The BCC moved from the fours format to “pairs + 2 reserves” (2+2) for 2020, for all categories except the Senior Fours. This year we are trialling multiple teams per CLUB for the 2+2 events, the rules being:
- A National Championship requires three or more CLUBs
- Every CLUB that enters a category will have a place in the competition. The number of CLUBs entered determines whether the event is a straight final (3 to 7 CLUBs) or requires qualifiers (8 or more CLUBs)
- Pairs formulas will be used, with 2 optional reserves
- The Finals use 3-team to 7-team formulas. 5, 6 and 7-team give the best racing.
- The remaining spaces in the draw for qualifiers or final will be filled in order:
- CLUBs entering a second team
- CLUBs entering a third team
- … and so on.
- When the number of second / third / fourth etc entries exceeds the spaces in the qualifiers or final, the last spaces will be allocated by ballot.
This should allow us to fit the Championships in to a 2-day weekend. Allowing unrestricted team entries would require a 3-day weekend or multiple weekends.
Please complete this survey for your club, so that we can gauge the likely entries: Click here ….
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Category 1 – say, the Women’s
Another category – say, the Under 14’s
Another category – say, the Veterans
Remember you don’t name your squad until signing in on race day – so if you’re not allocated all your entries then you can pack the reserve places in your entered team(s).