Wojtek DOMAŃSKI (POL)
09 - Ordered Scoring for Paramotors (POL)
FAI Sporting Code - Section 10 - 2017 ANNEX 3 – PART 3, PARAMOTORS
3.4.1 ALL TASKS
The maximum score may be up to 1000 points per task and is generally calculated as follows: P = Q/Qmax x 1000
Where: Q = pilot scores, Q max = best score for the task, P = Total score
but, depending on the task, absolute scores for pilots' performance may also be awarded either in combination with the above or exclusively. Where a combination is used the total available absolute score shall not be more than 50% of the total available score.
e.g.: P = Q/Qmax x 750 + y (where the maximum value of y would be 250)
OR P = y (where the maximum value of y could be 1000)
In all cases: P = Total score, Q = pilot score, Q max = best score for an element of the task, y = an absolute score
The winner of the class shall be the pilot gaining the highest total points in the class
The Paramotor team prize is computed from the sum of the scores of the top three pilots of each country in each task in each valid class which has minimum of 8 pilots.
The task score for which a pilot was disqualified shall not count for team scoring. Other valid tasks flown by this pilot are not affected (S10 4.34.12)
In the PF and PL classes, if less than 50% of pilots in class start a task then after all penalties have been applied each pilot score for the task will be reduced on a pro-rata basis according to the following formula:
Pilot final task score = Ps*(MIN(1,(Ts/Tc)*2))
Ps = Pilot task score after all penalties Etc are applied.
Ts = Total started Total number of pilots in class who started the task (ie properly, beyond 5 minute rule).
Tc = Total class Total number of pilots in class.
Order scoring has been successfully used during the last WPC'2018 in Thailand, as well as since the very beginning in Slalom Championships, and in several countries in national open classic competitions (e.g. France, UK, etc.)
Order scoring has several benefits:
a. Is simple to carry on
b. Is easy to understand for the audience and pilots
c. Keeps competitors competitive until the very end of the competition
d. Equalizes the chance to get an edge over other competitors for pilots who are experts in a particular group of tasks: for example, in navigation or precision tasks differences between first few pilots is most often given in 1-2 digit number of task points, and rarely approaches close to 200 points. On the other hand, in pure economy task (only), it is possible to reduce the score of majority competitors too, e.g. 20-30% of the maximum score. Thermal flying is a valuable skill and no doubt that better pilot should be scored higher than their competitors, although it is unfair that only pure economy task allows flattening the overall result of so many pilots. It is a kind of qui-pro-quo that possibility for such a significant advantage in a paramotor competition is given only to a paragliding expert. CIMA governs a paramotor sport discipline rules, so either all experts should be given a chance to flatten others scores, or none of the experts should have it.
e. The trend of choosing higher aspect ratio wings for FAI competitions, which fly better in thermals but are easier collapsing, will be diminished to the benefit of overall safety.
Simulations of TP to CP recalculation performed upon results from a few recent competitions, prove that winner and few top pilots remain the same positions regardless of the scoring system used. The best is still the best - which shows the ordered scoring is fair. The differences appear randomly in distant places. However, as said before, the most significant benefit is that almost every pilot remains involved in the competition until the very last task.