Long story short, our DE asked our Pack to put on the District Derby on March 24th. Thats a month and a half notice.
Here's what I expect:
Approx 200 boys racing. A need for concessions. A need to provide Activity Badges such as beltloops ect... . So far, I've reserved the local High School. Two other local Packs will donate the use of their track. So, that's 3, two lane tracks.
I'm thinking we can run each Rank of boys on a separate track. When the top three finishers in each rank are determined. (They get trophies for their placement in the Rank class.) We take the top 3 finishers from each Rank class and run the Championship race, where the top 3 will get trophies.
We'll use the same judging table for all ranks. The judging table will be broken down into these sections:
[1st Scale check (this first because most adjustments are usually here)
2nd - Length, width & body check (don't expect too many rejections here)
3rd - Axle, wheel & lube check ( look for bushings, flatness and oils)
4th - Tagging, Sorting (Boy Scouts take cars to respective track areas)
(Each station will have at least 2 officials)
The participants will then sit in bleachers alongside their track. (The school says only race officials on the gym floor, and each track will have to be put on boards or carpet so they don't scratch the floor.)
I like the idea of having multiple tracks in separate race areas and think it will break up the crowd a little bit. The only drawback I see to the multiple track format is the # of race officials required.
This is my first Large Derby and I'm nervous, BUT I seem to have plenty of help.
Any input from the "Derby tested" guys??
Know the feeling. This is not only my first time running a district derby, it is the FIRST in district!
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