Many events are faced with a hard decision of cancelling and taking an economic hit in what has already been invested.
Instead of cancelling your on-site event, you may consider going virtual and mirror a similar competitive experience for your athletes.
Here are some suggestions to help you align the parallels of how you can adapt your onsite event to a virtual setting,
Let’s look at a typical 1-day event scenario, which can scale out to a multi day event.
Some parameters to consider for this example:
- Total Roster: 500 athletes
- Total Events: 3 workouts
- Typical Rest between workouts: 2 - 2.5 hours
- Competition Stages: 2 stages
- Heat capacity: 5-10 per heat
- Typical schedule: 9am-4pm
Using the parameters above and adapting it to a virtual setting, you can release workouts to all athletes on a 2 hour cycle with a 1 hour deadline for each workout. If the first workout is released at 9am, you can effectively be finished your event by 2pm.
By releasing a workout every 2 hours, you mimic a similar pace of an on-site event.
This is plenty of time for a competitor to complete the workout, submit their score, recover and be ready for the next workout announcement. (It would obviously be in their best interest to do the workout as soon as possible to maximize their recovery)
- Upon workout release, using Competition Corner’s notification system, all registered athletes will automatically receive the workout details to their inbox. In parallel organizers, can take to social media and go live to walk through movement standards to manage any risk involved in potential deviation of workout flow and standards.
- Configure the workouts in Competition Corner to a 'one and done' submission and hide scores until the deadline has expired. This will discourage anyone from ‘re-doing’ the workout to achieve a better score, and/or motivate anyone from ‘fudging’ their score by a few seconds to get an edge. Once the deadline has expired, the leaderboard will automatically rank the competitors after each workout deadline has expired.
- Because video submission may be a barrier within these short frequencies, video submissions may be optional but requested once event is over.
- At the end of the competition, depending on the stakes involved (i.e. cash payouts), organizers can request more evidence directly in Competition Corner from the Top X athletes before announcing the leaderboard is ‘final'
Some immediate limiting factor:
- Limited equipment : because these workouts will likely happen within a home gym, workout programming will have to consider limited equipment, but there’s still plenty of test that can be programmed to achieve a well rounded competition.
- Time Zone : for a local event, this has no impact, however for events that bring in traveling athletes, this may pose some potential barriers.
- Adrenaline factor : there will be a lack of energy from peers on the floor and crowds in the stands, but if everyone is on the same playing field at home, the level of output shouldn’t make a difference.
- Honor System: a limitation in online competition, but you have to trust your community that they are posting honest scores, and they know their integrity is on the line should anything incriminating surface during validation.