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UNIVERSAL PERFORMANCE RATING (UPR), SIMPLIFIED RULES

Revised from version passed by AU Competition Standards Committee meeting, February, 1996. This document passed by AU Board, November, 1998, Oklahoma City. Format modified Dec 2002.

Prepared by Gil Rinard, 18265 NE Fairview Drive, Dundee, OR 97115, grinard@teleport.com

DEFINITIONS

Percentile, Unirate: Number expressed as a percentage, which describes the performance of a Racing Homer in a race, relative to the other Racing Homers also competing in that race.

The percentile (unirate) is calculated by dividing the position of the individual Racing Homer by the total numer of Racing Homers competing, and then multiplying by 100 to convert it to a percentage.

For example, a bird is fourth against 200 birds.

Percentile Rank = (4/200) x 100 = 2.0%

Nominated Racing Homer: A Racing Homer that is selected by the flyer and designated on the entry sheet at the time of shipping the race.

Validation of data for Team Score and Champion Racing Loft competition requires official race reports that include nomination data.

Middle distance race: Any race of three hundred forty nine (349) miles, or less

Long distance race: Any race of three hundred fifty (350) miles, or more.

Marathon race: Any race of four hundred seventy five (475) miles, or more.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ALL UPR COMPETITION

Data submitted in support of Universal Performance Rating (UPR) competition, shall come exclusively from portions of race results that provide a true record of the rank order, by velocity, of every pigeon from first position down through the percentile (UNIRATE) range used.

The data may be assumed to be accurate over the entire top 20% range if the following conditions are met:

a. There is a top 20% point system, such as Team Score competition, or a 1:5 money pool to motivate clocking of all birds in the top 20%.

B. No clocking limits are in force.

GUIDELINES FOR UPR RACING PIGEON PERFORMANCE COMPETITION (WinSpeed - 21)

ACE Racing Homer awards shall be awarded to cocks and hens in each of the following categories:

Young Bird (600 mile total)

Old Bird All Distance (1000 mile total)

Yearling All Distance (1000 mile total)

Old Bird Middle Distance

Yearling Middle Distance

Old Bird Long Distance

Old Bird Marathon

Old Bird Marathon Triple Crown

2. For determining UPR Ace Racing Homer distance categories, individual loft airlines, rounded to the nearest mile, are used.

3. The Young Bird Ace Racing Homer competition requires results from any three (3), or more, young bird races that total 600 miles or more.

4. The Old Bird All Distance Ace Racing Homer competition requires results from any three (3), or more, races that total 1000 miles or more, and include at least one race of 250 miles or less and at least one race of 450 miles or more.

5. The Yearling All Distance Ace Racing Homer competition has the same requirements as above except that data must come from the yearling year.

6. The Old Bird Middle Distance Ace Racing Homer competition requires results from four (4) middle distance races (349 miles or less) which average 200miles or more.

7. The Yearling Middle Distance Ace Racing Homer competition has the same requirements as above except that data must come from the yearling year.

8. The Long Distance Ace Racing Homer category requires results from three (3) long distance races (350 miles or more) that average 425 miles or more.

9. The Marathon Ace Racing Homer category requires results from two (2) marathon races (475 miles or more) that average 525 miles or more.

10. The Marathon Triple Crown Ace Racing Homer category requires results from three (3) marathon races (463 miles or more) that average 514 miles or more.

11. A Racing Homer may compete in any and all categories in which it can present qualifying data.

12. Scoring of the performances for ace racing homer competition shall be done as follows:

The percentiles (UNIRATES) for each of the qualifying races (as stated above) are added together.

This sum is then divided by the number of races used, to give the average percentile (AVERAGE UNIRATE).

The birds are ranked (within each category) in order of increasing average percentile (AVERAGE UNIRATE). The lower the average, the better the performance is.

GUIDELINES FOR UPR CHAMPION LOFT COMPETITION (TWO-BIRD) (WinSpeed - 22)

1. UPR Champion Loft competition shall be carried out in the following categories:

Young Bird

Old Bird Middle Distance

Old Bird Long Distance

Old Bird All Distance

For determining the UPR Champion Loft competition distance categories, individual loft airlines, rounded to the nearest mile, are used

All data in support of UPR Champion Loft competition must be from a single racing season.

Results from a flyer’s first and second nominated Racing Homers, only, may be used in the UPR Champion Loft competition.

The Young Bird UPR Champion Loft competition category requires results from a maximum of three (3) young bird races averaging 200 miles or more.

The Old Bird Middle Distance UPR Champion Loft competition category requires results from a maximum of four (4) old bird middle distance (349 miles or less) races averaging 200 miles or more.

The Old Bird Long Distance UPR Champion Loft competition category requires results from a maximum of three (3) old bird long distance (350 miles or more) races averaging 475 miles or more.

The All Distance Champion Loft competition category requires results from three (3) middle distance races, averaging 200 miles or more, and two (2) long distance races averaging 475 miles or more.

Scoring of the performances for UPR Champion Loft competition shall be done as follows:

The percentile ranks (UNIRATES) for the maximum number of qualifying races (as stated above), for each first and/or second nominated bird are added together.

This sum is then divided by the number of observations used, to give the average percentile rank (AVERAGE UNIRATE).

If, in any distance category, a flyer presents results from both first and second nominated birds in more qualifying races than specified as the maximum number above, then the races used shall be chosen so as to optimize (minimize) his average percentile rank (AVERAGE UNIRATE).

All competitors presenting the full compliment of two positions (first and second nominated birds) for the maximum required qualifying races will be ranked in order of increasing, average, percentile rank. (Smallest averge percentile is best.)

Then any competitors presenting a number of positions one (1) less than the maximum compliment of two positions in each qualifying race are ranked in the same way.

Then any competitors presenting a number of positions two (2) less than the maximum compliment of two positions in each qualifying race are ranked in the same way.

Then any competitors presenting a number of positions three (3) less than the maximum compliment of two positions in each qualifying race are ranked in the same way, and so forth, through four (4) less, five (5) less, etc.

h. Exception to the above: In the case of All Distance Champion Loft competition all competitors must present the full compliment of qualifying positions to qualify.

GUIDELINES FOR THE UPR TEAM SCORE COMPETITION (WinSpeed - 23)

Each first or second nominated bird clocked in the top 10% earns fifteen (15) points.

Each first or second nominated bird clocked below the top 10%, but still in the top 20% earns ten (10) points.

Each third, fourth or fifth nominated bird clocked anywhere in the top 20% earns ten (10) points.

All other un-nominated birds clocked in the top 20% earn five (5) points each.

Calculation of the final team score for a race.

The (gross) points score of a competitor is calculated by adding together all the points won by birds in his/her entry, according to numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, above.

The net points score is then calculated by subtracting one (1) point for each bird entered by that competitor

The final score is calculated by multiplying the net score by the distance factor.

The distance factor is the average of the airline distances of all competitors, divided by 100.

Season Team Score rankings are determined for the following categories:

Young birds

Old Bird Middle Distance.

Old Bird Long Distance.

Old Bird All Distance.

Young Bird Season Team Score calculation.

Each flyer’s young bird season team score is equal to the sum of the team score points earned in that flyer’s four (4) best young bird races (most points earned). If the flyer earned points in less than four (4) races then the sum of the team scores of all available races is used. The average mileage of the races must be 200 miles or more.

Old bird Middle Distance Season Team Score calculation

Each flyer’s old bird middle distance season team score is equal to the sum of the team score points earned in that flyer’s five (5) best middle distance old bird races (most points earned). If the flyer earned points in less than five (5) races then the sum of the team scores of all available races is used. The average mileage of the races must be 200 miles or more.

Long Distance Season Team Score calculation

Each flyer’s long distance season team score is equal to the sum of the team score points earned in that flyer’s three (3) best long distance old bird races (most points earned). If the flyer earned points in less than three (3) races then the sum of the team scores of all available races is used. The average of the races used must be 450 miles or more.

All Distance Season Team Score calculation.

Each flyer’s all distance season team score is the sum of that flyer’s middle distance and long distance scores.

Competitors shall be ranked in order of decreasing season team score within each category. (Largest team scores are best.)

UPR CATEGORIES AND REQUIREMENTS

TABLE I, UPR RACING PIGEON PERFORMANCE REPORT (WinSpeed - 21)

Category Race Distances Required Mileage No. of Races

Young Bird Any Distance 600+ mi. total three (3) or more

All Distance One < 250 miles 1000+ mi. total three (3) or more

(O.B. & Y’ling) One > 450 miles

Middle Distance 349 mi. or less 200+ mi. average four (4)

(O.B. & Y’ling)

Long Distance 350 mi. or more 425+ mi. average three (3)

Marathon 475 mi. or more 525+ mi. average two (2)

Marathon Triple Crown 463 mi. or more 514+ mi. average three(3)

TABLE II, UPR CHAMPION LOFT (TWO-BIRD NOMINATED) (WinSpeed - 22)

Category Race Distances Required Ave. Miles No. of Races

Young Bird Any Distance 200 miles or more three (3) max

Middle Distance 349 miles or less 200 miles or more four (4) max

Long Distance 350 miles or more 475 miles or more three (3) max

All Distance

Middle Races 349 miles or less 200 miles or more three (3)

Long Races 350 miles or more 475 miles or more two (2)

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TABLE III, UPR TEAM SCORE (WinSpeed - 23)

Category Race Distances Required Ave. Miles Max No. of Races

Young Bird Any Distance 200 miles or more four (4)

Middle Distance 349 miles or less 200 miles or more five (5)

Long Distance 350 miles or more 450 miles or more three (3)

All Distance (combines middle and long distance above)

UPR Reports Available in WinSpeed

There are presently 46 UPR reports available. These reports consist of three main categories and their derived reports.

The three main categories are:

Report 21: Ace Pigeon Performance Report

Report 22: Champion Loft (2-Bird Nominated)

Report 23: Team Score

When a report is first run, the data is optimized for that main category (including its derived reports) and saved to the database. This may take some time depending on the size of the database and speed of the computer. However, once any report in a main category is run, all the reports for that category will then run very quickly. The "time consuming" run will only occur after data is changed that affects results, for example, adding clockings. Once data is saved to the database, it is available between sessions of WinSpeed and reports will continue to run quickly until a change is made to the data.

X = Available reports

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YB All AD MD LD MAR MTC ALL AD MD

21: Full X X X X X X X X X X

Summary X X X X X X X X

1 Loft X X X

1 Bird X X X

22: Full X X X X X

Summary X X X X

1 Loft X X

23: Full X X X X X

Summary X X X X

1 Loft X X

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