Standardising Age Groups (Street)
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Standardising again. I think in Street this can easily work.
Should we go with something like this?
The best riders of all age group advance to the finals and compete for the Expert title.
There will be no final for single age group categories.
To avoid medal madness, the age group podiums get small awards like ribbons or similar.
Preferably without a individual official podiums ceremony for each podium.
If you want to standardize age group, then access to finals should be similar no? Why would juniors have finals in Flatland, but not in street or jumps?
For the meal madness, if age groups are added, madness will be added. How age groups should be awarded should be in the main committee, if we ever have one.
I think access to finals could be different across Flatland/Street/Trial/Jumps, since finals in these disciplines are handled completely different too.
First of all, young finals would always take a lot of extra time, so I would only consider them if they have some big advantage. In Flatland I would argue they do! (more stated below), in Street, Trial, Jumps they don't.
In Flatland you can pretty easily have some battles for young riders without much organisation needed. (ie. not building stuff for it)
The main reason though why I would like young riders to have their own final is that the finals format of battling is completely different from prelims. Getting young riders to be able to participate in that would prepare them for their time in adult.
This doesn't apply to trial, street or jumps, where the finals format is pretty much the same as in prelims.
(and honestly, young riders battling just leads to them feeling awesome which boosts motivation. I experience that a lot with our young riders. They are really motivated to 1v1 battle someone, but they don't really care about having a street or trials final)
In Trials, finals format is the same as in prelim, so I don't see a big need to have a young final.
Plus, a set of lines is built for finals, so if young riders would get their finals, a specific set of lines would need to be set up for them, which obviously would take a lot of time and I think that's why it's okay to not have young finals in Trials.
(The exception being tie breakers.)
In Street, finals format is the same as in prelim too, so again it is okay to not have a young final.
But: If there is no course rebuild for finals, you are right, there could be a young final. Downside: It takes even more time and is not absolutely essential to have, since the format is similar and there is no big advantage as in Flatland.
If a rebuild is done, it would probably mean that young riders would need their specific course, since the expert finals course would be too hard for them.
In Jumps, you could have a final, but again, since it's not that different to prelim, I think you can get away with not doing that.
(The exception being tie breakers again.)
There are no mimimum categories other than male and female. If there are less than three females or less than three males overall, the male and female categories are merged.
There are no mimimum categories other than male and female. If there are less than three females or less than three males overall, the male and female categories are merged. If age groups are included they will be set as 0-9 (Kids), 10-15 (Junior), 16-34 (Adult) and 35+ (Senior).