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Posted - 11/12/2013 :  12:11:25 PM  Show Profile
Electric Soaring Division


Eastern Soaring League Electric Division contests must be located in the geographical area defined as the states of CT, DE, MA, ME, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT and the District of Columbia.


The ESL Electric Soaring division contest coordinator is responsible for maintaining the contest calendar. A preliminary schedule will be posted prior to the contest season but mid-season modifications to the calendar can be made at the coordinator's discretion in response to requests from hosting clubs.

Only one ESL Electric or Thermal Duration (TD) contest can take place on a given day. TD contests will have priority on the ESL calendar. Once the TD schedule is set, electric contests may be scheduled on 'open' days/weekends.

Clubs already in participating in the ALES League (www.ales-league.org) will be given first priority in scheduling. Second consideration will be given to clubs already holding any type of ESL contest. A single club will be limited to a maximum of two ESL sanctioned electric events a season. Remaining contest weekends will be offered to clubs not yet hosting any ESL events.

Scheduling of two contest day events will have priority over single day events.

Use of the ESL website for pilot registration is optional.

Electric contests may follow ALES rules, F5J rules or other evolving thermal soaring contest standards (such as F5J Lite or ALES XC) at the CD's discretion. Variations to standard rules must be noted in the contest description on the ESL web site.

Contests must be AMA sanctioned, and AMA or MAAC (Canada) membership is required.

ESL contest sanction is not exclusive. A contest may count for standings in other leagues if it meets the rules of the other leagues.


The ESL will not charge any fees for electric contests.


CD's may make use of ESL equipment (specifically PA system and retrieval pole) provided that they can make necessary equipment transportation arrangements (from the prior contest and to the next scheduled contest).


The CD is responsible for submitting contest results to the contest coordinator. The contest coordinator will ensure their posting to the ESL web site.


Electric division league standings will be maintained similarly to the existing TD division. Specifically, each competitor will have their six best scores (based on a percentage of the winning score) included in the league standings.
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