The NASTAR ranking system has changed to include more participants and to make the system easier to understand. NASTAR participants will now need to have three days in their record to earn National and State rankings. The best handicap earned on three different race days will be averaged to determine the National and State ranking handicap.
In the past, participants needed five race days to earn a National ranking and two race days to earn a State ranking. The majority of NASTAR racers did not meet the criteria as many participants are not able to race five days during their ski vacation. We want to have a greater number of people involved in the National ranking system, and by reducing the number of race days needed to three, more people will earn National rankings. In addition, participants will be placed in their ability divisions more accurately because an average handicap will be used providing a better representation of their skill level.
The State ranking system has changed to match the National ranking criteria to make the system easier to understand and to encourage people to race more often. NASTAR racers will now be ranked within their State of residence after competing on three different days. Participants are ranked in their age and gender group and within their division based on the three best handicaps earned on three different race days. The average handicap is also used to provide overall State rankings.
In the past, the State ranking handicap was based on the participants’ second best race day handicap. This meant that people had three different handicaps for three different rankings systems; Resort ranking, State ranking and National ranking handicaps. The new system will provide a more intuitive system for tracking improvement. The Resort rankings will still be based on the single best handicap earned at the host resort during the season.
The new National and State ranking system will also be used to qualify participants for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. The top ten Nationally ranked racers in each age and gender category, within each division will now be the first participants to qualify for the National Championships. Participants can also qualify for the Nationals by earning a top five State ranking. NASTAR racers that do not meet the requirements via the National or State rankings can still qualify by earning a top five Resort ranking in their age and ability group. The qualification deadline for the National Championships is Presidents Day, February 18, 2013.
Our goal is to encourage skiers, snowboarders, telemark skiers and physically challenged racers to use NASTAR as a means to improve their skills and repetition is paramount in skill development. Only the best three race days handicaps are used for rankings so don’t worry about posting poor results. Making mistakes is part of the learning process so feel free to go for it and challenge yourself. Or, use the course to back off the speed and practice a new line and to work on your technique. We believe speed is a by-product of good technique we want you to improve your skills by racing more often.