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First things first: Recently the rule that effects how competitors qualify for nationals was changed. This raised some questions from members and we have collected them here for easy reference along with a message from the President regarding Sport Kite Competition.
Q: So, how does this work with disciplines? Do I still have to compete at least once in each discipline in order to qualify for that discipline at the convention?
A: The simple answer is no. You need only compete in one sport kite competition in any given discipline in order to qualify for any and all sport kite competitions at the Annual Convention. The purpose is to ensure the competitor is at least familiar with the sport kite rule set. While each discipline may have specific rules or guidelines, it is the responsibility of the competitor to learn these prior to the convention.
Q: Why not have a complete open invitation? In fact, how is this different than an open invitation to nationals?
A: This rule change is a ‘stepping stone’ and a compromise for all of the interested parties. In a sense it is an open invitation to anyone that has demonstrated their intent to compete on the national level by partaking in a regional competition. Relaxing the requirements will also make it easier for more of the newer fliers, or those in regional conferences with no competitions, to attend.
Q: Why didn’t you make this rule go into effect for the 2017 Convention?
A: It was felt by many that it was not fair to make such a large change to the rules mid season. With the season cut off on August 1st, it was perfectly lined up to capture next season. It would also require changing another rule in order to allow for changing the rules mid season. We can only do one step at a time.
Sport Kite Symposium at the AKA 2017 Convention
We know that most competitors will not be attending the annual convention. It would be a shame to miss out on your input about the future of sport kite competition. While there will be live-streams of the symposium (more info on all AKA Livestreams to be published in September) and a live Q&A Chat on Facebook, it would be super helpful if you voice your concerns now.
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