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Discussion: Varsity?

in: Pink Socks; Pink Socks > 2015-11-16

Nov 17, 2015 8:31 AM # 
I've always* seen different courses for girls & boys on Varsity in WIOL results...

*Since I've been checking them out (2007-08)
Nov 17, 2015 6:39 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Starting last year (the 2014-2015 season), both varsity boys and girls run the same course.

Before then, the course design guidelines were for separate, but equal courses. The public short advanced course shared the course with varsity girls. However, the number of starts on short advanced increased, while varsity boys is constant to slightly decreasing, so it made a lot of sense to move varsity girls over to the varsity boys, from the public short advanced.

Doing this also made our start procedure *much* easier, as we have two separate start tents. One for WIOL (assigned start times, bib numbers, leagues, starts on the even minute), and one for Public (start when you want, no bibs, starts on the odd minute).

Before (8 lanes all in one tent):
Course 1: Elementary Boys, Elementary Girls, Public Beginner
Course 2: Middle School Boys, Middle School Girls, Public Long Beginner
Course 3: High School JV Girls, Public Intermediate
Course 4: High School JV Boys (this split into 4N and 4S when we the participation got bigger around 5 years ago)
Course 5: High School Varsity Girls, Public Short Advanced
Course 6: High School Varsity Boys
Course 7: Public Long Advanced (the Men's and Women's Leagues)

After (two tents, and no more course numbers):
Elementary Boys & Elementary Girls (shared with Public Beginner)
Middle School Boys & Middle School Girls
High School JV Girls (shared with Public Intermediate)
High School JV Boys North (independent course)
High School JV Boys South (independent course)
High School Varsity Girls & High School Varsity Boys (independent course)

Public Beginner (shared with Elementary School)
Public Intermediate (shared with JV Girls)
Public Short Advanced (independent course)
Public Long Advanced (independent course)

If you made it through all of that, that's still 8 courses for the designers to do, but it's a lot easier for our start crew and all of the participants. We still combine Beginner & Elementary, and Intermediate & Girls JV because those are all comparatively small numbers. You may have noticed in the reshuffle that we got rid of Public Long Beginner (we never called it that, it was simply "Public Course #2"). We did that for a few reasons. One, the course load on the Middle School course is growing, and two, we wanted to simplify the course offerings for the public. Most adult public first-timers start on Intermediate at their first Winter Series, and most first-timers with kids opt for Beginner. We felt that having another course in between was unnecessary.

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