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CAN i In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

CAN ii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the national or international governing body these sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

CAN ii.i All of the Championships will be held annually under the rules of British Canoeing and the International Canoe Federation.

 

CAN iii Dispute at events: In line with REG 4.4.3, should a dispute occur at an event the event appeal panel for Canoeing shall comprise of the Tournament Director and a BUCS Staff Member.

 

CAN 1        The following Championships will be promoted annually:
Wild Water Racing Championships
Canoe Slalom Championships
Canoe Polo Championships

 

CAN 2        Entries 
Each University may enter as many competitors or teams as each specific event’s regulations allow. Details of this will be published in the entry information available prior to entries being submitted.

 

CAN 3        Wild Water Racing Championships

 

CAN 3.1
The race will be run in accordance with the British Canoeing WWR Executive Rules. However, the team events will not require team members to finish within 15 seconds of each other, but they must finish within clear line of sight.

 

CAN 3.2
These Championships will be decided on one run.

 

CAN 3.3 Individual events are outlined in Appendix 1.

 

CAN 3.4        Wild Water Racing Teams
There are two categories of teams: Open Teams and Mixed Teams.

 

CAN 3.4.1
An Open Team can be made of any 3 boats per team of any gender of person.

 

CAN 3.4.2
A Mixed Team can be made up of 3 boats per team and is open to all boats of either gender except Men’s K1.

 

CAN 3.4.3
An individual competitor may only enter each Team Event once and if entering both the Open and Mixed Team must paddle a different boat class in each.

 

CAN 3.5        Overall Team
The Overall University Team standings are calculated from the summed points from each class. The first 15 finishers in each class gain 20,16,14,12,11,...1 point(s) and all other finishers gain 1 point. These points are totalled over all the classes.

 

CAN 3.6        Capsizing
If you capsize then you can get back in your boat and continue. You can have help to get back in, but you must be in the same boat as you started in, and you must be in it with your head above the water when you cross the finish line.

 

CAN 3.7        Bibs
Bibs must be worn at all times during practice and racing. Competitors wearing the wrong numbered bib for the class they are paddling may be disqualified.

 

CAN 3.8        Equipment

 

CAN 3.8.1
All competitors must wear suitable safety equipment and boats/equipment should be in a river worthy condition.

 

CAN 3.8.2
All boats must be fitted with grab loops at the bow and stern and must contain 2 air bags.

 

CAN 3.8.3
All paddlers must wear CE approved buoyancy aids and helmets. Helmets fitted with polo faceguards are not suitable for use on white water.

 

CAN 3.8.4
Paddlers should wear sufficient warm clothing for the time of year.

 

CAN 3.8.5
The organisers may conduct spot checks on all equipment and reserve the right to refuse entry or disqualify anyone deemed to have insufficient safety equipment or be unsafe. Boats may be re-inspected following a swim and paddlers with unsafe boats will have to retire.

 

CAN 4        Canoe Slalom Championships

 

CAN 4.1
At these Championships Individual events will be decided on the better score from two runs and Team events will be decided on one run.

 

CAN 4.2        Individual events are outlined in Appendix 1

CAN 4.3        Canoe Slalom Teams
There are two categories of teams: Open Teams and Mixed Teams.

 

CAN 4.3.1
An Open Team can be made of any 3 boats per team of any gender of person.

 

CAN 4.3.2
A Mixed Team can be made up of 3 boats per team and is open to all boats of either gender except Men’s K1.

 

CAN 4.3.3
An individual competitor may only enter each Team Event once and if entering both the Open and Mixed Team must paddle a different boat class in each.

 

CAN 4.4        Overall Team
The Overall University Team standings are calculated as follows: 100 points are divided by the number of competitors who start each race and the points difference between each place will be this number, starting with 100 points for 1st place. However, those who don’t finish their run receive 0 points. For example, if 10 people start and only 8 finish in a particular category, they are awarded points as follows:

 

1st 100
2nd 90
3rd 80
4th 70
5th 60
6th 50
7th 40
8th 30
=9th 0 (DNF)
=9th 0 (DNF)

 

In the case of team categories these scores are doubled.

 

The 5 highest points scoring finishers from a University across all of the individual categories all contribute their full points to their Overall University score. In addition the 2 highest scoring teams across both of the team categories contribute their full points. All other finishers contribute the points of the last placed finisher in that class. So in the case of the class above that would be 30 points. The total score is then used to calculate the Overall University positions.

 

CAN 4.5        Scoring
The score for each run is the time taken to complete the course. Penalty time is added on for touching or missing gates:

 

CAN 4.5.1        Touching a gate
If a competitor touches a gate a 2 second penalty will be incurred. Once a gate has been touched with any part of the body or equipment the competitor can keep touching it again and only receive the 2 second penalty once. However the 2 second penalty is increased to 50 seconds if the gate is missed completely:

 

CAN 4.5.2        Missing a gate
A competitor is deemed to have missed a gate and will incur a 50 second penalty if:

·                      The complete head and some part of the boat do not pass between the poles in the correct direction.

·                      The gate is negotiated in the wrong direction.

·                      The head is underwater during gate negotiation (either head in C2).

·                      They touch a gate numerically further down the course (as opposed to physically downstream)

 

CAN 4.5.3
If a team of 3 boats does not cross the line within 15 seconds of each other a 50 second penalty is awarded.

 

CAN 4.6        Capsizing
If a competitor capsizes and exits their boat they cannot continue their run, even if they self-rescue. They must leave the course at the earliest opportunity.

 

CAN 4.7        Bibs
Bibs must be worn at all times during practice and racing. Competitors wearing the wrong numbered bib for the class they are paddling may be disqualified.

 

CAN 4.8        Equipment

 

CAN 4.8.1
All competitors must wear suitable safety equipment and boats/equipment should be in a river worthy condition.

 

CAN 4.8.2
All boats must be fitted with grab loops at the bow and stern and must contain 2 air bags.

 

CAN 4.8.3
All paddlers must wear CE approved buoyancy aids and helmets. Helmets fitted with polo faceguards are not suitable for use on white water.

 

CAN 4.8.4
Paddlers should wear sufficient warm clothing for the time of year.

 

CAN 4.8.5
The organisers may conduct spot checks on all equipment and reserve the right to refuse entry or disqualify anyone deemed to have insufficient safety equipment or be unsafe. Boats may be re-inspected following a swim and paddlers with unsafe boats will have to retire.

 

CAN 4.9        Whistling Off
In the event that a competitor is caught up by the competitor following them, the gate judge will blow a whistle and shout out the number of the slower competitor. The slower competitor must immediately move out of the racing line and allow the faster competitor to pass before continuing. A re-run will not be permitted. (Note: This does not apply if the following person is just missing all the gates).

 

CAN 5        Canoe Polo Championships

All games will be played in accordance with the regulations laid out by the International Canoe Federation, with UK specific additions by the British Canoeing Canoe Polo Committee which are found here http://www.canoepolo.org.uk/files/Rulebook15_Web.pdf unless directly stated differently below.

CAN 5.1     Equipment/scrutineering Equipment scrutineering will take place on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Helmets, BA’s, paddles and boats will be inspected and must conform to British Canoeing specifications.

CAN 5.2 Tournament Format Old boys and B team league will compose of a standard tournament format, with four groups of four, and the top two from each group progressing to the quarter final. The tournament format for the Men’s and Women’s leagues will be run as a double elimination.

CAN 5.2.1 Female Participation in Men's Championships: a female player can select to play in either gender competition, but not both in the same year. In the Men’s Championships, a maximum number of 2 females are permitted in a boat, or 3 in a squad.

 

CAN 5.3                 Disqualifications If a team is over 10 minutes late to a match they will automatically lose the match 3-0 and it will be scratched. If a team is fielding an ineligible player for a match then they will automatically lose the match 3-0 and it will be scratched.

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