It’s a big challenge to a national federation to revise the structure and organisation of competition and progression that allows for fair racing through
different skill levels.
The UK has been reviewing and consulting members and has come up with proposals
- Simplified categories – novices who’ve never won a race versus novice beginners in their first 2 years of the sport. Seems sensible when you realise over half the people with racing licenses have NEVER won a race.
- A ranking index – so many other sports run ‘ladders’ or ranks for individual athletes. At the top of the club system it’s hard to find people living nearby to race and so this will enable you to take into account your personal success during one season.
As they say on their news article
The proposed structure will take time to develop therefore transitional arrangements have been considered to enable the new system to be introduced over a period of time.
At this stage we are seeking approval to develop the proposed structure so there will remain additional scope for further discussion and refinement.
It is our intention to have the full and further detailed proposals for presentation and approval at the British Rowing Council meeting in September.
Your views are important – if you haven’t seen the full proposals yet, please ask yourRegional Chairman or your club officers for a copy and attend your Regional meeting, where the proposals will be discussed in more detail. Nothing is fixed or firm yet. But I love the idea of a ranking index. Everything's computerised now and so it should be easy to set up and see who is advancing / retreating.
C’mon you geeks – what data would you put into an algorithm?