The never ending judging drama reared its ugly head this weekend, I came across this interesting article on ESPN’s site by Brian Tunney about the recent judging controversy between Bo Wade and the Am flat circuit. Brian writes….
“This past weekend, the final round of the 2011 Am Flatland Circuit hit Buffalo, N.Y., with wins going to DK’s Dane Beardsley in Pro Flatland, Tyler Gilliard in Masters, Todd Carter in Expert, Tony Strickler in Vet and Jimmy Kibbons in Beginner. Unfortunately, the contest was not without controversy. According to riders in the contest, including pro Bo Wade, who placed third out of three riders, the judging was inaccurate…..
Steve Lapsley from the Am Flat circuit sent in a response:
When I decided to start running the Am Flatland Circuit in 2009 I did it for my love of Flatland and the hopes of growing the sport. I did not do this for money or popularity or publicity. In the last two years I have put everything I have into this circuit including every spare dollar my wife and I could save. Not one penny has been made off of this circuit personally; all money from t-Shirts and entry fees went directly back into contest expenses, trophies and pro purse.
It is very unfortunate that there are untrue statements floating around the internet regarding the round 5 judging and scoring system. In no way were judges asked to change scores or were scores altered. I am sorry that there are hard feelings over placements or scores but I stand by my system when the proper judges are in place. Every contest format and judging system has flaws and needs tweaks. Mine is no different.
I did my best to plan and raise sponsorships to plan the Battle at the Border in 30 days time. With this short time frame came little money to put towards the actual event. Everything from the DJ’s to the Trophies were donated. There were no funds to pay judges and we used the best people available for each class at the time of the event.
I will continue to run the Am Flatland Circuit with all of the recent comments as a stepping stone for next year’s circuit.
As I said I do this for my love of Flatland and I will continue to do this as so.