Originally Posted by JohnnyV
More likely beer league racers (like myself) who's leagues use NASTAR software for the results. Beer league racing be serious bidness!
Same here, though I do know many parents and/or coaches for the kids- from prep school racing to the more serious programs U18's etc. I was seriously bummed on their behalf for the same reasons mentioned on the other thread. 'Old' people like me are going to get our runs in anyway and keep banging the gates to improve, then fatten the resort coffers via beer and booze consumption. However, I think the kids might be a little harder to keep dialed in if without results they don't know how they are doing until days later. Hate to think that a kid who is on the fence for staying in the program drops out but might have stayed 'pumped' from some instant feedback showing improvement. I'm sure a lot of parents' heads have been exploding.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this thread. As a group we were well informed and had a good grasp of what was happening with the timing & records. In our large program, only the race program senior staff had better information. This thread certainly helped to get the word around regarding what was happening.
Originally Posted by crgildart
Ahh makes a little sense.. So, the guy that was .02 seconds over gold and got high silver has a high likelihood of qualifying hahahaha. That's hilarious!
It does happen, LOL. My first season racing I was on the slow road to improvement and only qualified as Bronze. A friend who is always solidly gold did not qualify. By the time finals would have rolled around I was hitting low (high?) Silver handicaps, almost Golds- so maybe I could have been a Bronze 'ringer'.
Based on the latest Nastar Nats rules, I would not have been the lone sandbagger- looks like there may have been folks who qualified as Bronze but hit Gold times their first day racing. This year's rules would bump them up to Silver class IIRC.
This year I don't think I will be strong enough as a 'Gold' to qualify, though I did end last season at the top of Gold rankings for resort and state. I'm not that good on the longer, more difficult beer league course but as the resident silverback gorilla on skis I can carry good speed when conditions get mushy on the late season NASTAR course. If they indeed consider last year's records I may get an invite. I won't attend: Anniversary weekend (wife could come) but also Easter weekend & I'm already spending enough $ on my two college kids to bring them along too.