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Rules for the 2008 Sprint Series
There are two parts to the 2008 Sprint Series: The Regular Season and the Finals.
The Regular Season
Note that there are some changes for 2007 --
1. Any sprint that is a fundraiser for the Senior or Junior Team, USA or Canadian, gets a bonus 10 points. So, for example, the sprint at the CAOC A Meet is a 50-pointer, not a 40-pointer. In the two previous years this was a 5-point bonus.
2. The points awarded decrease by two for after each of the first five places in 30-point sprints, and after each of the forst 10 places in 40- and 50-point sprints. This makes it more worthwhile to finish at or near the top.
3. The may be other changes -- note Genral Rule #6 -- but this is the basic set-up for the regular season.
Points for the Regular Season are based on results from all sprints held in North America in 2008 (well, actually starting October 20, 2007!) up through September 15, using the following point system --
1. Club levels sprints -- winner gets 30 points, then the next places get 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18,.... on down to 1 point for 25th place.
2. Sprints at A meets and other designated regional events -- winner gets 40 points, then the next places get 38, 36, 34, 32, 30, 28, 26, 24, 22, 20, 19, 18,.... on down to 1 point for 30th place. 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, then the next places get 48, 46, 44, 42, 40, 38, 36, 34, 32, 30, 29, 28,.... on down to one point for 40th place. If there is more than one course, the secondary course for each gender will be scored separately as a 40-point event, and any additional 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 10 points.
5. Anyone making the A final at the WOC sprint in the Czech Republic or finishing in the top half of the field at the JWOC sprint in Sweden gets a bonus 50 points.
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.
Plans for the finals are still under development
1. All sprints from October 20, 2007 to September 15, 2008 in North America count as part of the regular season in the 2008 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. No separate point lists for age-groups.
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. Your best 6 scores in the regular season count.
6. Rules may be added, changed, or deleted at any time by the Commissioner.
Commissioner: Peter Gagarin
Remarkably talented staff: Kris Beecroft, Cristina Luis, Gil Robs
Special Assistant Commissioner for Number Crunching: Boris Granovskiy, emeritus
Mike Waddington, emeritus
Special Assistant for Dead Languages: Michael Gagarin
Sprint Finals Course Setters: William Hawkins, Clem McGrath, Randy Hall, Joe Brautigam (all emeritus)