This Bulletin is issued by English Ski Council and applies primarily to ESC races only

The English Ski Council

Alpine Racing Committee

Occasional Alpine Racing Bulletin 2000

Communications

For the most up todate information on Alpine racing matters in England log on to www.britski.org. Most information including seed lists, selection matters, race calendars, results, minutes of meetings, links to other sites and other issues can be found there.

Seed Lists

In 2000 we will be publishing 5 dry slope seed lists. This means that race secretaries will be able to use much more up to date seed lists than ever before. Lists 1 and 5 will be published on paper and circulated to every racer, lists 2, 3, 4 will be published on the internet, www.britski.org , and paper copies sent to race secretaries for race entries.

Helmets/Ski poles

Ski poles. Ski pole tips protectors will be compulsory at all ESC events from April 2000. There are several styles, one style is available from the ESC office at a cost of 2.00 per pair. It will be the responsibility of the racers, coaches and start referee to implement this. Slope poles, normally with a minimum tip diameter of 15mm and with closed ends, do not need to have additional closures. Poles with ice tips of less than 15mm require protectors, these can be secured by suction or by tape. TD's and other officials will be checking and you may not be able to start if you are not using protectors.

Helmets. ARC is currently undertaking a risk assessment on the need for helmets in ski racing. ESC strongly recommend the wearing of a safety helmet for race training and competitions. In season 2000 the following regulations will apply to the Club National and Grand Prix series, the inter regional and All England:

In these events racers will be allowed and, in GS, children will be required to wear:

helmets meeting the FIS description or

helmets meeting European standards or

helmets sold for ski-ing

Cycle and other helmets. Wearing these in slalom will be a coach/athlete decision. ESC cannot recommend that racers wear helmets other than those that are designed for ski-ing or meet FIS rules because:

they may not offer adequate protection

may give athletes a false sense of security

they are not designed for the purpose and may make legal liability confused

ARC is not against the wearing of helmets but wishes to make a decision that will be in the best interests of the sport and of athletes. In a time of increasing litigation it is vital that the decisions made are and are seen to be appropriate.

The Happy Head style of slalom helmet is acceptable in slalom only, Happy Heads are not crash helmets and do not conform to EN1077, but they do cover the head and ears and comply with the FIS description of allowed helmets.

Slalom face guards, including those that partially cover the head, are not crash helmets therefore they are allowed in slalom for all age groups and, for juniors and seniors only, in GS. (Children and boys and girls must wear crash helmets)

Binding heights

The current FIS rules on binding heights apply to all ESC and British races on snow and dry slopes. TD's and other officials will be checking and you may not be able to start if you are using illegal equipment. The current rules for external measurements are a total height from ski sole to boot sole of 55mm for Junior/Seniors and 50mm for Children and Boys and Girls. This is to include ski, plates and bindings. Please note that some combinations produced by manufacturers and sold in the UK and abroad do not conform and are illegal. The rule was introduced by FIS because of the damage that can be done to knees through the excessive forces caused by a combination of carving skis and riser plates.

Long Sleeves/Gloves

Racers and coaches are reminded that long sleeves, gloves and long trousers are compulsory in inspection, practise and competition. The wearing of skis for inspection is also compulsory.

Race Formats

Club national races are organised by clubs as part of the national seeding system. They are open to all racers, they include prizes for children I and II, Junior I and II, seniors and limited masters categories. They are run alongside a separate race for boys and girls (minis). Entries from less experienced racers are given priority if the race is oversubscribed. Normally, the competition takes place on a special slalom course over three runs, the best of the first two runs plus the third run counts for the result.

Grand Prix races are a five race series organised by regions on behalf of the ESC. They are open to all racers whose dry slope or converted BASS seed points are less than 250. Entries from the bested pointed racers are given priority if the race is over-subscribed. Normally, the competition takes place on a special slalom course over two runs with the combined time to count.

The All England is open to all English racers, with a limited number of other Home Nation athletes accepted. It includes competitions for boys and girls (minis), children I and II, Junior I and II, seniors and limited masters categories. They are run alongside a separate race for boys and girls (minis). Entries from the bested pointed racers are given priority if the race is over-subscribed. The main competition takes place on a special slalom course over two runs with the combined time to count, but there are also parallel slaloms for clubs and other categories.

Inter-regional: a parallel slalom competition for regional teams, including a seeded special slalom competiton.

ARC 25th May 2000