Rules

Rules

For each race in the series, teams and individual competitors will win the following points towards the overall WWCS standing.  In the case of a tie of points, the competitor attending the most events will win.

1st Place = 5 points

2nd Place=4 points

3rd Place=3 points

4th-10th Place=1 point

Prizes will be mailed to the overall champions at the last event in the following categories:

■Men’s K1
■Women’s K1
■Men’s R2 Raft, Men’s R4 Raft

– R2 paddlers must be the same persons at each event otherwise a new team is created.

– R4 crews must have at least 3 of the same paddlers otherwise a new team is created.

International Rafting Federation rules apply when applicable:

Kayak length restrictions may vary per event. Please see event sites on the home page for further information.

Event Guidelines

A. Bibs

1. Every competitor must wear a bib or number as provided by the race coordinator.

2. This number must be in place and visible at the start and finish otherwise the participant cannot be guaranteed a time or finishing order.

B. Safety at/on the river

1. Every competitor must use his/her own personal safety equipment during the entire event at all times on the water. The safety equipment consists of a buoyancy aid/PFD with a minimum rating of 3 or higher. It is recommended for competitor’s safety to use PFDs with reinforced shoulder straps and adjustable waist bands.

2. The race coordinator may specify particular clothing requirements such as a drysuit.

3. It is compulsory for all disciplines on natural rivers that participants carry a river knife and a throw bag. Throw bag must be stored safely and be minimum of 50 feet long. River knife should be accessible with one hand.

4. Prior to the start of the first race, the safety director or a delegated member of the safety team may check the safety equipment. The chief starter or a delegated starter can do the same too. Any participant not complying with the safety requirements will not be allowed to continue until the safety requirements are met. A participant’s run may be forfeited if they do not satisfy the safety requirements by their allocated start time.

5. The safety director or coordinator has the right to stop the competition immediately if any hazards to the competitors and/or officials arise. No race discipline starts without the confirmation of the safety director or coordinator.

6. In safety issues the safety team has the final say. All teams/competitors must follow the orders of the safety personnel. Any team ignoring race or safety officials or showing disregard for their own or other’s safety may be penalized and/or disqualified from the event.

7. In any event competitors take part at their own risk. Sponsors nor organizers bear responsibility for accidents or damage that may occur during a competition. Every participant, including organizing staff and competitors, is obliged to act in a safety conscious manner at all times so as to minimize the risk of an accident or damage.

8. Under no circumstances will the WWCS endorse a competition held on class VI wildwater. In case there is a class VI or potentially dangerous river section nearby the race location, competitors must be informed and safe stopping above the section must be guaranteed.

9. Competitors’ minimum self rescue knowledge and skills: – 1 person/team: re-flip raft, roll a kayak, active use of throw bag – each member: climbing onto/into the raft unaided, aggressive and passive swimming in whitewater, passive use of the throw bag and awareness of all risks involved in whitewater racing. Organizations registering competitors for the races need proof in the registration process that the teams’ have the skills and knowledge about self rescue.

10. It is the competitors’ responsibility to act in a safety conscious manner minding their own, their team’s and others’ safety. Competitors must mind their own outfit, their position and set up in the boat (for instance eliminating potential dangers around them such as sharp edges, loose ropes, loops, open carabineers, etc.) The Safety Director or Race Coordinator is entitled to require adjustments on teams outfit and set up. Competitors are responsible for all their actions on the shore and on the water regarding safety. Violation against this rule may cause penalties up to disqualification.

11. The Race Coordinator and Safety Director have the right to change the above stated rules where it is deemed necessary for improved safety, but this must be announced in advance.

C. Officials and duties of officials

1. Race Coordinator

a. He/she is responsible for the overall running of the competition and coordinating all local preparations.

b. His/her responsibilities include entries, dealings with local authorities, staff, safety team, media releases, technical and raft equipment, prize giving, lodging of the competitors, special use permits, and event insurance.

2. Safety Director

a. May also be the Race Coordinator. He/she is in charge of safety during the competition.

b. He/she is able to call for an immediate stop to the competition if he/she considers that any dangerous or potentially dangerous situation arises or the river level reaches a pre-determined cut off level.

c. He/she together with the organizing committee is responsible for the delivery of the Safety & Rescue Plan which was provided to the ACA for event insurance.

d. He/she has the right to check self-rescue abilities of any member of any participating teams and exclude those not complying with minimum expectations which will be at the discretion of the Race Coordinator or Safety Director.

e. He/She may invite any particular team to show there skills, He/She may expel those which are not capable of the minimum skills needed, as stated in the race rules, from the race. If he/she is not sure of the skills shown, then a second test is possible.

f. He/She together with the Race Director has the right to change the Start and Finish positions due to safety reasons.

g. The Safety Director reports to the Race Director

3. Chief starter or Race Coordinator

a. He/she ensures that the teams are in the correct racing order and gives permission to start.

b. He/she can be assisted by another starter/pre-starter to ensure that the start is as fair as possible and to prevent a false start. Rafts are always held from the stern at the start, preferably by the outside line/rear handle or a loose end rope.

c. He/she can refuse to start a team if the team or a single team member fails to respect the safety rules, is late for the start, is not wearing the issued bib(s), or does not follow the starter’s orders.

d. In the event of a false start, he/she will stop the race immediately and give the team responsible an official warning. In the case of a second false start caused by the same team he/she must disqualify the team from this particular race.

e. He/she announces a countdown to the teams at the start according to the start interval: 5

minutes,“1 minute, 30 sec., 20 sec., 10 sec., paddles out of the water” (at 5 seconds before start). The starting signal should be loud and clear.

4. Finish line judges

a. He/she determines when the teams have crossed the finish line and in what order and co- ordinates with the chief starter. He/she will be assisted by and work closely with the timekeepers.

b. The Race Coordinator must confirm that the Finish Judge is indeed in place prior to starting the first participant.

5. Time keeper

a. He/she is responsible for keeping the exact time and transmitting this to the Race Coordinator when finalizing results.

b. A separate back up timing system must be in place in case the official timing fails. Mass start formats do not need a back up timing system.

D. Protest

1. Protests must be lodged by the team captain to the Finish Judge within 5 minutes of completion of the run or race.

2. Protests are to be heard in a secluded area in which only the jury and the team captain (or team member making the complaint) will be. This enclosed area may have technical facilities to view video or other relevant material if possible.

3. The protest fee is $20. No cash, no protest!

4. Video/TV evidence is legal.

5. If the protest is successful the money will be returned.

E. Prize giving and awards

1. Titles are awarded for each discipline.

2. The prize giving for each discipline should be held the same day as the race.

3. The overall prize giving will be held together with the prize giving for the last race.

4. Prize giving events may be arranged in accordance with the requirements of the main sponsor.
Entry fees Are to be paid no later than the date specified by the organizers. Any late payments can result in the team being excluded. Entry fees will not be refunded under any circumstance unless the Race Coordinator chooses to do so.

WWCS has the authority to exclude the results of any particular event towards the season’s points total if:

  1. A safety plan was not in place during the event.
  2. Insurance was not provided to the participants.
  3. Special use permits were not attained if required by the local regulating agency.
  4. Gross negligence in the form of safety, timing, and public relations was proven to occur.
  5. The WWCS has the ability to make any and all determinations/decisions at their discretion.
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