Regarding the whole team format:
I'm committed to it, now. I wasn't last month, but the more I thought about it, the more sure I am that the whole team format, is the format for now, and the future of folding team races.
I am NOT asking people to spend their time setting their folding rigs, changing their name and passkey for 10 day. Then go back and doing it again. That's a waste of time and money.
Any problems that arise, we can correct with proper handicapping - yes it will take some adjustments, but it's not rocket science. People have been handicapping races since before the Pyramids at Giza, were built -- we can do this!
OK, let's talk about the (factors), in the handicap:
1) Points from the last CC will form the basis for these calculations. That levels out the competition from year to year, while encouraging the teams to continue upping their production and/or membership.
2) Adjustment for whole team format:
Here's the approximate percent of a few teams that participated in the 2011 participation:
EVGA - 65%
HWC - 85%
OCF - 67%
OCN - 80%
So teams points should be adjusted upward (100% +) by:
EVGA - 35%
HWC - 15%
OCF - 33%
OCN - 20%
Which gives us the whole team figure for 2011 CC points. Similar calculations would be made for each competing team.
I did not think it would be necessary, but now it appears it is - we need a rule that no team can run a promotion, during the race. There's too much difference between EVGA and say, OCAU, to permit promotions/contests of any kind, during that period - due them either before or after the race. It's only 10 days so it should be no problem.
Whole teams can not merge - only individuals can join with a racing team. That means they can join in, but they have to change their team number in the folding client. Requests to add team 33 (for example), to your team, will not be granted.
Unless somebody convinces me another approach is better, we'll use the Factor or Conversion format - all teams will start at zero points on the first day. The Boost format did not seem to appeal any more than the other format, and would be somewhat "odd" to those who are used to the Factor approach.
HPCS points will not be treated any differently than any other points. If you have them- great! If your team doesn't have them - sorry about that! If the HPCS service stops - it just stops. We don't take any action one way or the other, about it.
A teams increase in membership or production from one year to the next, will not be a factor in the race. Your handicap is calculated based ONLY upon your performance in the CC, last year. New teams joining in will be handicapped based on their last six months of folding numbers. If those numbers have been skewed (say by a guest team folding with you), then we'll use the average of the months not so affected.
Please comment, but the "whole team" format versus the "individual team" format, is not something I will discuss further. That matter is closed.
Thanks for the access to the CC forum.