Rule Proposal 2020.X – Randy Stiponovich Let’s Battle Award Purpose: This Rule is intended to create a new award to be given to the battler that competes in the highest number of sorties annually. In the unlikely event of a tie, the person who travelled farthest to Nats shall be awarded the trophy. It is named for Randy Stiponovich who was a staple at battles across the country. He always brought a positive attitude and an excitement for battling. He would help anyone and everyone he could. His calmness and positive attitude was always a refreshing voice for the hobby. Tragically he passed away just before Thanksgiving 2019 leaving behind many friends. Proposed: Add following text to Part IV – Awards, Section ‘A’ Individual Awards, 9. Randy Stiponovich Let’s Battle Award A. This travelling award will be given to the battler who competes in the highest number of sorties. In the event of a tie the Award will be given to the battler who travelled furthest to Nats. The recipient shall hold the trophy until the following year’s awards banquet at Nats and is responsible for ensuring it makes it to the awards banquet. Rule Proposal 2020.Y – Increase Class 3 Cruiser Armament Options Purpose: This rule is intended to allow captains of class 3 cruisers to choose an additional method to arm their ships. As the rules state now, class 3 cruisers have the option to arm 2 1 unit cannons and a 1 unit pump. Class 2 cruisers with 2.5 units carry the same amount of fire power and are 1 second faster. There is little incentive to build a class 3 ship as it is slower and offers no more firepower. While a full size pump will be equipped, a cruiser rarely needs the additional damage control capacity. This rule is intended to allow a class 3 cruiser to split ONE of its combat units into 2 ½ units, one of which must be used as a pump, allowing the other ½ unit to be added to a cannon or to mount an additional cannon with the caveat that no more than 2 cannons may fire into the same quadrant. This allows a captain to outfit a ½ unit pump, then arm a 1 unit cannon and a 1.5 unit cannon off the stern; alternatively the captain may arm their ship with 2 1 unit cannons off the stern and a ½ unit cannon off the bow with a ½ unit pump. Proposed: Add the Following text to Construction Requirements Section E. Cannons subsection 11 (authorized exceptions): g. Class 3 cruisers may split ONE combat unit into two ½ units. One of these ½ units must be used as a pump. The other ½ unit may be added to a 1 unit cannon or used as an additional cannon. A class 3 cruiser that splits one of its combat units may not have more than 2 cannons firing into any single quadrant.