Adrian Gasparini

General Coordinator

Don Macauley

Assistant General Coordinator

   

 

On this page will be listed the items that are being discussed and/or voted on in the Executive Committee.

Please contact your RD and ensure that your voice is heard and that your RD votes.

Each RD has one (1) vote per 15 kits entered as of the most recent 1st April. 

 

 

World Cup Executive Committee Procedures

(Adopted December 2009, revised October 2011)

 


1. The Facilitator for the Executive Committee (EC) List will be appointed by the World Cup General Coordinator from the members of the Executive Committee. The EC List is to be used as a means of conducting business related to the World Cup Roller Fly. All matters not related to WC business should be communicated through private email.

2. All business shall be approved by the WC GC before it is discussed by the Executive Committee. Proposals should not be posted directly to the Executive Committee List but should be sent to the GC via private e-mail. After approval, the GC will submit items to the Facilitator for EC discussion.  Once an Item is submitted to the Facilitator, he/she will assign it a number and forward same to the EC. Items for discussion should meet the requirements as defined by the WC Constitution and By-Laws.

 


3. Items shall be presented to the Executive Committee separately. Once an item has been submitted to the Executive Committee for discussion, all other posts, not relevant to the open item, should be avoided. Should an Item expand into multiple issues it may, at the discretion of the GC, be returned to him/her for review and resubmission as separate items. The discussion phase will last 5 days unless additional time is requested.

Requests for additional time must be supported by at second from another WC List member. Items may be amended by the members who originally submitted the item and be resubmitted within the five day discussion period to better reflect the thoughts expressed by the committee. An item is able to be amended one time only and it must be resubmitted through the Facilitator or GC. If an item is amended the discussion period will be extend by two days. 

 
4. At the conclusion of the discussion phase the Facilitator shall call for a vote.  The facilitator shall prepare a ballot and submit it to the GC for approval prior to calling for the vote.  Generally each Item will be voted on with a YES or NO after discussion is concluded. No further discussion should take place after the voting phase starts. Each EC Member is allowed to vote in accordance with WC By-Laws and once this vote is cast it cannot be changed. Votes by EC members not on the EC List or that are experiencing computer problems, must be cast by the EC member through the Facilitator or GC. The voting phase will last 5 days.
 
5.  Once the voting phase has concluded the facilitator shall tally the votes and present the results to the EC List for record and review.  The results shall include the total votes for each option on the ballot. 
 
 6. Any Executive Committee Member who engages in personal attacks, i.e. name-calling, profanity or refusal to abide by Committee rules, may be removed from the Executive Committee List by order of the GC. The offending member shall receive (1) warning by either the Facilitator or the GC and will be removed if another violation occurs. Said member will remain off the EC List until the present Item clears the EC or for a period of 2 weeks. After reinstatement, if (2) two additional violations occur the member will be permanently removed and may be removed from office by majority vote of the EC

List. 

 

 

ITEM #

STATUS

SUBJECT

2017-01

Discussion 02/07/17

Voting 02/10/17

Voting ended 02/17/17

This proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region Pennsylvannia/Maryland
 
It will be called Pennsylvania & Maryland Region and the RD will be Norm Brozovich
 
Fliers;
 
Albie Steckel
Byron Hayes
Carl Hayes
Darik Ellis
Dom Ciri
Gregg Goods
Norm Brozovich
Ralph Crespo
Sam Siaeva
Scotty Rice
Reginald Jackson
Jeffrey Ware
 
33 Yes votes, 0 no votes
2016-04

Discussion 03/21/16

Voting 03/25/16

Voting Ended 03/29/16

This proposal is submitted for consideration

New Region Southern Ireland
 
It will be called Southern Ireland Region and the RD will be Mark Coady
 
 
 
Donie Cooke....
Dominic Carton
Mark Coady
Lee Coady
Davy Power
Willie Grant
Roy Dalton
Eamon Keogh
Eddie Begley
Damien Lee
Damien Clark
 
This item has passed.

 

2016-03

Discussion 03/11/16

Amended 03/15/16

Voting Ended 03/21/16

This Proposal is submitted for consideration.

Minimum Entry and Fee Structure

Proposed  changes to World Cup Roller Fly By -Laws Section I. and Section II

 

The purpose of this change is firstly to make it easier for smaller Regions to gain a Qualifier and secondly to avoid the need for Regions to manipulate the rules to gain extra qualifiers which brings into question the integrity of the World Cup Roller Fly.

 

I have also taken the opportunity to re structure and reword the paragraph as it repeated many items and was ambiguous.

 

I am unclear of the impact in the US to the Master Flyer Program

 

Current wording

 I.   A region must enter a minimum of 15 paid kits to qualify as an independent entity. At the discretion of the particular region, a flyer may enter a maximum of 2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule. Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered. One Flyer allowed per loft. The GC has the discretion to allow a second Flyer, from the same region, to enter from the same loft if the RD submits a request in writing . Each Flyer must be present to release their own kit.  If a flyer has paid for a kit or kits but due to circumstances is unable to fly, or release his own kit, he must notify the judge as to the reason or his paid kit or kits cannot be used for the number of kits for a fly-off representative. Each region must fly a minimum of 50 percent of the kits entered for each fly-off representative, (an example is: 8 flyers paying for 2 kits each equals 16 kits which equal one fly-off representative, 15 flyers paying 2 kits equals 2 fly-off representatives, etc.) no region may pay for any ghost flyers, and each region must turn in a fly report for that region signed by the judge to the GC prior to their finals, in order to maintain the integrity of the WC on this issue. The only variance to the minimum of one kit flown for two kits paid by each flyer shall be for the new and or the smaller regions which cannot meet the required number of kits required for the first qualifier so that we can promote growth, with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys. Any region that does not submit entries for two consecutive World Cup Flys will be removed from the WCRF list of current regions and will have to reapply as a new region under section III. A. of the Constitution. One fly-off representative is granted for the first 15 kits entered plus another for additional 15 kits and so forth. The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each 15 kits entered, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region. The number of votes an RD is entitled to is determined from the entries received at the most recent 1st April and when entry money has been received for that year. The RD may distribute the votes as he wishes within his region. This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large to manage, that it should split. A region that splits will divide its existing votes in proportion to the number of previous years participants in each new region.

 

II.   Funding for the fly-off is provided by sponsors, individual contributions, promotional sales, and an entry fee of $20 in U.S. funds for each kit entered in the regional competitions. Regional Directors must forward these fees, including a list of flyers and addresses, to their Continental Coordinator, who must forward lists to the GC and entry fees to the Treasurer by April 1st. Late entries and lists are allowed only for new participants, and all entries must be received by the WC Treasurer before the regional fly begins. Additional regional entry fees are the responsibility of the particular regions. All regions and Continents (regardless of previous arrangements with the WC) must pay the proper amount of entry fees to the WC Treasurer or GC before the entry deadline in order to be granted representatives in the fly-off.

 

Amended New wording 03/15/16 

Proposed new wording to Section I and Section II of the WCRF By-Laws
 
 
 
I.                     
 
a)      A region must have a minimum of 7 Flyers to qualify as an independent entity and gain one qualifier.
 
b)     So that we can promote participation, the only variance to the minimum of 7 Flyers shall be for new regions which cannot meet the required number of flyers for the first qualifier, with the approval of the GC these regions can have a minimum of 5 Flyers for a maximum of 2 years
 
c)      Each flyer is allowed one Entry made up of two kits. These kits may be flown as two kits of separate rollers, or as the same kit of rollers flown twice as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule. Flyers must nominate to fly a second time and be scheduled to do so before the Regional Fly starts. The higher of the two scores will be used in the Regional Fly Report to determine Qualifying positions. All Flyers must fly at least one kit.
 
d)     One Flyer allowed per loft. The GC has the discretion to allow a second Flyer, from the same region, to enter from the same loft if the RD submits a request in writing. Each Flyer must be present to release their own kit
 
e)      If a flyer is unable to fly, or release his own kit, due to circumstances beyond his control he must notify the GC, through the RD, as to the reason or his paid kit or kits may not be used for the number of kits for a Qualifier
 
f)       Regional Qualifying Flys must be flown by current World Cup Fly-off rules
 
g)      Regions are not permitted to pay for any ghost flyers. In order to maintain the integrity of the World Cup, Regions must turn in a full and detailed fly report, signed by the judge, to the GC prior to their finals.
 
h)     Any region that does not submit entries for two consecutive World Cup Flys will be removed from the WCRF list of current regions and will have to reapply as a new region under section III. A. of the Constitution.
 
i)        One fly-off representative is granted for every 7 entries at a minimum cost of $300. All entries after 7 will be at a cost of $30 each.
 
j)        Regional Directors get one World Cup Committee vote for each Qualifier, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region. The number of votes an RD is entitled to is determined from the entries received at the most recent 1st April and when entry money has been received for that year. The RD may distribute the votes as he wishes. A region that splits will divide its existing votes in proportion to the number of previous years participants in each new region.
 
 
 
 
 
II.  
 
a)      Funding for the Finals fly-off is provided by sponsors, individual contributions, promotional sales, and an entry fees in U.S. dollars as set by the WCRF Committee.
 
b)     Payment of additional bank transfer fees and currency conversation fees are the responsibility of the particular regions.
 
c)      Regional Directors must forward fees to the WC Treasurer by April 1st . Also a list of participants names and addresses must be forwarded to the WC GC by April 1st. Late entries are allowed only for new participants who have never entered the World Cup Roller Fly previously.
 
d)     All fees and flyers names and addresses must be received before the regional fly begins.
 
e)     All regions must pay the correct amount of entry fees to the WC Treasurer and submit entrants names and addresses to the GC before the entry deadline in order to be granted representatives in the fly-off.
 
 
 
 
 
31 votes YES, 7 votes NO
The proposed changes are passed and will come into affect for the 2017 World Cup Roller Fly.

 

 

2016-02

Discussion 02/04/16

Amended 02/10/16

Voting 02/13/16

Voting Ended 02/19/16

This proposal is submitted for consideration.

Multiple flyers From one Loft

Proposal to adding wording to the By-laws Section (I),

 

I.   A region must enter a minimum of 15 paid kits to qualify as an independent entity. At the discretion of the particular region, a flyer may enter a maximum of 2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule. Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered. One Flyer allowed per loft. The GC has the discretion to allow a second Flyer, from the same region, to enter from the same loft if the RD submits a request in writing . Each Flyer must be present to release their own kit.  If a flyer has paid for a kit or kits but due to circumstances is unable to fly, or release his own kit, he must notify the judge as to the reason or his paid kit or kits cannot..........”

30 YES and 9 NO votes the proposal has passed and the Bylaws will be amended accordingly

2016-01

Discussion 01/26/16

Voting 01/30/16

The proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region Request South Central, USA
 
 An application from the Roller flyers in and around South Central USA has been submitted asking to be included in this year's World Cup. They claim that they have 14 flying members with 8 confirming they will fly in the World Cup.
 
Bill Willet has confirmed that he will be the Regional Director.  Here is a list of fliers:   
 
Bill Willett-- 996 Waterloo Rd-- Westpoint, TN  38486
Cindy Willett-- 996 Waterloo Rd-- Westpoint, TN 38486
Kenneth Smith-- 314 Johnson Branch Rd.-- Williamsport, TN  38487
Ruben Solorio-- 855 Johnson Crossroads-- Jacks Creek,  TN  38347
Houston Barnett-- 1380 Sorghum Rd.-- Holladay, TN  38341
Don Hicks-- 123 Oletimers Rd.-- Huntsville, AL  35811
Jim Christopher-- 1116 Rabbittown Rd.-- Glencoe, AL  35905
Ellis McDonald-- 623 Sellers Hollow Rd. PO Box 223-- Dora, AL 35062
Craig Tolbert-- 404 Phillips Ridge Rd.-- Empire, AL  35063
Billy Foley-- 32384 Seminole Rd. West-- Seminole, AL  36574
Ben Winkelman-- 208 Rocky Ave.-- Cantonment, FL  32533
Pha Hall-- PO Box 16551-- Jackson, MS  39236
Thomas Van-- 625 Forest Ave.-- Jackson, MS  39206
Roosevelt Givens-- 217 Givens Rd.-- Lexington, MS  39095
 
The region South Central USA has been voted in unamiosely and is able to compete in the 2016 WC.
2015-04

Discussion 11/12/15

Voting 11/17/15

Voting Ended 11/23/15

The proposal is submitted for consideration.

DQ Rule Clarification

It is proposed to clarify that a flyer whose kit is forced down by a bird of prey will keep his score even if the kit has not flown 15mins.

 

Current wording:

 3)   Fly time. The kit is in judgement for 20 minutes after time-in or until the second bird lands, whichever occurs first. However, the kit shall be disqualified if more than one bird fails to fly for at least 15 minutes after time-in unless driven down by a bird of prey or extreme weather. A bird down that spontaneously crashes (after one bird has landed) shall be given up to 10 seconds to resurrect and resume flight or else it shall be considered the second bird down.
 
 

Proposed wording

 

 3)   Fly time. The kit is in judgement for 20 minutes after time-in or until the second bird lands, whichever occurs first. However, the kit shall be disqualified if more than one bird fails to fly for at least 15 minutes after time-in unless driven down by a bird of prey or extreme weather. A kit that is forced down by a bird of prey before the 15 minute mark will not be disqualified and its score will stand. A bird down that spontaneously crashes (after one bird has landed) shall be given up to 10 seconds to resurrect and resume flight or else it shall be considered the second bird down.

The proposal has been approved with 37 YES Votes and 1 NO Vote.

2015-02

Discussion 03/12/15

Voting 03/30/15

Voting Ended 04/05/15

The proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region in England
 
I have an application for a new Region in England.  The application complies with the constitution.
 
It will be called East Midlands with the RD being David Purville. They have sent me a signed petition so have the numbers and support. It is a very strong Birmingham Roller area of England.
 
It will add one day to the schedule. I have already slotted them in pending the committee approval. It will include no airfare as the judge will be driven through as he judges the other English Regions.
 

 

Letting them join will have a positive impact on the WC finances. 
 
Voting is closed for this item with 32 YES and 0 NO votes.
 
East Midlands is officially part of the 2015 World Cup Roller Fly.
2015-01

Discussion 01/12/15

Voting Ended 01/27/15

The following proposal is submitted for consideration

WorldCup Judge for 2015

The following have been nominated and have confirmed that they are capable, willing and available.

 

John Wanless

Vukasin Pejcic

Ricky Arnold

 

John Wanless 27 votes
Vukasin Pejcic 22 votes
Ricky Arnold 5 votes
 

 

The 2015 WCFC judge is John Wanless
2014-06

Discussion 12/25/2014

Voting 01/01/15

Voting Ended

01/09/15

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

 

Amendment to Constituation Part III


“.........If majority consensus is not reached on the first attempt, a second ballot between the top two choices shall determine the judge with the runner-up serving as alternate. The finals Judge must provide to the GC a Medical Certificate stating he is in good health and is fit to travel around the world on a demanding schedule. He also must provide an Optometrist Certificate stating his distance vision is 20/20 or better..............”

The voting has ended with 29 YES votes and 1 NO vote. This item has passed

2014-05

Voting Complete 08/09/2014

Voting 08/02/2014

Amended 07/29/2014

Discussion 07/20/2014

The following proposal submitted for consideration.

Northern Ireland, UK issue
 
The GC has been contacted with aligations that Northern Ireland had submitted a fake fly report and had not actually flown a Regional Qualifying Fly. It has been alleged that Kevin McKinney bought a spot in the WCRF finals.
 

The discussion period for this item has ended. Please vote for one of the following: 
 
#1: Ban Kevin McKinney and Barry Mahoney from all future WCRF events. Issue Kevin McKinney a DQ for 2014 and strip him of Champion of Champions points.
 
#2: Suspend Kevin McKinney and Barry Mahoney from all WCRF events for a period of 5 years and issue Kevin Mckinney with a DQ for 2014
 
#3: Do nothing. Kevin McKinneys score to stand.
 
The voting period to resolve the Northern Ireland Issue has expired. The results are 5 votes for option #1 and 44 votes for option #2. The issue has been resolved, Kevin McKinney and Barry Mahoney will be suspended from all WCRF events for a period of 5 years and issue Kevin Mckinney with a DQ for 2014.
 
2014-04

Voting Complete 04/17/2014

Voting 04/09/2014

Discussion 04/02/2014

The following proposal submitted for consideration.

New UK Region - Midlands
 
An application from a large group of roller flyers around the Midlands of England has been submitted asking to join the World Cup in 2015.  Kevin Bowden has volunteered to serve as Regional Director.  They expect to have three qualifiers which will add approximately two days to the finals schedule.  There are no extra costs since they are a two hour drive from the Yorkshire Region and the finals judge would travel by car after judging that region.

The voting period to consider the new WC Region Midlands has expired. The results are 53 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and the new region Midlands will be created.

 

2014-03

Voting Complete 03/10/2014

Voting 03/05/2014

Discussion 02/26/2014

The following proposal submitted for consideration.

New country, Hungary
 
An application from the Roller flyers in Hungary has been submitted asking to be included in this year's World Cup.  Laszlo Farkas has volunteered to serve as Regional Director.  Here is a list of potential fliers.
 
Name City
Laszlo Farkas Budapest
Pal Orso Debrecen
Andre Gergely Kistarcsa
Zsolt Deak Kunszallas
Peter Horvath Maglod
Csaba Balla Patak
Gabor Szucs Szatok
Peter Pasztor Gyongyos
Gyorgy Majoros   Gyongyossolymos 
   
The first seven guys are active flyers, the last two members are beginners just building their kits.
Hungary is situated directly above three countries that are already part of the WC, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. It shares borders with all three.  Including Hungary would add approx one day to the schedule. The Judge can be transported by car from either Slovenia or Croatia with little hassle because there is no border control between these countries. The trip from Hungary to Serbia by road would require crossing border control which can sometimes be unpredictable.  The addition of Hungary will not add any airfare because the judge would still have to fly into that part of the world and then out again.he first seven guys are active flyers, the last two members are beginners just building their kits.

The voting period to consider the Application by Hungary to Join the WCRF 2014 has expired. The results are 51 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and Hungary will join the WCRF 2014.

2014-02

Voting Complete 02/24/2014

Voting 02/19/2014

Discussion 02/13/2014

The following proposal submitted for consideration.

New UK Region - Sunderland
 
An application from the Roller flyers in and around Sunderland England has been submitted asking to be included in this year's World Cup. They claim that they have 15 flying members with 8 confirming they will fly in the World Cup.
 
Gary Warwick has confirmed that he will be the Regional Director.  Here is a list of fliers:
 
Gary Warwick Tyne And Wear
Alan Milne Tyne And Wear
Les Cairns Tyne And Wear
Shaun Forrest Sunderland
Richard Green Sunderland
John Hall Sunderland
Stuart Turton Durham
Philip McKenzie Durham
   
Sunderland is approx 32 miles north of Middlesbrough which is an existing region with a strong participation in the WC. The judge normally flies into Newcastle airport and travels by car to Middlesbrough. Sunderland is on the way to Middlesbrough so letting them join will have no impact on airfare or transportation.
 
The voting period to consider the formation of a New UK Region - Sunderland has expired. The results are 44 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and a New UK Region - Sunderland will be formed.
 
2014-01(b)

Voting Complete 02/02/2014

Voting 01/29/2014

Discussion 01/22/2014

The following proposal submitted for consideration.

Amendment to the Constitution part II section D.
 
Currently the wording limits voting for the AGC to only RDs that served on the continent that the previous AGC was from. All other positions are voted by all RDs from across the globe.
 
Current wording
 
D.  Assistant General Coordinator (AGC) shall be elected annually at the conclusion of the World Cup fly-off by the majority vote of all RDs on the respective continent who served for the prior contest.
 
 Proposed new wording
 
D.   Assistant General Coordinator (AGC) shall be elected annually at the conclusion of the World Cup fly-off by the majority vote of all RDs.
 
 The voting period has expired. The results are 38 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and the Assistant General Coordinator voting rights will be amended.
 
2014-01(a)

Voting Complete 02/12/2014

Voting 02/05/2014

Discussion 01/06/2014

The following proposal is submitted for discussion.

Officers for 2014
 
The following candidates have been nominated to serve the World Cup Roller Fly.
 

General Coordinator

Rick Mee
Adrian Gasparini

Assistant General Coordinator

George Aldana
Gus Chavez

Secretary-Treasurer

Tim Decker

Special Promotions Director

David Curneal

Website Director

Mitch Reed
 
The voting period for this item has ended. The votes are as follows: General Coordinator Adrian Gasparini - 47 Rick Mee -12 Assistant General Coordinator Gus Chavez- 45 George Aldana- 11 Treasurer Tim Decker-56 Website Director Mitch Reed- 56 Special Promotions Director David Curneal- 56.
 
2013-06

Voting Complete 06/02/2013

Voting 05/26/2013

Discussion 05/20/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Amendment to the By-Laws part I.

 

Current wording;
 
  "At the discretion of the particular region, a flyer may enter a maximum of 2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule. Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered ….."
 
Proposed wording;
 
  "At the discretion of the particular region, a flyer may enter a maximum of 2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule. Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered. The flyer is entitled to only one Finals spot. ...."
 
The voting period to consider amending the By-Laws has expired.  The results are 27 YES votes and 20 NO votes.  The proposal has NOT passed and the By Laws will not be amended.
 
2013-05

Voting Complete 04/14/2013

Voting 04/09/2013

Discussion 04/3/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

New South Africa Region

This is a request for a new region in South Africa. If approved, the RD will be Cyril Edmunds and the region will be called Region 4.  These are the reasons for starting the new region.  They are more than 15 members, currently sitting on 28 members, which is good for the world cup federation.  Most of them are staying , South central.  This makes the distance closer to each other.  The other regions are about 50-60 km away.  Most of the guys can not afford the traveling.  The cost of patrol has escalated, financially it is a strain on the members.
 
Members List , Region 4 
 
          1 CEDRICK LEIGHTON        15 LLEWELYN DAVIS
        2 JOHN BAILEY                     16 PIET SCHEEPERS
      3 JEROME WATSON             17 LANCE EVERTS
   4 RUDOLPH SCHEEPERS     18 SHAUN CERO
        5 CYRIL EDMUNDS              19 LEROY ANDERS
            6 VERNON SNYERS             20 TONY TROANSON
              7 DAN DOUBEL                    21 EDGAR SCHEEPERS
                8 QUINTIN MATTEWS        22 EDWARD DU PLESSIS
            9 ROBIN DU PLESSIS          23 CHRISSY KROMER
                  10 NICKY HERBST               24 DESERE VAN ZEEBERG
          11 CLEM PRETORUIS           25 LOYD PRETORIUS
             12 ABERLENE ROSCOE       26 VERNON MAASDRP
               13 YASIEN AMOOJEE          27 DAVID GASENGAKE
               14 JIMMY HAMMOND         28 JOSHUA PRETORIUS
 
The voting period to consider allowing a new region to be formed has expired.  The results are 42 YES votes and 3 NO votes.  The proposal has passed and the nre region is formed.
 
2013-04

Voting Complete 03/08/2013

Voting 03/02/2013

Discussion 02/22/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Breach of part V, section 8 of the By-Laws  

There has been a clear and unmitigated breach of part V, section 8 of the By-Laws by members of the Ontario Region after they flew their 2012 Qualifying Fly. This breach has occurred on several levels, multiple times and has continued until as recently as this month.

OPTION ONE
 
1.      For physically and verbally attacking the official WC Judge and for inciting others to do the same. Drago Kozul is banned from WC events for a period of 3 years after which time he is able to make application through his RD for reinstatement.
 
2.      For physically and verbally attacking the official WC Judge both in person and publically. The following men, Ivan Pozeg, George Rallis, John Kouzos, John Szczurko, Branko Calina, and Vaheid Selinbasic are placed on notice that if they continue with any public posts or mass emails concerning this subject that they also face a ban from all WC events for a period of one year.
 
OPTION TWO
 
1.        For physically and verbally attacking the official WC Judge and for inciting others to do the same. Drago Kozul is banned from WC events for a period of 3 years after which time he is able to make application through his RD for reinstatement.
 
2.        For physically and verbally attacking the official WC Judge. Ivan Pozega and George Rallis are banned from WC events for a period of 1 year after which time they are able to make application through their RD for reinstatement.
 
3.      For verbally attacking the official WC Judge both in person and publically. The following men, John Kouzos, John Szczurko, Branko Calina, and Vaheid Selinbasic are placed on notice that if they continue with any public posts or mass emails concerning this subject that they also face a ban from all WC events for a period of one year.
 
OPTION THREE
 
1.      Do nothing

The voting period to consider what actions to take has expired.  The Result is 47 votes for option 2.  Drago Kozul is banned from WC events for a period of 3 years.  Ivan Pozega and George Rallis are banned from WC events for a period of 1 year. After which time they are able to make application through their RD for reinstatement.  John Kouzos, John Szczurko, Branko Calina, and Vaheid Selinbasic are placed on notice that if they continue with any public posts or mass emails concerning this subject that they also face a ban from all WC events for a period of one year.

2013-03

Voting Complete 02/16/2013

Voting 02/12/2013

Discussion 02/07/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Ontario Canada Regional Split

This proposal is to have the Ontario Region split into two new regions. One region will be Toronto which includes Toronto and the areas around it Hamilton, Milton, Acton areas across to Angus and Barrie and all points east of the city. The new Toronto region will need to elect a new regional director to represent them. The participants from the 2012 fly that will be included in the Toronto region will be Frank Cozza, Al Donnelly, John Kouzos, Drago Kozal, Jay Lucarelli, Ivan Pozega, George Rallis, Vaheid Salimbasic, John Szuzurko, Joe Urac and Mike Vito.
 
The other region will be the South Western Ontario and will include the Niagara Peninsula and through Guelph and Kitchener Waterloo and onto the south and west down to Michigan. Gord Edwards will be the regional director for the South Western Ontario region and the participants from the 2012 fly that will be included in the South Western Ontario region will be Bill Blancher, Morris Coverdale, Gord Edwards, Steve Palmer, Will Coates, Greg Calpman, Pete Preister and John Stryker.
 
This split will compact the regions and cut down on driving distances.
 
The voting period for this item has ended.  The results are 0 YES votes and 44 NO votes.  The proposal has failed to pass.
 
2013-02

Voting Complete 01/28/2013

Voting 01/24/2013

Discussion 01/19/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region, Yorkshire

This is a request from Mr. Jodie Rixon to have a new UK region admitted to the 2013 WCRF called Yorkshire.  He has voluntered to serve as the RD.  This region was once active in the WC but fell to the wayside several years ago. There are many rollers flyers in and around this area which is based around the city of Bradford.
 
 Signed confirmations of support have been received from the following flyers;
 
1.    Jodie Rixon - Doncaster
2.    G. Spencer - Lincolnshire
3.    W O'Callaghan - Sheffield
4.    Graham Dexter - Lincolnshire
5.    Jimmy Thompson - Huddersfield
6.    M. Page - Bradford
7.    Mark McCory - Bradford
8.    Dean Middleton - Bradford
9.    Shaun Crothers - Bradford
10.  Rajendra Was - Bradford
11.  Steve Breaton - Bradford
12.  Paul Platt - Bradford
13.  Chris Thirbill - Halifax
14.  Saghin Hussan - Bradford
15.  Alan Hamilton - Leeds
16.  Mark O'Neil - Leeds
17.  Saheed Shal - Bradford
18.  Dom Butterworth - Leeds
19.  Paul Briggs - Bradford
20.  John O'Keeffe - Bradford
21.  Allan Paton - Barnsley
22.  Simon Britton - Doncaster
23.  Steven Paling - Barnsley
 
The voting period to consider allowing a New UK Region has expired. The results are 43 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and the new Region is formed.
2013-01

Voting Complete 01/17/2013

Voting 01/12/2013

Discussion 01/07/2013

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region, Nebraska

This is a request to create a new region in midwest Nebraska. They have been flying with Western Plains Colorado.  Of the names below, nine are active fliers and have a few more others getting involved in flying Birmingham Rollers.  Ryan Santos is willing to take the job as the Regional Director.
 
Dennis J. Berry - Mead Nebraska
Larry Birch - Morrill Nebraska
Rich Cash - Grand Island Nebraska
Dale A. Cole - Grand Island Nebarska
Andrew Kappelman - Grand Island Nebraska
Bruce T. Gordon - Rushville Nebraska
Charles Mahler - Allen Nebraska
Dale F. Musgrave - Hastings Nebraska
Ryan Santos - Gering Nebraska
Jeff F. Schaffer - Wayne Nebraska
Frank Alfaro - Scottsbluff Nebraska 
Dan Garner
 
This new region covers an area that was once a WC Region called Great Plains but fell to the wayside because of lack of numbers several years ago. This petition complies with the WCRF Constitution.
 
The voting period to consider allowing Nebraska to become a new Region has expired.  The results are 31 YES votes and 3 NO votes. The proposal has passed and the new Region is formed.
2012-10

Voting Complete 12/12/2012

Voting 12/7/2012

Discussion 12/02/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Northwest, USA Regional Split
 

A proposal is submitted to split the Northwest region.  Western.WA./Eastern WA. so that they are two separate regions.  The reason for the split is because of geographical, climate and BOP differences.  The difference in climate alone has caused many problems over the years with scheduling.  While Western WA is not concerned with the distances traveled, Eastern WA does not want to continue this type of travel.  It takes one week, seven days to judge the entire region.  Covering approximately 2700 miles.  Our weather condition are entirley different, as are our problems with BOP.  We request that the split be made effective immediately.  Below you will find a list of members for each region.

The W.C. RD for Western WA, will be Rayford Lewis.  Western WA Regional members:

Ivan Hanchett
Hennie Kersten
Raymond Rios
Dave Stone
Keith  Maxwell
Mark Williams
Gary Stevens
Mike Hoyle
Joe Gosler
Ray Lewis
John Perrin
John Jackson
Rondell Leeths
Darrell Davis
Jim Ruff
Cesar Avavlos
Abraham Avalos
Andy Her
Al Slaughter
Mitch Reed
Clay Palamides
 
The W.C. RD for Eastern WA, will be Bruce Kulman.  Eastern WA members:
 
Rich Hayes
Ron Swart
Joe Hanson
Ped Hanson
Bruce Kuhman
Ted Mann
Rick Bates
Brady Amos
Norm Brill Sr.
Norm Brill Jr.
Igor Mironov
Tammy Swart
 
The voting period for this item has ended.  The vote count is 32 YES and 23 NO.  The number required to meet the Two Thirds majority is 46 YES votes.  This proposal has not reached the required number of votes and therefore has failed to pass.
 
2012-09

Voting Complete 12/02/2012

Voting 11/26/2012

Discussion 11/21/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Country, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
A petition has been received from Ferid Catak to allow his country, Bosnia and Herzegovina to compete in the 2013 World Cup Roller Fly.
 
Birmingham Roller Club af Bosnien Hercegovina
 
Greting Andrian:
 
We are a relatively small but highly organized BRC.of 18 competitors that was founded in 2006. Every year we organize several successfuyl club competitions.
Last year we successfully partcipated at the European Cup Fly and the  cup of friend ship 1799 which we successfully organized among clubs from the former Yugoslavia.
From the very beginning our desire and goalis to participate in WCF.
The club is now mature enough and ready to take the nekst step thats why we ask for admision to WCF. as a new region of Bosnia and Hercegovina
 
Greting clubs members and especially the clubs president Ferid Catak
 
Ferid Catak- Gradiska BiH
Nenad Komosar -prijedor Bih
Svraka Nebojsa Gradiska Bih
Edin Mesinovic Gradiska Bih
Curcija Dragan Prijedor Bih  
Ilic Miso Prijedor Bih
dado Maletic Prijedor Bih
Midho kartal petrovac Bih
Huso Lizalo Gradiska Bih
 Dzevad hasic Gradiska bih
Zehro hasic petrovac Bih
Malic Boro Gradiska Bih
Jahic Miodrag Tuzla Bih
 Andrija Ilic Sarajevo bih
 Mehmed Sisic Sarajevo Bih
Zoran cikic Ljubvuski Bih
Goran Radic  Ljubuski Bih
Miljan ilic Ljubuski Bih
Kenan catic Caplkjina bih
 
General koordinator is Ferid Catak     Feridb.roller@hotmail.com

 
The voting period to consider allowing Bosnia and Herzegovina to join the World Cup Roller Fly has expired. The results are 45 YES votes and 0 NO votes. The proposal has passed and the new Region is formed.
 
2012-08

Voting Complete 11/15/2012

Voting 11/09/2012

Discussion 10/31/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

WC Judge 2013
 
Austin Fox has confirmed with that he will not be able to Judge the 2013 WCRF.
  
The following have been nominated and have confirmed that they are capable, willing and available.
Ricky Arnold
Joe Emberton
Don Simpson
Mel Stalzer
  
The voting period had ended and Joe Emberton has been elected as the judge for the 2013 WCRF.
 
2012-07

Voting Complete 05/6/2012

Voting 05/1/2012

Discussion 04/26/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Additional wording to the By-laws Part 1

 

Current wording:

..........with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys.  One fly-off representative is granted for the first 15 kits entered plus another for additional 15 kits and so forth.  The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each 15 kits entered, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region..........

 

Option 1: 

 

..........with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys.  Any region that does not submit entries for two consecutive World Cup Flys will be removed from the WCRF list of current regions and will have to reapply as a new region under section III. A. of the Constitution.  One fly-off representative is granted..........

 

Option 2: 

 

..........with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys.  Any region that fails to submit entries in any one World Cup Fly will be removed from the WCRF list of current regions and will have to reapply as a new region under section III. A. of the Constitution.  One fly-off representative is granted..........

 

Option 3:   Do nothing and leave it as is and at the discretion of the GC.

 

 

The voting period for this item has endedThe vote count is 34 votes for option #1, 1 vote for option #2 and 5 votes for option #3. Option #1 is declared the winner and the WC By-Laws will be amended accordingly. 

 
2012-06

Voting Complete 04/18/2012

Voting 04/13/2012

Amended 04/11/2012

Discussion 04/06/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

By-Law part I revision

 

Current wording:

..........The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each fly-off representative, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region. He may distribute the votes as he wishes. This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large to manage, that it should split."

 

Option 1: This option uses the 1st April and payment as a trigger for voting rights.

 

..........The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each 15 kits entered, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region. The number of votes an RD is entitled to is determined from the entries received at the most recent 1st April and when entry money has been received for that year. The RD may distribute the votes as he wishes within his region. This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large to manage, that it should split. A region that splits will divide its existing votes in proportion to the number of previous years participants in each new region.

 

Option 2: This option uses the regional Qualifying Fly as a trigger.

 

..........The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each fly-off representative, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region. The number of votes an RD is entitled to is determined from the date their Regional Qualifying Fly report has been submitted to the GC and it satisfies all requirements of the Bylaws. The region will lose all voting rights if they fail to submit and pay for the minimum number of entries at the next 1st April.  The RD may distribute the votes as he wishes within his region. This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large to manage, that it should split. A region that splits will divide its existing votes in proportion to the number of previous years participants in each new region.

 

Option 3:   No change. This option replaces the NO vote.

 

 

The voting period for this item has endedThe vote count is 35 votes for option #1, 18 votes for option #2 and 2 votes for option #3. Option #1 is declared the winner and the WC By-Laws will be amended accordingly.
 
2012-05

Voting Complete 04/03/2012

Voting 03/27/2012

Amended 03/24/2012

Discussion 03/20/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

By-Law part V (2) revision

 

From:

2) Time-in. The flyer shall announce to the judge the number of birds that are being flown prior to release of the birds. No additions or subtractions are allowed after release, but the flyer is allowed to chase up any birds that land or hit before time is called in. If the number of birds released is different from the number of birds declared to the judge the kit shall be disqualified. The flyer has up to 5 minutes after release in which to declare time-in. If the flyer does not call start or time-in earlier, scoring begins automatically five minutes after release. Any interference with the kit after time-in may lead to disqualification. Attempts to ward off birds of prey are allowed, but any directly related kit activity shall not be scored.

 

To:

2) Time-in. The flyer shall announce to the judge the number of birds that are being flown prior to release of the birds. No additions or subtractions are allowed after release, but the flyer is allowed to chase up any birds that land or hit before time is called in. If the number of birds released is different from the number of birds declared to the judge the kit shall be disqualified. The flyer has up to 5 minutes after release in which to declare time-in. If the flyer does not call start or time-in earlier, scoring begins automatically five minutes after release. Any interference with the kit after time-in may lead to disqualification. Attempts to ward off birds of prey are allowed, but any directly related kit activity shall not be scored. The Flyer must release his/her kit at least one hour before Sunset.

 

 

The voting period for this item has ended. The vote count is 23 YES and 33 NO. This item has failed to pass.  
 
2012-04

Voting Complete 03/17/2012

Voting 03/12/2012

Discussion 03/04/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

By-Law part V revision
 

 

We are proposing that there needs to be a wording change to the By-Laws part V. as a matter of clarification.

 

From:

V. Fly-off rules. All regions must have a regional fly by World Cup Fly-off rules to select the regional fly-off representative(s) for the region

 

To:

V. Fly-off rules. All regions must have a Regional Fly to select the regional fly-off representative(s) for that region. This Regional Fly can be flown as one off competition or over two or more fly’s, the Judge must use current World Cup Fly rules in all cases.

 

 

The voting period for this item has ended. The vote count is 20 YES and 33 NO. This item has failed to pass. 
 
2012-03

Voting Complete 02/19/2012

Voting 02/14/2012

 Discussion 02/09/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

New Region Slovenia
 

Signed petitions have been received from 8 Slovenian flyers who wish to join the WC.  This request complies with the requirements of the WC Constitution.  Slovenia is a small country bordering Italy on one side and Croatia on the other side.  Boris Recek has indicated that they will be able to come up with at least 15 entries and fly the minimum number of kits.  He reads and writes English and will be their RD.

 

The vote count is 33 YES and 0 NO.  The proposal has passed and the Slovenia Region will be created.

   

2012-02

Voting Complete 02/05/2102

Voting 01/31/2102

Discussion 01/26/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Croatia Region Split
 

A  new club has been formed in Croatia, the Birmingham Roller Club Croatia, which has 16 members.  They have left the existing club for variuos issues that have arisen in the club, and decided to create this new one.  Up until 2011, most of them flew in the WC and made up the majority of the entries in the Croatia region.  

 

They are requesting to split off from the existing Croatia region to form their own.  If approved, ZORAN GREGORIĆ is willing to be their Regional Director.   The split would add less than one day to the schedule, no extra airfare and contribute at least 15 extra entries.

 

Signed petitions have been received from nearly everyone in the new club.  Of the 11 competitors that flew in the Croatia Region in 2010, 8 are on this petition.  They are all in agreement with this spilt so this request conforms to the WCRF By-Laws.

 

The vote count is 30 YES and 4 NO.  The proposal has passed and the Croatia Region will be split as proposed. 

 

2012-01

Voting Completed 01/22/2012

Voting 01/17/2012

Discussion 01/12/2012

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

US Central Region Split
 

The Central Region currently consists of Oklahoma; Kansas; Missouri; Northern Arkansas.  The proposed split would be Oklahoma and Kansas as one region; Missouri and Arkansas as one region.  It curtails all of Arkansas.  Oklahoma and Kansas will be designated as Region Central West.  Missouri and Arkansas would be designated as Region Central East.  The split would produce approximately twenty 20 bird kits in each Region the first year in operation.  Ferrell Bussing is willing to be the Regional Director of the Central West Region and Nick Siders is willing to be the Regional Director of the Central East Region.

 

The Region was split in this manner due to the similarities in topography and weather.

This will benefit each region and the Regional Director there in by shortening the regions fly from 6 or 7 days to about 3 days.  It will also make obtaining a judge much easier having to only curtail them for basically a long weekend (three days) and not a full week. The Region’s membership can also enjoy more representation.

 

This proposal meets all the criteria required for a split as set down in the WCRF Constitution.  Signed petitions from all the flyers involved with no objections has been received by the GC, all fliers are in agreement.

 

 

The vote count is 35 YES and 0 NO votes.

The proposal has passed and the split is approved.

 

2011-08

10/28/2011 - Voting Completed

10/23/2011 - Voting

10/21/2011 - Amended

10/16/2011 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted for consideration and amended on 21 October 2011.

By-Law Change
 
 
Current wording
 
I.      A region must enter a minimum of 15 paid kits to qualify as an independent entity.  At the discretion of the particular region,  a flyer may enter a maximum of  2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule.  Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered. If a flyer has paid for a kit or kits but due to circumstances is unable to fly he must notify the judge as to the reason, or his paid kit or kits cannot be used for the number of kits for a fly-off representative. Each region must fly a minimum of 50 percent of the kits entered for each fly-off representative, (an example is: 8 flyers paying for 2 kits each equals 16 kits which equal one fly-off representative, 15 flyers paying 2 kits equals 2 fly-off representatives, etc.) no region may pay for any ghost flyers, and each region must turn in a fly report for that region signed by the judge to the GC prior to their finals, in order to maintain the integrity of the WC on this issue. The only variance to the minimum of one kit flown for two kits paid by each flyer shall be for the new and or the smaller regions which cannot meet the required number of kits required for the first qualifier so that we can promote growth, with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys.  One fly-off representative is granted for the first 15 kits entered plus another for additional 15 kits up to a maximum of 5 total.  The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each fly-off representative and may distribute the votes as he wishes.  This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large that it should split.
 
Proposed amended wording
 
I.     A region must enter a minimum of 15 paid kits to qualify as an independent entity.  At the discretion of the particular region,  a flyer may enter a maximum of  2 kits composed of completely different birds as long as other flyers are not disadvantaged by the schedule.  Each flyer is allowed to pay and fly 2 kits but each flyer must fly at least one kit out of the 2 entered. If a flyer has paid for a kit or kits but due to circumstances is unable to fly he must notify the judge as to the reason, or his paid kit or kits cannot be used for the number of kits for a fly-off representative. Each region must fly a minimum of 50 percent of the kits entered for each fly-off representative, (an example is: 8 flyers paying for 2 kits each equals 16 kits which equal one fly-off representative, 15 flyers paying 2 kits equals 2 fly-off representatives, etc.) no region may pay for any ghost flyers, and each region must turn in a fly report for that region signed by the judge to the GC prior to their finals, in order to maintain the integrity of the WC on this issue. The only variance to the minimum of one kit flown for two kits paid by each flyer shall be for the new and or the smaller regions which cannot meet the required number of kits required for the first qualifier so that we can promote growth, with the approval of the GC these regions must have a minimum of 6 actual flyers entering 12 kits and buying 3 kits for a maximum of 2 years, any regions not obeying this shall face possible expulsion from future flys.  One fly-off representative is granted for the first 15 kits entered plus another for additional 15 kits and so forth. The Regional Director also gets one World Cup Committee vote for each fly-off representative, up to a maximum of 5 votes per region.  He may distribute the votes as he wishes.  This policy encourages growth of a region until it becomes so large to manage, that it should split.
 
This item passed with a vote count of 37 YES and 0 NO. The By-Laws will be updated to reflect the approved changes.
 
 

2011-07

10/16/2011 - Voting Completed

10/11/2011 - Voting

10/06/2011 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

World Cup Executive Committee Procedures
(Adopted December 2009)

The discussion period for this item has expired. 

Current wording

 

3. Items shall be presented to the Executive Committee separately. Once an item has been submitted to the Executive Committee for discussion, all other posts, not relevant to the open item, should be avoided. Should an Item expand into multiple issues it may, at the discretion of the GC, be returned to him/her for review and resubmission as separate items. The discussion phase will last 5 days unless additional time is requested. Requests for additional time must be supported by at second for another WC List member.

 

Proposed amended wording

 

3. Items shall be presented to the Executive Committee separately. Once an item has been submitted to the Executive Committee for discussion, all other posts, not relevant to the open item, should be avoided. Should an Item expand into multiple issues it may, at the discretion of the GC, be returned to him/her for review and resubmission as separate items. The discussion phase will last 5 days unless additional time is requested. Requests for additional time must be supported by at second from another WC List member. Items may be amended by the members who originally submitted the item and be resubmitted within the five day discussion period to better reflect the thoughts expressed by the committee. An item is able to be amended one time only and it must be resubmitted through the Facilitator or GC. If an item is amended the discussion period will be extend by two days.

 

This item passed with a vote count of 27 YES and 5 NO. The EC Committee Procedures will be updated to reflect the approved changes.

 

 

 

2011-06

10/05/2011 - Voting Completed

09/30/2011 - Voting

09/26/2011 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted for consideration.

Performance Standard
 
It should be noted that if passed this proposal will not be included in the Fly Rules or in the Constitution and By Laws but will have its own area on the web site under World Cup Performance and breeding Standard for the Birmingham Roller and will be used as a reference tool. If passed it may also have an impact on the current wording of the Fly Rules in a couple of areas which we will need to consider.

World Cup Performance and Breed Standard for the Birmingham Roller

In general, a Breed and Performance Standard is a set of guidelines which is used to ensure that the animals produced by a breeder conform to the specifics of the breed. Breed and Performance Standards are typically devised by breed associations, not by individuals, and are written to reflect the use or purpose of the species and breed of animal. They help define the ideal animal and provide goals for breeders in improving stock. In essence, it is a blueprint for an animal to fit the function for which it was bred, i.e., herding, tracking, racing, or in the case of the Birmingham Roller, specific performance feats during flight. Breed and Performance Standards are not scientific documents and are subject to modification and updating over time. This Standard for the Birmingham Roller, advanced by the World Cup, is intended to describe the breed and its performance during flight, thus assisting breeders in the selection of stock capable of producing that performance in the air in future generations. It highlights the most desirable and most undesirable traits possessed by the Birmingham Roller, and attempts to describe average, as well as minimally desirable traits. This Standard is a working document that will evolve as our knowledge and understanding of the Birmingham Roller grows. In developing a Standard, the World Cup has included a range of qualities that are necessary to ensure the future integrity of the breed. The World Cup is committed to maintaining this integrity in future revisions as may be necessary. Again, this document is intended to assist people who are interested in the stewardship of the Birmingham Roller, with the ultimate purpose of passing on healthy, vigorous birds capable of quality performance in the air for the generations that follow.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Birmingham Roller is a member of the bird family Columbidae, and a breed of domesticated pigeon that originated in and around Birmingham, England, where they share common ancestry with other performing breeds of pigeons, such as Tipplers, Oriental Rollers, Dutch Tumblers and West of England Tumblers. The breed, it is assumed, was developed from the crossing of some, as of yet, unknown combination of these breeds via selective breeding for their ability to perform a series of rapid backward somersaults for a distance of up to several yards during flight, referred to as rolling or spinning. Birmingham Rollers, like all domestic pigeons, possess a basic homing ability which drives them to return to where they feel safe and where they find food. With this natural ability, breeders launch groups of rollers, known as kits into the air to watch and awe at their synchronized acrobatics. During competitions these groups, or kits, are judged on a variety of factors pertaining to the frequency, quality and depth of the performance.

In general, the Birmingham Roller is a pigeon of small dimensions, six to eight ounces in weight when in proper flying condition; round of body, which is neither deep or shallow; sometimes referred to as apple-bodied, but also found to be long cast, as well. It is not too pronounced in the chest; nicely refined in head shape, which may well vary in contour between long, well-rounded, flat or with a pinched in face, and sometimes possessing small crests or peaks in the feathering of the head. There is generally a variable space between the end of the keel bone and the vent bones and keels may vary as to length and shape. They are short of leg and are to be found both clean and muff-legged. The eye can be of any color: usually pearl, yellow, orange, gravel, bull, or brown and should be bright and expressive of high intelligence and character. Hard feathering appears to favor quality performance over soft feathering, but standard performance can be found in rollers with either type of feather. The World Cup Performance Standard will not address details of feather color or body type because these have not been found to be absolutes in the Birmingham Roller breed of pigeon. Characteristics of the Birmingham Roller such as character, temperament, intelligence, though difficult to portray on paper, are nonetheless possessed by the standard roller and affect the bird’s response to organized training and stability of aerial performance. There may be exceptions to this description of the standard Birmingham Roller, but they should be treated as such, since they may not be capable of contributing towards the goal we seek.


(Picture of a roller)


HISTORY

The historical basis for the breed standard was described by William H. Pensom in his book The Birmingham Roller, Chapter 3, p. 10, where he quotes Lewis Wright: The standard reads as follows: The True Birmingham Roller turns over backward with inconceivable rapidity through a considerable distance like a spinning ball. The standard set forth here operates on this historical basis that quality of performance is the essential characteristic of the Birmingham Roller, and that the proper execution of said performance is a requisite. The name Birmingham Roller shall be used to designate those birds that perform in accordance with the high standard set for these rollers since their origin.

Historically, many breeders have referred to the True Birmingham Roller. True€ appears to refer to the sense of the roller being genuine, i.e. living up to the standard as opposed to a bird that does not live up to the standard which was referred to as a mere tumbler, though the two may have occupied the same nest. The idea of the use of the word true is to create contrast between the bird rolling correctly and a similar bird rolling improperly or not at all. For the purposes of the standard, as outlined here, the term true is confusing and redundant, so shall therefore be deleted from further reference here, since the standard for the Birmingham Roller, as outlined, deals with only proper, correct, or true performance.

Similarly, the literature contains many references to Champion rollers. Such rollers may be considered to epitomize an idealistic roller possessing the very best of all qualities including character, type, performance and capacity for production; an exceptional rarity in the breed rather than the standard roller. Therefore this standard will not include this term in referring to the standard for the Birmingham Roller. The terms rolling and spinning may be used interchangeably, here, though it is admitted that, in general, spinning is used to denote a higher quality and speed of performance than rolling. The specific performance characteristics hereby defined shall include kitting performance, initiation of rolling, frequency of performance, depth of rolling, quality of performance (considering speed and style or wing position during the roll), and exiting the roll.


KITTING PERFORMANCE

The ability of Birmingham Rollers to fly and perform in groups known as kits is of paramount importance among the characteristics of standard flight for this breed of pigeon. A tightly-packed formation of rollers within the kit is most highly-favored, and rolling initiated from the front of the kit is favored over rolling from the back of the kit, though either is acceptable and either may be scored in World Cup competitions. The Standard Birmingham Roller is one who develops an awareness of the performance of the other birds within the kit, known as kit sensitivity. Kit sensitivity is a quality that promotes the simultaneous initiation of rolling among many birds within the kit, known as a break. To be counted in a break, the bird must roll or spin backwards in a straight line, without deviation or interruption for a minimum of 10 feet or equivalent duration.

A break containing multiple rollers performing quality spins is one of the most valued of Birmingham Roller feats, though quality spinning at greater depths by individual birds is in itself appreciated by large numbers of fanciers. World Cup 20-bird competitions require a minimum of five birds in a break for scoring purposes. Rollers that time the initiation of the roll within a half-second to a full second or more of other rollers in the kit, which is known as a “staggered break”, are not considered standard performers for the purposes of World Cup competitions, though it is admitted that, for the purpose of back-yard enjoyment, such performance is enjoyed and highly valued by many fanciers who focus more on individual performance. In an extension of the staggered break, we see the waterfall; an extended break with multiple groups rolling at different times, typically overlapping in their timing and depths. In a waterfall, the birds in the kit (from just a few to the entire kit) roll at multiple staggered times with the first birds of the break rolling again a second time or even more. For example one might see a group of 6 birds break and then a second later another 4 join them and then a second or two later 5-6 more join in. If the first birds are still rolling at that time, it might appear as though 15-16 birds were rolling at the same time. Or perhaps the first 6 birds might stop their roll and 3 or 4 of them start to roll again. The entire kit could be rolling during the water fall, or it may be just 5-6 birds total. (This is just an example and the numbers of birds participating may vary.) Any individual group of 5 birds or more that can be identified as breaking and initiating the roll in unison within the waterfall should be considered for scoring. Different groups of 5 birds or more that do not break together in unison should not be scored together as one group.

The initiation of a break should appear as though the birds have all hit an imaginary wall at the same time in their flight path, causing them to initiate the roll in unison. Any five birds or more that begin to roll at the same instant, regardless of any individual rolling that may occur before or after those five birds in the break should be scored as a break. Standard performance of the roll does not include wing-clapping, sailing, tail-sitting or any other maneuvers in flight just before the roll is initiated. The roll should begin with a quick snap or instantaneous tuck backward along the line of flight. However, a roller that sets up for the roll, which can be described as a slight banking move upward in a stalling motion along the line of flight is also considered standard performance, assuming the initiation of the break is simultaneous. Standard performance for the Birmingham Roller requires that birds that roll from the kit must return to the kit immediately after the roll is completed. While in flight and returning to the kit after rolling, a roller is not considered an “out bird” unless it assumes a flight path opposite that of the kit and fails to join the kit upon intersecting it; or if the roller returns to a position more than ten feet above, below, or alongside the kit at any time during flight.

WC 20 bird competition rules state: A group of five birds is the minimum that can score if the remainder of the kit is returning directly from a roll, have been separated by extreme weather, or have been chased off by a bird of prey. Kitting is a protective mechanism among pigeons and kits of Birmingham Rollers will react instinctively to the presence of birds of prey in the skies during their flight. Initially a kit may split up and separate due to their presence, whether the attack is aggressive (on kit individuals or on the entire kit), or whether the bird of prey is merely flying by inspecting the kit as potential prey. The judge may call a single discretionary time-out for up to 5 minutes in case of an attack by a bird of prey, blow-away, or other whim of nature or act of God. The flyer must ask for the "time-out" and ask the judge to put them back on the clock as he deems necessary before the 5 minute deadline expires. Scoring will resume at that point in time if it has not already done so by virtue of the end of the predator time out.(Although the 20-minute time for judgment shall be extended by such a time-out, the 15 minute minimum qualification time is not affected.) Any bird that has not returned to the kit at that time is considered to be an out-bird for scoring purposes, except for birds that are forced to land (in trees or buildings, on the ground, or on the kit box) while trying to avoid the predator. These are not considered to be out-birds; not considered to be downed birds; and will not disqualify the kit; as long as 15 birds remain in the main body of the kit scoring will resume.

Any roller that flies and performs alone, as an individual without regard for the presence of the kit, for any reason, and in spite of any perceived quality and depth of performance, as well as those deeper rollers that strike off alone in a flight pattern other than that of the kit after being with the kit for some period of time, are deemed to have a fault in character or mental strength and are considered out birds and non-standard performers. It should be noted that some deeper performers may appear to be out of the kit during their return to the kit after rolling, but shall not be deemed so, as long as they continue to chase the kit with a flight path parallel or coincident to that of the kit, and eventually intersect the kit. Any such roller that fails to join the kit upon intersecting it is then considered to be an out bird at that point in time.


FREQUENCY OF PERFORMANCE

The standard for performance in frequency of rolling is one standard roll per minute, and breeders should breed rollers that are capable of performing at this work rate.. This particular standard is not one that is scored in and of itself, nor does it impact the ability of the kit to be scored, with the exception that the more frequent the breaks are, the higher the raw score will be, of course. Rollers that execute a standard roll less than one time every two minutes, and those that roll so frequently that they are unable to keep up with the kit are deemed to be outside the basic performance standard for Birmingham Rollers, as hereby established. It is acknowledged that a rollers age, condition, and diet may all contribute to the issue in the evaluation of whether or not the frequency of performance meets this standard.

DEPTH (DURATION) OF PERFORMANCE

Depth of performance appears to represent the duration in time that the roll impulse is experienced by the roller. Depth is secondary to correct spinning. While the minimum standard of performance in depth for the execution of a standard is herein established at ten feet, it is important to bear in mind that those birds which rotate the most revolutions in the shortest space, regardless of depth, are of tremendous value. Regarding those rare rollers that appear to spin in place without much vertical descent, most “slow rate descent” rollers that can be identified DO drop, though they appear to do so more slowly than other rollers. Two seconds of standard performance in the execution of spinning, with minimal descent is quite impressive three seconds to four seconds is possible. For the purposes of awarding points and multipliers in World Cup competitions, the baseline for the minimum standard is ten feet of depth, 1 second duration of spinning, and awarded a baseline multiplier of 1.0 in competition.

The following table establishes additional depths, durations, and multipliers to be awarded in World Cup 20-bird competitions:

Depth Duration Multiplier
10 ft. 1.0 sec 1.0
15 ft. 1.5 sec 1.1
20 ft. 2.0 sec 1.2
25 ft. 2.5 sec 1.3
30 ft. 3.0 sec 1.4
35 ft. 1.5
40 ft. 1.6
45 ft. 1.7
50 ft. 1.8
55 ft. 1.9
60 ft 2.0

As with the standard for frequency of performance, the standard for the upper limit of performance in depth is limited by the physical limitations of the birds imposed by the laws of nature as living creatures. Such abilities and limitations do not necessarily preclude the production of rollers capable of exceeding the upper limits of this standard for depth.

QUALITY OF PERFORMANCE (Speed and Wing-position)

The quality of the performance of rollers reflects both the speed and the style or wing position demonstrated by the rolling pigeon. It should include the height at which the kit flies and the compactness of the kit. Standard performance for execution of the roll requires that the bird must turn over backwards, spinning like a ball, and that the bird must fall vertically with the appearance of a straight line from start to finish (with the rare exception of rollers that appear to spin in place with minimal vertical drop or birds that are affected by winds during the roll.) This simplistic concept of standard performance for rollers, which has been used by roller fanciers for decades, will be developed further in this standard.

The roll is to be of very high quality, smooth and clean from top to bottom, wings barely visible, depending on the wing position/style, with no perceptible glitches or wobbling, and with sufficient speed so as to render individual revolutions imperceptible so that the revolutions cannot be counted; approximately eight to twelve revolutions per second. When viewed from the side, a hole representing the center of rotation may or may not be visible, depending on the vantage point of the observer, the body type of the roller, the speed of rotation, and the tucking€ ability of the roller.

During the performance of the roll, the pigeon strokes its wings by reaching toward their head with some part or all of the wing, pulling down and back to propel themselves, and holding the wings down beneath the stomach in a slight pause then bringing the wings forward again in a Recovery stroke to the starting position and then making the next stroke, repeating this pattern of movement over and over again with tremendous speed. Almost all will reach out and up to begin the power stroke, but never above the back or head. In extremely fast strokes, the bird seem to flash stroke, too fast for the eye to see, in what is appears as a rapid series of muscles spasms or muscle twitches; hence the blurring effect. The longer the wing is held in the down (Recovery) position, the more visible it is during the spin. The different wing positions during the roll create an illusion of wing position known as “style”. Birds that roll smoothly are “in sync”, stroking their wings once for each revolution and at approximately the same time each revolution and bringing their wings together under their stomachs when they are upside down as they finish each stroke. Style is also affected by the speed of the stroke; slower strokes making the wing more visible and creating a different illusion. There are also variations in the timing of the stroke along the arc of rotation during the roll that creates different illusions or styles. Variations in the timing of these dynamics create a variety of illusions that we call style or wing position which affects the appearance of the quality of the spin.The power used by the pigeon in the stroke, as well as the timing, length and speed of stroking, all contribute to the speed of rotation of the pigeon on the axis of rotation. The speed combined with the style is given the consideration of a numerical score or multiplier called a Quality Bonus Multiplier. For scoring purposes in World Cup competitions the kit is given a single value for the kit after averaging the speed and style displayed by the kit members who perform in each break during the entire scoring period. Bear in mind that for the purpose of evaluating the performance of individual rollers, one might refer to a 1.4 or 1.5 quality pigeon; however, for scoring purposes in World Cup competitions, the judge must average the style (and speed) observed in only the rollers that participate in each break throughout the duration of the scoring period, assigning an overall score averaging the performance of those birds, which may be less than individual performers that may be observed. The individual performance of birds and/or waterfall performance observed outside of the scorable breaks should not be taken into consideration in evaluating style and speed for calculating Bonus Multipliers.


The upper limit of standard performance, a roller spinning at its best is perceived as a shrinking ball of feathers with no distinguishable anatomy; a blur. Performance faults observed during the execution of the roll shall not be included as standard performance. These include wobbly, loose, slow and sloppy, and/or plate rolling (sideward flips) and twizzling (high velocity plate rolling), slow Low X-wing performers, or slow Axel rollers whose wings are visible angling at less than 45 degrees or less laterally from the side of the roller. Also included in types of faulty performance are wing switching and rolling where the plane of the spin is tilted off of vertical by more than 45 degrees. In other words, the axis of rotation deviates from horizontal by more than 45 degrees.

Rolling style is characterized by the appearance given by the position of the wings during the roll when viewed at 90 degrees to the axis of rotation of the spinning pigeon in front of, behind or below the performance. As described earlier, the length of the wing stroke contributes to the character of the wing position or style, shorter, faster strokes being favored over longer strokes, the latter also tending to be a little slower. Because rolling styles are illusions, correctly identifying their differences is an area that tends to be open to dispute. Various rolling styles are illustrated geometrically in the chart below:


(Wing style chart)

Just below the shrinking blur performance, a slightly less ideal wing style is characterized by the roller spinning and the wing position (style) is not visible. Barring any obvious faults, such execution of performance, also known as ball rolling, is granted multipliers from 1.8-1.9 in World Cup 20-bird competition.
Standard execution of the roll, slightly below ideal, is characterized by pigeons whose wing strokes are only slightly shorter than the blur and ball rollers with wings held close to the body, yet appearing somewhat visible approaching a vertical position with wing tips that bow in slightly. It is best described with the symbol ( ). This superior style of performance earns multipliers of 1.6-1.7 in World Cup 20-bird competition.
The predominant standard wing style for high-end quality performance is the “H” pattern; often described as “wings straight up” or “wings parallel” during the execution of the roll. They are similar to the ( ) rolling style, except the vertical wings do not appear to bow in or touch at the tips. There is a wider separation of the wing tips. H pattern rollers are awarded multipliers of 1.5 in World Cup competitions. ( ) pattern rolling is preferred over H pattern rolling because the wings are kept in tighter during the stroke, and the length of the wing stroke is shorter than in the H pattern, so they look better-more like a spinning ball-from all angles. H pattern rolling, and above, tends to show some of the cleanest spins, fluid and smooth in appearance. Viewed from the side, if the stroke is short and fast, the outstanding illusion of a spinning ball is created very effectively with H-pattern rolling. A slower, longer stroking version of the H pattern is the U pattern which is awarded a 1.4 in World Cup competition.
Lesser rolling styles are characterized by the degree to which the wings appear to project out to the sides of the rolling pigeon, relative to the axis on which rolling occurs. The “A-pattern’ or “A-frame” roller do pull their wing tips together at the top of the stroke as desired, but they tend not to be particularly fast in the roll and they tend to have the longest stroke because they start with their wings projecting laterally at nearly 180 degrees from the body of the pigeon, parallel to the axis of rotation. The wings in this style are more visible than in any style yet described, especially from the side, parallel to the axis of rotation, and in front of, behind, or underneath the axis of rotation at 90 degrees to the axis. They tend to be so visible because the wings are stretched out laterally away from the body, and then brought together under the roller so that the wings touch. A-frame rollers generally are awarded 1.3 multipliers in World Cup competitions.
Continuing down the scale of quality, among the most common of rolling styles we have is the “X-pattern” roller, which varies from High X to Low X. In these patterns, too, the wings are clearly visible, projecting out to the sides of the rolling pigeon at varying angles giving an obvious “X” appearance to the style. They can vary in both the speed and length of the stroke which affects the appearance and quality of the roll. Some are ugly, if they take longer, slower strokes, but most rollers seem to take short strokes with only a slight outward stretch of the wings giving the High X appearance with less visible wings. These will look like a nice spinning ball when viewed from the side along the axis of rotation and underneath, and some can even blur the wings with this style. Because of this, the High X-pattern, especially with short strokes and speed, is favored by many fanciers over the A-frame roller, and likewise, earns a multiplier of 1.3 in World Cup 20-bird competitions. However, if the strokes are long and slow, and the speed of rotation slow, the wings become clearly visible projecting out at 45 degrees from the sides of the roller, and we have the very mediocre and less desirable Medium and Low X-wing roller, which qualifies for only 1.1-1.2 multipliers in World Cup competition.
“Axel rollers” are a rarer type of performers which give the appearance that the wings project out horizontally from the sides of the bird. The strokes are short with the wings fully-extended and the speed of rotation of the roll is very slow. It is difficult to imagine how a bird can even roll with both wings held straight out, which likely accounts for the scarcity of this type of performance. It can also be very difficult to define the point at which Axel Rolling merges into Low X rolling. Axel rollers do not meet the performance standard of the Birmingham Roller and should not be scored in World Cup competitions. However, a minimum standard performance, also rare, has also been identified that is sometimes mis-identified as Axel-rolling when viewed from in front of, behind, or underneath the roller. This style is similar to A-frame rolling where the wings are visible, but are only somewhat projected laterally, usually only the last joint of the wings or the wing tips; and the wings are not brought together under the stomach of the bird. The speed of rotation is extremely fast and the stroke is more moderate in length. Since the roller takes smaller wing strokes than the A-frame roller and the wings don’t stick out to the sides as much, and do not fully extend when stroking (like the Axel Roller), they look even better from the side than does the A-frame roller. In fact, when viewed from the side, they are often mistaken for H-style rollers or better. This minimum standard performer earns a 1.0 multiplier in World Cup competitions.

Each and every wing style described here, depending on the consistency of the spin, the speed of rotation of the spin, as well as any introduction of identifiable glitches such as wobbling, wing-switching, loose or sloppy rolling, etc. may not be considered standard performance, and should not be scored when compromised by any of these faults. Wing position alone is not the sole determining factor. As pointed out earlier, true quality of standard performance is composed of both wing position (style) AND speed. Style, speed and faults are all the result of different degrees of inconsistencies created by the rolling pigeon varying the speed, timing and length of the stroke. All rolling styles have to have speed, or they are not considered standard performance. Short, tight stroking is always preferred over long stroking as it contributes to both the speed of rotation, as well as, the tight illusion of a spinning ball of feathers.

EXITING THE ROLL

Upon completion of the roll, the Birmingham Roller should finish cleanly with the wings snapping out away from the body of the pigeon in order to stop both the rotation of rolling and the vertical descent of the roller. There should be no wing-switching, tail-riding or plate-rolling at the end, and the roller’s flight path should be the same as it was when the rolling performance was initiated. Notice we do not say “….in the same direction as the kit”. This is for the obvious reason that the kit may change the direction of its flight path while a bird is rolling deep. Certain rollers seem to develop an awareness of where the kit is located at the end of spinning and have developed an uncanny ability to execute a quick flip, if the kit has changed directions, so as to reverse its path of flight and make a quick return back to the kit. By no means is this considered a fault and the performance of these rollers should be considered as standard and scorable in World Cup competitions.

There are several things that will cause a roller to exit the roll not facing the direction it faced when the roll was initiated: 1. wing-switching will turn bird 180 degrees each time it does so. If it occurs more than once, it may or may not alter the direction the bird is facing upon exiting the roll; yet it is a fault. 2. As the roller spins downward, it may slowly corkscrew or twist, as it drops, so that it will exit the roll facing in another direction (if the depth of performance is sufficient.) This too is a fault. 3.Winds can also have an impact on this and cause the bird to exit the roll in a different direction in a roller that otherwise performs straight and true. This is not a true fault and should not be considered to be one. It takes critical observation to distinguish these differences, especially in breaks of any size. 4. Some birds watch the kit movement during their roll and will turn and exit the roll turned to face the current location of the kit. This should not be considered a fault.

BREEDING PERFORMANCE

There is no other class of performer which gives so much satisfaction as the Birmingham Roller, both in the air and in the breeding pen. However, it must be understood that the Birmingham Roller is one of the most difficult of birds to cultivate, due to the complexity of its performance. Only fanciers possessed of patience and determination will be successful breeding them, because little can be accomplished in a short time. In striving to produce the ideal spinning Birmingham Roller, breeders should consider, first, confining their choice of breeding material to those individuals which conform to the desired standard of performance during flight. Each year, the fancier will recognize such quality performance, and any outstanding, mature bird should be considered for use in the stock loft after being proven in the air for two years.

Genes for qualities such as constitution, temperament, intelligence and reproductive capacity, should not be ignored less they be lost or dissipated, not through the working of some mysterious force, but because little effort has been made to retain or cultivate them. Any hereditary character which is ignored or taken for granted, instead of being carefully observed and consistently bred for, may be lost in a breed or strain, possibly beyond recall. The careful consideration of all desired qualities is essential if they are to be preserved or enhanced. This applies equally to structure, constitution, temperament, or performance ability. The mature Birmingham Roller is equipped to control the quality and depth of the spin, especially when coming to land. Rolling ability may certainly be stabilized and improved by various methods, including, inbreeding, line-breeding, and family outcrosses, if sufficient care is given to the choice of rollers used for breeding in each generation, accompanied by sensible observation of performance. Weaknesses that may appear do so because the parents or other ancestors carry the genetic factors responsible. Through these various breeding methodologies, all qualities, whether good or bad, which lie latent or hidden in a strain, may be brought to light. However, breeding is not a creative force and its effects are limited by the nature and content of the genetic material to which it (breeding) is applied. The conception of the Birmingham Roller as a breed possessing an unlimited degree of plasticity, and capable of being modified in any direction by selection, is mistaken. Likewise, the assumption that by selection we can ensure that each generation will automatically show a progressive development of the attribute the selection upon which the selection is based is equally flawed. Selection can never cause the emergence of a quality, whether physical or mental, that is not already represented genetically in the stock used for breeding. Selection can only bring about the chance for the particular arrangement of genetic material that may produce the specific physical, mental, and performance qualities that one seeks to produce. The only way to effect improvement in any direction is to make sure that the appropriate genes are present in the pigeons mated, through the laborious process of trial and error and critical observation of performance, and then to fix them in the strain in a goodly portion of the birds that are bred in that strain through selective breeding.

There is no formula available that can establish a Birmingham Roller as a product noteworthy among pigeons except the evaluation and praise of experienced and qualified authorities on the breed who are able to frequently witness outstanding birds in flight. The only guarantee a breeder can have of the true quality of the rollers that he has produced is that the birds have met with the approval of other qualified breeders, who are also informed in the intricacies of cultivating the Birmingham Roller. The World Cup seeks to provide such a venue for its competitors through the competitive process in sponsoring International Championship competitions, though other effective means may be available to the fancier through local, regional, and state organizations. This written standard seeks to supplement the individual opinions of judges who may be experienced flyers of spinning rollers, helping to insure that performance in flying competitions will be scored more consistently so that confusion, as to what constitutes standard performance, will no longer reign. It is anticipated that roller organizations will adopt this standard for utilization in the encouragement of beginners and novices who are unfamiliar with the fine distinctions of roller performance, but also to mitigate changing individual and personal taste in performance among fanciers with more experience in the breeding of rollers. This will serve to improve the odds that all flyers of the Birmingham Roller will be more successful through more participation and more consistent judging, thereby achieving personal gratification and status through the achievement of awards, such as the status of World Cup Champion!must contact myself or Alex directly for his vote to be counted.
 
 
 
 
The vote count is 11 YES and 26 NO.
 
This item has failed to pass.

2011-05

09/1/2011 - Voting Completed

08/29/2011 - Voting

The following proposal is submitted for vote.

Officers for 2012
The following candidates have been nominated to serve the World Cup Roller Fly for the next year, please vote YES if you support these nominations or vote NO if you oppose.  Each Regional Director gets 1 vote per Finalist from their Region. All Regional Directors are eligible to vote.
 

General Coordinator

Adrian Gasparini

Assistant General Coordinator

Alex Hamilton

Secretary-Treasurer

Tim Decker

Special Promotions Director

Carl Braker

Website Director

Mitch Reed
 
The voting period for this item has ended. The vote count is 28 YES and 1 NO. The WC Officers have been approved.
 

2011-04

08/17/2011 - Voting Completed

08/11/2011 - Voting

08/07/2011 - Discussion

 

The following proposal is submitted for review.

By-Law Change
The following proposal is submitted for your review. It is a request to amend the WC By-Laws section V Fly-off rules section 8.
 
Current
8) Integrity. The judge shall NOT score anything that does not meet his standard for adequate quality and depth or duration of performance. This competition is for ROLLERS and not tumblers! Roller flying is a subjective sport and the judge may have to make allowances for extraordinary circumstances. In any case, the judge's decision is final and anyone verbally or physically attacking the judge will be disqualified from the fly and may be banned from future WC events by the WC committee.
 
Proposed Change:
8) Integrity. The judge shall NOT score anything that does not meet the World Cup standard for adequate performance. The judge shall maintain objectivity at all times. He/She will not let his/her personal prejudices or bias to interfere with his/her ability to score the kits objectively based on the WC standard as it is defined. This competition is for ROLLERS and not tumblers! Roller flying is a subjective sport and the judge may have to make allowances for extraordinary circumstances. In any case, the judge's decision is final and anyone verbally or physically attacking the judge will be disqualified from the fly and may be banned from future WC events by the WC committee.
The voting period for this item has ended. The vote count is 8 YES and 20 No votes. This proposal has failed to pass. There were those who thought that this should have been discussed prior to submitting a proposal and that there should have been a roller standard submitted with the proposal. O.K. lets see a written standard that this committee can agree on. This  period will last 3 days unless there is sufficient discussion to extend the time.
 

2011-03

03/19/2011 - Voting Completed

03/14/2011 - Voting

03/09/2011 - Discussion

 

The following proposal is submitted for review.

Split Texas Region
This is a request to split the Texas WC Region into North Texas and Texas. With East Texas, this split will create 3 Regions in Texas. This split will make managing the regional portion of the WC Fly much easier for both North Texas as well as the remaining members in the Texas Region. Bob Scott will be the North Texas Regional Director. 
 
The boundaries will be as follows;
Our Northern boundary will be the Red River. Our Eastern boundary will be Cooke-Denton-Dallas-Ellis Counties. NOTE: Dallas County will be a (flex county). This county borders both sides and has a large population which new flyers can be drawn from possibly in the future. We don't want to take away from the other region being able to pick up flyers in this county nor cut any current members there. Our Southern boundary will begin with Ellis and proceed West through Johnson-Hood-Palo Pinto-Stephens-Shachelford-Jones-Fisher-Scury. The Scury county line where it ties to the existing Region West Texas boundary line will be the connecting point between the two regions. Therefore our Western boundary will begin in Scurry County at the edge of the Permian Basin and run to the North to Childress at the Red River. The above boundaries were compiled to insure that all members currently in Texas who had not requested to be in the North Texas Region were not affected. The main issue that this new region addresses is our ability to conduct our Regional Competitions in both the WC and the NBRC at a time of the year where all its members can compete. In our current structure within Texas we (proposed members of North Texas) historically have had no influence regarding the time of year the Regional Competitions are held. With this new region being formed Texas will be able to continue to conduct their regional competitions at the same time of year that they (most members remaining in Texas) traditionally prefer to have them while the members in North Texas can move their Regional Competitions to a time of the year that allows all their members to compete. This timing issue is something that everyone in Texas understands but the concerns of many members fall on deaf ears year after year. This North Texas region will hardly affect the number of kits flown in Texas at all and it definitely will not hurt them. But the addition of North Texas will allow several members who cannot compete in the competitions at all under the current structure to compete and be active productive members of a region and will allow them to compete in the major competitions.
 
The voting period for this item has ended. The vote count is 38 YES and 0 NO. This proposal has passed and the North Texas WC Region is created. This is a Regional split and not a new Region and must abide by the 15 kit rule. The RD will be Bob Scott.

2011-02

03/05/2011 - Voting Completed

02/28/2011 - Voting

02/21/2011 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted for review.

WC Constitution Revision

Current wording.


III.    Expansion

A.    A new region may be formed or an existing region may, for legitimate reasons agreeable to the majority of flyers in that region,  be split by the World Cup Committee, if valid proof of votes taken and a petition is submitted with the necessary minimum number of participants specified under Bylaw I to the appropriate Continental Coordinator by the newly elected RD.  Such an expansion or reorganization requires a 2/3 majority approval by the World Cup Committee.

B.    An additional Continent may be considered for the contest if application is made by the duly elected CC to the World Cup Committee via the GC.  Such inclusion is subject to reasonable scheduling for the fly-off judge and additional funding for intercontinental transportation.  Such expansion requires 2/3rds majority approval by the World Cup Committee.


Revision.

III.   Expansion and Boundaries

A.   A new region is a group of fliers from a geographic territory that is currently unassigned whose members are not part of any existing region.  Regional splits are when existing regions are subdivided into smaller regions whose participants have competed in previous WC competitions.  The existing members are then reassigned within their respective new regional boundaries.  An existing region may, for legitimate reasons agreeable to the majority of the previous year World Cup actual fliers within that region, be split by the World Cup Committee.  A petition will either be physically signed or provided via email by those within the already established region requesting a split who flew in the World Cup during the latest regional qualifying competition.  The petition will require the phone numbers and addresses for each petitioner to the WC GC along with the petition outlining the legitimate reasons for a proposed split of their existing region with a detailed description of their boundaries.  In formation of new regions as well as approving regional splits, the minimum number of participants must meet the criteria specified under Bylaw I.  All expansions or reorganization requires a 2/3 majority approval by the World Cup Committee.

B.  Fliers are required to fly within the boundaries of their assigned regions.  The only exception is when a flier within an assigned region is near the boundary line of another region and flying with a neighboring region makes logistical sense for the two regions concerned, provided doing so does not negatively affect the number of qualifiers within the actual assigned region of those flier(s) who wish to fly with a neighboring region.   If the two regional directors can not agree upon who the flier(s) will participate with then the flier(s) and the two regional directors will all submit separate statements to the WC GC for review, who will in turn submit them to the WC EC for resolution.  If remote fliers wish to participate they should contact their closest Regional Director.  Regional Directors will make every effort to include everyone they possibly can as this adds growth to our sport.  Remote fliers must however realize that they may be asked to meet the judge half way or pay extra for transportation expenses if they wish to be included as part of the region.  Regional Directors will not be the final decision makers on whether or not an individual can be included as part of their region if they reside within their region.  If the Regional Director and remote flier(s) can not come to an agreement insofar as how to include the remote flier(s) in to the regional competition then the Regional Director and remote flier(s) will be required to submit statements to the WC GC for review, who will submit all statements to the WC EC for resolution.  

C.  In the event that an established region fails to come up with the minimum number of kits flown to remain an independent region that region will be absorbed by the nearest region.  However, if in doing so creates such a large geographical area that conducting WC regional competitions are unfeasible then both Regional Directors should submit statements to the WC GC for review, who will submit both statements to the WC EC for resolution. 

D.  An additional Continent may be considered for the contest if application is made by the duly elected CC to the World Cup Committee via the GC.  Such inclusion is subject to reasonable scheduling for the fly-off judge and additional funding for intercontinental transportation.  Such expansion requires 2/3rds majority approval by the World Cup Committee.
 
The vote count is 27 YES and 21 NO. Ammendments to the WC Constitution require a two thirds majority vote for approval. This requirement was not reached, so this item has failed to pass.

2011-01

Withdrawn 03/29/2011

Tabled until after 2011-02

02/21/2011 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted for review.

New WC Region in Florida, USA

For the first time in a long time, the participants from Florida have competed in the NBRC National Championshp and thought that the region was way too big for competitors and judges for both the WC and NBRC.  South Carolina, Georgia and Florida is a lot of distance to cover and too large logistically.

Florida would like to have their own region and has enough participants to do so.  North Carolina has enough participants to be a region on their own as well but this leaves Georgia and South Carolina with not enough participants to compete on their own.


Therefore, the following proposal is submitted to the Executive Committee.  Florida and Georgia become a region and both Carolina states combine and have their own region. This would be fair for all four states logistically and increase the interest of more competitors to compete in the fly.  Arif Mumtaz has volunteered to be the RD for Florida-Georgia (SE region),

Proposal has been withdrawn.

2010-05

01/10/2011 - Voting Completed

01/04/2011 - Voting

12/29/2010 - Discussion

 

New WC Region in California, USA

The request is for a new region in the Bakersfield, CA and surrounding areas. The reason for this is the growing amount of participants in roller competition, and the distance between adjacent regions. With the participation and interest in the local area to support the WC growing Mark Booker is willing to step up and coordinate this new region. The proposed boundary's are as followes;

Porterville, CA to the north of Bakersfield, CA, Gorman, CA, to the south of Bakersfield, Antelope Valley and Ridgecrest, CA to the east of Bakersfield, and Taft, CA to the west of Bakersfield. This should encompass everyone that wants to participate, and any others in the surrounding areas that want to support the WC roller fly trough this new region. There are 12 flyers who have committed to fly with us fly with this new region.

The vote count is 31 Yes and 1 No.

The proposal has passed and the new region will be formed.

2010-04

11/30/2010 - Voting Completed

11/25/2010 - Voting

11/22/2010 - Discussion

WC Score Pads

In digging through my WC finals score sheets I can see that in 1996 there was clearly a block for kit size and weather.  In 1997 the score sheets were greatly reduced in size, kit size and weather were not on this score sheet.  

Here are the items I would like added to the score sheets.
 
1.  Kit Size
2.  Temperature
3.  Clear/Scattered/Cloudy/Overcast/Fog (Circle One) 
4.  Still/Slight Breeze/Windy/Strong Wind (Circle One)
 
Larger area for judge's comments.
 
Sample score sheet

The vote count is 25 Yes and 6 No.

The proposal has passed and the changes will be made to the WC Score Pads.

2010-03

9/19/2010 - Voting Completed

09/15/2010 - Discussion

2011 WC Officers
The following candidates have been approved with a vote total of 28 YES and 0 NO .
Thanks to all who participated.
 
General Coordinator                    Rick Mee
Assistant General Coordinator    Alex Hamilton
Secretary-Treasurer                    Tim Decker
Special Promotions Director       Carl Braker
Web Site Director                      Mitch Reed

2010-02

3/31/2010 - Voting Completed

3/26/2010 - Voting

03/18/2010 - Discussion

The following proposal is submitted to make a change to the World Cup By-Laws.

World Cup General Coordinator Proposal

EC members,

The current World Cup Constitution and By-Laws regarding the position of General Coordinator is as follows:

 

B.    Continental Coordinators (CC) shall be elected annually at the conclusion of the World Cup fly-off by the majority vote of all RDs on the respective continent who served for the prior contest.  CC duties are primarily secretarial and involve promoting the event in appropriate national and international publications, including advertising names, addresses and telephone numbers of the appropriate RDs.  CCs also collect the entry fees for the fly-off from the RDs and provide transportation for the fly-off judge through each region or to the region's designated major airport.  The CC representing the continent with the largest number of participants shall also be named the General Coordinator (GC).  The GC is further responsible for setting up the finals fly-off, arranging all intercontinental transportation and awards for the top ten finalists, expense money (not less than $100 per week judging) and a recognition plaque for the fly-off judge. He also announces the official fly results and submits the fly-off judge's report to national and international publications. 

 

 

I submit the following ammendment to the Bylaw for approval by the Executive Committee:

 

B. Continental Coordinators (CC)  shall be elected annually at the conclusion of the World Cup finals by the majority vote of all RDs on the respective continent who served for the prior contest.  CC duties are primarily secretarial and involve promoting the event in appropriate national and international publications, including advertising names, addresses and telephone numbers of the appropriate RDs.  CCs also collect the entry fees for the fly-off from the RDs and provide transportation for the fly-off judge through each region or to the region's designated major airport

 

C. General Coordinator (GC) shall be elected every two years at the conclusion of the World Cup finals by the majority vote of all Regional Directors. The term of the position shall be two years. Candidates for the postition of General Coordinator may be nominated by any Regional Director from any country who participated in the most recent competition. It is recommended that nominees be contacted and have confirmed that they are willing to serve before their names are submitted.  Nominations will be open for 30 days following the close of the competition, afterwhich elections will be held electronically via the World Cup Executive Committee List.   The GC is  responsible for conducting the business of the World Cup, submitting items of business to the EC for discussion, establishing the finals schedule and arranging all  transportation for the finals judge, and providing for awards for the top ten finalists, expenses money (not less than $100 per week judging) and a recognition plaque for the finals judge. He also announces the official fly results and submits the finals judge's report to the national and international publications.

VOTE TALLY

YES/37 - NO/0

This proposal has passed and the changes will be made to the WC Constitution and By-Laws.


2010-01

03/04/2010 - Discussion

The following proposal has been submitted for comments or questions. After the discussion period and if there is sufficient interest, a change to the By-Laws may be submitted for approval by the WC EC.

World Cup General Coordinator Proposal
This proposal is submitted to the World Cup Executive Committee by Southeast Region veteran flyers Clay Hoyle and Joe Bob Stuka through their Regional Director, Cliff Ball, for discussion and possible implementation. It is recommended that the discussion of this recommendation take place prior to stipulating a specific change in the By Laws, in order to avoid re-wording and unnecessary voting that results from the positive suggestions that result from the discussion process.
 
Section II B of the current World Cup Constitution and By Laws provides that the Continental Coordinator representing the continent with the largest number of participants shall be named the General Coordinator. This places the United States, or the North American continent, in the unenviable position of being the continent that is most likely to fill this position every year.  The World Cup Fly, as an international event, would benefit significantly if the other countries or geographical areas who field significant numbers of participants were to have the opportunity to fill the position of GC. For one thing, this would avoid the potential for any single country appearing to have control of the World Cup for an extended period of time. As we have seen, it can also be difficult for any single country to fill the position year after year. We are suggesting a two year term for the General Coordinator, that would rotate between three major geographical areas every two years; North America, Europe, and South Africa, and that this area should also host the WC auction. Although Australia's land mass is equal to or greater than some of these areas, the number of participants is the smallest. Perhaps it could be combined with South Africa as an area, or perhaps a provision could be made for Australia to petition the WC Executive Committee in the future, for the right to sponsor a GC in any years that they are able to do so. 
 

 The discussion period has ended.  This was proposal was for discussion only.

 

 

 

2009-09

 

12/13/2009 - Voting Completed 

 

12/07/2009 - Voting

 

 

12/02/2009 - Discussion

World Cup Executive Committee Procedures

The following proposal has been submitted to establish procedures for the World Cup Executive Committee. 

1. The Facilitator for the Executive Committee (EC) List will be appointed by the World Cup General Coordinator from the members of the Executive Committee.  The EC List is to be used as a means of conducting business related to the World Cup Roller Fly.  All matters not related to WC business should be communicated through private email.
 
2. All business shall be approved by the WC GC before it is discussed by the Executive Committee. Proposals should not be posted directly to the Executive Committee List but should be sent to the GC via private e-mail. After approval, the GC will submit items to the Facilitator for EC discussion.  Once an Item is submitted to the Facilitator, he/she will assign it a number and forward same to the EC. Items for discussion should meet the requirements as defined by the WC Constitution and By-Laws.
 
3. Items shall be presented to the Executive Committee separately. Once an item has been submitted to the Executive Committee for discussion, all other posts, not relevant to the open item, should be avoided. Should an Item expand into multiple issues it may, at the discretion of the GC, be returned to him/her for review and resubmission as separate items. The discussion phase will last 5 days unless additional time is requested. Requests for additional time must be supported by at second for another WC List member.
 
4. At the conclusion of the discussion phase the Facilitator shall call for a vote.  The facilitator shall prepare a ballot and submit it to the GC for approval prior to calling for the vote.  Generally each Item will be voted on with a YES or NO after discussion is concluded. No further discussion should take place after the voting phase starts. Each EC Member is allowed to vote in accordance with WC By-Laws and once this vote is cast it cannot be changed. Votes by EC members not on the EC List or that are experiencing computer problems, must be cast by the EC member through the Facilitator or GC. The voting phase will last 5 days.
 
5.  Once the voting phase has concluded the facilitator shall tally the votes and present the results to the EC List for record and review.  The results shall include the total votes for each option on the ballot. 
 
 6. Any Executive Committee Member who engages in personal attacks, i.e. name-calling, profanity or refusal to abide by Committee rules, may be removed from the Executive Committee List by order of the GC. The offending member shall receive (1) warning by either the Facilitator or the GC and will be removed if another violation occurs. Said member will remain off the EC List until the present Item clears the EC or for a period of 2 weeks. After reinstatement, if (2) two additional violations occur the member will be permanently removed and may be removed from office by majority vote of the EC
List. 

YES - 30/NO - 0

This proposal has been approved.

2009-08

11/17/2009 - Proposal has been shelved for now.

11/15/2009 - Voting

11/11/2009 - Discussion

NEW REGION IN NORTH CAROLINA

A petition has been submitted to the World Cup Roller Fly requesting the creation of a new region that will affect South East Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

This item has been shelved by the GC until a later date.

2009-07

11/02/09 - Voting Completed

10/27/09 - Voting

2010 WC FLY-OFF JUDGE

 

There are 4 nominations for the 2010 WC Fly-Off Judge.

 

1.  Don Simpson - USA

2.  Eric Laidler - Denmark

3.  Eldon Cheney - USA

4.  Adrian Gasparini - Australia

The votes have been tallied and Adrian Gasparini has been selected to judge the 2010 World Cup Roller Fly.  Eric Laidler has been selected the alternate judge.

Thank you to all the nominees who offered to volunteer their time and services to judge this World Class event.

2009-06

10/17/09 - Voting Complete

10/06/09 - Discussion

NEW CROATIAN REGION

A petition has been submitted to the World Cup Roller Fly requesting the creation of a new region to include the Croatian roller flyers.

Votes - 31 Yes / 0 No

New Croatian region created.

2009-05

10/01/09 - Voting Complete

09/16/2009 - Discussion

NEW SOUTH AFRICAN REGION

A petition has been submitted to the World Cup Roller Fly requesting  the creation of a new region in South Africa.

Votes - 26 Yes / 0 NO

New South Africa Region 8 created.