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pigeon Simple 1-2-3 Scoring pigeons
By Doc Reimann, Boise, ID
January 1991

Published in NBRC Bulletin Sep-Oct 1991

The cross-fire of rule proposals for the 1991 International Fly produced a number of thoughtful and innovative ideas for scoring kit competitions. This is an important topic since the scoring system has a strong influence on the type of kits flown. I think one should strive for quality concert action involving as much of the kit as possible. These performances should be deep and often. If you share this ideal, let me recommend the following scoring system which rewards it while still encouraging beginners to get involved.

This scheme evolved from ideas originated by Monty Niebel and modified by several others including Brent Martindale. Scoring is based on a 20-bird kit with points awarded as follows: 5-9 birds performing adequately together (quarter turn) get 1 point per bird, 10-14 (half turn) receive 2 pts each, 15-19 (3/4 turn) get 3 pts each, and all 20 (full turn) receives 100 points. As few as 15 birds may be flown, but the above scoring would still be used. The judge simply estimates the number of adequate birds involved in each turn and later converts the score. Adequate performances are defined as those exhibiting sufficient quality and depth to be included. The competition is for Rollers and not tumblers. We tried this during the 1990 Fall series of Idaho Roller Club flies and it worked fine. Here’s a summary of the system.

Number involved:
5
6
7
8
9
.
10
11
12
13
14
.
15
16
17
18
19
.
20
Points awarded:
5
6
7
8
9
20
22
24
26
28
45
48
51
54
57
100

Note how this “nonlinear” scoring system favors the larger turns. For example, it would take 3 “half-turns” of 10 birds to beat a single quality performance from 19-birds.

Another interesting concept is the use of multiplying quality and depth factors which vary from 1.0 for “adequate” to 2.0 for “phenomenal” with all intermediate values allowed. That is, simply take the above raw score based upon the turns of adequate Rollers and multiplying it by a factor of 1.0 to 2.0 according to the judge’s estimate of average overall quality of the kit. Next, multiply the results by 1.0 to 2.0 according to the judge’s average overall estimate of depth or duration of the turns. This is a logical extension of the traditional awarding of “double points” for exceptionally deep turns. It would be highly unusual that either of these factors would exceed 1.5. This approach gives the judge flexibility in rewarding “more than adequate” performance and allows the “best kit” to win.

A final innovation is the use of “flex-time” for the fly which would range from 15-20 minutes. This means that any birds landing after 15 minutes would terminate scoring, but it would continue for up to 20 minutes otherwise. Birds down before 15 minutes would disqualify the kit. This technique favors the traditional 20 minutes but is not so rigid.

I think these ideas are good and encourage you to try any or all of them. The goal is to reward the highest degree of success without completely discouraging newcomers. Please let me know if you find anything better.

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