Qualifying Events – F5J USA Tour

Recent updates:
02-05-2018  Event spacing change in item #1, updated link in item #7.
01-10-2018  Minor wording to item #11.

The USA season period is Dec 1 – Nov 30 (the Phoenix event is the first of the season). Contests that want to be part of the F5J USA Tour must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Each club or contest organization may host up to 2 F5J USA Tour events in a given season with the restriction that the spacing between these 2 events must be at least 30 days (Note 1).

2. Events can be either 1-day or 2-day formats.

3. The deadline for registering events is June 30.

4. Each event must be approved by the Tour after the online application has been submitted.

5. Events must be publicly announced at least 30 days in advance of the event date.

6. All pilots must be valid AMA members.

7. All planes must be outfitted with an FAI F5J-approved altimeter (newer F5J-compatible devices may not appear on the FAI list but will be accepted)

8. Flight matrix – Round-by-round flight groups must be generated with all pilots treated as members of a single “class.” If contests are actually run with multiple classes the flight groups must be generated in a single contest without any attempt to fly pilots in a given class together. Further, groups must not be “seeded” based on scores from prior rounds (Note 2).

9. Minimum rounds – Each pilot must fly a minimum of 4 rounds in the event, otherwise their scores cannot be submitted to the Tour (Note 3).

10. Minimum pilots – A minimum of 6 pilots must participate in each event. i.e. must fly the minimum number of rounds in the event.

11. Submitting scores and fees – At the conclusion of a Tour event the final scores for all pilots who fly the minimum number of rounds must be entered into the Tour Results spreadsheet (will be provided). The spreadsheet is sent along with a $3.00/pilot Tour fee (an online Paypal link will be provided). This fee will be used to cover end-of-season award hardware expenses.

Note 1: This spacing prevents back-to-back events from being submitted with substantially the same pilot roster.
Note 2: The overall goal is to maximize the number of times each pilot flies against each other pilot (technically this is not random). Gliderscore, for example, operates this way and ensures the fairest possible flight matrix.

Note 3: This is to ensure that all listed pilots are actually “valid” participants in the contest.