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Rule changes in summer 2013


berkutschi.com

As always in summer, some rules and innovations will also be established resp. tested during the 20th FIS Grand Prix, that starts in Hinterzarten.

An innovation that is mentioned in the rules under point 422.1 will be of special interest:

Е "A Trainer/Coach is entitled to reduce the length of in-run for his respective athlete. This has to be announced within the red phase of the starting procedure of the athlete concerned. In such a case, the gate compensation factor is only calculated, if the athlete jumps at least 95 % of the HS distance."

In plain language, this means that after the inrun length was reduced by himself or his coach, an athlete will only get the bonus points if he reaches at least 95 % of the HS distance with his next jump.

This new rule is another step of the FIS in the direction of making sure that a coach or an athlete only decide to reduce the inrun length for safety reasons and not as a tactical measure.

In addition there are also some minor modifications concerning the equipment:

The suit must be close-fitting in any part of the body. The measured circumference of any upstretched part of the suit must not exceed the respective body measurement.

Exceptions are:

- to accommodate the fit of the suit around the boot with a maximum tolerance of 10 cm This tolerance may start from the close-fitted part below the knee with a transition to the bottom hem of the leg panel.

- to accommodate the fit of the suit around the glove with a maximum tolerance of 4 cm. This tolerance is given for the last 10 cm of the sleeve.

Last season there were discussions repeatedly about the tolerance and the fixing of the gloves to the sleeves.

Berkutschi.com, July 23th, 2013

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