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What is a ‘Scrambles’ Competition?

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What is a ‘Scrambles’ Competition?

What is a ‘Scrambles’ Competition?

Have you seen a Scrambles comp or events advertised and wondered what it is? Read on to wonder no more!
Scrambles events are designed to bring people of all experiences together, and place them in teams to create an even playing field for a fun-filled day of light-hearted competition.

The format:

Options include 2-way, 3-way or 4-way competitions – with experienced coaches, intermediate jumpers (over 150 jumps), and novice jumpers (150 or less) selected at random to form teams. Skydive teams then battle it out over a series of freefall competition rounds to claim top dog position (and usually some cool prizes!). Teams are normally structured to look something like this:
• 2-way: 1 coach, 1 novice
• 3-way: 1 coach, 1 intermediate, 1 novice
• 4-way: 1 coach, 2 intermediate, 1 novice

How does the competition actually work?

Once the teams are set the coaches get to work on some team bonding while the judges set the competition rounds. The rounds come from a ‘pool’ of available formations which are also drawn from a hat to create each round. Depending on the competition type, each round will contain anywhere from 3 to 6 different ‘points’ or formations. The formations must be completed in the set order, as many times as possible on the jump. Competition jumps are timed from the moment of exit from the plane, in the available time given (usually 35 seconds). Each time the correct formation is completed, one point is awarded. The team with the most points at the end of all the rounds is announced the WINNER!

How is it Judged?

The jumps are judged from the video, which must be submitted at the completion of each round. Each team has a camera flyer that jumps out with them and flies above the team in freefall, to capture all the formations being completed. The video must clearly show all the correct ‘grips’ being held, then completely released, for the formation to be judged as correct and the point awarded.

Who should join a scrambles comp?

EVERYONE! Whether you have just finished your B-rels, want to learn more about competition, are already awesome at relative work, been getting into free-flying, want to try out some camera flying, or interested in captaining a team… These comps are an awesome no-pressure environment to just get amongst it and have some FUN. It’s also a great environment to meet a bunch of new people, learn new skills, and even form a new team for that up and coming state-meet or nationals competition.

You must be Current.
If you’re planning on attending any skydiving event, then it’s important that you have completed skydives prior to the event. This helps to ensure you’re current and can make the most of it.

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