Work flow to have a team race in canoe slalom events (Bèta)
This tutorial describes the process of setting up, timing and scoring a team race in canoe slalom. You will get full and detailed results online like in the individual RaceGorilla events.
Remark on this bèta version: As team races in canoe slalom are not held very frequently, some parts of the work flow are still a bit “technical”, we hope to improve this after having gained some feedback.
There has also been a special webinar on Canoe Slalom, So if you take a little bit over an hour to watch it, you get a complete overview of how to organize a canoe slalom competition in RaceGorilla. At the end there is a special part about team races.
- Only 1 run for team events (you could combine 2 runs in Excel if needed)
- No automatic check on 15 seconds finish time limitation (you can add an extra section and gate if you need to add 50 penalty point for one team, or use the last gate to add a 50 in case of surpassing the time limit at the finish).
Steps to take:
- Create teams series in your competition
- Create one or more team categories (for example 3xK1M, 3xC1W etc.)
- Create races for these categories in the teams series (At the moment this is done automatically, in fact, you have to delete the teams races from the individual series)
- Upload teams / participants
- Start teams
- Score teams
- Finish teams
- Show team results online
Create Teams Series
In addition to the individual series, a teams series has to be added. The setting of this series is roughly the same as in the individual series. The start type is individual. Choose 1 run and set the sections (mostly they are the same as in the individual event).
It is possible to add a finish-judge-section, containing one gate. If the maximum time of 15 seconds between the first and last athlete is exceeded, a 50sec. penalty can be added manually.
Create categories and races
Create the categories as needed (for example: Teams, 3xK1M, 3xC1W, 3xK1W-Junior etc.).
The current behaviour of the software is to create races for each category in each series automatically. This is useful for a simple setup, but is not useful when creating multiple series with different start groups.
The teams races have to be deleted from the individual series and the individual races have to be deleted from the teams series. (yes, we’re working on a solution for that….)
Hint: switch on the series column in the races view to be sure you are deleting the correct races
Enter the participants manually or using the uploader.
More on uploading participants can be found in the upload participant tutorial.
Make sure to add a team name for each team. The team results are identified by their team name. You can use the same bib number for the entire team or different numbers per athlete. It might be easy for the participants to keep their individual bib number for the entire event.
Note: There are 2 group concepts in RaceGorilla
A group of individual athletes. it’s possible to rank the team members both together and individually depending on the result needed.
A group of athletes racing together as a non-saparatable group. For example a rafting team or a Kayak-4, or a 2-men-bob sledge.
For a canoe slalom we use the team option. As a canoe slalom team race is a combination of 3 independent participants (boats) competing as a team.
Timing the team race
When timing the team race it is important to realise you are actually doing a different event within a competition. It is a separate series with a different track and setup.
All timers and judges have to switch to the teams series!
All timers and judges have to switch to the teams series by selecting the pancake menu in the competition menu and selecting the teams series.
Then they can select their timing location or judge section as normal.
The starter then chooses the correct team race from the list.
Timing the team race
At the start, select the three team members and start them simultaneously (just 1 tap on the start button). Note that all timers start running at the same time. Do not forget to validate the start!
At the finish, each member is timed individually. Things can get hectic during the team event, (especially when teams should overtake). When a team finishes very close, just tap 3 times and, if needed, re-assign the athletes to get the correct finishing order (by left swipe across the athletes name). The times can be checked according to the 15 seconds here or using the dashboard.
All participants can be judged individually as normal. It is always advised to keep paper scores as an official document for inquiries.
Use the app to send the scores and have the results available as quickly as possible.
So: first look at the paddlers, then write down the scores on paper, and finally enter them into the app.
The live results
There is a special teams live results viewer.
Currently the teams series has to be set in the backend (so writ an email to support@Racegorilla.com naming which competition and series is going to be a team event). Currently, a refresh (F5) is needed for recalculation of the live-results during the race.
The printed results can be found under races (the results per race). You can either print the results per race by clicking on the arrow to the right of the race. or select multiple races to be printed as one PDF result. (see picture below)