OmniSkore! coverage of the 2008 US Nationals.
Omnibits by Tim Wagner
Tuesday, October 21
Good morning everyone, CF Sequential is underway bright and early
this morning, and 4-way FS will be on call shortly for round 8. I'm
grabbing the camera to chase down the CF teams for some team photos,
be back shortly...
...well I got a few minutes before taking
photos before CF round 2, so a visit to the mail bag. I have to say
with all honesty that besides the free T-shirt, it's emails like
this that keep me coming back every year:
for the excellent and entertaining commentary of day; It's always a pleasure reading your tidbits...a pro many years
And this one:
always, love the bits at
It's become a habit - jump, take a break, read omniskore.com for all
the other stuff going on, and prep the next round...Thanks for it
You are very welcome! I really do
appreciate the feedback. Now back to work...
...CF Sequential has really grown on me
over the years (and I have no idea how to get the stuff off). Aren't
these the same 20 people who have been doing it the last 20 years?
*thwack* OUCH hey I was just kidding...
night, out of curiosity, I looked up the winning teams' average in
4-way FS Open as far back as the
Airspeed, 20.0. 1998:
Airspeed, 21.3. 1999:
Airspeed, 21.9. 2000:
Airspeed, 21.3. 2001:
Airspeed, 21.3. 2002:
GK Gold, 21.8. 2003:
DeLand Majik, 21.3. 2004:
DeLand Majik, 21.1. 2005:
DeLand Fire, 21.0 (who will ever forget that dramatic jump-off
with GK Black!). 2006:
DeLand Groove, 22.2. 2007:
Airspeed, 25.3. So far this meet, Airspeed is at 24.3...more
...okay I got the
CF Sequential team photos posted,
and after one round AZ Frayed Knot is tied with Redline at 9...4-way
FS round 8 is in the air...
Both the Knights and Perris Fury posted a 21 on round 8, so the
Knights keep a narrow one-point lead in the battle for the Open
bronze medal...the Knights might have padded their lead a bit had they
not over-shot a zig-zag > marquis...
...wow...Nice Maubeuge Holidays just
posted a 21 with different engineering than the other teams, that
was pretty slick looking jump, matching the high score so
far...until just now, Airspeed posts a 24...
...I just got a wonderful email, and I
just have to post this excerpt:
starting to realize that i might have a slight addiction though, as
the first thing i did when i walked into my office this morning was
log on to my computer and bring up the bits page (just before
checking the scores.) no coffee, no e-mail, no nothing... just
nationals... and tim. ha ha ha!
It seems that I am being a bad
influence on people at work, so perhaps it's time to retire...
I forgot to thank Amy Chmelecki
for helping me out with the team photos yesterday, so thank you Amy,
you saved my butt on the hardest day of the meet...and thank you
Larry Hill for taking such wonderful care of the judges, the
breakfast/lunch/snack room as been well stocked and very delicious!
And now, France Maubeuge ZC posts a 22 to finish up round 8 of Open,
where Airspeed maintains a comfortable lead...
...in the Advanced class,
Rhythm XP is running away from the field, they look very good
and should be cruising to a gold medal. Perhaps next year they will
compete in the Open class as CSC Rhythm Vista? If they do, they will
reengineer how they do all their block moves, and after a month of
struggling they'll switch back to the original program...
Intermediate round 8, leader R4 just posted a clean 15, nice
jump. A little earlier, Focus 4 posted a
very nice 12 right on the freeze frame. Like the Open class, the
battle in Intermediate is wide open for the silver and bronze
positions, with Air Force Encore and Slipstream in a tie. Air Force
is up now, and they just put the 15th point on the freeze frame,
let's see if it stands...no, they got a bust out the door and get a
14...okay here's Slipstream, they struggle early on the jump, and
the judges are going to be thinking about this one for a while...and
they post a 12, they had a bust in there so Air Force steps up into
2nd place with two jumps left...
...round 9 Open coming right up...looks
like a medium to fast draw...there's going to be a small family feud
here in the DZTV room while I root for the Golden Knights and Jan
roots for Perris Fury...and here's the Knights up first GO
TEAM...(for you newbies out there I'm a former GK team
member)...they have a nice jump, a 22, followed by Airspeed's
24...and now Perris Fury... they draw a nice round of applause from
the DZTV crowd, and they post a 21, so it's still a one-point lead
for the Knights with one jump left...
From the mail bag:
Don’t you DARE think of retiring.
Those of us that are stuck at the work we use to pay for our
skydives during the Nationals depend on you to give us the feel of
what it’s like to be there. We NEED you there to get our adrenaline
fix through proxy. It’s not just the skydives, it’s the whole vibe.
(now, where did I put that tourniquet?)
BTW, thanks very much for your
coverage. My only request is that you try to give the lesser teams a
bit more exposure. They need love too.
Thank you very much, and I
completely agree that the lesser teams deserve more exposure. I will
try. And as long as OmniSkore is in existence and hosts are willing
to bear my exorbitant demands, I will endeavor to be here for you.
Yesterday I posted a compliment to one
of the French video teams, but I think used the wrong team name. In
any case, all of the French teams have good videographers here. So
does the Russian Team.
I mentioned Focus 4's good jump a
while ago, that's a "lesser" (what's a better word to use?) team
that's good to cover: A pair of married couples from California,
who've I've seen competing off and on over the years, and it's nice
to see them here again.
Round 9 Open is all done, and the Knights still have that
one-point lead on Fury. Over in CF Sequential, AZ Frayed Knot has a
2-point lead on Redline. Ducking out for lunch...
...round 9 of Intermediate, Slipstream picked up a point on Air
Force Encore and they will go into round 10 trailing by a single
point...and Open round 10, the Knights just posted a 23, but there
may have been an issue near the end, let's see what say ye
judges...they are chewing hard on it...indeed, they had a double
bust on a snowflake > offset near the end and they post a 21...AZ
Divewerkz just drew a big round of applause from the hangar, posting
a very nice looking 21...Perris Fury needs a 22 to force a jump-off
or a 23 to win...
Welcome, readers in Lesser Scandihoovia and the University of
Southern North Dakota at Hoople have sent nice emails...here's
Airspeed's round 10, and wow that's an amazing jump, a spotless 26
points on the board, drawing a large round of applause from the
growing crowd in the hangar. Speaking of spotless, check out
scoring summary. Not one single bust the whole meet, and the
only speck of dirt on any score sheet was in round two. Now THAT is
most impressive! Has there ever been a team go 10 rounds without a
single bust? Somebody look it up for us. UPDATE - Airspeed did have
one bust in round two, 3 of 5 judges popped them. Still an amazing
right, here's Fury...THEY DID IT! It's a 25! Wait for the judges to
stamp it though...the first couple of times through the pages I
didn't think they had a chance, but they kept picking up the pace
each time through...I think there is a busted sidebody, and they had
26 formations in time, so the 25 stands and Perris Fury has come
from behind to win the silver medal. What a finish! Congratulations
Ouch. The camera flyer for Mass Defiance left the plane too soon,
and by the time the team came into the frame it was the end of the
jump. The judges are trying to figure out how to handle it. I think
it should be a zero, there is no way to determine when the team left
the airplane, so there is no way to determine a score. After a good
ten minutes of working on it, the judges have scored them a 1 with 3
working formations. I don't see how that's possible, but I guess I
will find out later...we've always been told that the clock starts
when the first team member leaves the airplane, not including the
camera flyer, and in this case when the team left the airplane, they
were not in the video. I'll have an explanation from the judges
later...UPDATE: Judy just showed me the FAI reference, and in cases
where the start time can't be determined by the team, it's started
by the videographer's exit, then there's a certain penalty applied
to whatever then gets judged. I think the FAI should change the
rules to just include the camera flyer into the team so the judges
will always have the same reference for starting the clock. I can't
count the number of false starts we've gone through because of
camera flyers that leave just before the rest of the team. So I do
hope they change that rule. UPDATE: A reader provides the actual
text from the IPC rules:
The chronometer will be operated
by the Judges or by a person(s) appointed by the Chief Judge,
and will be started as determined in 2.13. If Judges cannot
determine the start of the working time, the following procedure
will be followed. Working time will start as the videographer
separates from the aircraft and a penalty equal to 20% (rounded
down) of the score for that jump will be deducted from the score
for that jump.
The reader also adds:
Does adding video to when the
"team" leaves the plane really fix this issue? Given that video
is looking at the formation, there is nobody looking at the
video guy to see when he really "separates from the aircraft".
Given that a fair number of video flyers may well move their
heads prior to actually separating from the aircraft (which may
give the illusion to the judges that they have left), this seems
likely to cause just as much confusion. The rule, as it sits,
seems very clear. Regardless of which standard you use, will it
ever get easier to get five humans to push the button within the
acceptable margin for avoiding a false start?
These are all debatable points, and I agree to a certain extent
with the reader. I will write more about this later, time
permitting. END UPDATE
What? Who? CF Sequential? Frayed Knot. Up by three with three to
Fury. I believe they had trailed the Knights all the way until round
10. Is that right? What a clutch skydive at the end. They earned it.
Back to the finals of Intermediate 4-way, Air Force posted a 11
so Slipstream will need a 13 to tie. That's going to be tough, no
one's scored higher than 11 so far, but we'll see...here they are,
and they post the same 11, so Air Force Encore wins the silver and
Slipstream the bronze.
Speaking of clean skydiving (going back to my comments earlier
about Airspeed's clean scoring summary), Perris Fury sure cleaned up
their skydiving compared to last year. Could it have anything to do
with the fact that two of their members got FS judge ratings in the
last year? Or just coincidence? Hat tip: Judy.
4-way FS is a complete wrap and what fun it was. 8-way
registration is tonight and I hear we have 18 teams registered so
far. All judging is done for the day. In CF Sequential, Redline
picked up two points, and with two rounds to go they trail by only
one point. And be sure to check out these awesome interviews over at
And now, last but not least, I leave you with this one final bit
for the day. I am very proud to post this:
would like to conclude today's TiimBits on a bit of a
personal note. Earlier this month, OmniSkore creator Ted Wagner,
along with Larry Hill (who was
instrumental in creating LiveSkore, which Ted then developed into OmniSkore), were
awarded the FAI Faust
Vrančić Medal, only the second time that the award has been presented since
its inception. The previous recipient was Gerd Weckbecker, who invented the
electronic scoring pad used by Accuracy competitions. Faust Vrančić was possibly
the first person to actually test a parachute. From
Leonardo da Vinci's rough
sketches of a
parachute, and set out to implement a parachute of his own.
A now-famous sketch of a parachute that he dubbed Homo Volans
appeared in the aforementioned book. Twenty years later, he
implemented his design and tested the parachute by jumping from
a tower in Venice in 1617. The event was documented some 30
years after it happened in a book written by
John Wilkins, the secretary of the
Royal Society in
I am sometimes referred to as a co-creator of OmniSkore, but my contribution was
little more than a few graphics and a web page. Like painting two strokes for
Leonardo da Vinci on a corner of the Mona Lisa. What Ted created from scratch
revolutionized the scoring of formation skydiving competitions, and over time he
added support for Artistic Events, Style & Accuracy, and Canopy Formations. Of
course, as his twin brother I carry a strong bias, but in this case I consider
it appropriate. Congratulations Bro, you deserved it, and Larry Hill too, for
your role in getting it all started.
And special thanks go to Larry Bagley, USPA Director of
Competitions and Special Events (and here the USPA Nationals
Controller), without whose efforts this award would never
have happened. Thank you Larry!
Good night and see you tomorrow!
All Omnibits commentary are the expressed opinions of the writer, not USPA or Skydive Arizona.