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The USHPA NTSS Ranking System
Date:2013-2-26    Publisher:本站原创

By Len Szafaryn


The World Paragliding Championships are held every two years and the pilots who comprise the U.S. team are selected based on the NTSS (national team selection system) rankings 120 days before the first day of the world championships. This year the selection process will be in November as the world championships for 2007 are in March. The top three to five men and the top two women in the NTSS rankings generally make up the U.S. team. Whether the U.S. gets three or five slots for the men depends largely on our international standing in November.

The purpose of the NTSS is to provide a selection process for pilots vying for the privilege of representing the United States in the world championships. In addition to the team pilots, a team leader is chosen by the pilots to participate in almost all team decisions and functions from initial preparation of the team schedule all the way through the awards ceremonies.

The team leader is a volunteer position and is usually filled by an experienced comp pilot with exceptional organizational and leadership skills. In previous years the paragliding team has been lucky enough to have noted pilots like Paul Klemond, Brett Zaenglein, Kevin Biernacki and Jeff Huey as the leader. It?s a lot of effort, but all who have been involved think it?s a fun and rewarding experience that many individuals look forward to repeating.

Most of what follows is taken directly from USHPA?s competition rulebook. A very dedicated core group of pilots spent many hours developing these rules and they?ve done an excellent job in providing us a fair and understandable framework in which to evaluate performance and provide a fair selection process.

NTSS points are obtained in two ways; the first is by participating in competitions in the United States that are sanctioned by the USHPA. The second is by participating in competitions in foreign countries attended by internationally ranked pilots. The international rankings are separate from the NTSS and go by the acronym WPRS (world pilot ranking system). There is a relationship between the two systems, which we?ll expound upon later.

 

 


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