Pacesetter handicaps are set at the regional pacesetting trials around the country where pacesetters earn Certified Pacesetting Handicaps. Those certified handicaps are are then added to the NASTAR timing software as part of the Pacesetter Database that is updated with the software's regular database updates.
To simplify the process of identifying pacesetters from a resort, pacesetters are assigned a "P" number in the timing software (e.g. P1, P2, etc.). When a pacesetter bib is entered in the start and races the course, the software automatically calculates the par time using the pacesetter's time and handicap.
These pacesetter bib numbers are specific to the host resort and they are used when timing. Resorts may have up to 30 pacesetter/handicap combinations (suit, coat or slalom).
Configuring Pacesetter Bibs
How to view the pacesetter configuration within the timing software:
Select the "Edit Pacesetters" option from the "Race Header/Pacesetters" page
Alternatively, choose "Edit" -> "Pacesetters" from the navigation menu
To add a pacesetter to the timing software configuration:
Click on the Edit Pacesetters tile on the Race Header / Pacesetters tab.
Click on a blank P column. A screen will come up allowing you to enter the Name or partial name of the pacesetter.
Click on the Pacesetter's name to add them to your list of pacesetters. Repeat the process for each pacesetter's Suit, Coat and SL handicap.
To remove a Pacesetter from your configuration:
Select the pacesetter’s name
Put a mark in the circle next to delete at the bottom of the page
To enter a Pacesetter manually:
Select the option to, ‘Enter manually’
Fill in the name (along with suit or coat) and the handicap.
Note: Races received with manually entered pacesetters will be flagged and reviewed by NASTAR.
In the picture above you can see that the first three letters of the name Smith have been entered in the Name or Partial name box. Entering the pacesetter’s name will reduce the size of the list to help you quickly find the pacesetter you are looking for.
Note: Pacesetters have three handicaps. One handicap wearing a race suit, one handicap wearing a coat and a slalom handicap. The pacesetter’s handicaps must be selected based on the clothes he/she is wearing. There is generally a 3-5% difference between the suit and coat handicaps.
Manually Entered Pacesetter Handicaps
If a pacesetter is not on the list of certified pacesetters in the database, they can be entered manually ONLY if a pacesetting handicap has been approved by NASTAR.
Entering pacesetters manually will result in your race getting flagged for review by the NASTAR web site. If the pacesetter's handicap has not been approved, the race results may be corrected. When a race is corrected, medals and handicaps received at the race will be different than the official results posted online. Revising race results can be problematic so avoid entering pacesetters manually unless the pacesetter's handicap has been approved.
The integrity of the NASTAR program must be maintained by Certified NASTAR Pacesetters setting the Par Time. Pacesetters racing to the best of their ability is the only way to maintain NASTAR's National Standard.
Pacesetters that miss the pacesetting trials can earn a certified pacesetting handicap by racing against a certified pacesetter. Pacesetter handicapping requests must be submitted to NASTAR for review and approval.