Lots of rodeo rookies and newbies will likely sit in the audience at the Sixth Annual Verl Gillespie Memorial Team Roping June 8 and 9 at the White Mountain Vacation Village Arena in Show Low.
So those novices might be scratching their noggins trying to figure out the parlance of the sport that can include a number of roping groupings, draws, picks and over and unders.
For the sake of clarity, let’s see what all those roping terms actually mean in the roper classification system.
The United States Team Roping Championships (USTRC) issues and maintains number classifications of almost 127,000 team ropers from across North America.
The number system handicaps member ropers on a TRIAD system. In it, USTRC officials assign all ropers a competition number, 1 through 10 based on rodeo performance profiles and online balloting in which ropers have the opportunity to rate their fellow competitors from within their own area.
Factors the USTRC considers in assigning numbers are money won, how often a roper competes, consistency, who a roper ropes with, how fast they rope and what others think.
Then through a complex system of weights and standards, those factors are analyzed and the roper’s ability is assigned a number classification.
In entering an event, the roper competes in an assigned division against others with his or her same ability.
USTRC officials say the TRIAD system provides everyone, regardless of age or ability, the fair and equal opportunity to compete.
No. 1 ropers are true beginners and No. 9 and higher are world-class ropers. No. 5 is a low-level amateur and No. 6 is a mid-level amateur.
In some ropings, “overs and unders” are used, meaning a roper can compete in a classification over his TRIAD number and sometimes under his TRIAD number.
As for “draw or pick,” it simply means in some ropings competitors can either draw their partner from a pool of contestants or pick a personal choice.
Soccer on deck
Town Parks and Recreation officials are gearing up for the June 3-10 Challenger Youth Soccer camp on the Rumsey Park north multipurpose field.
The camp will feature several skill/age sessions including First Kicks, Mini-Soccer, five Half-Day Development sessions and a Full-Day Development session.
First Kicks is open to aspiring players 3 to 4 years old. First Kicks introduces campers to the game basics through fundamental activities, games and fun soccer challenges from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day. Parents are encouraged to join in to help their children.
The Mini-Soccer, for 5- to 6-year-olds, has fun games, competitions and skill-building activities used to help develop budding players. The sessions are each day from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The Half-Day Development camps emphasize core soccer techniques through individual and small group practices and coached games. The sessions are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Full-Day Player Development camp is aimed at youths 8 to 18. It is a more advanced session for serious players. The curriculum includes game-related techniques, tactical development and coached match play. Sessions run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. then from 5 to 8 p.m.
The fees are $86 for First Kicks, $100 for Mini-Soccer, $135 for Half-Day and $185 for Full-Day camp.
All campers receive a camp T-shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and an individual skills performance evaluation.