RULES OF COMPETITION
16th Jan 2008
The GB Rollerski Series was
re-established in 2004 as an initiative of the Snowsport GB Nordic Committee
to encourage increased participation in the sport of cross-country skiing.
The organiser of any Series
race must agree to abide by these general rules however the actual local
race rules are the responsibility of each event organiser. They should
follow generally accepted rollerski race rules with modifications for
local conditions, the Series Directors are available for advice.
- The GB Rollerski
Series will be run under the sanction of the Snowsport GB Nordic Committee.
- The Committee will
appoint each year a Series Director/s.
- The Series Director
will adjudicate on rules and any disputes that cannot be resolved by
race organisers. In the unlikely event a dispute cannot be resolved
to the satisfaction of all parties an appeal may be made to the Snowsport
GB Nordic Committee whose decision is final.
- Races must be covered
by the public liability insurance of either the organising club or their
governing body. This will be achieved by:
- An important aim
of the Series is to encourage participation and be fair competition
open to all standards of skiers.
- Competition will
be open to all nationalities although there may be specific trophies
awarded to UK citizens or residents of the UK.
DUTIES OF SERIES DIRECTOR.
- To invite clubs
or organisations affiliated to their Home Nation governing body to host
- In consultation
with organisers, decide what venues will host scoring junior (U18) races.
- To handle and account
for any money raised from fees, donations or sponsorship collected specifically
for the Series. This money is to be used for trophies/prizes or other
expenditure related to the Series.
- To assist/advise
organising clubs on the organisation of their race.
- To approve each
venue and race format. The Series Director shall be notified by 31st
March of venue and race format and will approve and announce events
by the 30th April. The Series Director and Snowsport GB Nordic
Committee may vary these timescales at their discretion.
- To notify / advertise
races through the Snowsport GB Nordic Committee, regional governing
bodies, clubs and other appropriate channels such as magazines and websites.
- To collate and issue
official race results and allocate series points.
- A minimum of 4 races
will comprise the Series. More races may be added at the discretion
of the Series Director and Snowsport GB Nordic Committee.
- Races will have
an even distribution around the UK covering the general areas: southern
England, central England, northern England and Scotland.
- One Series race
each year will be designated the British Rollerski Championships. This
venue should move to a different venue/region each year.
- One venue in Scotland
will be designated by the Snowsport Scotland Nordic Committee as the
Scottish Rollerski Championships.
- Age categories in
male and female will be:
Adult over 18 (may be further
subdivided Junior 18-21, Senior over 21, Masters over 30).
Youth under 14 (may be further subdivided to under 12 and under 14).
- Age categories may
be combined or further ones added dependent on numbers entered in each
- Age category will
be determined by competitor’s age on the 1st May.
- The British Masters
will supervise the Masters category.
- With the aim of
encouraging friendly rivalry and promoting additional interest to the
Series skiers are welcome to declare their club allegiance at the first
Series race they enter. This may not be changed for the remainder of
- Although it is encouraged
that all participants in the Series be members of clubs affiliated to
their respective national governing bodies it is recognised for a variety
of reasons that not all skiers will be members of affiliated clubs and
no non-affiliated skier will be prevented from entering a Series race
as long as they pay the additional insurance premium described above.
- The club organising
each event shall be responsible for any trophies/prizes awarded at its
- The designated British
Rollerski Championship organisers will be responsible for trophies/prizes
for this competition. They may approach the Snowsport GB Nordic Committee
or other clubs for support.
- The designated Scottish
Rollerski Championship organisers will be responsible for trophies/prizes
for this competition. They may approach the Snowsport Scotland Nordic
Committee or other clubs for support.
- The Snowsport GB
Nordic Committee will be responsible for organising trophies/prizes
for the GB Rollerski Series. They may approach the clubs for support.
- The Bob Lacy Memorial
Trophy is presented to the first male veteran (over 40) in the British
Rollerski Championships. The trophy shall be returned for presentation
at the following years British Championships.
GENERAL RACE RULES.
- Competitors under
the age of 16 shall have their entry forms signed by their parents,
guardians or responsible adult.
- The minimum safety
equipment of appropriate safety helmet (i.e. cycle safety helmet) and
eye protection shall be worn. Gloves, elbow and knee pads are optional.
- Each event organiser
shall decide on local race format and rules.
- They will appoint
a Race Director and/or Panel to adjudicate on disputes.
- The event organiser
- Entry fees.
- Whether free, classic
or combination of techniques is used.
- Style of rollerski
to be used.
- Race distances shall
be appropriate to age categories.
- Organisers shall
ensure that a safe course has been set. Additional care shall be taken
for Junior and Youth courses. It may be appropriate also run a novices
race on flatter, less difficult course. It is the responsibility of
each individual skier to decide whether they are capable of skiing the
- A GB Series event
may be decided upon one individual race or the combination of several
- The race organisers
must provide the Series Director with their race results as soon as
possible after the
event, preferably within
seven days. They may utilise the Results Sheet computer spreadsheet
provided by the Series Director or use their own preferred format. This
Results Sheet should contain the following information:
- In deciding local
rules it is recommended that F.I.S. rules for cross-country skiing are
followed where appropriate (may be viewed on website at www.fis-ski.com). For example the following extracts
from the F.I.S. Book II Cross-Country - The International Ski
Competition Rules, 2004 may be helpful:
340.1.3 A competitor who is overtaken
must give way on the first demand except in sprint competitions and
in marked zones (see 340.1.4). This applies in classical technique courses
even when there are two tracks and in free technique courses when the
skier being overtaken may have to restrict his skating action. When
overtaking, competitors must not obstruct each other.
340.1.4 Once the competitors enter a
zone where corridors are marked they must remain in their chosen corridor
unless they are overtaking another competitor in the same corridor.
340.1.6 The competitors must comply with
the instructions of competition officials.
353.1.1 When using hand-timing, the time
is taken when the competitor's first foot crosses the finish line.
POINTS SCORING SYSTEM.
- Points will be in
each category using the table below:
- Adults -
will be awarded points from their best results on the following basis:
If 4 or less races are run, no
results will be discounted and all 4 results will count towards the
If 5 or 6 races are run, the competitors
worst result will be discounted and the remaining results will count
towards the Series.
- Juniors (U18)
- will be awarded points from their best results on the following basis:
- Novice competitors.
A stated aim of this Series is to promote participation. If at any event
a novice race is run in any age category, and not all points have been
allocated in the main race, the novice competitors shall be placed behind
the competitors in the main race until all available Series points are
utilised (that is the first 43 places). A competitor must declare for
either the main or novice event only and points cannot be allocated
to one competitor for both main and novice events.
- The GB Series winner
for each category will be the competitor that obtains the most points
in that category.
- In the event of
a tie the competitor with most victories shall win. If there is still
a tie the competitor with most second places shall win. And so on until
a winner is decided.
- If competitors have
an equal number of points and places then the competitor with better
placings over the other competitor or competitors shall win.