RCP CD 928.2 Marathon Dress 18-012

RC#: 18-012
Rule/Article: CD 928.2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted. Recommended by CDC 25July17.

Current Wording: 

2.2 At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this paragraph do not apply.

Athletes and Grooms must wear securely fastened Protective Headgear and a back protector in the Marathon that is in compliance with the applicable international testing standards. Infringement will result in Elimination.

2.3 At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this paragraph do not apply.

In addition, failure to wear such Protective Headgear and back protector where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card being issued to the Athlete.

At ADS-recognized events:

2.4 Protective vests (“back protectors”) and Medical Armbands are strongly recommended.

New Wording: 

2.2 Athletes and Grooms must wear securely fastened Protective Headgear and a back protector in the Marathon that is in compliance with the applicable international testing standards. Infringement will result in Elimination.

2.3 In addition, failure to wear such Protective Headgear and back protector where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card being issued to the Athlete.

At ADS-recognized events:

2.4 Medical Armbands are strongly recommended.

Reason for Change:  Remove exemption for vests requirement on Marathon.

7 Response(s)

  1. Alice S says :

    August 3, 2017

    I am opposed to making protective vests mandatory for adult competitors. For one thing, I’m not a big fan of the nanny state. Protective vests should be a personal choice for competitors over 18 yr of age, not mandatory. They are also quite expensive, and just add to the cost of an already expensive sport that excludes too many already because of its cost.

  2. Theresa La Voie says :

    August 3, 2017

    I am not in favor of changing the vest rule. There has been no justification proffered for forcing all adult competitors to wear protective vests during the marathon. I see no statistics to support such a change. Competitive driving at CDE’s is a costly sport as it is. Protective vests are expensive and should not be demanded unless there is clear evidence warranting such further gear. I have a protective vest and sometimes it actually gets in my way and I don’t feel I have the freedom of mobility I would have otherwise. Someone suggested getting one so I wear it, but not because I believe there is a real need. We want to encourage people to get involved in the sport of driving, and pushing up the cost based on someone’s assumption that vests are a good idea, will only “drive” people away. We are all adults and sign releases and waivers. Other than helmets, let the adult competitors control how they further want to protect themselves. As Alice stated, let’s not turn this sport into a Nanny State.

  3. nis75p06 says :

    August 4, 2017

    Strongly oppose this rule change. Back protectors are not available in a full range of sizes to fit all current competitors.

  4. Linda Yutzy says :

    August 4, 2017

    I agree that a vest should be at the option of the adult driver and not mandatory. I prefer not to wear a Koozie in hot weather. Far more likely to suffer heat stroke than fall out of carriage!

  5. daves says :

    August 6, 2017

    I’ve seen a significant increase in those wearing protective vests over the past few years. Let’s let the participants make their own decision to wear vests or not. Don’t make this mandatory. Hold fast. Don’t follow the leader.

  6. Sharon Waite says :

    August 9, 2017

    The back protectors I have seen are (1) expensive, and (2) the SEI approved ones are too long for drivers, and generally too constricting. We are seeing more back protectors in use, particularly above training level, but requiring them would just be another nail in the coffin of unaffordability for those just starting out in the sport. If ADS wants to grow the sport, this is not the way to do it!

  7. amyblossom says :

    August 15, 2017

    Protective vests are not available for persons of various sizes. I have yet to find one that fits me, and I am sure others have the same dilemma. Until these are readily available in sizes that fit one and all, I strongly oppose this rule.

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