OFFICIAL

TOURNAMENT

RULES ADDENDUM

(Effective January 19, 2001)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions of interpretation and suggestions for improvement or changes in the rules should be forwarded to the AWSA Rules Committee.

These rules supersede all previous rules and shall remain in effect until an amended edition of the rules (or a new Official Tournament Rule Book) is published.

All rules changes subsequent to the 2000 Rule Book are written in italics with deletions struck through

 

 

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Rule 1.08 Amendments to the Rules

Change October 31 to August 31.

Rule 1.10 Prizes and Awards

Any tournament which intends to award substantial $15,000 or more ($5,000 or more) in cash or merchandise prizes (other than scholarships) must be run according to the provision of Rule 16.

Rule 1.11(b) Rule Change Authorization

At the request of the sponsoring affiliated club, and with the approval of a majority of the Appointed Judges, to conform with unusual situations, provided that such requests shall be presented to the Chairman of the Rules Committee at least three weeks in advance of the tournament date; and he shall give his decision within one week; or at least one week in advance of the tournament date; or

Rule 1.11(c) Rule Change Authorization

At the request of the sponsoring affiliated club, for purposes of experimentation, promotion of spectator appeal or other reasons, provided that such requests shall be presented with the request for sanction, and in any event at least six weeks in advance of the tournament, to the Rules Committee which shall approve, amend or deny the request, and shall give its decision at least one week in advance of the tournament.

Rule 3.02(a) Age Divisions

Competition for the three major events shall be separated into the following divisions as determined by the contestant’s age. The "ski year" shall begin on the day after the conclusion of the Nationals, and shall end on the final day of the following Nationals. The contestant’s age at 12:00 a.m. on January 1 on December 31 of the ski year shall determine his division for the entire ski year. For example, if a skier's birthday within the "ski year" could result in an age division change and his birthday is between the day after the conclusion of Nationals and December 31 inclusive of that "ski year", he will ski in the older division beginning with the day after Nationals. Otherwise, he will remain in the younger division for one more season concluding with the end of the following Nationals.

4.02(a) National Tournament Qualifications

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….. must be a U.S. citizens. However competitors who ski in international competition for another country, during both the year prior to and after Nationals, shall not be eligible for placement.

4.03(a) Regional Tournament Qualifications

(insert after last sentence in last paragraph)

All entrants in a Regional Tournament shall be U.S. citizens. However competitors who ski in international competition for another country, during both the year prior to and after Regionals, shall not be eligible for placement.

(Second Paragraph)

…. In any year, a skier shall be qualified to enter only one Regional Tournament in any year for placement.

5.01 Overall Qualification

To be considered for Overall placement a skier must have scored points be qualified for, entered in and attain skiing position, in all three events…

6.01(e) National Tournament Officials

Boat Drivers (one two from each Region) shall be Senior Boat Drivers ……

6.01(g) National Tournament Officials

Scorers (one two from each Region) shall be Senior Scorers appointed by the Regional Executive Vice President with the approval of the Regional Council. The Chief Scorer may choose other Senior or Regular Scorers as Event Scorers. Event Scorers shall be chosen by the Chief Scorer from among the Appointed Scorers. When the Appointed Scorers are not available as Event Scorers, the Chief Scorer may choose other Senior Scorers (or Regular Scorers, if working under the supervision of a Senior) as Event Scorers, with the approval of the Chief Judge.

 

 

8.02(b) Boats

(add second paragraph)

For tricks, the skier may place a tournament-supplied weight of between 20-50 kg (44-110 pounds) in the boat (either on the floor by the feet of the release operator or behind the engine cover) with side to side positioning as decided by the skier or release operator.

8.05 Boat Speeds [For Memo Purposes Only – Passed August 2000]

All speeds are "speeds over the bottom"; compensate in all cases where a current exists. The boat path in all events is intended to be a straight line, run at a constant speed. Variation in speed during any pass may not exceed ± ˝ mph, except during the second segment in the jump course when using the optional faster second segment option; and in the Slalom and Jumping events, the recorded times through the timing segments must also be within the applicable tolerances. (See Rules 9.06, 9.17, 10.06, 10.17, 11.06 and the Timing Tolerances Tables.)

9.03(e) Pass or Jump [New Section]

The outcome of each attempt shall be communicated to the skier, including the distance and any reride possibilities, before the boat proceeds to any subsequent attempt by the same skier.

9.06 Boat Speed

The jumper shall tell the Boat Driver what speed to use through the course, but not in excess of those listed below. The speed shall be held constant from the 180-meter (590') buoy. (See Rule 8.05.) The boat speed for each attempt shall be chosen by the skier from those listed in the table in the Appendix, up to the maximums listed below. The speed control shall be engaged before the 180m (590 foot) buoy.

9.09(e) Timing

OK / Fast – Mandatory reride, only if best distance, may improve score.

9.10(b)1 Rerides

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If either segment time is fast on a fall, then an immediate reride shall be awarded.

9.10(b)3 Rerides

If the requested speed is below the maximum allowable and either segment is out of tolerance, then a reride (with a protected score) is optional as long as the maximum speed tolerance was not exceeded, in which case a reride is mandatory.

10.03 A Miss

    1. It is a miss to ride inside a turn buoy or outside an exit gate, or to ride over, straddle or jump a turn or exit gate buoy, but there is no penalty for grazing a turn or exit gate buoy with the ski or part of the body. "Riding over" shall be defined as hitting a turn or exit gate buoy with the ski so as to move it significantly from its position or temporarily sink it. Hitting a turn or exit gate buoy less severely shall be considered as "grazing."
    2. A skier shall be judged as missing the entry or exit gate when the ski passes entirely and clearly outside the gate buoys.

10.04(c) A Fall

The stopping of the boat in slalom to shorten the line at the end of the course will not be

scored as a fall.

10.06(e) Boat Speeds and Line Lengths

Upon completion of a pass (defined as a score of six including entrance and exit gates) the skier shall have the option of designating a faster speed and/or shorter rope length for the next pass.

 

10.08(a) Boat Judge

One Event Judge shall ride in the towboat. The Boat Judge shall judge whether the skier passed through or missed the end gates, and shall judge the credit to be received by the skier for each buoy in accordance with Rule 10.12, and shall communicate his results to the scorers immediately after each pass. The Boat Judge shall also check the boat time for each pass and identify reride situations in accordance with Rules 10.09 & 10.10. In Record tournaments, the times must be recorded, either in the boat, by scoring or by some other means. The Boat Judge shall also observe the boat path (see Rule 10.07). If any part of the boat deviates outside the bounds of the boat gates, the Boat Judge shall award an optional reride if the path of deviation was a disadvantage to the skier. If it was to the skier’s advantage, a reride is mandatory. Each Event Judge must continue scoring a run even though he feels the skier missed a gate or buoy.

 

10.08(b) Officials – for Video Gates

(change starting with third sentence in second paragraph)

Additionally, there will be video feeds from cameras placed at the required angle to the gates at each end least 3 meters (10') above the water at each end that provide an unobstructed view of the entrance gates. The cameras shall be adjusted to show both gates in clear focus and equipped with optical (not digital) magnification of sufficient power to display the gate at least 1/6th of the full width of the screen (1/3 width or larger is recommended). If a camera is located more than 100 feet back from the course centerline, it is recommended that it be elevated approximately ten percent above the water (one foot in height for each ten feet back from the course centerline). These camera feeds shall be . . .

10.10(d)2 Rerides

If a reride is to be taken, the boat shall return through the course in an unscored pass, and the reride shall then be given in the original direction through the course. During the unscored return pass through the course, the Boat Judge shall hold up a red flag to indicate that a reride is to be taken for the preceding pass. The boat will proceed to the proper end of the course, stop and drop the skier into the water just as if the line were to be shortened, and then proceed.

10.11 Handle Throws

A contestant may refuse to enter the official slalom course on the first any pass by throwing the handle in the air before the entrance gate. He shall not be penalized for so doing, provided the refusal was for a reason acceptable to a majority of the Event Judges. The skier must be ready to ski immediately upon the boat’s return. Should the skier not be ready or should the reason for the handle throw not be acceptable, he shall be disqualified from the remainder of the event for that round. Once the skier has passed through the entrance gate on his first pass, he may not refuse, on his own authority, to enter the course for the following passes. See Rule 10.15 regarding damaged equipment.

10.13(d)2 Scoring - Skier Has Complete Pass:

Six points shall be added to the skier’s score for each skipped or waived pass. he elects to waive under the provisions of Rules 10.06(d) and (e).

10.13(g) Scoring

Where minimum starting speeds are raised, the number of possible points skipped shall be added to the contestant’s score providing that at least one point is actually scored by performance.

 

10.15 Damaged Equipment

If a skier notices that his equipment is damaged after a handle throw, or during a run that leads to a reride, or a completed pass, the Event Judges may grant him, upon immediate request, three minutes to repair or change the damaged equipment. The three-minute period should start upon the request being granted by the judges. If the skier is not ready to ski at the end of the three-minute period he shall not be allowed to continue in that round. If this occurs in the case of a mandatory reride, the pass that brought about the reride shall be scored zero unless the original score was 2˝ or more and the first segment time was Fast or OK, in which case the skier is scored with 2˝. If it occurs in the case of an optional reride, the skier will be credited with the score obtained in the run that brought about the reride.

11.03(a)(2) Trick Pass - Start

As the skier’s leg (foot in binding) crosses the crest of the wake to attempt a wake trick after reaching the location of the first entrance buoy; or

 

11.08(a) Officials:

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When immediate video review is available, or in Class C tournaments and below, three judges rather than five may be used to score Tricks at the option of the Chief Judge.

Note: This changes officials requirements table on the inside front cover.

11.08(e) Video-Based Frame-Counting Device Operators [new section]

When using this method, two judges (minimum rating of one Regular and one Assistant for Class E or two Assistants for Class C) may replace the Official Timer and Backup Timer as defined above. The two judges must agree on the starting frame and shall make a determination of the last trick completed in time.

11.09(b) Timing

An automatic timer must be used for Record Capability Tricks events (see Rule 8.10). An automatic timer which is accurate to within ± .10 seconds in 20 seconds may be used in Tricks events at a Class C tournament or below. Alternatively, a video-based frame-counting device which has been approved by the Technical Committee may be used.

11.12(i) Trick Descriptions Credit and Point Values:

(additional sentence to end of paragraph)

The touching of the towing foot in the water immediately prior to or during the rotation of the ski while attempting a stepover trick will result in no credit for the trick. However, if the towing foot touches the water after all rotation has been completed, credit will be given.

15.02(f) Record Tournament Sanction and General Tournament Organization

Tournaments may be open or closed. If the tournament is closed, it must be attended by at least one skier from outside the Region in which the tournament is held, and the tournament sponsors shall submit, along with the application for sanction, a proposal for extending invitations which will ensure an adequate quality of competition. This rule does not apply to State or Regional Championships.

15.07(a) Record Tournament Technical Requirements

(additional sentence to end of paragraph)

Alternatively, a video-based frame-counting device which has been approved by the Technical Committee may be used.

15.07(c) Record Tournament Technical Requirements

All trick passes must be videotaped from the boat or from a shore judging position as designated by the Chief Judge and shall be from the same location during the entire event. If review is required, each judge will review the tape individually and independently in normal speed only. (See Rules 11.20 and 15.06.)

16.01(f) Cash Prize Tournaments - General [New Section]

Any AWSA club organizing a tournament with a cash prize of $15,000 or more may petition the Executive and Finance Committee for permission to conduct the tournament under rules exceptions. This petition, along with the entire rules exception proposal, must be submitted to the Executive and Finance Committee at least 21days before the tournament and must be acted upon by the Executive and Finance Committee within 7 days. Upon written approval the rules exceptions must be included in the tournament announcement, and referenced in mailings to all participants. The AWSA sanction fee will be established by the Executive and Finance Committee on an individual basis.

Rule 17 Ski Flying

Change from 2000 to 2001. (See also working draft of rule proposals)

Appendix – Rules Interpretations - Rule 11.18 Disqualification

The intention of this rule is to assure the duties of the officials are not impeded and to assure fair and equitable conditions for the competitor and his competitors. For example, if the release person acts in an unsportsmanlike manner or in a manner whereby the officials are unable to set path, speed or conduct their duties, then the skier may be subject to disqualification. Examples of acceptable conduct include communicating with the officials to set speed, path or wake characteristics. Communications with the skier, including coaching, after a fall or in the 30 second sit down, are allowable, provided the communication does not interfere with the officials.

Appendix - Jump Course Diagram

The ramp must be parallel to the jump course with a tolerance of +1.14° (1 part in 50) open and -0° closed. Open means that the high end of the ramp is turned away from the jump course.

The ramp must be parallel to the jump course and slightly open. The tolerance for standard jumping is between+2.00 degrees and +4.00 degrees open. Open means that the low end of the ramp is turned toward the jump course.

Amend diagram to reflect that the 300m buoy is from the lift off end of the ramp and not the 82m timing buoy.

Appendix - Trick Table Changes

A maximum of 6 flips may be listed on declared trick lists and a maximum of 6 flips will be scored for each skier in his turn. Flips are trick numbers 43-50. (Present numbers 48-55 will each increase by three numbers, i.e. 48 is now 51, 49 is now 52, etc.)

Wake Flip Half Twist F WflipBBF 550

Wake Flip 5F WflipB5F 850

Wake Flip 5B WflipB5B & Reverse 900

WFLIPB5F and WFLIPB5B must be done hand-to-hand. The rope may not be wrapped around the body to assist the turn. This does not prohibit the simple back position wrap where the rope does not go around the body.

 

 

Optional Jumping Event Timing Tolerance Table

RECORD

Boat Speed

1st Segment Times

2nd Segment Times **

Tolerances

Mph

True

Kph

Balk

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Opt(2)

"35"

35.4

57.0

5.06

5.11

5.18

5.25

2.36

2.40

2.46

2.64

"34"

33.6

54.0

5.34

5.39

5.47

5.55

2.54

2.59

2.66

2.78

"32"

31.7

51.0

5.65

5.70

5.79

5.88

2.68

2.73

2.81

2.93

"30"

29.8

48.0

6.00

6.05

6.15

6.25

2.84

2.89

2.98

3.10

"28"

28.0

45.0

6.40

6.45

6.56

6.68

3.01

3.08

3.17

3.29

Tolerance basis:

+/- 0.8 Kph (0.50 Mph)

+1 / -1.5 Kph (+0.62 / -0.93 Mph)

STANDARD

Boat Speed

1st Segment Times

2nd Segment Times **

Tolerances

Mph

True

Kph

Balk

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Opt(2)

"35"

35.4

57.0

5.02

5.07

5.18

5.29

2.36

2.40

2.48

2.66

"34"

33.6

54.0

5.30

5.35

5.47

5.59

2.54

2.59

2.68

2.80

"32"

31.7

51.0

5.60

5.65

5.79

5.93

2.68

2.73

2.84

2.96

"30"

29.8

48.0

5.95

6.00

6.15

6.31

2.84

2.89

3.01

3.13

"28"

28.0

45.0

6.34

6.39

6.56

6.74

3.01

3.08

3.21

3.33

"26"

26.1

42.0

6.78

6.83

7.03

7.24

3.21

3.28

3.43

3.55

"24"

24.2

39.0

7.29

7.34

7.57

7.81

3.43

3.51

3.69

3.81

Tolerance basis:

+/- 0.75 Mph

+1 / -2.0 Kph (+0.62 / -1.24 Mph)

"WIDER"

Boat Speed

1st Segment Times

2nd Segment Times **

Tolerances

Mph

True

Kph

Balk

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Fast

Ideal

Slow

Opt(2)

"35"

35.4

57.0

4.97

5.02

5.18

5.34

2.36

2.40

2.50

2.68

"34"

33.6

54.0

5.24

5.29

5.47

5.65

2.54

2.59

2.71

2.83

"32"

31.7

51.0

5.54

5.59

5.79

6.00

2.61

2.73

2.87

2.99

"30"

29.8

48.0

5.88

5.93

6.15

6.39

2.84

2.89

3.04

3.16

"28"

28.0

45.0

6.26

6.31

6.56

6.83

2.92

3.08

3.24

3.36

"26"

26.1

42.0

6.69

6.74

7.03

7.34

3.21

3.28

3.47

3.59

"24"

24.2

39.0

7.19

7.24

7.57

7.93

3.32

3.51

3.74

3.86

Tolerance basis:

+/- 1.10 Mph

+1 / -2.5 Kph (+.062 / -1.56 Mph)