UNITED RULES OF COMPETITION ON SCANDINAVIAN WALK

Recommended by the National Federation of Scandinavian Walking (UFSH)

1. General provisions, types of competitions
2. Technique of movement, inventory
3. Organization of competitions
4. Safety, medicine, insurance
5. Track, start and finish areas, power points, service areas
6. Movement on the highway, overtaking, start, finish
7. Applications for participation, start numbers, timing, protocols
8. Control at a distance, punishment, protests, appeals
9. Age categories, absolute credit

1 General provisions, types of competitions

1.1 Competitions are held with the aim of popularizing and developing northern (Scandinavian) walking, identifying the strongest athletes and clubs, attracting people to active physical education and sports, and sharing experience between athletes, coaches and referees.

1.2 The main type of competition is the individual competition to overcome a fixed distance. The winner is the participant who has covered the distance in the shortest time (taking into account the possible penalty). The remaining places are distributed in ascending order of time.

1.3 For competitions, a distance of 3 km (children 10–13 years old), 5 km, 10 km, a half marathon 21 km 97.5 m and a marathon 42 km 195 m are recommended. Different groups (age categories) of participants may be offered within the same competition. different distances.

1.4. At competitions, the control time of the distance can be set at the rate of 5 kilometers per 1 hour. Participants who have not completed the distance for the control time are removed from the competition with a corresponding note in the final protocol.

1.5 Competitions in the relay races, disciplines of “uphill”, “skill-voyage”, “Nordik-skills” are held according to separate regulations.

2 Technique of movement, inventory

2.1 Competitors move in the distance using the walking technique with obligatory pushing away with sticks and alternate (diagonal) work of the hands and feet.

2.2 One foot while moving should always maintain contact with the supporting surface. At the completion of the push, the leg in the knee joint should be fully extended. Running, jumping and moving on bent legs is prohibited.

2.3 At each step, there should be an accented repulsion of the stick from the supporting surface. The amplitude of the movement of the hands must be such that, when putting the stick, the elbow is in front of the body, when the repulsion is complete, the brush is behind the body. Shortened hand movements are allowed on the climbs, single skips of repulsion are allowed when rebuilding, turning, avoiding obstacles, carrying out hygienic procedures, taking power. Stick dragging is prohibited.

2.4 One stick while moving should always maintain contact with the supporting surface at an acute angle. The forward tilt of the case should not exceed the inclination of the front stick. Excessive lifting of the tips of the sticks up and spread to the sides is prohibited.

2.5 Competitors must use sticks with wrist straps. While the competitor is moving along the distance, the straps should be fastened, the straps / gloves with the quick-hold system should be fastened to the handles of the sticks.

2.6 The competitor’s sticks must be of the same length. The recommended length of the sticks is determined by the formula “0.7 of the height of the participant ± 5 centimeters.” Visually, a hand with a put on stick, vertically placed on the supporting surface, should form an angle in the elbow joint that is as close as possible to the straight line. The control of the length of the sticks is made when building the participants at the start. When using telescopic sticks, participants are not allowed to change their length while on the course. Replacement of damaged sticks is allowed.

2.7 At the request of the organizer, participants must use soft tips (nozzles, shoes) for sticks throughout the distance or in individual areas. Putting on / removal of tips at a distance is made in the service zones, and in their absence on the side of the track. Putting on / off tips on the move is prohibited.

2.8. Participants are allowed to use any wearable device, if it does not interfere with the movement of rivals. The use of individual lamps is allowed in low light, the use of headphones is prohibited.

3 Organization of competitions

3.1 The organizer of the competition is the person (organization, group of persons / organizations) carrying out the necessary preparation and provision of the competition. To carry out its functions, the organizer creates an organizing committee from its representatives and other persons (hereinafter – the organizing committee). The organizing committee has all the rights and obligations of the organizer. The organizing committee includes the chief referee of the competition.

3.2 The organizer has the right to set the starting fee for the participants of the competition. The size of the entry fee for different groups of participants may be different. Also, the size of the entry fee may vary depending on the term of its payment.

3.3 At regional and inter-regional competitions, the organizer is recommended to invite an observer – technical delegate (hereinafter TD) from the UFH. For competitions included in the official calendar of UFSH, an invitation to the TD is mandatory.

3.4 TD carries out the general supervision over competitions. Controls the observance of these rules by the organizer, judges and competitors. Serves as an arbitrator in resolving controversial issues. Approves the results of the competition. Within three days after the end of the competition sends a report to UFSH.

3.5 The Organizing Committee develops the competition regulations. The provision is based on these Rules and necessarily includes the following items:
• information about the organizer of the competition
• security, medical and anti-doping information
• date and place of the competition
• competition program (time limit)
• technical information about the track
• distance information
• information on groups of participants and their requirements
• procedure for submitting applications for participation and issuing start numbers
• start procedure
• summing up and rewarding
• financing terms

Competition regulations may include additional information at the discretion of the organizer.

3.6. Competition regulations must be published on the website (in the official group) of the organizer no less than two weeks before the appointed date of the competition. The regulations on the competitions included in the official calendar of UFSH must be published on the website (in the official group) of the organizer and on the website of UFSH at least one month before the appointed date of the competition. When changing the competition program, the position must be updated on the site within one working day.

3.7 For direct servicing of competitions at the venue, the organizing committee forms a panel of judges subordinate to the chief referee of the competition.

3.8 The Chief Judge of the competition directs the work of the jury. In the absence of TD in the competition performs its functions in terms of control, arbitration and approval of results. Ensures the publication of the protocol of the competition on the website of the organizer no later than the next working day after the end of the competition.

3.9 Functions of the panel of judges:
• accepts applications for participation in competitions and prepares start-up protocols based on them
• conducts the start procedure
• controls at a distance
• conducts timing and prepares preliminary protocols based on it, and after they are approved, final protocols

4 Safety, medicine, insurance

4.1 During the competition, the organizer must ensure the safety of participants, judges and spectators, medical and anti-doping support in accordance with the requirements of the law.

4.2 To ensure safety due to unfavorable external factors, the organizer may apply measures to change the distance, restrict the admission of certain groups of participants, transfer the time and place of start, and other measures until the competition is canceled. Changes must be announced at least one hour before the start of the competition.

4.3 The recommended temperature range for competitions is -20 ° to + 20 ° C. The organizer should also take into account the strength of the wind, the intensity of precipitation, and the humidity of the air. Participants and judges are encouraged to use clothing and footwear that is appropriate for weather conditions.

4.5 Competitions must take place during daylight hours or under artificial light.

4.6 If the condition of coverage of individual sections of the route creates a threat to the safety of participants, the organizer should mark such areas as “dangerous”. Also, the slopes with steep slopes can be classified as dangerous. Paragraphs 2.1-2.4 of the Rules for movement on dangerous areas do not apply, except for the ban on running and jumping. The total length of hazardous areas should not exceed 5% of the distance.

4.7 Competitors are fully responsible for their state of health and level of physical fitness, which they sign for when applying for participation in competitions.For participants under the age of 18, a prerequisite for admission to the competition is the availability of a certificate from a doctor.

4.8. All competitors are advised to have accident insurance. When conducting competitions, included in the official calendar of UFSH, the presence of participants in health insurance is mandatory.

5 Track, start / finish areas, power points, service areas

5.1. The course of the competition should be located so that there is an opportunity for an objective assessment of the technical, physical and tactical training of participants. The track should contain, if possible, equal shares of ascents, plains and descents. Different routes can be offered for different groups of participants. The course may consist of one or several circles.

5.2. The marking of the route throughout its length can be done in any way that provides an unambiguous identification of the traffic corridor. In places of forks, turns, intersections with other highways / roads, the marking should be on both sides of the traffic corridor, and the presence of monitoring judges is also recommended. Separate marking of kilometer marks is recommended.

5.3 Zones with a length of 100 meters after the start and before the finish (hereinafter – the starting and finishing zones), as well as food points and service zones must have separate markings (plates). In the starting and finishing areas there should be a longitudinal marking of separate corridors of movement. Start and finish lines should be marked with a contrast bar across the entire width of the track.

5.4 The width of the route throughout the route should be sufficient for the simultaneous passage of two people. The recommended width of the track is not less than two meters, in the starting and finishing areas not less than five meters.

5.5 For competitors it is recommended to equip the power point (after the finish). If the estimated time spent by participants for a distance exceeds one hour, it is recommended to place additional power points on the track. Additional catering facilities are placed so that participants can easily use them. Paragraphs 2.1-2.5 of the Rules do not apply when participants are located at additional catering facilities, with the exception of the ban on running and jumping. Participants may use food that they carry with them at any time on the track, if this does not interfere with the movement of their opponents.

5.6 Service zones are designed for putting on / removing the tips of sticks and can be equipped if the organizer establishes the obligatory use of soft tips for sticks in certain sections of the course. Service zones are placed in such a way that participants can easily use them. Putting on / off the tips is allowed only after the movement is completely stopped, and the participants must take the utmost care.

5.7 Competitors are provided with the opportunity to view the course on the eve of the competition day. On the day of the competition, the access of participants and representatives of teams (clubs) to the track must be provided at least two hours before the start of the competition.

6 Driving on the highway, overtaking, start, finish

6.1 Competitors are advised to stick to the right half of the course when moving. In the starting and finishing areas, participants must move strictly one by one in the designated traffic corridors.

6.2 Participants should make any manipulations with clothes / shoes / sticks only after a full stop on the side of the road (except for putting on / removing stick tips in service areas, paragraph 5.6 of the Rules). If the participant needs to remove the sticks, he should place them parallel to the edge of the track as close as possible to him.

6.3 Participants who have gone the distance must stop at the side of the track, remove the starting number (bib), after which they can continue to move towards the finish on the track and beyond. The same rule applies to rules that were lifted in accordance with clause 1.4 and disqualified participants.

6.4 Overtaking is permitted at any place on the highway with the exception of dangerous areas. Responsibility for safe maneuver lies with the overtaking participant. Overtaken participant is prohibited to interfere with overtaking.

6.5 Overtaking is performed on a free path. If the width of the route does not allow to make a safe maneuver, the overtaking participant gives a clear voice command (“hop”, “hey”,
“Road”, etc.). Overtaken participant, having heard the voice command, should move to the nearest edge of the track and skip the overtaking one. In the start and finish zones, the voice command is not executed.

6.6 At the competition can be applied to the general, group and separate start. The use of a general start with the number of participants over 50 is not recommended.

6.7 When conducting a general start, all competitors start at the same time. General start procedure:

• all competitors are built in front of the start line in accordance with the marked starting corridors
• 1 minute before the scheduled start time, the starter referee issues a voice command “one minute before the start”
• 5 seconds before the start, the starter judge starts the voice countdown “five-four-three-two-one” or beeps with an interval of one second
• at the time of the start, the starter judge gives a voice command “march”, in addition, a tone of a different tone / duration can be used, a shot from the starting pistol, a signal rocket launch, etc.
• at the command of the march, the participants begin to move

6.8 When conducting a group start, groups of participants are pre-formed. Each group has its own start time. The order of groups at the start should be determined by the competitive capabilities of their members. The recommended time interval between groups of participants is at least 5 minutes. The rest of the group start procedure coincides with the general start.

6.9 When conducting a separate start, the participants start individually in ascending order of starting numbers. The recommended time interval between the participants is 30 seconds, the start time of the first participant HH: MM: 30, where HH: MM – the start time of the competition. The procedure for the separate start:

• the next participant starts before the start line.
• 10 seconds before the scheduled start time, the starter referee gives a voice command
“Attention”
• 5 seconds before the start, the starter judge starts the voice countdown “five-four-three-two-one” or beeps with an interval of one second
• at the time of the start, the starter judge issues a voice command “march”, in addition, a sound signal of a different tone / duration, a hand signal, etc. can be used.
• at the command “march” the participant begins to move

6.10 The competitor who started the march before the march team must be returned to the start line in order to restart. The starting time of the participant is the time specified in the start protocol.

6.11 A participant who is late for the start is allowed to start as agreed with the panel of judges. The starting time of the participant is the time specified in the start protocol. When conducting a separate start, the late participant by the decision of the main referee can go to offset the actual start time.

6.12 The finish of the participant is considered the moment of crossing the finish line with the foot in front. The rule applies at that

7 Applications for participation, start numbers, timing, protocols

7.1 Participants are allowed to compete only on the basis of fully completed applications for participation. Applications are filed by participants personally or through representatives of teams (clubs), can be individual or collective.

7.2 The application must include the following information:

• name and surname of the participant
• year of birth
• sports title / rank (if available)
• territory and sports club (if available)
• group of participants (if available)
• distance
• compliance with the requirements of this Regulation
• receipt of full responsibility for the state of health and level of physical fitness
• a note on the availability of a certificate from a doctor for participants under the age of 18
• note on the availability of accident insurance (if requested by the organizer)

In the case of a collective application, handwritten agreements with the requirements and receipts of liability must be available to all participants listed in the application. The application may contain additional information at the discretion of the organizer.

7.3 Providing participants with starting numbers (bibs) is the responsibility of the organizer. The size, shape and method of attachment of start numbers (bebovs) should not create inconvenience to participants. Starting numbers should be equally well distinguishable in front and behind.

7.4 At competitions, manual and electronic timekeeping can be used. Electronic timekeeping is always duplicated by manual timekeeping, the results of these two systems are cross-checked. Any electronic timekeeping system based on the light barrier, photo finish, transponders, hardware and software trackers can be used. Participants are required to wear transponders if used by the competition organizer.

7.5 Participant’s lap time is calculated by subtracting the start time from the finish time. The time must be recorded to the nearest second.

7.6 The order for the participants to cross the finish line should be recorded in a separate technical protocol.

7.7 Starting protocols should contain general information about the competition and the following information about each participant:

• starting number
• last name and first name
• year of birth
• sports title / rank (if available)
• territory and sports club (if available)
• group of participants (if available)
• start time (if applicable)

Starting protocols for different distances and groups of participants may be separate. Starting protocols must be available for viewing at the competition venue no less than 30 minutes before the start time of the first participant.

7.8 The preliminary results of the competition should be published for viewing at the competition venue within one hour from the moment the last participant crossed the finish line with the time of publication. Final protocols should be published after two hours from the moment of publication of preliminary results.

7.9 Final Protocols should contain the following information about the competition:
• name of the competition
• date, time and place
• technical information about the track
• weather
• competition distance
• name and surname of the TD (if he is present at the competition) and the main judge
• the total number of participants, the number of not starting, not finishing, shot and disqualified participants

7.10 Final Protocols should contain the following information about each participant who finishes:

• a place
• starting number
• last name and first name
• year of birth
• sports title / rank (if available)
• territory and sports club (if available)
• result
• behind the leader
• intermediate results on segments (if available)
• discharge performed (if applicable)
• group of participants (if available)
• place in the group (if available)
• individual and team points (if applicable)

The result of participants who received a fine in accordance with paragraph 8.11 of the Rules is marked *, the amount of the fine is indicated below the table of participants.

7.11 Final Protocols should contain the following information about each unfinished participant:

• starting number
• last name and first name
• year of birth
• sports title / rank (if available)
• territory and sports club (if available)
• intermediate results on segments (if available)
• status (did not start, did not finish, was withdrawn / disqualified with indication of the relevant paragraphs of the Rules)

7.12 Final protocols for different distances and groups of participants may be separate.

7.13 The originals of the final protocols must be personally signed by the TD (if he is present at the competition) and the chief judge of the competition.

8 Control at a distance, punishment, protests, appeals

8.1 Control at a distance over the observance by the participants of these Rules is exercised by the jury. There must be at least one supervisor at every kilometer of the course. Controller judges can change their position within the allotted section of the track.

8.2 Controller judges must fulfill their duties impartially and autonomously. Controllers judges are recommended to videotape the movement of participants.

8.3 Violation by participants of the competition of these Rules entails punishment in the form of a remark, warning or disqualification. Only violations that may affect the results or safety of a competition are subject to punishment.

8.4 A warning with a mandatory stop of the participant (stop-and-go) punishes violations of the following paragraphs of the Rules:

• 2.2 in terms of maintaining constant contact of one leg with the supporting surface, straightening the legs at the knee joint at the completion of the push, movement on bent legs
• 2.3 in terms of accented repulsion with a stick from a supporting surface, insufficient amplitude of hand movement, and stick dragging
• 2.4 in terms of maintaining the contact of the stick with the supporting surface at an acute angle, tilt the body forward more than the inclination of the front stick

8.5 If any violations indicated in paragraph 8.4 of the Rules are revealed, the supervising judge shows the participant a yellow card and loudly names his starting number. The participant who has been issued a warning is obliged to stop near the controller-supervisor and can continue driving only after the march team. If a participant has committed a violation after passing by the controller-referee, he will transmit information about the violation to the next judge-controller with a corresponding note in the control report.

8.6 The controlling judge, who recorded the violations specified in paragraph 8.4 of the Rules, or who received information about the violation from the previous controller’s distance judge, after stopping the participant, explains the violation to him, puts the yellow mark on the starting number (bibe) of the participant and gives the command “ March “on the continuation of the movement. The supervisory judge is prohibited to detain the participant beyond necessity. Information about the violation should be recorded by the supervising judge in the control report indicating the participant’s starting number, paragraph of the Rules and the time of the violation.

8.7 Disqualification punishes the following violations:
• participant’s transition to running or jumping (only if there is video violation)
• reduction of the competitor’s distance
• three warnings to the participant for the violations specified in paragraph 8.4 of the Rules
• interfering with the movement of rivals in the finishing area
• participant’s refusal to stop at the request of the superintendent
• unsportsmanlike behavior (aggression, insults, etc. in relation to the organizer, participants, judges, spectators)

8.8 The supervising judge is obliged to immediately notify the disqualified participant by showing him a red card with the obligatory naming of the participant’s starting number. After the competitor stops, the supervising judge explains the essence of the violation to him and puts a red mark on the starting number (bibe) of the participant. It is not possible to cancel the disqualification as such. The decision to disqualify a participant if he violates the Rules in the finish area is made by the chief referee of the competition.

8.9 The participant to whom the red card is presented must stop moving along the distance. The participant’s refusal to stop the movement cannot serve as a basis for the cancellation of the disqualification as such.

8.10 Clauses 8.8, 8.9 of the Rules also apply to participants withdrawn from competitions in accordance with paragraph 1.4 of the Rules.

8.11. Other violations by participants of these Rules that may affect the results or safety of a competition are punished with remarks. Information about the comments (starting number, violation of the paragraph of the Rules, time of violation) should be recorded by the supervisor in the control report. Participants should be informed whenever possible of the comments received. A participant who has received five or more comments from at least two different controllers may be fined up to 5 minutes by the decision of the main judge.

8.12 Competitors and representatives of teams (clubs) can protest the actions of the organizer, judges and other participants. Protests related to admission to the competition, the condition of the track, changes in the competition program, are served no later than 30 minutes before the start of the competition. The rest of the protests – no later than 30 minutes after the publication of the preliminary results of the competition. Protests submitted at the wrong time are not considered. The protest may be withdrawn by the protesting party before the publication of the decision on it.

8.13 Protests shall be submitted in writing to the TD (if he is present at the competition) and the chief referee of the competition. Protests must be justified in detail, i.e. include all evidence and testimony. Protests are considered with the involvement of representatives of the organizer and the judicial brigade.

8.14. Protests related to admission to the competition, the condition of the course, changes in the competition program, are considered prior to the start of the competition. The rest of the protests – before the publication of the final protocols of the competition. Decisions on protests must be published at the venue of the competition immediately after being issued, with an indication of the time of publication.

8.15. Decisions on protests and mistakes in the final protocols by representatives of teams (clubs) can be appealed to the UFH. The appeal shall be submitted in writing within three days after the end of the competition and must be substantiated in detail, i.e. include all evidence and testimony. Consideration of the appeal is made within three days of receipt, the decision is published on the UFSH website.

9 Age categories, absolute credit

9.1 Competitors are classified in the following age categories (groups) depending on the length of the race:

№ 2 km 5 km 10 km half marathon

1        М10-13 / G10-13    Y14-17 / G14-17    М18-29 / W18-29    М18-29 / W18-29    М18-29 / W18-29
2        М18-29 / W18-29    М30-39 / W30-39    М30-39 / W30-39    М30-39 / W30-39
3        М30-39 / W30-39    М40-49 / W40-49    М40-49 / W40-49    М40-49 / W40-49
4        М40-44 / W40-44    М50-59 / W50-59    М50-59 / W50-59    М50-59 / W50-59
5        М45-49 / W45-49    М60-69 / W60-69    М60+ / W60+    М60+ / W60+
6        М50-54 / W50-54    М70+ / W70+
7        М55-59 / W55-59
8        М60-64 / W60-64
9        М65-69 / W65-69
10        М70+ / W70+

The numbers in the category designation indicate the age of participants (full years) on December 31 of the year of the competition.

9.2 The organizer has the right to use the combined age categories, which should be explicitly stated in the competition regulations.

9.3. The age category in which only one participant is declared can be combined with the adjacent category by decision of the main judge. Combining more than two categories into one is not allowed. The combined category must be explicitly stated in the start and final protocols.

9.4 Absolute classification is also necessarily carried out separately for men and women.

Rules of the competition for Nordic walking in the discipline “skill race” (“skill race”)

1. Competitions in the discipline “skill-flight” are individual competitions for overcoming a fixed distance with a constant assessment of the technique of movement. The final result of the participant is the sum of the average speed at a distance, expressed in km / h and the arithmetic average of all estimates for the technique of movement at a distance on a 10-point scale. Both estimates are calculated to the nearest hundredth.The winner is the participant who scored the maximum amount of points for speed and equipment. The remaining places are distributed in order of decreasing points. In case of equality of points, participants are considered to have divided the same place.

2. Competitions are held on a closed track of a small length (400-1000 meters) with the calculation of finding the judge on the technique for every 100 meters of the track. The distance consists of several laps, the participants control the number of laps passed independently. The start of the participants is separate, the recommended time interval is 15-30 seconds. Start, transit and finish corridors must be separated and clearly marked.

3. Overtaking at a distance carried out on a free path. Responsibility for safe maneuver lies with the overtaking participant. The overtaken participant is prohibited from interfering with the overtaking.

4. The time taken by the competitors to calculate the distance is calculated by subtracting the start time from the finish time. Estimation of the participant’s average speed is calculated by dividing the length of the distance, expressed in kilometers, by the time it takes to complete the distance, expressed in hours.

Example

Participant number 1 showed at a distance of 2 km the result of 16 minutes 00 seconds. The average speed of 2 / (16/60) = 2/16 * 60 = 7.50 km / h
Participant number 2 showed at a distance of 2 km the result of 15 minutes 30 seconds. Average speed 2 / (15,5
/ 60) = 2 / 15.5 * 60 = 7.74 km / h.

5. Technique of movement of the participant in the distance is evaluated by the judges on the technique on a 10-point scale. Each judge gives each participant a mark on each lap of the race. The assessment is reduced for the following technical violations:

Technical violation Decrease scores, points

Jumping or jumping 5
Lack of constant contact of one leg with the supporting surface 3
Movement on bent legs 3
Movement without repulsion – no accented contact of the sticks with the supporting surface 3
Movement without pushing away – dragging sticks 3
Lack of straightening of the leg in the knee joint at the completion of the push 2
Small amplitude of arm movement – absence of elbow removal in front of the body when putting the stick 2
Small amplitude of the movement of hands – absence of an institution of a brush behind the body at the completion of repulsion 2

Participant number 1 Member number 2
Judge №1 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8
Judge №2 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Judge №3 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 8 8
Judge №4 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total points 170 160

Evaluation for the equipment of the participant number 1 is 170/20 = 8.50 points. Evaluation for the equipment of the participant number 2 is 160/20 = 8.00 points.

The final result of the participant number 1 is 7.50 + 8.50 = 16.00 points. The final result of the participant number 2 is 7.74 + 8.00 = 15.74 points

author Zagarov A. A.



 

 

 

 

 



		
	
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