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There are two parts to the 2007 Sprint Series: The Regular Season and the Finals.
The Regular Season
Note that there is one main change for 2007 --
For the regular season, only your best 6 scores will count.
In addition, and this continues from 2006, any sprint that is a fundraiser for the Senior or Junior Team, USA or Canadian, gets a bonus 5 points. So, for example, the sprint at the LAOC/SDOC A Meet is a 45-pointer, not a 40-pointer.
Also, we are doing away with the rule that gave everyone a minimum of 10 points for finishing a sprint. It didn't make much difference in the standings and it was a lot more work doing the scoring.
Points for the Regular Season are based on results from all sprints held in North America in 2007 (well, actually starting December 30, 2006!) up through September 15, using the following point system --
1. Club levels sprints (winner gets 30 points on down to 30th gets 1 point).
2. Sprints at A meets and other designated regional events (winner gets 40 points on down to 40th gets 1 point). If there is more than one course, the shorter course(s) will be scored separately as 30-point events.
3. Sprints at US Team Trials, US Sprint Champs, Canadian Team Trials, and Canadian Sprint Champs (winner gets 50 points down to 50th gets 1 point). If there is more than one course, the shorter course(s) will be scored separately as 30-point events.
4. Any sprint that is a fundraiser for the Senior or Junior Team, USA or Canadian, gets a bonus 5 points.
5. Anyone making the A final at the WOC sprint in Ukraine or the JWOC sprint in Australia gets a bonus 50 points.
6. Anyone competing in a Park World Tour event gets a bonus 50 points (can only get this bonus once).
A maximum of 6 sprints can be counted. If you do more, you count the 6 in which you earn the most points. The bonus points races are in addition to your 6 best.
The Sprint Series Finals will be hosted by WCOC on Saturday, September 22; the club has applied to host the US Relay Champs on Sunday. Joe Brautigam will set the sprint courses.
The Finals will be quite different from the first two years of the Sprint Series.
There will be two separate sprints, both with interval starts, one late morning and the other early afternoon. Both will be scored by points, but since these are the finals, the points will be really big, probably something on the order of 100 to the winner of each. (If there are three course for each sprint as was done at CNYO in September, then the second and third courses will still be worth a lot of points, just not quite as much.)
The final results for the Sprint Series will be based on your total points from from best six races in regular season and the two races in the finals.
Hope to have awards for a number of older and younger classes as well as just for men and women as in the past.
And both sprints will be sanctioned by USOF and count for rankings.
And then in mid-afternoon right after the second sprint, there will be special head-to-head races just for the top 4 (or 6 or 8, not sure yet) men, same for women, very spectator friendly.
Some of the details are still tentative, but this is the general idea.
1. All sprints from December 30, 2006 to September 15, 2007 in North America count as part of the regular season in the 2007 Sprint Series as long as they are announced in the Sprint Series schedule at least 20 days in advance. See the schedule for how to list a sprint.
2. Separate point lists for men and women. We will probably give separate age-group awards, although results will be done on the basis of single lists for the men and for the women.
3. Results must be sent to the Commissioner (firstname.lastname@example.org) electronically within 24 hours of the event.
4. If there are two or more sprints in one day, each counts as a separate event for earning points.
5. Pre-registration for the finals will be required. In addition to counting for the Sprint Series, the Finals will be sanctioned by USOF and count for rankings.
6. Rules may be added, changed, or deleted at any time by the Commissioner.
Commissioner: Peter Gagarin
Mike Waddington, emeritus
Special Assistant for Dead Languages: Michael Gagarin