Rules of Racing

2019 Rules of Racing

The Interschools Rules of Racing have been updated for the 2019 season. The changes are highlighted in blue bold print.  Please familiarise yourself with the Rules of Racing before your competition.

2019 Interschools Rules of Racing

 

Here is a list of the major Rule Changes for 2019 (changes in bold):

1.16 - In 2019, the NSW State Championships has been replaced by the SSA Northern States Championships and will now include ACT & QLD Competitors. Participation from ACT and QLD schools will be optional in 2019 and 2020. ACT and QLD schools will receive a National Invite as well as an SSA Northern States Invite from their results at the Regional Championships. ACT and QLD schools can choose to enter both events and either of the events. 

4.4 - If a competitor loses one or both of their skis, and/or comes to a complete stop, they must pull off to the side of the course and not complete the rest of their run. They will record a DNF for that run.

4.5 - If a competitor misses a gate but does not come to a complete stop, they can ski/snowboard back to the missed gate and both boots must cross the imaginary line to record a time for the run.

7.1 - From the NSW Regional Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the top five NSW placed teams and the top fifteen individual NSW competitors from Divisions and disciplines will be eligible to race in the SSA Northern States Championships (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.5 - From the ACT-Southern NSW Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.6 - From the SSA Northern States Cross Country Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, ACT, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with ACT, QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top fifteen individuals, from Divisions 1-5 in all disciplines will be eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.7 - From the Northern NSW & QLD Championships, subject to competitive times/scores, QLD and International teams that place within the overall top 6 team placing’s, along with QLD and International individual competitors that place in the overall top 15 individuals, from all divisions and disciplines, will be eligible to race in both the SSA Northern States Championships and the Australian Interschools Championships. (subject always to the discretion of the Interschools Committee).

7.14 - If a competitor is unable to attend a Regional or State event due to a clash with training or competition commitments, an exemption to compete at the National event may be considered. Applications will only be accepted by individuals who are currently part of an SSA Emerging Talent Program (ETP) and/or NSWIS Scholarship program or higher. No exemptions for medical reasons will be accepted.

An exemption application must be submitted to the National Interschools Committee prior to the close of entries for the Regional or State event.

Exemptions are discipline specific. For example, a Snowboard competitor will only receive an exemption for Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross and/or Snowboard Slopestyle.

Once an exemption has been verified by the SSA Performance Manager and approved by the National Interschools Committee, the individual can enter the National event as an individual entry for the discipline the exemption has been approved for, or the individual can be entered into a school team for any discipline that has already qualified as per Rule 7.8.

7.15 - Competitors must compete in the division that they qualified in.

7.16 - From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships. There are no team invites. For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition. Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45/100) and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55/100). The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field.  No National Championship points will be awarded to Slopestyle event results and only individual medals will be awarded at the National Event. 

9.13 - Alpine Race Suits are permitted in Divisions 1-4 only. No Race Suits are permitted in Division 5 and 6.

The use of High-Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays is not permitted in all disciplines

High Fluoro wax rule

The use of High-Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays is not permitted in all disciplines

Following the ban of High Fluoro wax in Cross Country skiing events in 2016, the National Interschools Committee (NIC) and subsequently the NSW / ACT / QLD (SSA Northern) Interschools Committee together with the Victorian Interschools Committee (VISC), have adopted a rule banning applying High Fluoro and Fluorocarbon wax additives to equipment during all ski and snowboard Interschools events and locations. This includes HF wax applications such as; Powders / Liquids / Blocks and Sprays.

The contributing factors to this rule coming into place are:

Recommendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia National Discipline Committees on:

  • National focus shifting to skill development achievements and not competition results at early stages of athlete development.
  • Reducing the cost to families of participating in snow sports in early years.
  • Desire to create a more even playing field in an entry level event such as Interschools.
  • North American and European countries shift away from High Fluoro wax at Junior levels.
  • Minimise the possible environmental and health impact of using High Fluoro wax.

Maintaining equipment by brushing and tuning edges is still an acceptable practice during Interschool events and locations.

Whilst the rule will be based on an honour system and peer group review, event organisers reserve the right to inspect or test waxing practices in the interest of fairness.

The National & State Interschools Committees have every confidence that participating schools and competitors will respect this new rule.

Slopestyle - Event Details

The SSA Northern States Interschools Slopestyle Championships are on Tuesday August 20 at Perisher.

Who can Enter

There is no pre-qualifying event for the Ski & Snowboard Slopestyle event. The Slopestyle Championships are open to NSW, QLD and ACT school students in Divisions 1-3 only. Students must have the appropriate level of skill and experience to compete in Slopestyle and must answer yes to the following questions:

• Can you execute a controlled straight air on a ‘green’ or ‘S’ (Small) category jump?
• Can you execute a controlled 50/50 (snowboard) or straight grind (skier) on a 5metre box?
• Do you have the ability to ride/ ski switch in a controlled way down a blue run?

Schools can enter teams or individuals into the Slopestyle Championships.

How and when to enter

School Coordinators enter competitors into Slopestyle events via the online entry system under the event "SSA Northern States Championships". Entries will open July 29 and close August 12.

National Qualification Rule 

From the SSA Northern States Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships. For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition. Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45/100) and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55/100). The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field.  

There are no team invites for the National Championships.

Slopestyle Competition Guide

Download the 2019 Slopestyle Competition guide. 

How to Dress for Interschools

We have put together some guidelines on How to Dress for Interschools in relation to the clothing rules.

Race suits are ONLY allowed in Alpine and Snowboard GS (Divisions 1-4 only). No race suits are allowed in Division 5 & 6. When race suits are not worn on the course the following clothing rule applies for Alpine, Ski Cross, Moguls, Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle:

Competitors must wear either a snowsports jacket and pants, or soft-shell jacket and pants, when competing on course. Outerwear such as hoodies, long sleeve shirts, school jerseys and track-suit pants will not be permitted on-course when competing and/or training.

 

FURTHER EXPLANATION ON CLOTHING RULE

Correct Technical Jackets are classified as suitable outer layer jackets for skiing and snowboarding. For example a snowsports jacket and tough soft shell jackets.

Outer jacket layers should be waterproof, windproof, breathable, durable and tough.

 

ALLOWED

  • Ski Jacket
  • Snowboard Jacket
  • Tough Soft Shell – lined
  • Padded Down Jacket

NOT ALLOWED

  • Lightweight puffy jackets and soft shells not lined (suitable as a mid-layer and not outer layer).
  • Rain coat (with no jacket underneath)
  • Polar Fleece
  • Jersey
  • Mid-layers
  • Hoodies
  • Other Cotton jumpers/jackets

If in doubt, please visit our Interschools Race Office during an event with your jacket so that we can advise you before you head to your course.