Fox Hunt Rules Question
- Hey... Any further on my question about the Fox Hunt Rules ? I asked
about changing the rule that says we determine a winner based on trip
odometer measurement ?
The current rules states:
The winner of basic level foxhunt is the team who finds
the fox within the specified hunt time and who has
traveled the shortest distance as determined by their
automobile odometer and trip meter.
Hmmm.... shortest distance FROM WHERE - to - WHERE ? To measure
distance, we need TWO POINTS... and they should be the same two points
for everyone, if we want it to be fair. Common... where are you
Democrats who yearn for... nay... who pray for... nay... who DEMAND we
always provide an EVEN PLAYING FIELD for ALL contestants ?
It is ....well.. Un-American ! ( At this point, please imagine Kate
singing "America the Beautiful" with
We should specify a both common starting point and a common ending point
for everyone. If we use trip odometer measurements, we should be
measuring from the same start to the same finish point. Walking or
running the last X miles of the hunt to minimize odometer readings
should be avoided, lest we turn it into a foot race. Or... is that
what we want ?
We should ALSO amend the rules to specify a "team" must arrive together.
Or we should count the "team" as arriving when just the first, or the
last, member of the team arrives. This becomes moot, if we require
them to arrive in the car, together, at a singular specified finish
point, and measure the odometer reading to that point.
Under the current rules, one team member could use a car to get close to
the fox, and his partner could rides a bike, or walk, all or part of the
route (assuming he can do it in the allotted time) and arrive with NO
mileage on HIS trip odometer, or at least with no more than what the
other guy put on the car before the foot race began.
I think we can do much better at defining how the winner is determined.
And it matters how we do this.
I recall a hunt where the purported "winner" arrived in another team's
car, because they had left their truck 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the finish
line, and were walking to the finish line. They would not have arrived
before the close of the hunt without that assistance. Another team
with slightly more mileage had arrived sooner, and their car was at the
finish line. Is this really how we want to determine the winner ?
Any traction ? I think we should fix this before we get started on
this Year's Hunt Season .
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