General Championship 2015-16: A Lookback
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The inter-hostel General Championships, or GCs as they’re popularly referred to, form the bedrock of students’ experiences on campus – providing them with a platform to showcase their skills, as well as integral part of the competitive sentiment across hostels. With another year drawing to a close, Insight looks back at how the hostels fared in this year’s GCs.
With 20 GCs spread across 7 genres, Cultural GCs see great participation and enthusiasm over the year, and are touted as the most followed institute wide event. Each of the 7 genres is allotted a 100 points. The performing arts genres of Music, Dance and Dramatics host one flagship general championship each, with hostels spending months on preparation and ideation for the same. Each of the non performing genres- Speaking Arts (4), Literary Arts (7), Film and Media (2) and Photography and Fine Arts (4) – hold multiple GCs thus keeping the students engaged throughout the year. This year saw the introduction of several new GCs, such as the MUN GC, the Music Video GC, and the Hindi Word Games GC, to encourage these activities amongst the student populace.
The point structure for these GCs is slightly different for performing and non-performing genres.
For Performing Arts Genres, each GC is worth a 100 points, and the point system is as follows:
Participation : 10 points.
The non performing arts genres have multiple GCs, with the sum total of each GC adding up to 100 points per genre. The point system is slightly different, but here are the basics.
For a GC worth X points, 90% of these X points are first awarded for quality. Hence, the top 5 performers/hostels in these GCs get 100%, 80%, 60%, 50% and 40% of these points respectively. 10% of the GC points (X) are similarly awarded to the 5 hostels with the highest participation.
This year also saw the reintroduction of trumping points in the GCs. Hostels could trump a genre for the top 5 positions. In case a hostel trumped for the 1st and 2nd positions, they would stand to win an extra 15 points, while a failure to do so after trumping would lead to a penalty of -15 points. Similarly, hostels also had the opportunity to trump for the 3rd, 4th and 5th positions with a tradeoff of +/-10 points.
This year saw close competition for the top spot between Hostel 6 and Hostel 4, with the top position remaining contentious till the last month. In the end Hostel 6 emerged as the winner with 372.1 points, grabbing the top position in Dance as well as Film and Media. Hostel 4 (1st in Dramatics) finished second with 330 points was followed by Hostel 2 (1st in Music) which finished third at 277.6 points. Hostel 9 (PFA), Hostel 14 (Literary Arts) and Hostel 5 (Speaking Arts) also emerged up the genre winners The trump points mentioned earlier proved to be crucial as Hostel 6 received 30 trump points whereas Hostel 4 received a penalty of -15 points.
Along with the ongoing preparations for the annual Inter-IIT Sports Meet, the hostels participated enthusiastically in various sports, leaving us with many memorable displays. Sports GCs are conducted separately for boys and girls. The competitions included in the Boys’ GCs were Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Carrom, Chess, Cricket, Crossy, Football, Hockey, Kho Kho, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Tug of War, Volleyball, Water Polo and Weightlifting.
The Girls’ GCs comprised of Athletics, Badminton, Carrom, Chess, Crossy, Kho Kho, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Throwball, Tug of War, Volleyball and a couple of Mock (not counted) GCs like Basketball.
The general point structure for a typical Sports GC is as follows (excluding any changes that might occur due to penalties, judging, etc.):
Points structure for Sports GC
In the Boys’ Sports GCs, Hostel 7 headed the table at 112.5 points, with victories in Athletics, Football, Lawn Tennis and Weightlifting, followed closely by Hostel 2 at second place with 106 points, winning in Badminton, Chess, Cricket, Hockey,Table Tennis and Water Polo. The Girls’ GCs saw Hostel 11 emerge as the winner with 146.5 points, placing first in Badminton, Carrom, Chess, Swimming, Table Tennis, Throwball, Triathlon and Tug of War. They were followed by Hostel 10A at 121.5 points, winning Aquatics, Squash and Volleyball.
Tech this year had enthusiastic participation in its 8 GCs, with the competitions being well matched and closely fought.
The points system for the Tech GCs is as follows:
- In every GC, points were allotted to hostels based on a specific set of criteria which varied from GC to GC.
- The scores were given such that the sum of scores of all hostels added up to 100.
- Then, a weighted average of the points was taken to decide final GC standings, where the weights were decided based on whether a GC was low prep, mid prep or high prep.
- Finally, the scores of all GCs were simply added up and ranked
This year saw Hostel 4 come out at the top with 151.755 points, Hostel 3 at second place with 137.255 points, and Hostel 2 at third place with 134.83 points.