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Posted - 03/10/2005 :  8:30:26 PM  Show Profile
GOAL OF THE EASTERN SOARING LEAGUE: Enhance the sport of radio controlled (R/C) thermal soaring through the establishment and maintenance of reasonable standards of contest operations.

Following is a summary of the rules created by the ESL to accomplish the above goal.


1. An ESL schedule for the upcoming contest season is compiled at the annual ESL meeting. Additions, deletions, and corrections may be made by contacting the ESL Contest Coordinator.

2. A contest organizer wishing to have an ESL approved contest must have at least one ESL member and must have a representative in attendance at the ESL Meeting or send a written request to an ESL officer to have a date reserved at the ESL meeting.

3. The contest season starts in April and ends the first weekend in November. (Changed 2002) The ESL can extend dates as necessary when scheduling the upcoming season’s events.

4. The contest must have been listed prior to the scheduled meet date in the AMA Competition Calendar, Eastern Soaring Line, or a mailing of the announcement to the ESL membership.

5. The contest must have at least three rounds for points to count toward ESL ranking.

6. The event will be conducted and awards presented in Expert, Sports Flyer and Junior classes.

7. The contest must be an AMA sanctioned event.

8. The Contest Director (CD) must have flown in 3 meets in the previous year or have been a past CD.

ESL dues will not be collected but the sanction fee will be increased to $2.00 to compensate for the lost dues income. See Sanction Fee heading. All persons that enter an ESL contest will be considered ESL members and will receive the ESL newsletter by email. The current membership list of 2002 will be used as the base line membership and as contests are held new members will be added to the roster. Those persons, who wish to receive an ESL Newsletter and not fly in any ESL contests, need only to submit their email address to the newsletter editor. Those who wish to contribute money to the ESL can do so by sending it to the ESL Sec./Treas. (Added in 2002).

All contestants must have a current AMA license.


Contest Location
The contest must be located in the geographical area of: MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD or VA.

Sanctioning Fee

1. Each contest organizer holding an ESL contest shall remit $2.00 per contestant per day starting in 2003. This replaces collecting individual dues. Contest organizers may have the option of increasing the entry fee by $1.25 - $1.50 per day to cover the increase in sanction fees. See Membership section for further details.

2. The sanctioning fee must be paid for that contest to be included on the following year’s schedule.

Contest Winches and Batteries and other ESL equipment

1. ESL winches and batteries are available for use by any contest organizer holding an ESL approved contest. Arrangements should be made with the CD of the previous contest for transportation of the winches and batteries. Winch line will be furnished by ESL and replaced as necessary.

2. Any equipment problems should be noted in the Winch Log Book, and arrangements made to correct any problems before the next contest.

3. The ESL tracking equipment, line pole and any other misc. equipment shall also be the CD’s responsibility for transportation. (Added 2003).

Contest Tasks and Rounds

1. Task, landing option and launching equipment will be included in the announcement as per AMA rules. Tasks and options, once established and announced at the Pilot’s Meeting, must not be changed during the contest. Conditional tasks and rounds may be used. Example: Three rounds, fourth round if third round is completed by 3 p.m.

2. Only two (2) scheduled one (1) day contests on consecutive days constitute an ESL contest.

Contest Results

1. The CD will forward complete contest results to the ESL Scorekeeper and the ESL Editor/Webmaster within two weeks. (Changed 2001).


Contest location
For the contest to count for ESL HL Division season standings it must appear on the ESL calendar and be within the following states:

Sanctioning Fee
For each contestant (per day) the CD will submit $1 to the ESL's treasurer.

Contest Tasks and Rounds
All contests will be man on man format.
The host will decide if the experts and sportflyers will fly in the same group or not.
2 day single contest formats are allowed.
If a 2 day single contest format is to be used it must be announced before hand on the ESL web site.
A two day single contest will count for two single day contests.

Contest Results
The CD will submit the following to the ESL score keeper (within one (1) week of the contest):

The contestant final placement
The contestant's name
The contestant's class
The normalized score of the contest
Whether it is a single day or two day contest format

Season standings
The season standings will be based on the competitors top five (5) contest results (the competitors score normalized to the winner of the contest).

At the end of the season the top 5 experts and top 5 sportflyers will receive awards.

The top 3 sportflyers will be advanced to the expert class.

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