Pacific Rim Championship has team competition, individuals all-around and apparatus finals. There are 10 countries registered for rhythmic gymnastics.
Team competition uses the Team 6-5-4 format.
- Each country has a team of 6 or less gymanasts – maximum of 3 Seniors but can have up to 6 juniors. Team results does not distinguish between Juniors OR Seniors and therefore you will see in the rotation that Juniors and Seniors are all mixed together. The draw is by country and not athlete. Each team can designate who goes first within their team and can be different for each apparatus. The “routine that does not count towards team” is still valid for individual AA and apparatus finals qualification.
- Not all six scores from a team go towards team results. For EACH apparatus, each country must identify 5 routine scores for their team – countries can choose different athletes for each event. This must be submitted 48 hours prior to the start of competition.
- Given the 5 scores per apparatus designated by a country, the lowest score will be dropped, leaving only 4 scores towards the team result and ranking.
The scoring system has been enhanced to support this team 6-5-4 format. In addition to normal calculation and ranking, the choice of each country of what scores to include / exclude must be captured. Furthermore, it has to eliminate the minimum score out of 5 chosen scores. The report will be assessable in print as well as online through http://www.score2u.com.
I am really excited about the new music module that interfaces with the scoring program. Conceptually there are 3 main functions:
- Music submission – instead of building and learning yet another file sharing. Coaches simply use major services like dropbox, google drive, skydrive, etc. and copy the athlete’s music to a specific folder like “2014WR MartialGym” and then simply share that specific folder. The file name convention used for matching is as simple as it can get, first and last name – apparatus and the rest of it can be anything you want.
- Tagging and arrange into rotation order – The program requires 2 exports from the scoring program, an athlete list and a rotation. Once tagged, the athlete’s pairing of music to apparatus will be good for BOTH the qualifier as well as the finals w/o the need to re-order.
- Day of competition (point and play) – Besides playing the music using windows media player, the program has an option to highlight routines (yellow in the example below) that still requires the use of CDs. It marks what has been performed / played and have the smart to position to next on the list.
One of the countries actually submitted their scripts electronically. With the above framework, manually sorting close to 1000 scripts will become a thing of the past in the foreseeable future. 🙂
In the meantime, start by naming your music files with athlete’s name and apparatus. Manitoba Rhythmic Royals is the first o try the module out for domestic competitions on the same weekend as Pacific Rim. Thumbs up to them!