The matches will remain RaceTo-5, but will now have a 10 minute game time. Teams will still be allowed 1 time out per match, which will be 30 seconds long.
A schedule for the Premier Division of the 2011 VICIOUS RaceTo Series can be found at the link above. We will be making some changes to this division for the remainder of the Series. Below is an explanation of how matches will work for the rest of the series.
There are 4 teams per group. The teams are (for example) 1, 2, 3, 4.
There are 2 pit areas, just like there are now. In one pit will be Team 1 and Team 3. In the other pit area will be Team 2 and Team 4.
It is very important that you limit what you bring into the pit area itself. Teams will still have a tent to stage out of like they did at the first event, so please leave all gear bags, chairs, etc in this staging area. Teams will need to make sure and fill all of their pods for a match in their staging area BEFORE they go into the pit area.
The first match-up for the group is between Team 1 and Team 2. These two teams take the field on their pit side. Teams will alternate sides every 3 points scored.
When the match begins, let us suppose that Team 1 wins the first point. After the start box referee signals that the flag hang is good, Teams 3 and 4 have 30 seconds to take the field at their respective start boxes. Once this 30 seconds is up, their first point will begin. Lets say that in this set, Team 4 wins. As soon as the start box referee signals that the flag hang in clean, Teams 1 and 2 have 30 seconds to get on the field in the correct start stations before their next point starts.
Play continues in this back and forth manner until one team reaches the 5 points, or game time expires.
Once a team's match is over, they have 2 minutes to leave the pit area and clear out their equipment from it. This is the reason it is very important that you only bring what is absolutely necessary into the pit with you, as well as making sure all of your pods are loaded BEFORE you get into the pit.
VICIOUS just returned from playing the Millennium Bitburg event in Germany where this format is how all of their events are run. All of the players that attended agree that it is a fantastic format for both the players and the fans. The format ran with no hitches and the players adjusted to it without any problems, and had no trouble getting their equipment out of the pit area in the time allotted.