Back in the day when dinosaurs roamed the earth and dual-line kites ruled the kite fields, only advanced and brave dual-line fliers attempted to fly those new-fangled Quad Line Kites. But these days, thanks to the efforts of I-Quad, there are many people out there for whom a Quad Line Kite is their first sport kite experience. It is time to have a Novice Multi-Line discipline at competitions including the Nationals. Novice Class is less about the skill level of the competitor than it is about introducing the competitor to the requirements and procedure of competition.
How will introducing a new discipline work? First, Leagues and individual Events need to offer it. People need to compete in it. There need to be enough competitors involved from each AKA Conference to justify adding Novice Multi-Line to the Nationals. The threshold number has usually been five competitors per conference.
Drawbacks and downsides: Right out of the chute, there are those on the Board who say if a Discipline is added to Nationals, a Discipline needs to be dropped to make room for it. For the record, I would go with the opinion of the Chief Judge of the Nationals, since they are the one responsible for making the schedule work. Another issue is sponsorship of the trophies for the event. That is already handled. Ben Dantonio has offered to sponsor trophies for Novice Multi-Line. That leaves only one problem. It is one more award in one more category to be handed out during a long night of awards.
Bottom line, Novice Multi-Line is not a done deal yet. By all means, contact your Regional Director and bend their ear if you would like to see Novice Multi-Line offered at Nationals. It is late in this season, but it could be added to Nationals if enough people qualify.
There's usually a competition at the Perry Farms festival in Illinois and a couple in Michigan too.
If you'd like to compete, novice level is an low-stress entry point. Nationals are in Minnesota this year so you could pick up a national trophy without having to travel far. Now's your chance!
Most of us are in Region 6 (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin) and our director is Barb Meyer. Pop her an email:
If you're not in Region 6, here's where to find your region and the appropriate email: