The dBDRA is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the Bass Race scoring procedure.
Effective immediately, the Term-LAB SPL meter will display all Bass Race scores in HUNDREDTHS of a dB.
QUALIFYING scores will be RECORDED in HUNDREDTHS of a dB. This solves two problems...
First, it eliminates the "bubble" problem that sometimes occurs at the end of qualifying. As you know, in Bass Race the top 8 contestants in each class advance to the ELIMINATION rounds. But, over the years, contestants have honed their skills to such a degree that sometimes more than 8 contestants qualify with a PERFECT score (9.9). This would then result in a time-consuming and difficult run-off to determine who would advance. By using hundredths of a dB to determine QUALIFYING scores, this problem is eliminated.
Secondly, awards for 3rd-8th place in Bass Race were impossible to determine because many contestants had identical qualifying scores. By using hundredths of a dB for QUALIFYING, this issue is also resolved.
In the ELIMINATION rounds, the Term-LAB SPL meter will continue to display all Bass Race scores in HUNDREDTHS of a dB. However, scores will be recorded using TENTHS of a dB.
One of the most exciting aspects of Bass Race competition is the tie. By using tenths of a dB (instead of hundredths), these exciting tie-breakers will continue to occur.
Another important change is the way the meter converts scores that are DISPLAYED in hundredths to scores that are RECOREDED based on tenths.
In the past, each contestant's score would be rounded to the nearest tenth. For example, a score of 149.93 would be rounded to 149.9. A score of 149.97 would be rounded to a 150.0. Over the years, this has created some confusion when a "Breakout" would occur (Because the competitor would breakout but the meter might still be displaying 149.9.) The new software rounds all values DOWN to the tenth. For example, a 149.92 would be recorded as a pefect score of 149.9. A 149.99 would ALSO be recorded as a perfect score of 149.9. In this example, both contestants would have a RECORDED score of 149.9 and the run would be considered a TIE. Exceeding 149.99 would result in a score of 150 and a Breakout.
This change will eliminate confusion related to a Breakout because the SPL number displayed will be above the range the competitor is participating in. In addition, the effective "margin" for hitting a perfect score will double (because we are rounding down instead of both up and down). This will result in more tie-breakers and consequently more excitement in the lanes.
I am really excited about these new changes. I want to thank all of the Bass Race contestants who have assisted us in refining the judging procedure. Special thanks to Team Nemesis - Derrick, Jay Staub, Wally Johnson, and Steve Mick.