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    NEW NASTAR RULES 2005-06

    What\'s new with NASTAR

    * New Platinum Medal
    * New Platinum Division
    * Gold Division replaces Expert Division
    * Silver Division replaces Recreational Division
    * Bronze Division replaces Novice Division
    * New NASTAR Handicap Chart

    A new Platinum NASTAR medal has been added to the NASTAR collection.
    Now if a racer posts a handicap that is among the top 5% of the racers in their age and gender category they will receive a platinum medal.
    In addition, racers winning a platinum medal will be placed in the new Platinum Division (formerly the Professional Division). Placing racers in a division based on their ability or handicap is a much better system to get the top racers in the appropriate division.

    We spent a great deal of time reviewing the data and the feedback we received during the 2004-05 NASTAR season. The changes we made are designed to answer the questions or comments
    that we most often heard:


    1) The Expert Division lists people that I know are professionals.
    Many people that should have been listed in the professional division either did not register as a pro or the
    registration staff did not enter them in the professional division. The new division structure will automatically
    place the racers in a division based on their ability. In addition, we heard from many racer that were in the expert
    division that said they were in the correct division but they would never be able to beat the fastest racers in
    their division. The new platinum and gold divisions will allow better competition among racers with similar abilities.

    2) It is too difficult to win a gold medal.
    The NASTAR gold medal will now be awarded to racers that place among the top 20% of racers in their age and gender
    category. With the addition of the platinum medal, the gold medal range was increased to make it more attainable.
    The NASTAR Handicap Chart was updated based on the statistic from the 2004-05 season.

    3) I am in the Expert Division but I am not an Expert.
    Many recreational racers said that they were placed in the Expert Division but they were really intermediate racers.
    We decided that the divisional labels were often confusing and did not do an adequate job of describing the ability
    of the racers. The divisions are now labeled based on the medal that the NASTAR racers win.

    If you only have one NASTAR race day, your Resort Ranking handicap will determine whether you are placed
    in the Bronze Division, Silver Division, Gold Division or Platinum Division. If you have two to four race days,
    your State Ranking handicap will determine whether you are placed in the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Division.
    If you have five or more race days, your National Ranking handicap will determine whether you are placed in the Bronze,
    Silver, Gold or Platinum Division.

    4) Why didn't I qualify for the National Championships?
    Many racers that placed in the top three in the novice division did not understand that novice racers could not qualify for the
    National Championships. This year, the top three Bronze Division racers will qualify for the NASTAR National Championships, ho
    wever, they must race in the Silver Division at the National Championships. There will not be a bronze division at the NASTAR N
    ational Championships in Steamboat Springs, CO March 23-26th 2006.

    NEW NASTAR HANDICAP CHART:


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    I like it. Makes alot of sense....Do you have a team point chart together yet?
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    I like it --- It should bring out some more of the junior USSA racers who think that they are too good to race Nastar!! Good job!!
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    So the championships will have three groups for each age? Platinum, gold and silver-and-less? Most likely this will be a plus (except for the poor soul who has to schedule the racers). The more levels, the less traumatic it will be moving through them.

    I used to struggle to earn gold. But, now it will be even more of a struggle to earn Platinum. It's always nice to have an unattainable goal :D
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    Cool

    Well thought out. This goes a long way toward addressing the concerns folks have expressed in the past. Kudos to Billy and the rest of the hard working folks at NASTAR HQ.

    Looking at last year's national rankings I see I'm 0.43% out of the Platinum class. It's nice to have a new goal to shoot for. Actually what I'm really looking forward to is turning 60 next year so I don't have to contend with these 55 year old kids. And Gary, there's NO WAY you're not in the platinum class! (Is that a double negative?)

    I'm assuming those of us who occasionally drag our knuckles will still be in a single class.

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    I am assuming the Platinum class will race in the
    light of day with the same format as the other
    classes now and also be available to run in the
    ROC.
    Yes

    Do you have a team point chart together yet?
    Team points are listed at the bottom of the handicap chart.

    I'm assuming those of us who occasionally drag our knuckles will still be in a single class
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    Snowboarders will still be ranked Nationally based on their best handicap.
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    Very Cool!!!

    Great Job Bill!!!

    This should quell any who had had issues with the system.

    It's cooling off here in AZ, down to 106F!!

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    New Rules

    Well done Bill, you continue to amaze. The Professional category was always a questionable division. Racing by ability should be the direction of NASTAR (regardless of age).

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    Platinum Nationals

    Anyone know if the "platinum" division will have age groups at Nationals? Or, will it be similar to the old professional division where its dog eat dog, octagon style, winner take all ski racing?

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    Age groups

    I'm pretty sure there will be age groups within the Platinum Class.
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