RULES - RACING


1.   Birds entered in Solent South Road Federation races will be accepted on official race entry forms and also on ETS basketing print outs. The forms/print outs must be signed and contain a declaration of vaccination.

1a.   ALL R.P.R.A. RULES APPLY.

2.   2. The Solent South Road Federation may have separate liberations when convoying outside organisations.

3.   Affiliated clubs shall have the management of marking of its club members' birds and shall pay the cost of their birds and returned empties to and from the collection centre. Each container to be sealed. Front flap and drop door are to be sealed with two seals and top door with one. All to be sealed with RPRA seals. Affiliated clubs shall be responsible in sending all containers of their consignment correctly sealed. Failure to comply with correct sealing will entail the whole consignment being disqualified. Affiliated clubs shall be responsible for ensuring that their birds are delivered to the point of collection stipulated by the Secretary of the Federation. The Federation will not be responsible for non delivery, loss or damage. The birds and property being entirely at the owners risk.

4.   The convoyer, who shall be an experienced pigeon fancier will accompany and be responsible for race birds at all liberations.

5.   All Federation races shall be flown on the system of velocity Proper. All inland races to close on the day of liberation at 22.00 Hours OB and 20.30 hours YB. Overseas races up to and including Nantes close at the end of TWO (2) days at 22.00 hours OB and 20.30 hours YB. Beyond Nantes close at the end of THREE (3) days at 22.00 hours. The hours of darkness shall be 22.00 hours to 05.00 hours for old birds races and 20.30 hours to 06.00 hours young bird races.

6.   The bird making the highest velocity shall be declared the winner, except when in the opinion of the committee, after having given full consideration to the circumstances and conditions prevailing at the time, a pigeon returns an improbable velocity. Then that pigeon be disqualified from the race.

6a.   All birds sent to Federation old and young bird races by affiliated clubs shall be fully competitive with the exception of race rule 6b. The birds are deemed to be entered for competition as soon as they are loaded on to the transporter.The race containers to be lined with clean, new corrugated cardboard cut to size for the containers, corrugation facing upwards with a sprinkling of sawdust/kiln dried sand or a mixture of both. Label on drinker end with name of club, number of birds and whether cocks or hens.Race containers not conforming to this standard will not be accepted on to the transporter.The management committee shall decide the number of birds per crate for racing. Any club not abiding by their decision may be disqualified from the race in question. Federation officials have the right to open any container.

6b.   Old hens may be transported to all young bird federation races as trainers and will be charged at the same tariff as young birds on the transporter. Race entry sheets must be provided for all old hens sent as trainers.

7.   Prize money shall be paid out at the end of each season in the following proportions: - 1st 40% 2nd 25% 3rd 15% 4th   5th 10% each race to be equal. Fifty diplomas to be awarded each race.
Pools shall be A=25p, B=50p, C=£1. Single nomination=£2 10% to be retained from each series by the Federation and the remainder to be paid out at 15 to 1 ratio where possible.
Should there be insufficient birds timed in to absorb all pool money on a 15 to 1 ratio the balance shall be shared equally amongst those members who have timed in the respective pools. Single nomination shall be out as one prize. Where no birds are recorded pools shall be returned to clubs less the 10%. Affiliated clubs disqualified from races shall forfeit all pool money. Pools will be paid out within 14 days of the close of race unless there is an objection to the published result.

8.   Affiliated clubs shall forward to the Federation Secretary a consignment note with the details of the number of birds and containers, together with a copy of the club members' race entry sheets on the day of marking. The club result must go to the Federation Secretary either on the form supplied, or in the form of a computer generated race result, which fully complies with RPRA race rule 189. Clock dials, variation charts, race rubbers and counterfoils or ETS arrival sheets of all birds listed on the race result, must accompany the race result. These must either be posted by recorded delivery during the first available postal day after the close of the race or can be delivered personally by hand to the Federation Secretary's home up to 2100hrs, the first available postal day after the close of the race. Failure to comply with these requirements may entail disqualification.

9.   A sterilising agent will be added to the water in the transporter tanks.

10.   Details of liberation or holdover will be telephoned to each clubs designated representative. Liberation or holdover details will be entered onto the lib line service. (The number as listed in the BHW). The Federation will not be responsible for any non-recording of any entered message on this line. No club official or club member shall telephone the Federation Secretary on a race day except in exceptional circumstances.

11.   No fancier or competitor or club member in the Solent S.R. Federation shall be left in sole charge of any pigeon after they have been race marked at any time. All affiliated clubs NOT SENDING to any race shall notify the Federation Secretary previous to the marking date. Failure to comply will be under penalty of £4.

12.   The management committee of the Federation shall have the power to visit any affiliated club on race marking night.

13.   The convoyer will liberate Solent S.R. Federation pigeons as early as practicable at all race points Old and Young bird races. The longest old bird race be scheduled for Friday liberation.

14.   Federation birds will be fed on a proprietary mixture.

15.   Deleted.

16.   Pick up points to be arranged by Federation Secretary or Committee.

17.   A crate seal sheet must be submitted by all clubs on all races. This sheet must accompany the consignment of birds and be handed to the Federation Secretary or nominated official at the loading station.

18.   18. Claims for Federation averages and points trophies must be made within 28 days of the last young bird race. All claims to be made through the club and submitted and signed by the Club Secretary (Note:- see required details listed after the listed trophies).

19.   There will be a minimum of one blank week between old and Young bird racing.

20.   The Federation Committee have the power to instruct that Drug testing be carried out on any winning pigeons.

21.   In all races or training organised by the Solent SR Federation all birds must be vaccinated against paramyxo virus during the last 12 months previous to the date of entry.

22.   An executive committee consisting of the Federation Chairman, President and Race Controller shall be empowered to change a race point or cancel any race in exceptional circumstances.

23.   A minimum of four fully paid up members must be present at marking and clock strike on/off. If less than four members competing, the names of members present with signatures must be sent on the consignment note. In the event of too few members present they must attend another club to mark their birds and set/strike off clocks. (NB All members must attend the same alternative club).

24.   All federation trophies must be returned by the delegates meeting after the last young bird race. The member or club winning the trophy or trophies will be responsible for the return of the trophy or trophies. Penalty clause:- £10 per trophy will be charged for any trophy submitted after specified date for their return to the Federation.

25.   The Convoyer's report is to be posted to the federation website within 7 days of the close of the race.

26.   Where birdage restriction is imposed the allocation to each club be calculated prorata to the number of subscriptions paid by that and not by any other formula.

27.   Deleted.

28.   Federation officials may arrange to transport other organisations for overseas races providing there shall be only a single liberation from the federation transporter.

29.   If a club has 15 birds or less they must travel in a top up crate, not a Federation crate except to the two longest Old Bird races.

30.   All club secretaries shall report to the federation secretary by text, email or telephone the first three positions of their club result before 10.30am the day after any race. The federation secretary shall compile a provisional result which will be posted on the Solent federation web site forum, and update the federation lib line with the first ten provisional positions.

31.   A maximum of 6 positions per individual member per race will be included in the federation result. Any birds recording the same velocity to count as one position.

32.   All racing to be self supporting. No existing funds will be used to subsidise racing.

CLOCK RULES

1.   All Royal Pigeon Racing Association standard rules apply.

2.   The management committee shall have the power at any time to visit affiliated clubs when clock setting and checking is taken place. The management committee have the right to call for any club member's clock for inspection, checking and testing.

3.   The setting of affiliated club members clocks to be left to the club discretion.

4.   Affiliated club members clocks must be checked against the club master timer on the same day as the birds are timed in, the clock opened, rubber rings verified by club officials and clock reset if required.

5.   No flying member's entries may be marked on any ETS system to an unspecified race.