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 1995 IWSF Technical
Rules for Water Ski Tournaments and the official 1998 addendum to those rules,
except as modified by the 1995 IWSF Technical Rules for Water Ski for the
Disabled and this official 1998 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 familiarization".
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.
over . . .
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.4.05 - 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 T.5.01 to T.5.06.
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.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
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 minimum starting
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
course passes up to maximum speed with a constant rope length of 16.00m,
14.25m, 13.00m or 12.00m, 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 of 18.25m, 16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m or 12.00m, from minimum starting speed to maximum speed in 3 Km/h increments;
- on the inner course, at maximum speed, with successive rope lengths of 16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m, 12.00m, 11.25m and then with the rope shortened by 0.50 m for each pass down to and including 6.25m;
- on the outer course, with an 18.25m rope length, from minimum starting speed to maximum speed in 3 Km/h increments;
- on the outer course, at maximum speed, with successive rope lengths of
16.00m, 14.25m, 13.00m, 12.00m, 11.25m and then with the rope shortened by
0.50m 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 three sentences of rule T.14.11 apply. The remaining part
of rule T.14.11 is replaced with:
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 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 inner course passes below maximum speed.
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.
APPLICABILITY OF OTHER TOURNAMENT RULES
Add: World Cup rules do not apply.
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
CATEGORY WOMEN MEN
slalom trick jump slalom trick jump
L 3/46/18.25out 410 (6.0) 2/58/18.25out 2410 28.3
LP (3/46/18.25out) (410) (8.0) 3/58/13.00out (2410) 32.9
A 2.5/49/18.25out 730 17.8 2/55/18.25out 1010 32.5
V1 150 340 10.5 147 850 16.1
V2/3 168 420 15.8 159 1370 21.9
MP1 0/46/18.25in 500 11.2 6/49/18.25in 730 13.1
MP2 2.5/52/18.25in 970 15.4 3/58/18.25in 1300 18.8
MP3 3/52/18.25in 1260 (15.4) 3/40/18.25out 1300 23.5
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 familiarization 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.