FJT DAKINE Chamonix
DIMANCHE 25 JANVIER 2015
With increasing demand for Freeride competitions at the Junior level, the FJT have been working hard to improve systems and increase opportunities for Junior Freeride athletes. Long term sponsor Dakine is on board, fuelled by the success of FJT seasons past.
FJT Seeding list
The most significant of these changes is the introduction of the athlete seeding list used by the Freeride Qualifying Tour for 8 years. This seeding list is a points system which dictates which athletes qualify for which competitions (rated from 1 to 3 stars).
The seeding list has been wholly successful on the qualifying circuit and ensures a fairness and natural progression for the athletes as they achieve better and better results. The way the system works is to take into account each athletes best three results from the last year, giving them a score and associated position on the seeding list. This list is updated each week so if your results are improving, your score and position on the seeding list will improve also. Each result is valid for ONE YEAR ONLY, this is great if you’re on the up and up, but it can be a tough pill to swallow if you have unlucky mistakes down the track. For example if you place 2nd in the Verbier JFT stop in 2015 but make only 4th position the following year, your score will be down-graded. It’s also important to remember your position on the seeding list is relative to your peers – if their results are improving at a greater rate than yours, they will over-take your position on the list!
With 2015 being the first year using this system it’s important that Juniors get straight into competition mode at the 1*/2* level, results at these events will get seeding points behind you so you can qualify for 3*s later in the season.
The first 3* is in Chamonix on the 24th of January, so those athletes who are successful in the seasons initial 1* & 2 * events should qualify.
Another change to the FJT is the discontinuation of the two age categories. In previous years the FJT have had two categories (14-16 / 16-17). This year there will be just one open Junior category to champion from ages 14-17 (inclusive). For young guns this may seem like a rough deal but the new seeding list system will fairly track your progression and qualify you to the 3*’s when you’re good and ready. Be motivated to get stuck in at the 1* & 2* level until you have enough points to move forward.
To clarify a point which briefly touched on above, all of the FJT events are rated either 1*/2* or 3*.
1* competitions are aimed at entry level Freeride Juniors and are associated closely with the FWT Club. As we are just beginning to utilise the seeding list points system, it may be necessary for all FJT athletes to begin with some 1* events to build their points.
2* competitions yield more seeding points than 1*, but less than 3*. 2* events are also much easier to gain entry to than 3* events. For a full run down on what each level of competition entails, have a read of the Rules & Tools section on our website.
3* competitions are the most difficult to qualify for but will earn you more points for your results. This will push you higher on the seeding list, ensuring you continue to qualify for future 3* comps.
As a proven platform to launch your Freeride hopes and aspirations we’re proud to present the upcoming Junior Freeride World Tour, new and improved. The 2015 FJT season is jam packed with events taking place every weekend from the first stop in January. So eat your vegetables, do your homework and get some sleep, it’s going to be a big winter of shredding hard!