INTERNATIONAL WATER SKI FEDERATION
1999 TECHNICAL RULES ADDENDUM
WATER SKI FOR THE DISABLED
version April 15, 1999
This addendum constitutes changes to the IWSF 1995 Technical Rules Water Ski for the disabled. All references to visually handicapped or blind in the 1995 Technical Rules shall be replaced by that of vision impaired. VHB shall be replaced by V.
D.1.01 - Basic rules
Replace first paragraph with: The rules for disabled water skiing shall, wherever feasible and as far as possible, follow the 1999 IWSF Technical Rules for Water Ski Tournaments, except as modified by the 1995 IWSF Technical Rules for Water Ski for the Disabled and this official 1999 addendum.
D.2.03 - Schedule of events
Replaces current D.2.03: Replace first sentence of T.2.03 with: Not later than three months before the start of the tournament, the Tournament Chairman shall send to each affiliated Federation, by air mail, a schedule showing the days on which official familiarization and the tournament events will be held. Also, change all reference to "start of the first event" in T.2.03 to that of "official familiarization".
D.2.07 - World Championships entry and administration
Add: In T.2.05, change all reference to "start of first event" to "start of official
D.2.08 - Official familiarization
The skiers will be permitted to familiarize themselves with the tournament boats and jump ramp under the authority and the responsibility of the Chief Judge. Each skier participating in familiarization shall be allotted either a set number of passes and/or a certain amount of time at the discretion of the Chief Judge based on the principle that every skier shall receive an equal opportunity for familiarization.
The schedule for familiarization shall be run in the reverse order of Team placement of the preceding World Championships. Federation Teams which did not enter the preceding World Championships will have familiarization before the other teams in an order decided by the Chief Judge. Individual qualifiers will be assigned individual familiarization time at times determined by the Chief Judge. The Chief Judge shall have the discretion to change the start time of an individual's or team's familiarization based on extraordinary circumstances.
D.3.02 - Categories
Add new categories: arm and leg disabilities (see D.3.07):
- category A/L1,
- category A/L2.
D.3.05 - Categories MP1, MP2, MP3 and MP/W
Replaces current D.3.05: Multiple plegics and double leg amputees shall be classified in categories MP1, MP2 and MP3 as defined in the Competition Handbook Water Ski for the Disabled.
At the World Championships, women skiers classified as MP1, MP2 and MP3 will ski together as one single category named MP/W.
D.3.07 - Categories A/L1 and A/L2
Skiers with significant arm and leg impairment, arm and leg amputation, and hemiplegia are eligible for these categories which may also include skiers with cerebral palsy and other disabilities/conditions.
A separate addendum will be produced by the IWSF Disabled Council prior to the 1999 World Championships to provide further information regarding these new categories.
D.4.02 - Entry requirements
Add: Each Federation shall be entitled to a team of two competitors, male or female, whether qualified under the above stipulations or not, to compete in any events applicable to their disability category except that in order to compete in the jump event they must prove that they have successfully landed a jump as outlined in the above paragraphs.
D.4.03 - Classification process for all skiers
Replaces current D.403, D.4.04 and D.4.05: Classification of all skiers will take place at each World Championships, prior to official familiarization, as defined in the Competition Handbook Water Ski for the Disabled.
D.4.05 - Classification process for V1 and V2/3 skiers
Replaces current D.4.05: Each skier entered in categories V1 and V2/3 will be classified on site by the Classification Team according to the procedures defined in the Classification Handbook.
The Chief Judge, in accordance with the Chief Classification Officer, shall appoint the time and place of the tests and inform the competitors by posting. The tests must be scheduled at least 18 hours before the beginning of the competitions.
D.4.07 - Publication of the classification decisions
Change "18" to "12".
D.5. - MEDALS, OVERALL, TEAM COMPETITION
This rule replaces rules T.5.01 to T.5.06.
D.6.03 - Classification Officials
Replaces current D.6.03: The President of the IWSF Disabled Council shall appoint a Chief Classification Officer and Classification Teams from among the persons proposed by each Region Disabled Council.
Members of Classification Teams must have the qualifications defined in the Competition Handbook Water Ski for the Disabled.
The Chief Classification Officer shall not be a member of the Classification Teams.
D.7.05 - Safety boats
Change first sentence of T.7.06 to: Two safety boats shall be used during all events and familiarization times.
D.7.06 - On site medical facilities
Change #1 of T.7.08 to: A suitably qualified medical officer will be in attendance during familiarization and all tournament events.
D.7.07 - MP Jump slings
Plastic buckles shall not be permitted as the primary support on MP jump slings.
D.10.07 - Towboat usage
Rule T.10.01.i applies with the following addition: For Wake Slalom, the skier may select any of the types of boats chosen for the tournament.
D.10.08 - Speed control
Change first three sentences of T.10.07 to: Speed control will be required for the World Championships starting in 1999. The specific make and model of speed control will be announced when the boats are announced for the World Championships (see T.10.01e). Further, speed control will be allowed for all Ranking List and Record tournaments.
D.13.01 - General jump event conditions
Replace first sentence with: Rule T.13.01 applies except that the skier shall be entitled to two jumps or passes or falls from the time he starts in the preliminaries and three jumps or passes or falls from the time he starts in the finals and with the following additions and modifications:
D.13.03 - Miscellaneous
The first sentence is changed to: The table about boat timing in rule T.13.04 is complemented by the following table for speeds 36 km/h and slower only:
D.13.06 - Scoring
Replace last two paragraphs of T.13.12 with: The better result obtained by the skier, in either the preliminary or the final round, shall count towards the overall. To be considered for placement and receive overall points, contestants must have at least one successful jump to their credit.
D.14.01 - General
Change first two sentences of third paragraph to: Skiers from categories A, L and LP shall use the outer slalom course. Skiers from categories MP1, MP2, MP3 and MP/W shall use both the inner and the outer slalom courses.
D.14.03 - Slalom: successive passes
Only the first two paragraphs of T.14.07 apply. The remaining part of rule T.14.07 is replaced with: The minimum starting speed for all categories is 31 Km/h for men and 28 Km/h for women. The maximum speed is 58 Km/h for men and 55 Km/h for women.
For categories A, L and LP, the skier may elect to start with any outer course pass. For each successive pass, the speed shall be increased by 3 Km/h up to the maximum speed. For all these passes, the rope length shall be 18.25m. For all further passes, the maximum speed will be maintained and the rope will be shortened successively to 16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m, 12.00m and 11.25m. For any further passes, the rope shall be shortened by 0.50m. The skier must notify the dock official of his starting pass any time before he starts his run. A skier who fails to do so will start at the maximum starting speed.
For categories A and L, the boat may stop in slalom after the first two completed passes for a maximum of 30 seconds provided the skier notifies the dock official before he starts his run.
For categories MP1, MP2, MP3 and MP/W, the skier may elect to start with any pass in the inner or outer course. If he starts with an inner course pass, after he completes any perfect inner course pass, he may perform all subsequent passes in the outer course starting with any outer course pass. The skier must notify the dock official of his first and last inner course passes (if any) and of his outer course starting pass any time before he starts his run. A skier who fails to do so will start at the minimum starting speed on the inner course and ski all inner course passes before being required to ski on the outer course at the minimum starting speed.
For categories MP1, MP2, MP3 and MP/W, the skier may perform all his inner and outer course passes up to maximum speed with any constant rope length, instead of 18.25m, provided he notifies the dock official any time before he starts his run.
For categories MP1, MP2, MP3 and MP/W, the succession of passes is as follows:
- on the inner course, with a constant rope length selected by the skier, from minimum starting speed to maximum speed in 3 Km/h increments;
- on the inner course, at maximum speed, starting with a rope length selected from one of the following and then successively down to and including 6.25m: 18.25m, 16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m, 12.00m, 11.25m or thereafter with the rope shortened by 0.50 m for each pass;
- on the outer course, with a constant rope length selected by the skier, from minimum starting speed to maximum speed in 3 Km/h increments;
- on the outer course, at maximum speed, starting with a rope length selected from one of the following and then successively down to and including 6.25m: 18.25m, 16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m, 12.00m, 11.25m or thereafter with the rope shortened by 0.50 m for each pass;
For all categories, further optional selection of passes is also allowed. If a skier misses in a pass that follows an optionally skipped pass, he shall be scored as if the buoys were scored in the pass following the last completed pass. If the skier is not at maximum speed, he must notify the dock official of all planned skipped passes any time before he starts his run.
D.14.04 - Slalom: scoring and placement
Only the first two sentences of rule T.14.11 apply. The remaining part of rule T.14.11 is replaced with:
The better result in either the preliminary or final round will be counted towards calculating overall.
For skiers in all categories, the score of the skier will be equal to the total number of buoys actually skied plus six buoys for every pass waived and followed by a perfect pass.
When an MP skier starts on the inner or outer course below maximum speed with a rope length shorter than 18.25m, scoring will be as if the skier had used an 18.25m rope for all passes below maximum speed.
D.15.07 - Scoring
Replace the last two paragraphs of T.15.07 with: The better score in either the preliminary or the final round shall be used to calculate the overall results.
D.16.01 - What records are recognized
Add: T.16.05a does not apply.
D.16.02 - Tournaments where records may be set
Add third paragraph: In the MP and V categories, records may only be set by skiers who have been classified at one or more of the following tournaments, World Championships, Region Championships, U.S. National Championships and Australian National Championships.
D.16.03 - Minima for initial records
The minimum for MP2 Slalom is 3.00/55/18.25 inner and for Jump 16.5.
D.16.06 - Record forms and criteria
Change second paragraph: For a slalom record, no video tape is necessary if the performance is on the outer slalom course with a rope length of 13.00m or longer or if it is on the inner slalom course with a rope length of 8.75m or longer except for the MP category in which all performances on the outer slalom course must be video taped. For rope lengths of 12.00m or less on the outer slalom course, for all rope lengths on the outer course for the MP category only and for rope lengths of 8.25m or less on the inner course, the procedure in T.16.07(a) applies.
APPLICABILITY OF OTHER TOURNAMENT RULES
Add: World Cup rules do not apply.
INTERNATIONAL WATER SKI FEDERATION
1999 COMPETITION HANDBOOK ADDENDUM
WATER SKI FOR THE DISABLED
version April 15, 1999
All references to visually handicapped or blind in the 1994 Competition Handbook shall be replaced by that of vision impaired. VHB shall be replaced by V.
World Records as of January 1, 1999 basis for overall in 1999
The following interpretations are no longer applicable because of changes in the rules: 1.12 (Slalom for A and L); 1.13 (A and L inner course slalom); 1.17 (records procedures); and 1.20 (trick point values).
The following interpretations have been added:
1.24. Guides in familiari1zation for V skiers:
It is recommended that V skiers be allowed guides in familiarization.
1.25. Lake tours before familiarization for V skiers:
It is recommended that V skiers be given a tour of the lake before familiarization with the authority of the Chief Judge.
1.26. Direct entry into the wake slalom course for V skiers:
In Diagram T.3, the drop point indicated is not the best choice for V skiers who wish to enter directly into the course without a turn prior.
1.27. Boat path in competition for V skiers:
It is important that the boat path used in familiarization be identical to that in the competition itself for V skiers.
1.28. Prize giving protocol:
All skiers in the competition are entitled to the same benefits when receiving an award. The sole difference between those entitled to a medal and those not so entitled, because of a lack of participants in a category, is the awarding of an actual medal. National anthems, podium presentations and flag raisings shall still take place.
1.29. Number of starts:
If the skier does not make his initial two start tries in slalom, wake slalom, tricks or jump, the round is over (D.2.05). For example, if the skier misses his two starts prior to his first jump or trick pass, he does not get another two tries to get out of the water to take the second jump or trick pass. The round is over. However, each time the skier is entitled to start again (after the initial one) in an event (rope shortening in slalom, fall during first trick pass, missed jump), he is allowed two starts. If he misses both, the round is over.
1.30. Course definition for category A
For the category A, the course will be defined as from 55m before the course until 55m after the course (pre-gates) in slalom, from 50m before the course until the twenty second time period has elapsed in tricks and from the 180m entrance course buoy to the 100m EC (exit course) buoy in jump.
1.31. Qualification for the World Championships
Skiers may qualify for the World Championships during familiarization.
1.32. Electronic communication
Use of personal radio communication devices shall not interfere with official radio communication.