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CSA Ladder





This is how the ladder works

1. In SA River Championships, and other major events where applicable, the starting arrangements should be made to suite the venue and the circumstances in consultation with the CSA Marathon Chairman. When considered appropriate or when the numbers dictate the Junior classes can be started separately. The ladies should always be started separately in a way which will not allow assistance to be gained from other classes. If necessary the rule which prevents riding the wave of boats in other classes can be enforced [Dec02]

2. Seeding and batching for SA River Championships and all other races where seeding or more than one start batch is required must be done using the National Grading System for K1s and K2s.. This must be updated weekly and published in all CSA media, including the CSA website, and any other relevant websites.
Using the Grand Prix events as the base an initial National Ladder was established on 1st August 2005. Any paddler who did no GP races in the year prior to setup started at 175%.
From 1st January 2007 separate K1 and K2 ladders will be used.

3. The ladders will be used very strictly to batch day 1 of all races where batching is required. This ladder will be based on the paddlers percentage of the winners time averaged over his best three results, or his only three results or only two results or only result in the previous year.

4. In the case of K2’s, each paddler in the combination will take the same percentage to his/her personal percentage on the ladder. There will be separate K1 and K2 ladders and K1 and K2 race percentages are considered separately.

5. When a K2 enters a race the individual ladder percentages will be averaged to get the combinations percentage for seeding or batching purposes. Firstly each paddlers K1 and K2 ladder percentages will be examined and the best taken to the averaging process. This also means that a paddler in a K2 combination who has no previous K2 ladder percentage will have his K1 ladder percentage used. However in the case of a K1 entrant who has no previous K1 ladder percentage, he/she will take a percentage of 175 to this first race and any K2 ladder percentage that he/she may have will not be considered.

6. Each race percentage earned will degrade as follows with effect from 22nd October 2006 – 1st 9 months = 1%, 10th month 2%, 11th month 3%, 12th month 4%.

7. All races all around the country will be used in the updating of the National Ladder on a weekly basis.

8. If the race is a GP event the results in the main class will stand as they come with the winner taking 100% to their ladder percentage. However if the race is not a GP event or the class is not the main one in a GP race the finishing boat with the best starting percentage will be the ceiling for percentages in that race and all other results will be relative to it.

9. In the case of a race with a restricted entry all the entries will be placed on a ladder created from the National Ladder percentages and priority given to acceptance from the top down. Rejected entries will have their entry fee refunded.

10. The only cases where manipulation of the batching is allowed is in the case of visiting paddlers and the final seeding within the first batch at races and where seeding trials are held for the starting positions within the first batch.

11. If a paddler wishes to drop a race from their National Ladder calculation for sweeping or beginner assistance reasons they may apply to the race organizer to be classed as a sweep. If this is acceptable, that race will not count as a grading race. All designated sweeps will be excluded from the grading.

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