AON MAADI CUP REGATTA
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2014 Aon Maadi24 - 30 March 2014, Lake Ruataniwha
MeaslesMinistry of Health advisory
The Ministry of Health is concerned about measles spreading among secondary school pupils. There have been 62 confirmed measles cases in NZ since December; the majority among secondary school pupils.
Becuase Maadi will bring together around 2000 pupils from right up and down the country it's important schools be aware there is a concern about measles. To raise awareness the Ministry has provided some brief advice [pdf 42KB] for schools to take on board.
Entries & fees
NZSSRA's online regatta entry system is NOW OPEN for Maadi entries.
The entry system will close at 10:00PM TONIGHT, Monday 10 March. The Aon North Island Championships and the Meridian South Island Championships have both been completed. This gives schools a final opportunity to tweak their Maadi entries based on those results.
Online Regatta Entry is a 4-step process:
* When entries are submitted an email confirmation is generated and sent to the Sports Coordinator. The email has attached .pdfs containing an entry summary and the declaration forms. THE DECLARATIONS MUST BE SIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL then scanned and emailed to the regatta hosts.
Please don't hesitate to make use of your club contacts to get your entries completed but make sure you receive the declarations and get those properly checked, completed and returned to the hosts.
If your school is showing as having incomplete entries then there are crews that have been selected but not yet entered in the regatta. To remedy this:
When you do this an email confirmation of your entries, together with an entry summary and the declaration forms required for the regatta, will be sent to your school's Sports Coordinator and the email address given on the first of the "other forms".
* If you have already submitted your entries but later made changes to those entries which need re-submitting then you will also show on the incomplete list and the link and submission button (see 3 & 5 above) will say "update entries". (If the link is not active you need to also check your "other forms").
Entry fees (exclusive of GST) for the regatta were set by members at the 2013 AGM and are unchanged from last year: 1X $25, 2X/2- $35, 4X+/4+ $47, 8+ $62, amenity $22.50 per pupil.
Entry limit 1 crew per school in each U16 2X event, 4 in other events
For the first time in many years there will be serious entry limits in place at Maadi. The limit is 1 crew per school in each of the U16 doubles events (events 26 and 45). Last year's limit of 4 crews per school will remain in place for all other events.
The tough new limit is required because the number of entries is projected to again exceed the capacity of the progression system: 64 crews.
However, although there is well in excess of 64 schools who could potentially enter a crew, the actual number of schools entering is expected to be less. Consequently, when supplementary entries open the limit will be raised slowly and the event will accept up to 64 entries altogether.
Nevertheless, if more than 64 crews have aspirations to enter the event some will miss out. So individual schools should not have any expectation they will end up with multiple entries in these events.
If it turns out 65+ entries are received, despite the limits in place, then the Conditions provide: "Should more than 64 entries be received for an event then the crews-per-school-per event limit may be lowered for that event or an approved emergency progression* could be used."
Based on entries received at NISSC and SISSC there is a reasonable chance one or more events may face this outcome. Consequently, it is also more than likely that, next year, additonal events will be limited in a way similar to the U16 doubles.
* Emergency progressions include the Option 2 progression for over-subscribed regattas (viable for 65-72 entries) and time trialling
Exhibition eventsNovice eights
The Schools Committee has approved a request from the Regatta Committee (following a request from Member Schools at the 2013 AGM) to include Novice Eights as exhibition events at the regatta. The novice eights will appear in the programme as events 9A (girls) and 17A (boys).
Exhibition events are in addition to, not part of, the Championships Programme (see Regulation 6.4.D) so are not eligible for Championships medals or points. However, these particular events are scheduled to become full events from 2015 onwards; when the Championships Programme of Events begins its next four-year cycle.
The novice eights are also being raced as exhibition events at the Meridian South Island Championships and already form part of the Championships Programme of Events for the Aon North Island Championships. And, if last Season is anything to go by, the crews may have also tasted success at the club National Championships. So, the events are likely to be fiercely contested.
How the weeks unfolds Monday, 24 - Sunday, 30 March 2014
If all goes well and the weather co-operates then the week's racing will roughly unfold as follows:
Until entries are in we won't know what event number the heats split at or which events will have quarter-finals and/or semi-finals or how many finals each event will have. Also, as 2010 showed dramatically, the best laid plans can quickly go out the window if we get bad weather (or bad weather forecast for later in the week).
Progression system same as 2013: quarter-finals, C - F finals, fewer eliminations from heats, and more...
Following last year's Maadi the Schools Committee conducted a thorough review of the progression system, as it was in use for for time at that regatta.
Scheduling and progression are separate but related topics and many took the time to comment on the scheduling of major repechages on Thursday. This feedback was overwhelmingly negative and the Committee has recommended that type of scheduling does not happen again this year.
Notwithstanding that, the new progression itself was well-received overall; with only one commenter stating they believed the negatives outweighed the positives (anecdotally there were other similarly-minded people but they either had changed their minds or didn't feel strongly enough about it to provide feedback).
That's not to say everybody liked everything about the new progression but when the feedback about specific aspects of the new progression was collated those negatives were balanced by comments from people with positives.
Having taken all the feedback into consideration the Schools Committee sees no need for changes to the progression system at this stage. It is acknowledged some schools will still need to adjust to it and revise the workload they put on their pupils but that was an anticipated and forewarned consequence of the new progression system. It was also a consequence the Committee expected some schools would only learn through experience, which appears to be the case.
It is therefore very important for coaches to take the new progression system into account during crew selection. If athletes are selected into as many crews as under the prior progression system they could easily find themselves over-extended and unable to perform to their full potential! Schools also need to be reminded about non-progression and late scratching penalties.
Above all, the message is schools should continue to concentrate on the quality of the crews they select and revise downward the quantity of crews they put each pupil into.
NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria pupils "new" to a school
The NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria were revised with effect from 2012 and then tweaked for rowing at NZSSRA's 2013 AGM. An updated article about the NZSSSC School Team Eligibility criteria is available to help members assess whether or not each of their pupils is considered new to their school. Schools are limited to 3 "new" pupils in an eight and 1 "new" pupil in other boats ("new" pupils are those who've swapped schools or come from overseas and looks back over the past 2 years).
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