Plan for Managing Your Pack's Race Schedule!

Debates and discussions on the various race scheduling methods that can be used and their fairness and accuracy in determining the winners.
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Plan for Managing Your Pack's Race Schedule!

Post by murphken » Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:57 am

I find the area of setting up a fair race for all the cub scout packs very interesting. When I had a track and was a pack leader, I was spoiled by Randy's Software. I recently had a dad come to me and show me the results of his son's car. The overall results for the Scout's car were influenced by the race scheduling. Moral of the story: Make sure your pack gets the scheduling correct if you do not have experience in this area or do not have race software.


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Re: Plan for Managing Your Pack's Race Schedule!

Post by Eagle » Sun Aug 07, 2022 12:25 am

Murph, guess you would have to be more specific. Are you saying they weren't running race management software?

Times are influenced by what lane car is running in as well as what car, or combination of cars, is running beside it - in addition to other factors. So, all racers cars will be influenced by race scheduling.



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Re: Plan for Managing Your Pack's Race Schedule!

Post by FatSebastian » Mon Aug 08, 2022 10:44 am

murphken wrote:
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:57 am
Moral of the story: Make sure your pack gets the scheduling correct...
Like Eagle, I would appreciate a few more details also. Can you give an example of what characterizes "incorrect" scheduling? In the situation mentioned, was it, say, lack of opponent optimization (always racing against the same opponents)?

The worst case I can imagine is where the cars are being ranked by finish order, and just moved over one lane at a time (e.g., each car racing four times in a row for a 4-lane track, except the first few). Thus a car always races the same opponent to its left and to its right, and does not randomize the opposition. But this level of simplicity almost doesn't require a schedule - when I hear "schedule" I think that some thought went into racer lane assignments and ordering, which is why I ask the question...

(And then there are multiple-elimination methods which are sometimes criticized, but these do not employ pre-determined schedules.)



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