In 2011 World Kayak is introducing the first ever Amateur Points System. This system will be introduced at all regions hosting World Kayak Hometown Throwdowns and available to all FULL members of World Kayak’s Amateur System. This system will, over the period of a couple years, slowly progress to be in sync with the pro/elite levels with new standing associations with a growing number of National Freestyle governing bodies.
It is VERY important that Freestyle show the world a solid amateur system that encourages increased participation and structure in this discipline… one of the milestones that may lead to seeing Freestyle as an Olympic discipline. Please support us in this effort!
The Amateur to Elite Model
The ideal sporting model, as seen in most sports, sees a smooth and controlled flow of athletes from an amateur status, through to elite status at national and international levels. What World Kayak is bringing is the start of such a system. The vision is to continue to do Throwdowns, but to provide the opportunity for ‘advancement’ to any wishing to make their way to the Elite levels. This means local events guaging amateur rankings, regional events bringing the top local paddlers to a regional ranking and regional championships, to the national levels for National pro event circuits and National Championships. In a nutshell:
4 to 5 local Throwdowns (the league) >>> 1 Regional Championships >>> National Championships + Pro Circuits
The amateur system will be categoried by classes and by age. There will be three classes in our amateur system:
- Novice (for absolute beginners),
- Intermediates (for those who are starting to get consistent)
- Advanced (those moving strongly towards the elite skill set)
In each category we will have local and regional ranking for all ages from 7 up to Masters (45+). So, there’ll be a 9 year old regional champion for every region on our WK Throwdown map.
It has been a long standing challenge for freestyle especially to keep a regional rank with so many different venus and types of river features. We’ve based our model for points on many similar sports who have this issue licked! We will NOT be rewarding points on ride scores! We will be rewarding at two levels, for participation and for place. Everyone participating in the Throwdowns will automatically recieve X points (to be determined). If a paddler places in the top 10 spots, they will gain extra points. The higher the place, the more points you get for that event. For example 10th place finish will get 10 points on top of their participation points and the 1st place paddler will get 100 points. This system, therefore, takes the venue scenerio right off the table. Again, each of our three classes will be divided into age groups for official ranking.
Registering to be Ranked
Anyone can enter and play for free at any WK Hometown Throwdown, that will never change, but if you would like to be ranked, we are asking for a small $10 contribution to help maintain our web-based system. This fee can be paid upon registration to our Throwdowns via this web site at the Registration Page (PayPal enabled). Once you are registered you will be brought into the ranking system. Note: If you are ALREADY registered for a WK event and/or participated already, don’t worry, you can still get ranked… click here and finalize your full membership: http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/get-ranked
Looking for Support!
Each region will need more and more help! For scoring, coordination, registration and PR, we need volunteers. Like all other amateur sports, we count on the community, parents and enthusiasts to help out. Please contact us or your local WK Ambassador to offer assistance.