SPEED OF THE ROPINGS
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.