New contest sanction status scheme (Regional, National, Continental, World Cup)
New recognized racer groups (Open, Women, Jr, Masters) [no pro]
New list of disciplines (GS, Tight Slalom, Slalom, Super G, Boardercross)
When will a new rule book be issued with these decisions embedded?
What is the effectivity date of the decision?
The reasons I'm asking:
1) I see a mixed bag of old and new sanction status schemes in the 2010 calendar.
2) The Oregon State Games has a Slalomcross and I'm wondering if those results will count for points under the "Boardercross" discipline.
3) The Oregon State Games is put on by the Oregon Amateur Athletic Association. We are not supposed to have PRO racers at the event. It has always been a confusing and inconsistently-applied rule. If the ISSA says there are no PRO racers, then that is good enough for me and I will not have to worry about who is PRO and not have to listen to any whining about letting the PROs win all the medals .... etc.
4) The 2010 ISSA Rules book does not include these changes, yet some of them are presently being applied.
Second, we’ve decided to revise the old sanctioning structure (Major, Main, Prime, and Basic categories) as follows:
Level 1: World Cup, including the annual World Championship
Level 2: Continental Championship (e.g., North American Championship)
Level 3: National Championship (e.g., French Championship)
Level 4: Regional Championship
We believe this category system offers greater intuitiveness and marketability for all concerned: racers, organizers, spectators, sponsors and media.
Each year, the number of ISSA sanctions awarded will be:
• World Championship: One.
• World Cup (WC): Two per Continent (including the World Championship).
• Continental (CO): One per Continent.
• National (NA): Four per Continent.
• Regional (RG): Unlimited.
The number of World Cups per year will increase as the sport grows. At the discretion of the ISSA Status Marshals, World Cup status may be awarded on a Discipline-specific basis. In other words, at a particular event, one or more Disciplines may be sanctioned at the World Cup level, with the other Disciplines at the Regional level.
Third, we’ve decided to revise the list of Slalom Disciplines that we officially recognize and sanction, as follows:
a. Tight Slalom (includes Straight Parallel Slalom)
b. Slalom (formerly referred to as “Hybrid” or “Special” Slalom)
c. Giant Slalom
d. Super G
We do not expect or require that Super G and BoarderX will be staged at every event, but we hope to sanction at least two of them per year at the World Cup level. Clear definitions and guidelines for these two Disciplines coming soon.
Fourth, we’ve decided to revise the list of Competitor Classes that we officially recognize, sanction, and rank in each Discipline, as follows:
a. Open (includes both “Pro” and “Amateur”)
c. Juniors (age 17 as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and under)
d. Masters (age 45 as of Jan. 1 of the current year, and over)