SPEED OF THE ROP­INGS

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Letter From Denny -

There has been a lot of talk for the past few years about bad hand­i­caps in­flu­enc­ing the speed of some of the Fi­nals rop­ings. Many spec­u­late that the hand­i­caps of the young­sters are an­other pri­mary cause for big drops in team num­bers in OKC. We in­tend to ad­dress this is­sue a lit­tle dif­fer­ently than in the re­cent past.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion will be by ro­ta­tion. Each ro­ta­tion will qual­ify a cer­tain num- ber of teams for the short round. Rop­ers will not have to beat hun­dreds and hun­dreds of teams to ad­vance. They merely need to out rope those in their ro­ta­tion. To the best of our abil­ity, we will draw ro­ta­tions by age. As much as pos­si­ble, all the rop­ers younger than 25 will be in one or two ro­ta­tions. If hand­i­caps are cor­rect and there are no mis­num­bered rop­ers en­tered, there will be no im­pact. If, on the other hand, ringers ex­ist, at least we have iso­lated the prob­lem rop­ers within smaller groups. This will help con­trol the num­ber of young rop­ers who reach the short round and guar­an­tee the num­ber of older rop­ers who find their way to the short round.

We re­serve the right to change any num­ber at any time. Our fo­cus will not be lim­ited to young rop­ers, but any grossly un­der-hand­i­capped con­tes­tants. To start with, the 3’s and 4’s in the up­per-num­ber di­vi­sions will be closely scru­ti­nized and ques­tion­able en­tries re­turned. A grossly mis­num­bered roper, an in­ter­na­tional roper on a fake visa or any other ac­tion that un­der­mines ef­forts to cre­ate a level play­ing field will be dealt with im­me­di­ately. In ad­di­tion, rop­ers part­ner­ing with those who are fla­grantly hand­i­capped and re­moved will also be closely scru­ti­nized

and po­ten­tially re­moved from all di­vi­sions and sent home. For rop­ers who were not in­volved with USTRC dur­ing its first ten years in the 1990s, this tech­nique was used very ef­fec­tively and will be reim­ple­mented this year. Par­ents of young rop­ers whose hand­i­caps have dras­ti­cally changed dur­ing the year are en­cour­aged to bring their chil­dren’s hand­i­caps up within rea- son­able range prior to the Fi­nals to avoid em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tions and po­ten­tial re­moval.

If hand­i­caps are cor­rect and there are no mis­num­bered rop­ers en­tered, there will be no im­pact. If, on the other hand, ringers ex­ist, at least we have iso­lated the prob­lem rop­ers within smaller groups.

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