Nationals are coming in March. I’m not going, but I did get an email about how they are running the event. I found it interesting and wanted to share.
In the past, the top two men and top two women from each state have gone on to nationals. That’s changing this year, and I kinda like it.
Here’s how I understand the changes:
- The first place male and female from each state will get to compete at nationals
- The rest of us who competed at any regional event are all being ranked based on our final score. The top 50 men and top 50 women from this list will get to go to nationals
What do you think about this?
I said I liked it, but also recall I said I wasn’t going. You can try to find me on the current score sheet, but let me save you the time and just tell you I am currently ranked 150th nationally. I am confident, CONFIDENT, this ranking can only improve in future competitions. I’m being funny here, but how could I not think it couldn’t go up?
On the other hand, I don’t know if I care if it goes up. I need to just focus on my own postures and what not. I think I’ll just be happy that I am ranked nationally at something. That is just kinda cool.
Anyways, I like how they’ve changed it because it shakes things up a bit. It also gives more room for different kinds of competitors to go. The first two from NC were the same first two from last year (they just swapped places in the line-up, but both will be invited to go to nationals). They will probably be the same first two next year or at the very least in the top three.
I think they deserve to go to nationals, but I also think it’s great to think about how we rank overall and invite people from there. The top 50 men and women have to go through a pre-qualifier on a Friday night. They will select the top 10-15 men and women to go to the semi-finals on Saturday. The exact number depends on how many first place competitors they have entered. It’s a little wishy-washy, but in a good way. They are trying to make some tweaks and give a little wiggle room.
They still have regionals going through February so they can’t be totally sure what the final ranking is, but they that once you are invited you are invited. People do have to make plans, buy plane tickets, etc…
Here’s my word of advice for USA Yoga: In doing these competitions, I think they need to establish a clear boundary for when competitions should be held each year. For example, if they are going to have nationals in March, then maybe regionals need to be done by February 1st or January 15th. I don’t know what a reasonable date it – but I think some sort of start and cut-off needs to be established. This will help smooth out the other end of things in terms of who gets invited to nationals.
What do you think about the changes?