Z-Space Technologies and HandHeld Products have teamed up again this year to provide the official scoring system for the Next Snow Search Finals. HandHeld Products has donated Dolphin 9500's and Z-Space is providing the ITScriptNet data collection program that the judges use to enter the scores. There are 110 athletes ranging in age from 8 to 14 from across the USA here at Killington for the Next Snow Search competition. Today was the first day of competition. The weather in VT caused the event schedule to be changed--but these kids just want to ski and snowboard and did not seem to mind. The morning event was the Big Mountain Challenge and the afternoon events were Moguls and Carvings.
There are 14 judges that are split into 2 teams of 7 judges. There are usually 2 events running at the same time here, so each team of judges handles one event. Each judge has a Dolphin 9500 and the ITScriptNet data collection program prompts the judge to sign in by selecting his or her name from a list. Then the judge selects the event. For each competitor, the judge enters the Bib# and the score. For this competition, the scores ranges from 0-20. These are subjective scores based on the overall impression the judge has of the run and includes the difficulty of the tricks, the landings, the speed and control, and technique. The program makes sure that the Bib# and score are both valid and then has the judge confirm the score before saving. The program also allows the judge to review the scores entered.
The conditions on the mountain today truly tested the Dolphin 9500s. It was cold and continuously snowing. My role allows me to stay in the lodge, but reports from some who had to endure the elements suggest the conditions on the mountain were "gnarly". The Dolphins came back to base camp after several hours of competition encrusted with ice. The biggest problem was that I had to watch out for the ice melting into the cradle for download. The Dolphins handled these extreme conditions with no failures. The feedback from the judges is very positive--they love being able to have a simple and reliable way to enter the scores.
After the events the judges ski the Dolphins back down to the lodge so I can download the raw scores. The data is set to accumulate the raw scores in an Access database table. I have a custom PC application that then tabulates the scores. The minimum and maximum scores are dropped and the remaining five scores are added, thus the max score for a run is 100 points. I am using Crystal Reports to produce a variety of reports to display the results for the individual events and the overall standings. The results are presented as overall results and also broken down into the 4 main categories: Boy Ski, Boy Snowboard, Girl Ski, and Girl Snowboard.
Today wound down with a pizza party for the athletes, families, judges, and event staff. Everyone is having a great time! The kids are enjoying meeting kids from different parts of the country. There was a foil-sculpting contest and a paper airplane contest with the winners receiving all sorts of neat shwag.
Signing off for today. Better get some rest because tomorrow is going to be the Dual Race and the Big Air event!