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Women's Star Crest Recipient Awards in Skydiving

Two Ways to Qualify!

     The criteria for WSCR/NWSCR Awards have been unchanged since the first numbers were issued.  The numbers originated with the first 8-Woman Star formation on July 27, 1969.  The numbering system was established following the same format and criteria originally established in 1967 for the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest awards by Bill Newell (SCR 3) as a tribute to his friend and mentor. 

      Primary objectives of both the Bob Buquor Memorial Star Crest Awards and the Women's Star Crest Awards are to establish and preserve a record of skydiving history, and to recognize the individual and group accomplishments of Relative Work skydivers.

     Since the Women's Star Crest Awards were established in 1972, the WSCR numbers have been issued in sequence, starting with the first eight women to make an all-woman freefall formation together.  The numbers have been issued in order, based on date/time the application was received and, when possible, entry sequence into the formation.  This tradition is being preserved and remains unchanged.

      In keeping with a desire to appropriately recognize the increasing complexity of women’s skydiving and to honor those who possess the skills necessary to attain new records, there are two ways to qualify for a Women’s Star Crest Recipient Award.  In addition to participating in a qualified WSCR star formation, skydivers who have participated in an officially recognized all-woman state, national, or world record jump also qualify for a WSCR Award. 

      The simple rationale is: anyone who has the skills to take part in a state, national or world record in an all-woman formation of eight or more has demonstrated the ability to qualify for a WSCR. 

     Going back to the first WSCR 8-woman star formation, the unofficial standard has always been about possessing and demonstrating the skills to accomplish something new in freefall.*

 *Note:  Historically, the traditional “star” formation evolved from the original baton pass between two skydivers who struggled to maneuver in freefall and get close enough to be able to hand off a baton from one to the other.  Eventually, skydivers realized they could get close enough to safely grip each other and briefly fall together.  At the time, this was an amazing and exciting accomplishment—the genesis for formation skydiving in all forms.  This transformed the act of making a parachute jump into a SKYDIVE!  Now, the focus was no longer on a “daredevil” stunt—the act of jumping out of an airplane.  Instead, attention was devoted toward developing freefall skills for maneuverability with other skydivers in the air and to meet personal challenges. 

      In 1969, the first 8-woman star was the first recognized women’s Relative Work (RW) accomplishment in skydiving.  It established the basic bar at all levels—state, national and world.  It was the foundation for subsequent record-setting in women’s RW skydiving, locally and internationally. 

      Why the number eight?  Simply because that was how many the local jump planes could accommodate: eight in one large plane, or four in two smaller planes. 

      Why no USPA judges or some kind of official certification?  At that time, there were no official standards or certifications for RW as a skydiving event.  Rules were made up by the skydivers at their drop zones and competitions evolved from “fun jumps” into challenges that demonstrated individual abilities and compared skills between teams.

      Why hold it for five seconds? When the Federation Aeronautic Internationale (FAI) began recognizing skydiving formations, the international standard was that a formation must be held for five seconds as an indication of its stability, in order to be official.  (Since then, the FAI has changed its rules.)

      Today, record-setting is far more sophisticated.  The record standards are considerably higher than in the earliest days of women’s skydiving—when the basic requirements were:  1) be a woman, 2) who jumped and 3) showed up at the DZ with gear on the day of the event, and 4) could afford the cost of the skydives.  Contemporary record participants need highly refined skills and generally have more jumps than women in the past. 

      Therefore, past and current woman’s Formation Skydiving (RW) record holders are invited to join the WSCR sisterhood.  We honor your accomplishments and welcome your expertise! 

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