[r-t] Judging a Striking Competition

Don Morrison dfm at ringing.org
Mon Apr 5 21:10:41 UTC 2010

On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 4:36 PM, Glenn Taylor <gaataylor at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:
> If the 12 bell is an event demonstrating a "standardised result" then why
> aren't the six teams going forward to the final those teams who scored the
> best six percentages, rather than the highest two from each venue?

I don't honestly know which scheme is better, but I don't think this
particular argument helps decide the question.

For your argument to work, all three eliminators would have to be rung
on the same bells, as well. Imagine band A ringing on a cranky,
difficult old twelve where you can barely hear the front four inside
the ringing room. Imagine band B ringing on a lovely, modern, easy
going twelve with perfect acoustics. It's possible that band A might
be vastly superior to band B, but be scored lower, not because of
their prowess, but because of the circumstances under which they had
to demonstrate it.

Don Morrison <dfm at ringing.org>
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