RCP PD 244 Off-Course 17-015

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-015
Rule/Article: PD 244
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Strike Article 238.4 and modify 244

Current Wording:

238.4 Unless otherwise specified in class rules, if an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence or if any obstacle or start or finish line is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice, the obstacle or start or finish line will be considered driven incorrectly and be scored under the rules for each specific class. See exceptions regarding the correct driving of the start and finish lines for Scurry Obstacles, Pick Your Route Obstacles, Gambler’s Choice Obstacles and Double Jeopardy Obstacles classes.

Article 244 Off-Course
244.1 Unless otherwise specified in individual class rules, a driver is off-course when driving an obstacle in the incorrect sequence or direction or when failing to drive a required obstacle.
244.2 For a Start or Finish line or an obstacle to be completed, the entire turnout (all horses and all wheels of the vehicle) must pass through the obstacle or the start/finish markers.
244.3 Straddling an obstacle marker, regardless of an actual disturbance, will be scored as a dislodgement.
244.4 Straddling a Start or Finish marker will be considered off course.

New Wording: Article 244 Off-Course
Unless otherwise specified in individual class rules, a driver is off-course if:
a. a required obstacle is not driven.
b. the start or finish line is not driven.
c. an obstacle is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
d. the start or finish line is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
e. the entire turnout (all horses and all wheels of the vehicle) fails to pass through the obstacle or the start/finish markers.
f. an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence

Reason for Change: Exceptions previously listed in 238.4 will be covered by the statement in PD244: “Unless otherwise specified in class rule…”

2 Response(s)

  1. MikeRider says :

    June 19, 2016

    I’m not certain what is meant by “f. an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence” – can somebody clarify? Here’s what I think it means – if I’m driving from #8 to #9 on course and I knock the ball off of #17, then I’m considered off-course and eliminated? If so, that seems like quite a harsh penalty.

  2. Jeff Morse says :

    June 21, 2016

    Mike, yes, that’s what it is intended to mean. what would you have the penalty be? It doesn’t happen very often.

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