RCS2015#07 – Allows for verbal assistance without elimination

2015 RCS #
07
Summary
Changes “shall” to “may” for verbal assistance
Date Received
24Mar14
Proponent
Terry Merritt
Change Date
2015
Status
Open for comments – 05May14
Activity
Initial Posting: 05May14

Current Wording – Article CD945.2

At ADS-recognized events, no person, either on or off a competing carriage entry may be given verbal or physical directions to an Athlete with the exception of persons on the carriage during Marathon competitions. Athletes receiving verbal or physical assistance except for permitted assistance as listed in Article 945.3 shall be eliminated at the sole discretion of the ground jury.

Suggested Wording

At ADS-recognized events, no person, either on or off a competing carriage entry may be given verbal or physical directions to an Athlete with the exception of persons on the carriage during Marathon competitions. Athletes receiving verbal or physical assistance except for permitted assistance as listed in Article 945.3 may be eliminated at the sole discretion of the ground jury.

Reason for change

Change the word shall to may so ground jury doesn’t feel compelled to eliminate an athlete when for instance an over exuberant spectatator yells out directions which is completely out of the control of the athlete, and therefore no penalty should be applied.

1 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    May 16, 2014

    I agree. Very good suggestion.
    hardy

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