2016 Optional Champion Point Bird System:

Finalized 10/16/2016 - Small Adjustments Made to account for Number of Birds Competing in 2016

 

$50 Optional Buy-In Due Before Race 1

Pays 5 Positions for Every 100 Activated Birds (See Prize Payout for Percentages)

 

In 2016 the Gold Country Challenge will again use this special point system below for an optional $50 Champion Point Bird Category.  The Regular Overall Ace Pigeon Standings (included with your entry fee) will be determined by Average Speed in 2016.

 

The Champion Point Bird category will award prizes to the pigeons with the highest point totals at the conclusion of the (4) Race Series.  I have developed a unique Points System that blends elements of both a traditional point system and average speed into a system that really takes into context an individual pigeons best performances.  Unlike average speed, this system allows a pigeon to have a bad race (several hours late) so long as they have top performances in the other races to make up for it.  Unlike the traditional points systems that the clubs/combines use, this system takes into context what drop the bird was on and if a bird was the last pigeon to clock on the first drop it will get signifgantly more points than the next clocked pigeon that was not on the same drop.  

 

The structure of this GCC Point System is based on rewarding single birds, the first drop, and differentiating between early drops of birds.  This system really takes into context how a bird did on a drop in relation to other birds in that specific race whereas average speed only goes by arrival time and traditional points only by clocking order.  I feel the single greatest benefit of this system is that it focuses on the best performances of your birds.  It rewards birds that finish at the front on the first drops and doesn't completely destroy the chances of a bird that has one bad or mediocre race.  My opinion is that on a typical race "once a bird is late it's late".  To me it really doesn't make a difference whether a bird is two hours late or 8 hours late, either way the bird made a mistake and had a bad finish.  My focus is on the absolute best performances of the bird and how many of those they can stack up.  The system is weighted to place a little more emphasis on performances as the races become further, especially the final race.  Birds not only gain more points but can also gain more separation on the final two races.  I think most people would agree that a good finish at the end on a 300+ Mile race is important than a mediocre finish on the first race.  History has shown that the bird must be a strong "closer" and be at or near the front in the final races.

 

I realize this is probably not the easiest system to follow but it definitely works.  Breeders that have been in the race for previous season can attest to that.  If you have any questions let me know. 

Please see the Sample Race Report at bottom of page to see how it works in an actual race. 

 

Point Formula:  (Minor Revisions May Need to be Made Prior to Start of Series Depending on Number of Birds)

See Formula Below for the 5 Races:

 

Drop #

Race 1 - 165 Miles

Race 2 - 215 Miles

Race 3 - 285 Miles

Race 4 - 334 Miles

1st Drop

1st Place = 215 Points

 

Birds on drop are awarded 1 Point less per clocking position based on trapping order

1st Place = 265 Points

 

Birds on drop are awarded 1 Point less per clocking position based on trapping order

1st Place = 335 Points

 

Birds on drop are awarded 1 Point less per clocking position based on trapping order

1st Place = 385 Points

 

Birds on drop are awarded 1 Point less per clocking position based on trapping order

2nd Drop

-15 Points From End of Drop 1

Trapping Order Points Apply

-20 Points From End of Drop 1

Trapping Order Points Apply

-25 Points From End of Drop 1

Trapping Order Points Apply

-30 Points From End of Drop 1

Trapping Order Points Apply

3rd Drop

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-15 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-15 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-20 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

4th and 5th Drop

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-15 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

6th Drop

-5 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-5 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

-10 Points From End of Previous Drop

Trapping Order Points Apply

7th Drop and On

Points lower by 1 point per actual clocking position. 
"Drops" no longer apply. 
Ties in clock awarded same point
Points lower by 1 point per actual clocking position. 
"Drops" no longer apply. 
Ties in clock awarded same point
Points lower by 1 point per actual clocking position. 
"Drops" no longer apply. 
Ties in clock awarded same point
Points lower by 2 point per actual clocking position. 
"Drops" no longer apply. 
Ties in clock awarded same point

This system has worked very well in the first six years of the race series.  All (6) 1st Overall Ace Pigeons in the first six years of the race would also have been 1st with Average Speed but this system has made a difference on some of the lower positions such as 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Ace Pigeons.  For example in 2011 a Blue Splash hen from a prominent breeder was out overnight from Race 1.  This pigeon had done well in training and for whatever reason it was very late from the first race.  In the last three races this pigeon was exceptional and had a 1st Place Overall, an Equal 1st Drop, and a 2nd Drop.  Using this point system the bird was able to move all the way back into 4th Place Overall Ace Pigeon.  The poor performance in Race 1 hurt it and hindered it from climbing the standings any further but this point system did allow the exceptional performances of the last three races to help this bird make up a lot of ground in the standings.