RCS CD 960.5.1 Course Markers 18-008

RC#: 18-008
Rule/Article: CD 960.5.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Penny Nicely
Status: 26Apr17 received; 28Apr17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 960.5.1 Sufficient red and white compulsory turning flags must be positioned on the Course to ensure that all Athletes follow the designated track. Athletes must leave the red flags on their right and the white flags on their left. These compulsory turning flags must be numbered consecutively in each Section and they must be placed so they are clearly visible to Athletes from a reasonable distance.

At ADS-recognized events, numbered kilometer markers and compulsory turning flags shall be distinguished by the following colors. Distinctive shapes are also highly recommended. Numbers may be black or white to provide maximum contrast:
Training division – diamond – white or black background
Preliminary division – square – green background
Intermediate division – circle – red background
Advanced division – triangle – blue background
VSE classes – octagonal – orange or purple background

At ADS-recognized Training and Preliminary division events, there shall be no Compulsory Turning Flags positioned on significant slopes. A relatively easy alternate route shall be provided.

New Wording:
…  compulsory turning flags must be numbered consecutively in each Section and they must be placed so they are clearly visible to Drivers from a reasonable distance.

At ADS-recognized events, [refers to everything following]:
when red and white course flags are used, splits in the course must be clearly designated by arrows and a clear indication of which divisions follow which path (i.e., T, P, I (or VT, VP, VI for VSEs). If the courses merge back together the course with the fewest CTFs will have a “catch-up” gate just before the junction bringing it up to the next gate number for the recombined course (e.g., 6-10, 5-6 etc).

Numbered kilometer markers and course flags may be distinguished by the following colors. Distinctive shapes are also highly recommended. Numbers may be black or white to provide maximum contrast:
Training division – diamond – white or black background
Preliminary division – square – green background
Intermediate division – circle – red background
Advanced division – triangle – blue background
VSE classes – octagonal – orange or purple background.

Training and Preliminary divisions must not have Compulsory Turning Flags positioned on significant slopes. A relatively easy alternate route must be provided.

Reason for Change: To allow a legal use of red and white course flags, especially where all competitors follow the same track for most of the course. To permit greater leeway for legal signage at ADS events where budgets may be constrained and manpower to place signage may be limited. To eliminate the confusion created where the same signs may indicate either a CTF or a kilometer marker. Colors and shapes are totally appropriate for kilometer markers which appear singly on course. However, multiple signs used on a single course gate can be confusing. Organizing groups and course designers should have the opportunity to stay with traditional signage for ADS events and be within the rules. Rules involving the course marking should be less restrictive and more encompassing of options that will achieve the same purpose, more efficiently and at less cost.

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