhall wrote:Any news on when we should expect a reclassification of event statuses for all events?

/Jani
As far as I know that's for Peter, Ramon and Dominik to determine. I have not heard a specific "when" it will be done only that it will be done.
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