The number of events being staged at the National Championships has grown steadily over the years and now stands at around 90. In contrast, the number of members flying at the Championships is at best steady and generally much lower than 30 years ago. The result is that half of our events are contested by 5 or less competitors. One of the factors that may be contributing to low participation may be that the method of awarding of Championship points was devised 30 years ago and is geared towards events with more than 10 flyers.
As you may know, the current structure for points scoring at the National Championships has been in use for around 20 years. Under the current rules, there are three distinct classes, control line, scale and free flight - and a fourth category in which everything else is grouped into “Radio”. In order to find a Champion of Champions, we add up the flyers best three scores in each class. Points are awarded for the top ten places with the winner getting 25 points and a reducing scale down to 5 points for tenth place.