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by Rukkian
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Purchasing an Automatic Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 3153

Re: Purchasing an Automatic Start Gate

While our district had low turnout, we did do it last year. I would think, as long as the ondeck is showing, and you let them know to look at the next race, you may be able to pull it off.
by Rukkian
Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Purchasing an Automatic Start Gate
Replies: 9
Views: 3153

Re: Purchasing an Automatic Start Gate

Coming to this a little late, but we did purchase a new best track and the ESS starter last year. It has now been used for 3 races (pack, and district last year, and pack this year). We have the remote start button fastened to something at the finish line (one of our dads has a bunch of old parking ...
by Rukkian
Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Scheduling Methods
Topic: Racing mixed groups
Replies: 4
Views: 1880

Re: Racing mixed groups

We used this feature this year, since we have greatly differing sizes of dens. We put the Tigers (5), Web1 (3), and Web2 (4) in sub-groups of one group, then put the Wolves (14), and Bears (15) in their own groups. You have to run by times if you do this (as points would not really be fair anyways),...
by Rukkian
Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Construction Workshops
Topic: Pro Body Jig Modification
Replies: 1
Views: 2091

Re: Pro Body Jig Modification

If only we could get them made that way to begin with, even if it was an option for double the price, it would be worth it to many.
by Rukkian
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: PN for Finals
Replies: 4
Views: 2105

Re: PN for Finals

If 13 is not correct, is there a place that will show what numbers do work with 6 lanes?
by Rukkian
Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: PN for Finals
Replies: 4
Views: 2105

Re: PN for Finals

Not sure if you will read this in time, as I am leaving in a few minutes to setup, but on your page : http://www.stanpope.net/genframe.html, it seems to show a perfect-N (or complimentary perfect-N) 13-6. It seems to have 13 racers and 6 lanes over 26 races. Am I looking at it wrong?
by Rukkian
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: PN for Finals
Replies: 4
Views: 2105

PN for Finals

Max-V's article, and some info from this site has me wondering if I should re-evaluate our Pack's criteria for advancing to the finals. Due to highly varying numbers of boys in different ranks (3-16), we are combining 3 ranks into one group (each with a sub-group for awards) meaning we are doing tim...
by Rukkian
Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Seeking advice for derby length
Replies: 23
Views: 4941

Re: Seeking advice for derby length

I am somewhat in the same boat as you, as our dens are very unbalanced. We have 5, 13, 16, 3, 4 scouts for our ranks, as we had a couple of pretty good recruiting years. We have a 6 lane track, so the ones that do not even have 6, would not have even filled the track, and it would have been pretty a...
by Rukkian
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Newbie assuming derby responsibility - much advice needed
Replies: 21
Views: 5125

Re: Newbie assuming derby responsibility - much advice neede

I know we have a bigger track, but plan plenty of time. We heard the 2-3 hour time frame many times, but ours took like 8 hours total with 4-6 people working on it. For reference, we did get the 6 lane, 42' with lift and leveling kit, so it was more complicated, but do not plan just 2-3 hours and th...
by Rukkian
Fri Jan 30, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Sponsors at Districts?
Replies: 10
Views: 2996

Re: Sponsors at Districts?

I finally got my district to agree to a District race last year, but the turn out was not that good - 20 total from all 5 ranks, when we asked to limit to 3 per rank per pack. Everybody said the event was great (despite the turnout) and wanted me to do it again this year. As my youngest is now a Web...
by Rukkian
Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: GPRM vs DerbyMaster. Opinions please?
Replies: 4
Views: 1842

Re: GPRM vs DerbyMaster. Opinions please?

Since this board was started by the creator of GPRM, it may be a little biased, but I have used several products in the past (not sure about derbymaster), and of everything I have tries/seem, GPRM is much cleaner, and easier, while being full functioned. Our pack has added pieces each of the last 2 ...
by Rukkian
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: How to Choose Best Looking?
Replies: 15
Views: 3751

Re: How to Choose Best Looking?

Rukkian, you're on my side. I didn't see that coming. All I really want is to get rid of the Design category at the District level. Hopefully it would take away Dad's incentive to carve a Swiss Army Knife with blades and a cork screw that opens. Maybe he would talk with his son about speed. Wheneve...
by Rukkian
Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: How to Choose Best Looking?
Replies: 15
Views: 3751

Re: How to Choose Best Looking?

I do not agree with removing design awards, as the point of the pinewood really has nothing to do with the race imho. To me, the pinewood derby is about time spent between adult/child working together and learning together. The race, to me, is just the celebration of the time spent. Some kids (and t...
by Rukkian
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Pack overall winner found to have violated rules
Replies: 40
Views: 8792

Re: Pack overall winner found to have violated rules

Like I said, I skimmed through the first time, and missed the wheelbase distinction. Under that, it would not be allowed. Personally, I do not like rules like this, as it drops creativity, and the ability to really put in work to figure out how to make things better. My boys have learned a lot over ...
by Rukkian
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: General Coordinator Topics
Topic: Pack overall winner found to have violated rules
Replies: 40
Views: 8792

Re: Pack overall winner found to have violated rules

With the format, that is hard to read on my computer, but I see nothing that mentions the distance between the wheels. It says you must use the slots, but does not say you cannot rearrange the car to move the slots further out. It is a relatively well known idea to cut the car in half, cut the large...