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Approved: July 27, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT
General Table of Contents Introduction
AU Nation Race Committee
Responsibility for following AU Race Rules
Membership Competition Requirements
Partnerships General or Family
Combine, Concourse, Association Level, Etc
Average Speed Requirements
Basketing and Knock-off Time Reference
Setting of Clocks
Opening of Clocks
Reading of Tapes
Computer Clock Defects
Capsules & Countermarks
Conveying and Liberating
Tossing of Race Birds
Competition Division Rules
Time Out for Darkness (Deadtime)
Closing of Races
Race Velocity Computations
Figuring Race Speeds
Start to Clocking Time
Time of Flight (Elapsed Time)
Determining Mileage (or Airline Survey)
Electronic Band Scanning System
EBSS Antenna Placement
Approved EBSS systems
Local Organizational Race Rule Amendments
Organizational Compliance Format
Race Release and Transportation Guidelines
The American Racing Pigeon Union has developed these rules as
a national set of standards for all competing organizations
(Clubs, Combines, Associations, etc.) to:
1. Maintain organizational consistency and the highest
standards of honesty, integrity and sportsmanship in our
competitions; 2. To make for fair competitions within our
affiliated organizations; and, 3. To ensure that all AU members
are competing on a level playing field for AU national awards,
thereby ensuring the absolute integrity, honor and esteem of
Please note: All organizations should also be familiar with
the AU Rules of Conduct and Disciplinary Rules pertaining to
racing and competition to familiarize themselves with expected
standards of honesty, ethics and integrity, in particular as
they apply to resolving disputes pertaining to race matters.
The AU Race Rules may not cover every conceivable incident or
issue, consequently, the AU Board is receptive to and always
encourages new ideas and input on suggested changes or
improvements. If you have suggestions or recommendations, please
submit your ideas in writing to the AU National Race Secretary
to your Zone Director, or to any other Board Officer for
presentation to the Competition Standards Committee for review.
AU Sanctioned Races
An AU Sanctioned Race is
a race where all AU race rules and AU Policies are followed and
enforced in the race. Failure to follow all AU Race Rules shall
disqualify the race from any recognition by the AU for diplomas
or National Awards.
1. The Club, Combine, Concourse or Federation By-laws and
local race rules must be on file and up to date with the AU
office in Oklahoma before March 1, of any year. (Or shall
default to the AU model for club, combine, concourse or
2. It is the responsibility of each organization to maintain
an up to date signed copy of its By-laws and Race Rules with the
AU Office in Oklahoma or as above default to the AU model. The
Race Secretary and President of each organization shall be
responsible to sign all required items.
3. Only Official AU Diplomas may be used as awards in an AU
Sanctioned Race. (7/09) 3
The Annual AU Convention Race is an AU Sanctioned Race.
Compliance Statements must
be signed by the Race Secretary and President and returned with
club rosters, which are due by March 31
of each year. See
Compliance Statement in Race Rule 18.00. (7/09)
The AU Race Release and Transportation Guidelines Section
(19.00) are included at the end of these Race Rules as a guide
for all Organizations. Dec 2011
1.00 - Competition Standards
auxiliary, club, center, combine, concourse, association,
federation or other organization affiliated with the American
Racing Pigeon Union, Inc. shall be hereinafter referred to as an
"organization." They shall be
governed by all AU rules and policies. The AU shall maintain
full authority over all organizations that award diplomas and/or
report to the AU National Database. The AU shall have authority
and jurisdiction to hear all infractions and grievances brought
against any level of organizations affiliated with the AU such
as clubs, combines, concourses and federations by the membership
of the AU.
A Combine is created when two or more clubs join together for
the purpose of increased competition and/or for economy of
operations. A Concourse is created when two or more Combines are
joined together for purposes of increased competition and/or for
economy of operations. A Federation is created when two or more
Concourses are joined together for purposes of increased
competition and/or for economy of operations. An Association may
be considered the same as a Federation or in many instances an
Association may be classified as a statewide or regional area of
Starting in 2009 Combines, Concourses and Federations wishing
authority over AU Race Rule (4.03) and (5.0) must be an *AU
Chartered Organization following
the requirements listed below. Contact the AU Office in Oklahoma
for an application..
The minimum requirements to qualify as an AU Chartered
must be 100% current AU members.
All Combines must be made up of a minimum of two
100% AU membership Clubs.
All Concourses must be made up of a minimum of two
100% AU membership Combines.
All Federations must be made of a minimum of two
100% AU membership Concourses.
Each Club, Combine, Concourse and Federation must
send in with their application a copy of their By-Laws and
Constitution and any addition race rules, none of which may
conflict with AU Race Rules.
Each newly AU Chartered Organization shall agree to
keep their By-Laws and Constitution current with the AU Office.
Each AU Chartered Organization shall have in their
By-Laws how they will handle (4.03) Partnerships and (5.0) along
with an appeal process for its membership.
Any AU Chartered Organization not meeting the minimum
requirements shall lose their AU Chartered Organization status. Effective
1.02 The AU Race Rules provide the official standards,
practices and procedures by which all AU races are to be
conducted to be sanctioned for qualification for AU diplomas and
national awards. 4
1.03 The AU Race Rules are effective for all organizations
(Clubs, Combines, Associations, Concourses, etc.) conducting AU
races whether or not these rules have been officially adopted by
the competing organization.
1.04 AU-affiliated organizations participating in racing
competition with non-AU-affiliated organizations shall follow AU
1.05 A.U. Diploma's and AU National awards are to be issued
only to AU Members. Moreover, for a competitor's results in a
particular event to be considered for AU diplomas or national
awards, the race must be held in compliance with A.U. Race Rules
and Competition Standards Policies as adopted by the A.U. Board
of Directors. (7/08) (To become effective with 2009 Old Birds.) See
AU Race Rule 4.04. (7/09)
1.06 All races
conducted by AU-affiliated organizations shall be conducted in
accordance with AU Race Rules, except as otherwise may be
provided for herein. No result for any race not conducted in
accordance with AU Race Rules shall be used, submitted, or
considered for any AU national awards. AU diplomas shall not be
issued for any race that is not conducted in accordance with AU
Race Rules. AU diplomas will be awarded on a basis of 1 (one)
diploma for every 20 (twenty) birds plus any fraction of twenty
or 1 (one) diploma for every 5 (five) lofts plus any fraction of
five, whichever is greater, that have been duly entered in a
race. (Examples: A race with 410 birds would warrant 21 diplomas
(410/20 = 20 + 1 for the 10-bird remainder would total 21
diplomas). A race with 18 birds and 18 lofts would warrant 4
diplomas (18/5 = 3 + 1 for the 3 loft remainder for a total of 4
diplomas). No result for any race not conducted in accordance
with AU Race Rules shall be considered for any annual or race
series award made by an AU-affiliated organization, including
but not limited to: Average Speed Winner; Champion Loft;
Champion Bird; or, other similar award. (1/2000) (11/04)
AU Organizations many vote by a majority of the competing
members not to issue AU diplomas, however a competing member
that desires and requests diplomas shall have the right to have
the Race Secretary issue them.
1.07 AU National Awards will be computed from the single,
merged race sheet which lists the total number of birds and
lofts for the entire liberation. (7/03)
Special provision: Events such as special races, futurities,
one-loft races, or other designated special races, are exempt
from this rule provided that all participants are notified prior
to entering birds for shipping in the competition that the
special competition will NOT be flown under AU Race Rules. Loft
or bird records resulting from races that are excluded under the
provisions of this exception to these rules may NOT be used for
any AU Diploma or official AU National award. (7/10)
1.08 Club/Combine Section Awards (Diplomas). A Section is a
geographical area or boundary (approved by the parent
organization) that competes against each other within that
Diplomas may be awarded for the winners of a Club section as
well as a Combine Section.
Each Club in the Section must maintain the minimum number of
five (5) competing lofts per section to award a Section Award.
Each Combine must maintain at least two (2) Clubs with 5
competing lofts in each Club to award Combine Section Awards.
(Effective 2010 Old Birds.) 5
2.00 – AU
National Race Committee
2.01 In accordance with the AU Constitution and By-laws, the
AU Board of Directors shall select and appoint a AU National
Race Committee and National Race Secretary.
2.02 The duties of the AU Nation Race Secretary shall be to
maintain a true and correct copy of the official rules governing
any competitive race, show, or other event sponsored by the
Union or by any Union affiliated organization, and as needed to
recommend modifications or amendments to those rules for
adoption by the Board of Directors.
2.03 In the event of any dispute or question about an
interpretation of Union rules applicable to any particular
event, the interpretation of the AU National Race Secretary and
Committee shall be final and binding. If the AU National Race
Secretary and Committee determines that any AU-affiliated
organization has knowingly violated the rules of the Union, it
may file a complaint with the Infractions Committee and request
that appropriate action be taken.
2.04 The AU National Race Secretary and Committee will
provide, upon written request, assistance to members and
organizations seeking interpretations that cannot be resolved at
the local level via organizational channels.
2.05 No organization may have a race rule which conflicts
with an official AU Race Rule, unless a proper exemption has
been requested in writing, granted and approved by the AU Board
of Directors. Organizations may develop and adopt additional
race rules as long as those rules do not conflict with or
purposely contravene the spirit and intent of these official AU
Race Rules. (See rule regarding exceptions.)
2.06 In the event the Union elects to regulate any area of
activity within the sport of racing homing pigeons it shall be
presumed that the Union's policies and rules shall have control
over any and all inconsistent policies or rules made by any
affiliated organization with respect to the same subject. All
affiliated organizations, and their members, are bound by Union
policies, rules, and procedures.
Official AU Race Rules may only be amended or revised by
majority vote of the AU Board of Directors. These amendments may
be made and adopted at any regular or special called meeting or
by official teleconference. Amendments considered by the Board
will usually be those previously considered by the AU National
Race Secretary and Committee and submitted for full Board review
and action. Proxy voting shall not be allowed by any
Organization affiliated with the AU.
2.08 Any changes, updates or amendments to the official AU
Race Rules shall be updated on the AU website, and/or published
in the next issue of a designated Union publication clearly
indicating when the rule changes shall be implemented and be in
effect the following calendar year OB and YB season.
2.09 Proxy Voting Definition: A written agreement given by a
voting member of an organization to another person allowing the
proxy holder to attend a specific meeting on the member’s
behalf, including the exercise of the member’s voting rights.
3.00 - Responsibility For Following AU Race Rules
3.01 It is the responsibility of an organization's officers
(whether it be at the level of the Club, Combine, Association,
Federation, Centers, etc.) to ensure that the AU Race Rules are
followed and enforced, and it is the responsibility of the
organization members to elect officers that will accept these
responsibilities and uphold the intent, the standards and
principles these race rules engender. 6
3.02 Each organization shall elect one person as the Race
Secretary. This person shall be responsible for supervising and
ensuring the integrity of each race..
3.03 The Race Secretary shall have the authority to audit,
verify, question or halt any action that might compromise the
integrity of any race.
3.04 A Race Committee shall be elected or appointed by the
President, consisting of the Race Secretary and a minimum of two
other members. The Race Secretary shall chair the Race
Committee. The Race Committee members will assist the Race
Secretary with the supervision of each race. The Race Secretary
or a member of the Race Committee should be available for
assistance during each race. (11/13)
3.05 If any member of the Race Committee stands to benefit or
to be penalized by a decision of the Race Committee, he or she
must absent themselves (abstain) from the decision process, with
the exception of providing informational input to the Committee,
3.06 Interpretations and enforcement of the AU Race Rules and
decisions on questions that may not be addressed herein, shall
be made by majority vote of the organization Race Committee
members. The decision of the Race Committee members shall be
final, unless the organization has adopted procedures for appeal
to the organization officers or members and those procedures are
followed. Exception: See AU Race Rule
3.07 Each organization shall adopt a procedure by which a
race rule interpretation can be appealed to the organization
officers or members. In the event a race rule interpretation is
appealed to the organization officers or members, a written
response shall be provided within fifteen (15) days of receipt
of such complaint. A failure of the organization to provide a
timely response shall be interpreted as a ruling in favor of the
complainant. Note: Organization officers and members are
encouraged to seek AU assistance on rules interpretations when
an appeal has been filed. The AU National Race Secretary and
Committee stand ready to help in these matters. See
AU Race Rule (2.06) (7/10)
3.08 If a member files a complaint that their organization is
not abiding by the AU Race Rules, the AU National Race Secretary
will forward an affidavit of compliance to the accused club's
officers and Race Secretary for their signatures. If the
organization fails to obtain the required signatures and return
the affidavit verifying compliance within 21 days, the AU
National Race Secretary will duly notify the AU Awards
Chairperson that the organization's races do not meet minimum
national standards and their members' race results are therefore
not eligible for diplomas or other AU national awards. See
Section 18.00 below for the Compliance Statement to be used if
requested by the AU National Race Committee and/or Board of
Each organization is required to retain their member’s
basketing and arrival lists for each race for a minimum of 90
days and to make them available upon request to the AU National
Race Committee to make sure the organization is in compliance
with AU race rules. (10/14)
3.09 The procedure identified in section 3.08 may also be
used when one organization files a complaint against another
3.10 AU members are required to be familiar with and abide by
the most current "Best Practices for Pigeon Releases."
4.00 - Membership Competition Requirements - Club Level
4.01 The AU will recognize as an AU race, competitions
in which race birds
are entered by five (5) individual AU members with surveyed
lofts at three (3) separate, physical loft locations.* Within
the scope of this rule all of the members need not clock birds
in the particular competition for it to be declared as being
official. Separate loft location is defined as an address as
commonly recognized 7
by the US Postal Service as a mail or parcel pick up or drop
off location or one that is a regular scheduled delivery point
for the mails. An Individual AU Member is defined as either an
individual member or partnership whose birds are registered and
countermarked to compete in a particular event sponsored by an
AU-affiliated organization. Under this rule and for the purposes
of determining a count for Official race status, a partnership
(regardless of the number of members in the partnership)
constitutes ONE (1) member. *(See section 4.03 governing more
than one team from the same loft.) (7/10)
Also See Section (4.04) for exceptions to the 5 lofts needed
for AU awards.
4.02 Club Participation A
minimum of three (3) competing members from three (3) separate
physical loft addresses are required to assemble and ship the
race; however, as stated in section 4.01 five (5) competing
members must be entered in the race for it to be recognized as
an official AU club race. Clubs that enjoy combine, or similar
affiliation, may ship a race for awards at the combine level
provided the club has assembled a "minimum-presence"
of three (3) competing members from three (3) separate physical
loft addresses. In such cases, the three (3) competing members
from three (3) separate physical loft addresses must be present
to complete the shipping process at the Club. (7/10)
Exception: If the Club Race Secretary and Committee are still
present and supervising the basketing and shipment of races with
less than three (3) lofts shipping, those lofts participating
may ship at the combine level.
AU Race Rule (4.05) paragraph 3 as well as "NOTE" in
(4.05) Dec 2011In
the event that there are less than 3 lofts shipping an
additional race such as a "B","C" or special
race etc.; they may ship at the Combine level as long as the
Club Race Committee is still present to supervise the basketing
and shipping of those races. NOV 2012
4.03 Partnerships General, Family, Juniors
A. Allowing any
kind of partnership(s), General, Family or Juniors, is strictly
determined by the highest level of an *AU Chartered
Only one shipping limit shall be flown from one postal
location unless the AU Chartered Club, AU Chartered Combine or
other AU Chartered Organizations competing membership vote to
allow a higher shipping limit. Voting should be done before each
series of the race season.
Chartered Organizations may also determine how the shipping
limit is divided up among the partnerships.
A Partnership is equivalent to one vote, regardless of the
size of the partnership. A change from this standard is a
decision a club must make before the race series starts.
B. If more than
one loft partnership (per location) is allowed by the club or
*AU Chartered Combine, the club or *AU Chartered Organization
will determine how many maximum loft partnerships can be flown
from one location. The Club shall determine how long a
partnership must stay in effect to be a valid partnership.
Example: A club or *AU Chartered Organization may allow a
partnership for just the YB series of races. A club may require
the partnership to remain together for both the YB and OB
series. Specifics of the partnership shall be up to the club. A
season is defined as both the YB and OB series of races for the
calendar season. An example is a 2006 season includes the YB and
OB series of races. (7/06)
and Junior flyers must have a separate list of birds; each
competitor must pay all dues (club, state, national, etc.). Each
competitor must pay shipping for each team. 8
Birds from Partnerships or Junior flyers not finishing the
series of races for any reason are disqualified for the
remainder of the series, YB or OB. Those birds may be
redistributed for the next series of races.
D. It is also a
club or *AU Chartered Organization decision regarding manual
clock requirements, i.e., 2 lofts/2 clocks, or 2 lofts - 1
clock, OK for both. If an electronic clock has the ability to
differentiate and separately clock each partnership, it shall be
The AU encourages families to participate in our sport
together, therefore, a husband and wife, father and son, or
father and daughter, or other family or adult and junior member
combination, may compete (with the approval of their club or *AU
Chartered Organization) from separate lofts, or even the same
physical loft so long as ALL the following conditions are met:
1. Each competing family member must be a current dues-paid
AU member and be of sufficient age to handle and clock his/her
own birds; 2. Each competing family member must be a current
dues-paid club member and pay all fees for shipping and related
expenses as the organization may require; 3. Each competing
family partnership must compete under a different, unique loft
name or identifier. 4. Each competing member of the family
partnership must submit a separate list of the birds with which
they intend to compete to the Race Secretary or *AU Chartered
Organization Race Secretary or Race Committee prior to the first
race of the race series in which they intend to compete. No
transfer of birds from partnership lists will be allowed.
CROSS- COUNTER-MARKING (a "team A" counter-marked
bird in a "team B" clock) disqualifies that
counter-mark, and therefore disqualifies the missed-clocked bird
from receiving any race position. 5. All members of a family
partnership must compete in each race. If one member stops
flying, those birds designated for that particular team cannot
compete on another team flying to that loft for the remainder of
the young bird or old bird schedule. See 4.03 A,
B and C above for
club requirements which may stipulate more stringent conditions
of the partnership. 6. Per club or *AU Chartered Organization
requirements, the organization may require that separate clocks
be used to time each of the separate teams birds. If an
electronic clock has the ability to differentiate and separately
clock each team it should be allowed. 7. Clubs or *AU Chartered
Organization may have other reasonable requirements to help them
ensure the integrity of the clocking and reporting at the loft
with the extra team/s. Within the scope of this rule, there is
no intention to allow one member to ship more birds than his
fellow club competitors and this rule in no way should be
construed to condone or support any such action or attempt by
anyone. Any such manipulation of this rule for that purpose to
circumvent a club or *AU Chartered Organization shipping limit
will result in the loss of all eligibility for AU diplomas and
national awards for the teams involved. Within the scope of this
rule, a group will NOT be allowed to form an AU-chartered club
at any one loft location. 8. As in a General Partnership, a
Family Partnership is equivalent to one vote (regardless of the
size of Family Partnership) in race matters. (7/06)
Within the scope of this rule, there is no intention to allow
one member to ship more birds than his fellow club competitors
and this rule in no way should be construed to condone or
support any such action or attempt by anyone. Any such
manipulation of this rule for that purpose to circumvent a club
shipping limit will 9
result in the loss of all eligibility for AU diplomas and
National awards for the teams involved. (1/2000)
* An AU Chartered Organization is one that holds an AU
Charter for the level of that Organization. All AU clubs hold an
AU Charter but Combines, Concourses and Federations do not.
Combines, Concourses and Federations wishing to exercise
authority over (4.03) must apply for AU Chartered Organization
See AU Race Rule (1.01) for the minimum requirements for
Combines, Concourses and Federations to qualify for an AU
Chartered Organization status. Effective 2009 Again,
within the scope of this rule, a group will NOT be allowed to
form an AU-chartered club at any one loft location.
4.04 If a club fails to meet the FIVE (5) member minimum
competition requirements for club competition, the race shall
not be recognized for AU National Awards or AU Club Diplomas.
For the purpose of competing for AU local diploma awards,
competing lofts are not disqualified from continuing to pursue
AU awards such as Average Speed, Champion Loft, Champion Bird,
etc., as long as:
1. The club met the 5 member minimum loft competition
requirement at the start of the scheduled series of races.
2. At least 3 competing lofts finished the scheduled series
of races. Effective OB 2010
4.05 To close a race, organizations (a club, in this example)
must have a minimum of three (3) competing members present,
representing three separate loft addresses, in order to knock
off clocks. The three competing members must be from the same
competing organization, i.e., the same club, combine or
If a loft is flying more than one club, the first knock-off
may be used by the second club for the official results, if
approved by the second club. (7/07)
In the event that less than three (3) competing members from
three (3) separate postal addresses show up for the race
knock-off, a designated race secretary and/or a race committee
member that did not compete in the race may be assigned as the
third person needed to knock-off the race, satisfying the
minimum presents rule. (7/09)
Note: The designated race secretary and/or committee member
must be the selected before the series of races start or before
each race is released.
4.06 The closing of races shall be decided by the local
organization sponsoring the race. For Example: Based on overall
race distances, the club may establish whether the race shall be
a one (1) or a two (2) day race.
4.07 Note: For Definition Of "Active Participant"
and the eligibility of members to vote on race related matters
see Race Rule 5.00 (7/05)
4.08-4.09 Left Blank Intentionally.
4.10 Combines, Concourses, Associations, & Federations
Regarding verification of the minimum number of club level
flyers and lofts, as set forth in Rule 4.02 above, combines,
concourses, federations, associations, etc. (i.e., combined 10
level and higher) shall have the authority to verify
compliance by any club or lower level organization that is
countermarking and shipping birds for competition in their
races, or using the combine level transporter for shipping their
races. Should a combine or higher organization deny recognition
of the club based on violations of the membership competition
requirements, the club may appeal the decision to the AU
National Race Committee for the appropriate reviews. (7/2001)
4.11 Where more than one member is flying from the same loft
location in a non-partnership status, the club shall determine
the voting rights of the individual flyers. (11/04)
4.12 Members that are required to move to another competing
club to satisfy the "minimum presence" rule shall be
eligible for AU National awards and diplomas at the combine or
similar organizational level.
When moving to another club, both basketing and knock-off
must be completed at the same club supervised by that clubs race
secretary and two other members of the their race committee.
4.13 Left Blank Intentionally
4.14 If a club fails to comply with the three (3) members
"presence" rule, the club's race results shall not be
included in any combine or similar organization's race results
and shall not be considered for AU National awards or diplomas
at either the club level or at combine level. (7/10)
4.15 A Combine and/or Concourse that fails to enforce minimum
competing club requirements may forfeit all rights to AU
national awards or Diplomas. (7/10)
5.00 - Race Schedules
5.0 Only active
racing members are eligible to vote on an organization’s
race-related matters. An ‘Active Racing Member’ is an
organizational member who has shipped, clocked and reported in
at least 2 races of the same regular series the previous year.
This rule is a minimum requirement although local organizations
may adopt a rule requiring higher levels of participation as a
qualification to vote on race-related matters. (10/14)
Example: A club or *AU Chartered
Combine may allow a
partnership for just the YB series of races. A club or *AU
Chartered Combine may
require the partnership to remain together for both the YB and
OB series. Specifics of the partnership shall be up to the club
or *AU Chartered Combine.
A season is defined as both the YB and OB series of races for
the calendar season. An example is a 2006 season includes the YB
and OB series of races.
Proxy voting shall not be allowed by any Organization
affiliated with the AU.
G. In the event an organization does not possess Procedures
For Changes with respect to average speed calculations, then for
example, if a Average Speed race is brought back (for whatever
reason) and released at a shorter surveyed station, the results
will still be used to calculate awards in the Average Speed
competition division provided that the release station is within
an appropriate distance measurement for the division. If
not, then it shall be declared a "No Contest" and not
used as part of any average speed calculation.
5.01 The race schedule, including dates, race stations,
closing of races, shipping times, shipping limits, and
procedures for changes, shall be established at a regular or
special business meeting.
5.02 A race schedule may not be changed in any way while a
race series is in progress, except: 11
A. Where such procedures for changes are spelled out writing
in the organization's constitution and bylaws or race rules at
the time the schedule is adopted; or,
B. Unless deemed necessary by the Race Secretary for the
safety or welfare of the birds; or,
C. If agreed to by 2/3 of the competitors competing in the
race series, or (7/14)
D. In the event a special meeting is held to amend the race
schedule, such meeting will be held with reasonable notice of
the meeting being given to the competing membership in advance.
5.03 The organization shall state in writing, prior to the
start of the season for the benefit of the membership, how race
schedule changes will be handled in the event of inclement
weather, procedures for holdovers, delayed releases, or for
possible outbreaks of disease.
5.04 Intentionally Left Blank. (10/09)
5.05 For the purposes of AU National Awards, the number of
regional open races that are marked Special is limited to no
more than two open races per organization per race series. In
the event that more than two regional opens are flown per race
series, they must be submitted for AU Awards as if they were
their own separate organizational level of competition and not
marked Special in the WinSpeed© race program. The AU Awards
Committee reserves the right to disallow any race marked Special
that, in their opinion, does not meet the intent of this
5.06 Intentionally Left Blank. (7/08)
5.07 Stacking of
club results is not allowed. Stacking results is defined as
merging a club‘s results with another club’s results and
then with still another club’s, etc., results sequentially
until reaching the final combine/concourse result. (10/05)
Stacking is defined as: When a member belongs to two or more
clubs, reporting the same race team results from the same
release in both clubs. This is not allowed.
A member may fly two or more teams in the same club or two or
more clubs in the same combine on the same
1) This practice must be provided for in the organizations’
race rules along with how to handle any bird limits that are
imposed. 2) The member must make distinct and different lists of
birds for each team. No individual bird may be listed on two or
more teams, i.e., no "crossing". 3) For each team
flown the member must use his real name but different loft
names. Each loft name must have a different letter prefix for
their AUID in WinSpeed such as AU, AA or AB, etc., and followed
by the correct numerical part of the AUID.
Members are allowed to fly in two or more clubs without
and distinct bird lists provided that
the clubs are not flying the same releases.
5.08 Intentionally Left Blank.
5.09 Intentionally Left Blank.
5.10 Average Speed Requirements
The AU National Awards standard does not mandate average
speed competition; however, organizations electing to compete
for average speed awards must meet the following conditions: 12
A. Eligibility. To remain eligible for the average speed
award, each competitor must ship birds in every scheduled
average speed race in a particular distance or division, and
this requirement applies even if the race is later cancelled,
ruled to be a No Contest, or the birds are brought back from the
originally scheduled release point. Note: A No Contest is
described in AU Race Rule 10.04 and 10.07. B. The choice of a
competitor to NOT ENTER an average speed race is effectively
equivalent to his/her forfeiting eligibility for the award at
the given distance category. C. A competitor must clock an
eligible return, (a bird countermarked for that scheduled race)
and receive a documented speed in every released average speed
race to remain eligible for the award at that given distance
division. D. A competitor to remain eligible for any average
speed competition or award must compete from the same surveyed
loft location for the entire schedule of average speed races. E.
The results of a race declared by the race secretary, or race
committee to be a No Contest shall not effect average speed
calculations at any distance. Note: AU Race Rule 10.07 declares
under what circumstances a race must be declared a No Contest.
F. In the event a race is liberated at a different station than
originally scheduled, the local organizations Procedures For
Changes referred to in AU Race Rule 5.01 to 5.02 will dictate
how the liberation will be treated with regard to average speed
calculations. G. In the event an organization does not possess
Procedures For Changes with respect to average speed
calculations, then for example, if a Average Speed race is
brought back (for whatever reason) and released at a shorter
surveyed station, the results will still be used to calculate
awards in the Average Speed competition division provided that
the release station is within an appropriate distance
measurement for the division. If not, then it shall be declared
a "No Contest" and not used as part of any average
6.00 - Airline Surveys
6.01 All competitors in any given race must use airline
surveys, which have been calculated by an organization approved
by the AU Board of Directors, or by GPS as specified below (see
6.06). A new loft survey is required if a loft is moved 30 feet
or more. (7/2003)
6.02 When using surveyor
measurements a two
(2) member committee, neither of whom will fly from the location
in question, shall make a location diagram of the property on
which the loft sits, clearly showing the loft position with
pertinent reference measurements from at least three points.
This diagram, with the competitor’s approval, shall be mailed
to the surveyor by the Race Secretary or authorized
representative of the organization. Measurements shall be taken
off the electronic trapping device (pad) in the case of
electronic clocks and as close to the trap as possible when
using a stall trap. (Surveyor), Bowen and GPS loft measurements
shall not be mixed in a Club.
Organizations above the club level may have mixing of Bowen
and GPS as long as within each club, the measurements are either
all GPS or Bowen. (7/10)
6.03 The airline distance measurement to the competing
members' lofts must be from the same release point for each
6.04 Airline distances will be figured on the basis of the
shortest distance (a straight line) between the release point
and the competitors’ lofts. When a
race team is flying from more than one loft at a location, the
loft entrance with the shortest GPS coordinates shall be used in
all distance calculations.
6.05 "Bent" or modified airline surveys.
Organizations desiring to use a bent airline survey shall submit
a written request to the AU National Race Committee requesting
an exception for the use of bent airlines. The request must
contain justification for the exception. The AU National Race
Committee by majority vote may grant an exception for bent
airlines. Race results of organizations using bent airline
surveys will NOT be accepted for AU national awards; however,
race results shall be eligible for AU club diplomas. Effective
OB 2011. (7/10)
6.06 When using GPS measurements,
a two (2) member committee, neither of whom will fly from the
location in question, shall take coordinates using only WAAS-enabled
GPS units. Measurements shall be taken off the electronic
trapping device (pad) in the case of electronic clocks and as
close to the trap as possible when using a stall trap.
(Surveyor), Bowen and GPS loft measurements shall not be mixed
in a race.
GPS Measurements at race stations my be taken by one
committee member or a designated person such as the truck driver
or liberator if trained in the proper use of the GPS. (7/10)
7.00 - Racing
The AU Race Release and Transportation Guidelines Section
(19.00) are included at the end of these Race Rules as a guide
for all Organizations. Dec 2011
7.01 All AU races must be conducted under the sponsorship of
an AU-affiliated organization such as a club, combine,
concourse, federation, association, etc.
7.02 Organizations composed of clubs may join together to
increase competition and/or for economic advantages.
7.03 All pigeons participating in a race or series of races
must be released simultaneously at each agreed race liberation
7.04 Race Result Accuracy
A. Each organization shall establish its own procedures and
deadlines regulating competitors seeking to correct race
result/award data and place their procedures in its constitution
and by-laws. If the organization has not established procedures
governing petitions for award data correction, then a competitor
has 15 days from publication of the awards data to appeal to the
Race Secretary in writing. The Race Committee will then issue a
written reply within 15 days to the protesting member as to why
the awards data will stand as published; otherwise, the Race
Committee will refigure the race results/awards data for
accuracy. (AU Race Rule 3.07)
B. Race Results shall be published and distributed to the
race participants by the organization’s Race Secretary or Race
Committee in a timely manner. Race results shall include as a
minimum those items listed below.
C. For those organizations that allow flyers to call or email
in their race times for the convenience and then knock off the
clocks at the next club shipping, the initial race results are
not official and are not to be uploaded to the NDB until all
clocks have been knocked off and all arrival times have been
printed and verified against the race results. For any race to
be an official race, each club must have a printed copy of the
basketing and arrival times for each flyer. (06/15) 14
1. The true top 20% of the entered birds in the true order of
their finish and the speed each has achieved; (Note: per UPR
2. The name or loft name of the competitor;
3. The number of birds the competitor shipped;
4. The competitor's survey distance;
5. The timed bird's color and band number (and sex for old
birds); Where vanity bands might produce a duplication of the
first 4 letters, the race secretary shall insure the correct
bird is credited for diplomas and National Awards.
NOTE: It is not practical to enter a complete vanity band in
electronic clock systems. Clock systems will only allow the
first four characters. Phone numbers are not considered as part
of a band number.
# 5 Effective OB 2012
6. The time of the birds clocking;
7. The speed the bird attained in yards per minute; and
8. Clocking limits will not be permitted in AU sanctioned
7.05 No bird may be entered in a race if the competitor
entering the bird cannot show written proof of ownership. If
written proof is requested, ownership documentation must be
provided within a reasonable period of time.
7.06 The Race Secretary and/or the Race Committee has the
authority to issue requests for written proof of ownership.
7.07 A bird that does not home to the loft of the competitor
entering it shall not be included in any race results.
7.08 Only birds with unaltered seamless racing pigeon size
bands, with size approved by the AU, may be entered in an AU
recognized race. (See Rule 7.09)
Any member that is found to be using AU bands for the new
year prior to January 1st,
shall lose the privilege of purchasing specialty or vanity AU
bands for a period of three (3) years. (6/15)
7.09 A member may fly alien banded birds as young birds
without paying a registration fee. However, if a flyer opts to
fly alien banded birds (IF, CU or FMC) as old birds, they must
be registered as follows. (Effective OB 2009)
Birds banded only with AU, I.F., CU, FMC may be entered or
released in an AU race and be eligible for AU national awards
and diplomas, providing: (11/04) (7/05)
The handler must be an active AU member; All non-AU bands
recognized by the AU: IF, CU, & FMC, must be registered with
the AU office, prior to competition to be eligible for AU
awards. (11/04) I.F., CU, and FMC bands must be registered by
the flyer prior to January 15, with the AU National Office.
Only those bands registered by the above date, and prior to
competition shall be eligible for any AU award. (7/07)
The cost of registration is $1.00 (one dollar-U.S.) for each
registered bird. This is a permanent registration for the alien
banded bird. (Note: The Initials FMC cited above are the
initials used by the Federacion Mexicana De Colombofilia.)
(11/04) (7/05) (7/08). (Effective OB 2009) 15
Organizations at their option, may require the use of AU
bands in AU races. Organizations shall grandfather (as approved
above), non-AU bands for birds registered with the AU previous
to an Organization adopting this rule. Organizations may have
reasonable exceptions to this rule. Effective 2014 band year.
7.10 AU Organizations may release both Young Birds and Old
Birds together in one release. At knock-off, the race results
are then broken out as a separate YB race and a separate OB
race. All other YB and OB races although released together such
as B races and special races must still be released 30 min. or
35 miles apart. Effective 2009
Special races such as club futurities may be released within
an A or B race. A race within a race.
7.11 Sick pigeons will not be shipped. Pigeons which appear
unhealthy or contagious shall not be sent on a race or on an
organization sponsored training release. Enforcement shall be by
the Race Secretary and the Race Committee as stated in Section
3.06. For purposes of this rule, this will include pigeons which
are showing symptoms of diseases which are known to be
communicable, such as: -Uncoordination, such as that associated
with paramyxovirus; -Standard wing boils associated with
paratyphoid; -Pox lesions on the skin or mucous membranes;
-Seriously soiled vents which is associated with serious
intestinal infections; -Outward symptoms of respiratory disease
complex, such as swollen eyelids, a nasal discharge or
discolored nasal ceres; -Any pigeon that is injured and appears
unable to make the flight; -Any bird with an active external
infestation of parasites. (10/2007)
7.12 The maximum number of birds that may be entered in a
given race by competing members shall be determined by the
organization's membership at the time the race schedule is
adopted, if the limit is not stated in the organizational
constitution and by-laws or other race rules.
7.13 Clubs, Combines, Associations, etc. may not impose bird
clocking limits on AU races.
7.14 Each competing organization shall establish its own
rules and procedures for particulars with regard to shipping
young birds or old birds, the separation of cocks and hens,
liberation times, etc., providing they do not conflict with AU
7.15 Birds must be at the designated place and time for
countermarking/basketing or they may be barred from competition
in a given race. (7/06)
7.16 Each race bird must have placed upon its leg an official
race countermark OR an EBSS band, which will trigger an
electronic scanning, sensing device as approved by the AU. (See
Section 16.00 for Electronic Band Scanning Systems.) Competing
organizations will NOT require countermarks on either leg if a
competitor is using an electronic band scanning system to time
his/her birds. (1/2000)
For investigative purposes, the race committee if it deems
necessary may require a flyer to replace an EBSS band with
another EBSS band supplied by the club at the time of basketing.
Refusal to comply will disqualify the bird (10/14)
7.17 All competitors' race entry forms must clearly display
the race bird's countermark number or the chip ring or chip code
number, in the case of an electronic band scanning system. 16
7.18 After the final bird of a competitor’s race entry has
been countermarked, any "scratched birds" (listed, but
not countermarked) must be crossed out on the official race
entry form, including the countermark space, and initialed by a
Race Committee member and the competitor or their
7.19 A Race Committee member shall verify the number of birds
entered for each competitor, initial the competitor's entry
form, and forward the form to the Race Secretary or an
7.20 All countermark paper slips must clearly display the
bird's band number. If an electronic or computer countermark
system is used, the organization scanner must clearly display
the bird's registered permanent band number.
7.21 Countermark slips shall be grouped together by
competitor displaying the competitor’s name, and shall be
given to the Race Secretary or an authorized representative
immediately after all birds are countermarked.
7.22 The entry form and countermark slips for the
organization Race Secretary shall be kept by some other
competing member during the race.
7.23 No AU member shall intentionally release trainers or any
other race birds within 35 miles or 30 minutes of a scheduled
race liberation. (7/09)
7.24 No competitor or representative of the competitor may
handle their own birds during the basketing/logging process.
During the basketing/logging process, all band data must be
reviewed, to ensure band data accuracy by the Race Secretary or
Race Committee member. At no time is a competitor or
representatives of the competitor permitted to perform race
entry logging of their own race entries or participate in the
verification process of their race entries. (11/06)
7.25 A competitor (including Race Committee members) cannot
write countermark numbers or operate the countermarking machine
for his or her own race entries.
7.26 After a race bird is placed in a shipping crate, it will
not be removed without first consulting the Race Secretary or a
Race Committee member, who must then supervise such removal.
7.27 The shipping crates will be sealed with a tie wrap or
locked in a secure manner to ensure security for the birds while
in transit. (11/06) The shipping crate doors must remain sealed
from the time they leave their respective clubs until they
arrive at the designated race release point. Using
baling wire, electrical wire or twist ties are not secure and
shall not be used.
7.28 From the time the birds are delivered to the shipping
organization until they have been liberated, it is the
responsibility of the organization to provide the best possible
security and safety for the birds. Any owner who elects to ship
a race bird in competition or for training assumes all risks of
7.29 An AU-affiliated organization may not ban or outlaw
racing or loft management/handling systems, such as loft
darkening, lighting, widowhood or other such systems. An
AU-affiliated organization may not specify the physical
condition of a race bird for entry into competition (such as
number of flights moulted), unless they first provide the
Competition Standards Committee with scientific evidence or
proof that the use of such systems is harmful or injurious to
birds flown under that system, or unless the organization
determines that the bird is sick or exhibits symptoms of an
infectious disease. (See Rule 7.11 for sick birds.) 17
7.30 Birds to be raced must be physically entered at a
shipping site(s) as designated by their club. (12/2001)
7.31 One Loft Futurity Races. One Loft Futurity races shall
not be released with or within 30 minutes or 35 miles of any AU
race. Dec. 2011
7.32 With the
pre-approval of clubs and combines, flyers with measurements of
less than 75 miles would be eligible for local awards. The
National Database will automatically expunge any flyer measuring
less than 75 miles as well as the flyers bird entry. Other
participant's birds in the race would not move up on the race
8.00 - Clock Operations
8.01 All timers, to include electronic band scanning clocking
systems, shall be started and operated on a continuous running
8.02 Only continuous running timers, or Electronic Band
Scanning Systems as approved by the AU, shall be acceptable in
AU sanctioned races.
8.03 Each competitor must have his or her name on or affixed
to the outside of their clock.
8.04 Each competitor is responsible for winding and setting
the start-time of his or her clock, for seeing that the clock
has a proper supply of paper tape, and an ink ribbon that prints
a clearly legible stamp. Note: Race Committee members are NOT
responsible for the paper tape supply, ribbon quality, winding,
batteries, or the operations of the clock.
8.05 Remote basketing and knockoff:
Clubs may allow remote shipping and knockoff by a vote of the
competing membership before a race series starts (OB/YB), and
all of these conditions must be met:
a. Club must elect a remote Race Secretary prior to the start
of the series.
b. All AU race rules shall be followed.
c. Birds must be securely transported in sealed crates.
(7/07) See AU Race Rule (7.27)
8.06 All clocking devices or systems must be able to generate
a printout of the arrival times of all birds clocked. (7/03)
8.07 Electronic Band Scanning Systems or computerized
clocking systems that have been approved by the AU Board of
Directors are acceptable for either organizational or individual
8.08 Basketing and Knock-off Time Reference
All Clocks shall have the time set by one of the following as
the reference time used to basket and knock-off a race.
2. Atomic Clock Radio
3. WWV Radio 18
Electronic clocks should use GPS or Atomic Clock Radio as the
reference time usually supplied by the electronic clock
manufacture or equivalent. This should be directly hooked up to
the Club unit. (7/09)
8.09 Setting of Clocks
Each competing organization shall establish its own standards
for setting the clock DAY hand on time stamps. SEE
AU Race Rule (8.08)
8.10 No competitor (including Race Committee members) may
inspect or seal his or her own clock. Each competitor is
responsible for verifying the operations of his or her clock
prior to beginning competition.
8.11 For clocks that use paper tapes, the owner must either
write or have his or her name written on the clock tape along
with the race station and date of race.
8.12 A Race Committee member will be responsible for checking
each competitor's clock, ensuring that their name, race station,
date of race, and the "Time" and "Day"
settings of the clock for the "Kick Off" or
"Start" is correct. A Race Committee member will
either initial or sign each competitor's clock tape.
8.13 For Benzing computer clocks, after the start "Kick
Off", the clock will generate a specific race number
(randomly generated) for that race series. A Race Committee
member shall record the race number from the computer clock on
the competitor's entry form and shall verify the race number
again after the clock knock-off (Stop Time). If a different race
number is displayed, the computer clock is disqualified for that
8.14 Each clock shall be sealed with a numbered seal by a
Race Committee member checking the clock. If numbered meter
seals are not used, a plain lead seal may be used in conjunction
with a seal press containing a distinguishable die known only to
that racing organization. All lead seals shall be pressed with a
seal press. The Race Committee person shall record seal numbers
or verify all distinguishable organization die imprints before
timer start and after timer knockoff.
8.15 The competitor is responsible for verifying the proper
placement and physical integrity of the seal on his or her clock
prior to removing the clock from the club, or shipping point for
clocking race returns. The competitor is responsible for making
sure a seal is present, the seal number is properly threaded,
(through all holes in the clock’s pin and locking mechanism)
and the lead seal proper has been crimped tightly. The
competitor should report and discrepancy found to the Race
Secretary or Race Committee before the timer is removed from the
8.16 No clock will be considered in proper working order if
the number one (1) porthole for clocking the first bird has not
moved to the ready position during the starting knockoff, and
the tape moved proportionately. If a competitor's clock has an
operational problem that will not permit the number one (1) hole
to come up, the organization Race Secretary shall be assured of
the clock's integrity before use of the clock is authorized. If
satisfied with the clock, the Race Secretary shall record the
cylinder hole position on the competitor's entry form and
release the clock.
8.17 All clocks will remain on the table until inspected and
released by a Race Committee member who shall record the
porthole number up for each competitor's clock.
8.18 If the competing organization requires that clocks be
"knocked" a second time BEFORE clocking birds, the
Race Committee shall perform the second knock at random times
insuring that the capsule cylinder moves in sync with the knock.
8.19 Left Blank Intentionally. 19
8.20 Opening of Clocks
When an organization requires a double bump of a clock at
closing, and the clock CANNOT be bumped the required number of
times due to the portholes being full, a Race Committee member
from the local organization shall open the clock, pull the tape
forward and take the closing bump, to obtain any clock
variations. Computer clocks shall not require double bumps at
8.21 After the closing knockoff (Stop-time) with the Master
Timer, the competing members may open the clocks. However, clock
owners may not open their own clocks. Competitor's clocks must
be opened and read by the organization (club, combine, etc.)
sponsoring the race. Example: A competitor may NOT take a clock
to another competing organization and receive a clock opening
8.22 Prior to opening a clock, the clock seal number (where
used) will be verified against the recorded record, and the seal
checked to see that it has not been tampered with: broken,
replaced, or mis-threaded through the locking mechanism. If a
seal is not present, or the seal number cannot be verified by
the recorded record, or the seal has been broken or altered
against without the Race Secretary’s and/or Race Committee’s
knowledge, the clock and all race results shall be disqualified.
Any discrepancy found should be reported to the Race Secretary
or the Race Committee.
8.23 The clock shall be opened and the capsule cylinder, or
top of the timer (for computer clocks) will be removed. Clocks
with holes left empty inadvertently will not be disqualified.
8.24 For clocks with tapes, the tape must be removed and
checked to see if it has been perforated at closing and opening
of the clock. There must be ONLY two perforations on the tape,
and all stamp times MUST be positioned between these
perforations. (Any other perforations between these stampings
indicate the clock has been opened during the race and is
thereby disqualified subject to section 8.26 below.)
8.25 For clocks with tapes, the tape must be advanced so that
when the clock is opened, the tape will be perforated after or
near the knockoff stamping. (See sections 8.49 through 8.52.)
8.26 If uncertain of the perforations on a particular clock,
the Race Secretary may perform a test with the clock tape. The
test must show that the beginning perforated hole(s) was made
prior to the starting knockoff and that the ending perforated
hole(s) was made after the closing knockoff (stop-time).
8.27 Reading of Tapes
Read the time-stamp and write "START TIME" for the
first imprint on the tape. This is the time the clock was
started with the Master Timer. The next time stamping will be
the first bird clocked, unless your organization requires a
8.28 Next, write the ''BIRD CLOCKING TIMES" beside each
time-stamp. If the minute hand prints between two numbers on the
tape, read the SMALLER number. If the second hand prints between
two marks on the tape, read the LARGER number.
8.29 Finally, the "STOP TIME" must be recorded, and
marked FAST or SLOW. This is the time the clock was stopped with
the Master Timer. If the minute hand prints between two numbers
on the tape, read the SMALLER number. If the second hand prints
between two marks on the tape, read the SMALLER number.
The difference between this recorded STOP TIME and the Master
Timer is the amount of time the clock is FAST or SLOW, and is
commonly known as the VARIATION (i.e. slow 0 minutes, 44
seconds). The variation is then properly recorded on the
competitor's entry form. 20
8.30 For FAST clocks the variation (after being corrected)
will be subtracted from each bird's clocking time; for SLOW
clocks the corrected variation will be added to each bird's
clocking time. Clocks varying more than five (5) seconds per
hour will be penalized (see section 8.40).
8.31 Checking Countermarks
The countermarks must then be removed from the clock cylinder
porthole - one at a time. Each countermark number is read and
recorded on the clock tape, starting with the first bird's stamp
time. After each countermark is read, the countermark (and
capsule, if used) is placed back into the original cylinder
porthole or placed in clocking sequence order. This is required,
in the event an error has occurred with the clock reading and an
audit is necessary. If electronic band scanning systems
"chip rings" are used, the organization scanner shall
display and record each electronic countermark clocked.
8.32 The countermark numbers must then be checked against the
entry sheet countermark numbers, and also the band number of
each bird marked on the tape at each stamping. The entry sheet
is then marked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc., to indicate the clocking
8.33 The inside countermark number must be verified on at
least the first bird clocked by each competitor in each race.
With Electronic Band Scanning Systems (EBSS), on basketing, they
automatically write a security code to the electronic
countermark (chip ring), and authenticates that security code
when the eligible race entry returns. The electronic security
code written on basketing must match the authenticated security
code when the bird returns, or the systems will not recognize
that clocking as being valid.
8.34 For computer clocks, after the clocking sequence has
been recorded, the competitor reading the clock will scroll
through each clock stamp time and record that time against the
proper countermark or sequence number 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
8.35-8.39 Intentionally Left Blank.
8.40 Clock Malfunctions
A clock which varies more than five (5) seconds per hour of
running time will be penalized. Clocks fast more than five (5)
seconds per hour shall have each bird timing read and calculated
without any adjustment. Clocks slow more than five seconds per
running hour shall have the variation, without adjustment,
(entire amount slow) added to the clock's time of each bird's
arrival as a penalty, before calculating. A clock running in
excess of eight (8) minutes fast or slow in a 24-hour period
shall be disqualified. (7/2001)
8.41 If a competitor's manual clock malfunctions, the
competitor may time a countermark in another member's clock with
that member's permission. For malfunctions of Electronic Band
Scanning Systems, see Race Rule 16.15. (7/2001)
8.42 The official distance of the competitor whose clock had
the malfunction will be used, as will the time of clocking, with
no allowances for traveling time or distance.
8.43 Should a competitor, before clocking time, notice that
his or her clock has malfunctioned or may be disqualified for
any reason, he should then take advantage of section 8.41 or
contact a Race Committee member with a time Cube or official
club timing device for a clock inspection and reset, if time
8.44 If a clock inspection and reset is performed for a
malfunctioned clock, the Race Committee member shall report to
the Race Secretary the procedures that were followed. 21
8.45 If a clock stops after birds have been clocked, the
competitor with the faulty clock, in order to get a quicker
"Closing Knock-Off", may take his or her clock to a
Race Committee member, place a slip of paper in the next
porthole of both clocks noting the situation, and clock them the
same as a countermark. The competitor with the faulty clock may
also telephone a Race Committee member and ask them to perform
the same stamping process to minimize penalty time.
8.46 The competitor with the running clock shall become the
master timer for the faulty clock. The time stamped during this
procedure shall be considered the "Closing Knock-Off"
time for the faulty clock.
8.47 The arrival time of the birds clocked in the faulty
clock will be adjusted with the full amount of time that the
faulty clock is slow. Example: The time difference between the
"Closing Knock-Off" and the last bird clocked in the
faulty clock will be added to the clocking times of each bird
stamped on the tape.
purpose of this provision is to aid a fancier whose clock has
stopped after having timed one or more birds in a race in which
the returns are spread out and/or to help the competitor stay in
average speed. It would not be of any competitive value where
the returns are close together, and is not intended to be so.
8.48 Clocks that have malfunctioned will not be opened and
read until the regular opening time for all competitors. The
clock shall be turned in to the Race Secretary or Race Committee
with its numbered seal intact. Any alteration of the clock seal
or other evidence of the clock being tampered with shall result
in the disqualification of the clock and all results.
8.49 If a competitor's clock tape tears, fails to wind
properly, fails to print, overprints, or does not allow arrival
times from being positively and accurately read, his results
shall NOT be considered in a race. See 8.51.
8.50 If a tape partially tears and the stampings are
readable, and the clock stampings are between the perforations,
then they will be read and accepted.
8.51 If a clock tape tears during (or after) the
"stop-time" knockoff, the Race Secretary may open the
sealed clock and inspect the tape for perforations. If the clock
tape bears any other perforations other than the opening
"Kick," then the tape and race results shall be
disqualified. If the clock tape has the opening "Kick"
perforation only, the Race Secretary may pull the tape forward
and take a closing "Knockoff". The closing
"Knockoff" shall perforate the tape and provide the
Race Secretary with a FAST or SLOW reading on the clock.
8.52 Every effort shall be made by the Race Secretary and/or
the Race Committee to include all time stamps if readable.
8.53 Any evidence of a clock having been tampered with shall
be sufficient cause for all awards and diplomas in that
particular race to be forfeited by the owner of the clock. The
AU Rules of Conduct, section 1.01, paragraph 11 shall be
reviewed for any appropriate action to be taken, as club
officers deem necessary.
8.54 No clock shall be used that has been modified from the
original manufacturer's specifications for clocking operations.
Note: To help determine if a clock has been modified, take one
in its original state, as shipped by the manufacturer and place
it next to the one being reviewed. Both clocks should be the
same operationally with nothing changed, bent, filed, enlarged,
or modified in any way.
8.55 (See also 9.07.) Regarding the use of two or more manual
clocks for timing returns, except as noted herein no competitor
may time birds in a second manual clock in any given race until
first manual clock being used is full (the last porthole may
be left empty for a knockoff or stop time). The second timer
will not be used unless and until:
A. The first clock has malfunctioned; or, B. In special
races, where a majority vote of the organization’s race
committee or membership has approved the use of multiple clocks
to ensure race integrity.
purpose of this rule is to reduce errors in data retrieval.
Therefore, if, in the course of clock operations, a competitor
fails to place (or clock) an official race countermark in a
porthole, the clock will not be disqualified. Also, Race Rule
9.07 would apply.
8.56 - Computer Clock Defects
CLOCK DISPLAY MALFUNCTION - If a digital clock display is not
functioning (display out completely or partially), the clock may
be knocked-off in an unopened condition. If at all possible, the
data shall be downloaded and be recorded manually by the Race
Secretary or a Race Committee member. This data shall be used
for calculating race results. Data may be printed out and
evaluated only if the data is complete and in the correct
chronological order. The Race Secretary shall perform
verifications on any computer clock malfunctions. If deviation
cannot be determined refer and use (8.57) below. Dec
8.57 CLOCK DATA CANNOT BE PRINTED - the following procedure
may be used. The loft must notify the Club Race Secretary and
the Race Committee that the clock has failed as soon as
possible. A participant (loft) shall bring: (1) the birds
entered in the race that returned, (2) the print out/copy of
officially basketed birds for the race, and (3) the clock to the
clubs official knock-off. The birds shall be given a race return
time based on the official knock-off time. The official
knock-off time shall be considered that knock-off time when the
clubs (competing lofts) have gathered to read the first clock
(or if the committee can convene at an earlier time). 1. The
club, as always, shall follow existing race rules to perform an
official knock-off. 2. The Club Race Secretary and at least two
other members of the Race committee shall verify the clock
failed. 3. The loft copy of the officially basketed birds shall
be compared and verified with the Race Secretary's official copy
of the lofts basketed birds (race sheet). 4. This procedure
shall only be performed at the club where the birds were
basketed. Dec 2011
8.58 LOW BATTERY CONDITION - If the clock displays a low
battery condition, the clock may be knocked-off immediately with
another Race Committee member. As a precaution, a display report
(as described above) is to be generated.
8.59 Left Blank Intentionally
9.00 - Capsules and Countermarks
9.01 Each countermark must be in a regulation capsule except
in the use of electronic band scanning systems, or in those
clocks specifically designated by the manufacturer and/or AU
Board of Directors to be used without capsules. (See 9.02
9.02 AU-approved clocks manufactured for use without capsules
may be used without capsules at all levels of competition. An
AU-affiliated organization may not require the use of capsules
in approved capsule-less clocks or with electronic band scanning
9.03 Left Blank Intentionally.
9.04 Telescoping capsules can be placed in the hole with
either end up. Open-end capsules, which are not recommended
because the countermark can fall out during clocking, must be
placed in the hole with the open end down. Hinged-type capsules
can be used with either end up. [1/2k]
9.05 A competitor may place multiple countermarks in a clock
porthole. When the clock is opened the competitor shall
designate the first bird order of clocking for the multiple
countermarks in that porthole, thereby assigning different race
positions to birds with the same race speed. Also see rule 9.08.
9.06 In the event an exterior countermark number is not
readable or ascertainable, the second (inside) countermark
number shall be verified with the inside number on the
countermark slip assigned to the competitor.
9.07 In the case of a "stray" or
"foreign" countermark (an odd one not assigned to one
of the scheduled day's race entries) being placed in a clock
porthole-the odd countermark will be ignored and the time
stamping corresponding to that hole will be crossed off on the
tape and not read for a race position if there is also an
official race countermark for the current race in that hole, the
current countermark for that race will be valid for record/s,
award/s and/or prizes and the corresponding time recorded on the
9.08 Countermarks (without capsules) that are not completely
placed and not completely enclosed within the clock porthole
shall be disqualified and no time allowed for the entry.
9.09 Approved Clocks - The absolute integrity of our races,
and as an extension, the value and validity of our awards,
depends directly on the security and tamperproof construction of
our timers. Therefore, the first and foremost factors in
evaluating a pigeon timer is to; 1) ensure its security against
potential tampering of/with the drum and countermark portholes;
and, 2) to assure the accuracy of the mechanism that prints the
birds’ arrival times. In either case, if the Competition
Standards Committee can determine that reasonable security
devices can be defeated, the timing mechanism can be tampered
with or manipulated, or that the recording devices (print heads
and ribbons) are not accurately printing the hour/minutes and
seconds when the bird arrived home, then the timer is not
9.09 (a) Approved Clocks and Capsule Requirements
Benzing Comatic- All models approved for use with or without
capsules. (Note: In year 2000 Yearbook, the Comatic was
incorrectly cited as requiring capsules. Indeed the Comatic was
designed by the manufacturer to operate as a capsule-less model,
and has been approved by the Competition Standards Committee for
capsule-less use in AU Organizations.).
S.T.B. - To qualify as a capsule-less model, this clock must
have a "continental cover." This is a solid, heavy
cover, with only one porthole exposed, and no other porthole can
be seen. This clock may also be used as a capsule model.
BENZING (Wooden case 1, 2, 2A) - All models require capsules,
unless the portholes are covered with a spring-loaded,
"flip-up" door and a heavy plate on top of the drum.
BENZING PALOMA - All models may be used with or without
BENZING QUARTZ (Plastic case 126, 261, 301) - These models
must have an optional, spring-loaded, flip-top drum ("speed
barrel") to be used as capsule-less timers.
BENZING COMPUTER CLOCK - All models can be used with or
without capsules. 24
BENZING JUNIOR (T-3 Model) There are two Junior T3 Models,
one with spring-loaded, flip-top drums and one without. Only
those Quartz computer T3 models with spring-loaded, flip-tops
may be used with or without capsules. (2/1999)
HEIRMAN - All models may be used with or without capsules.
LA LEDOISE - The drum must have flip-flop or slide-top covers
to be used without capsules.
PLASACHAERT - All models require capsules.
JUNDES - All models require capsules. TOULET - All models
require capsules. ISGUS - All models require capsules. RACE
MASTER - All models may be used with or without capsules. EASY
WAY - All models require capsules.
10.00 - Conveying and Liberating
The AU Race Release and Transportation Guidelines Section
(19.00) are included at the end of these Race Rules as a guide
for all Organizations. Dec 2011
10.01 The birds must be released at the release point used to
calculate the airline survey distance. No AU member shall
intentionally release trainers or any other race birds within 35
miles or 30 minutes of a scheduled race liberation See
AU Race Rule (7.23) and AU Race Rule (7.10)
10.02 The Race Secretary or an authorized representative and
the liberator shall synchronize their times with the Master
Timer. The Race Secretary shall ensure that he and the
liberator/conveyor have synchronized release times and the race
birds are released at the synchronized times.
10.03 Only the Race Secretary or an authorized representative
may communicate with the liberator-conveyor during their duties
with the race birds.
10.04 Should one or more birds escape in transit, or at the
liberation point before the official race release, an inventory
shall be performed to account for the missing bird(s). Those
birds identified as missing shall be disqualified. All baskets
should be numbered. The Race Secretary and Liberator shall have
a complete inventory of all birds shipped and released. (10/09)
If an inventory of the remaining birds in the crate(s) from
which the birds escaped is impractical, and if there is NO other
independent method to determine which birds were in the affected
crate(s), such as by a crate designation on the organization
race entry form, the entire race shall be declared as NO
10.05 The Race Secretary shall have the liberator/conveyor
look throughout each crate to be assured that each bird has left
the shipping crate before closing the door.
10.06 Multiple races per day from a single release site must
be liberated separately (by at least 30 minutes). If multiple
releases on the same day are released by less than 30 minutes of
separation, they must be separated in distance by no less than
35 airline miles. No trainers (or non-race birds of any kind)
may be released with race birds. Trainers must be liberated 30
minutes after the final race release or 30 minutes time
separation window or at least 35 miles in distance separation.
(11/06) Also see AU Race Rule (7.10) 25
10.07 For those Competitors competing for average speed
awards, the results of a "No Contest" race shall not
affect any average speed calculations. A race shall be declared
a "No Contest" if:
A. A crate of race birds which are properly countermarked and
entered into a race series are NOT released with the other birds
of that race; or, B. The birds are released for a race and a
crate of birds for that release is later found to be on the
In either event, the race may be rescheduled under the local
organization rules for changing schedules.
11.00 - Tossing of Race Birds
11.01 A majority vote of the Race Committee members acting as
a committee has the authority to require any race bird to be
tossed by its owner. The toss must be performed in the presence
of no more than two (2) additional club or combine members, one
(1) of which is a Race Committee member. Dec
11.02 Within twelve (12) hours of the official clock opening,
a competitor may request in writing to the Race Committee that
any particular bird clocked from a race be tossed. If requested
the toss shall be conducted within three (3) days of the
clocking. Dec 2011
11.03 If requested, within 3 days of clocking, the race bird
shall be tossed at the loft, after notification to the flyer and
in presence of the flyer, at the loft in full daylight ONLY and
no later than 3 hours before sundown. No other birds may be
outside the loft when a race bird is tossed. Dec
11.04 A tossed bird must return to the race entrant's loft
and enter within three (3) hours and be verified by the Race
Committee member, or it will be disqualified. If the Race
Committee member has doubt about the fairness of the toss, he
may perform another toss. Dec 2011
12.00 - Competition Division Rules 12.00
Competition Divisions (Open and Junior)
Pigeon racing as it is traditionally structured is one of the
few sports where the novice competes directly on the same level
with the Major Leaguer from the day he or she begins
competition. Understanding that, the AU has implemented the Open
and Junior Divisions. The Junior Division is where junior
members may compete.
A junior member is a member under the age of 18. The general
membership competes in the Open Division.
(WinSpeed© software is being adapted to support AU clubs who
have junior members that will be competing in the Junior
12.01 Clubs are encouraged to have and actively support a
program for junior flyers. Junior members will be allowed to
compete in the Junior Division. A separate race report may be
generated for the Junior Division if the club so chooses. (7/10)
12.02 Concourses, Combines, Federations and Associations are
also encouraged to implement the Junior Division. (7/10)
12.03 The race report issued for the Junior Division must
conform to the race report guidelines set forth in AU Race Rule
7.04. (7/10) 26
12.04 The Open Division race report must include the results
of all competitors regardless of their division assignment.
12.05 National Awards. The American Racing Pigeon Union shall
issue an equal and full complement of national awards in both
the Open and Junior Divisions. Each Division must meet
applicable AU minimum competition standards set forth in Section
4.00 – 4.15 of the AU Race Rules to be eligible to compete for
AU diplomas and national awards. (7/10)
12.06 Intentionally left blank.
12.07 Intentionally left blank.
12.08 Intentionally left blank.
13.00 - Time Out for Darkness (Dead Time)
13.01 Closing of
races of each day shall be one-half hour after the official
local sunset. The starting time each morning shall be one-half
hour before the official local sunrise. The
period between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before
sunrise is defined as "dead time." Organizations
that are geographically spread out may use sunrise and sunset
times at a central point for determining dead time. A bird that
is clocked before midnight during dead time shall be awarded 1st
day status. A bird that is clocked after midnight during dead
time shall be awarded 2nd day status. Nov
13.02 An organization may request an exemption from the
"Time Out for Darkness" (Dead Time) rule stated in
Section 13.01. The exemption request must be in writing to the
Competition Standards Committee Chairperson. The written request
must contain an explanation for such an exception. An example
could be, but is not limited to, a request for a modified dead
time in geographic areas where extended twilight hours occur.
The Competition Standards Committee by majority vote may grant
an exemption for altering an organization's "Time Out for
14.00 - Closing of Races
14.01 A race is officially closed at a time and day agreed
upon by the organization membership when the race schedule is
set, if not otherwise set in the organizational constitution and
bylaws, or race rules.
The Race Secretary shall assure that a sufficient quantity of
birds have returned from the race and all positions for awards
have been taken before designating the time for opening of the
clocks and closing the race. (7/08) (Rule to become effective
with 2009 Old Birds.)
14.02 If a competitor desires a security or safety clock
knock-off prior to the closing of a race, the organization Race
Secretary or Race Committee members shall allow that competitor
to perform the knock-off. The knock-off procedure may be in
person or via telephone, depending upon local organization
14.03 The maximum length
of a race shall be: one day race, up to 48 hours. A two day
race, up to 72 hours if the provisions of 14.01 are not defined
by the organization. (7/06)
15.00 - Race Velocity Computations (7/04)
15.01 When clocks are knocked-off (stop-time) and opened for
computing the race results, any variation from the master timer
shall be adjusted in proportion to the time elapsed between the
starting of the clock, the timing of the bird, and opening
(Stop-Time) of the clock. 27
15.02 Whenever possible, the speed of an individual bird will
be computed with a calculator or computer, and is to be reported
in yards per minute (YPM).
15.03 Removed 11/04, covered in 15.02 (11/04)
15.04 - FIGURING RACE SPEEDS Correction of Clocking Time.
This section provides the formula for correcting clock times and
for calculating the yards per minute (YPM) of race birds if you
are not using the computer software approved by the AU.
Correction of clocking time. First determine the clock
variation (as to how fast or slow) by the last stamp on the
tape, i.e., the STOP TIME. (For example, a clock was 44 seconds
slow if the last stamp printed 7:29:16, and STOP TIME was 7:30
P.M. or 19:30 hours.
15.05 The formula for correcting the clocking time is a
simple math problem based on the following decimal figure: Take
the time the clock ran (elapsed seconds) until EACH bird was
clocked from START TIME to CLOCKING TIME.
15.06 Then take the TOTAL time the clock ran from START time
to STOP time (elapsed seconds). Example: Clock start time at
8:00 P.M., Clock Stop time at 7:30:00 P.M. the following day.
The total elapsed time is 84,600 seconds.
15.07 Divide the TOTAL time the clock ran (number from 15.06)
into the time that the first bird was clocked. This will result
in a decimal figure. The decimal figure is then multiplied by
the clock variation. Example From Chart Below: 69,734 seconds of
time occurred when the first bird was clocked, divided by 84,600
seconds the total time the clock ran, resulting in a decimal
figure of 0.824113475. Multiply the decimal by the amount the
clock was slow or fast. The clock variation in this instance is
44 seconds slow. 44 seconds times 0.824113475 equals 36.261
seconds variation to the first bird clocked. Each succeeding
bird clocked would have a slightly different variation based on
the elapsed time. The formula is: Clock run time until each bird
was clocked in seconds, divided by the total time the clock ran
in seconds, then multiplied by the clock variation.
15.08 Left Blank Intentionally
15.09 - Time of Flight (Elapsed Time) The next step in the
process of speed calculation is to determine the time of flight
(elapsed time in seconds). This figure is found by subtracting
the corrected clock time(s) from the time of liberation.
15.10 - Determining the Mileage or Airline Survey Distance.
The next step in speed calculation is to divide the distance (in
1/60 yards) by the time in seconds (1/60 minutes); the speed
derived will be a figure in yards per minute. Note: distance in
miles is easily converted to the 1/60 yards figure by
multiplying the miles number by 105,600 (1760 yard/mile x 60 =
15.11 Find the total distance in miles, or the distance in
1/60 yards, of each bird's race. If the miles figures are used,
multiply the total by 105,600. Example: 313.008 survey miles x
105,600 = 33053644.
15.12 Figure the total time of each bird by calculating the
time of flight (elapsed time), in seconds.
15.13 Calculation Summary and Calculation Assistance. Divide
the total distance in 1/60 yards by the total seconds; the
result is the average speed in yards per minute. Example:
33053644 yards divided by 25670.26 seconds of flight time equals
1287.624 Yards Per Minute. Perform this calculation for each
bird clocked. (Please see the calculation chart below.)
A. Figure the corrected clocking time for each bird. B.
Determine flight seconds for each bird. 28
C. Figure the mileage based on the survey miles. D. Divide
mileage (1/60 yards) by the elapsed time of flight seconds of
each bird giving the yard per minute. E. Clock Start Time 8:00
P.M. 10/16/94 F. Clock Time of 1st Bird 3:22:14 P.M. 10/17/94 G.
Clock Stop Time 7:30:00 P.M. 10/17/94 H. Knockoff Stamp Time
7:29:16 P.M. 10/17/94 I. Clock Variation 44 seconds slow
(difference between G and H) J. Clock Run (Start to 1st Bird)
19:22:14 69,734 Seconds, Clock Run Time K. Clock Run (Start to
Stop) 23:30:00 84,600 Seconds, Clock Run Time L.. Decimal Figure
0.824113475 (divide J by K) M. Correction (.824 X 44 = 36.26
slow) N. Corrected Clock Time is 3:22:14 + 36.26 = 3:22:50.26
(add F and M) O. Time of Liberation 8:15 AM P. Elapsed Flight
Time 7:07:50.26 (subtract O from N) (25,670.26 Secs) Q. Elapsed
Time in seconds 25,670.26 (1/60 minutes)) R. Distance (in miles)
313.008 (from survey)) S. Distance (miles x 105600 *) 33053644.8
(1/60 yards)> T. Speed 1287.624 YPM (divide S by Q) U. *1760
Yards/Mile X 60 = 105600)
Those Race Secretaries computing speeds by manual means,
should consider acquiring a used computer. The AU-approved
computer race program may be obtained for a nominal fee. The
race program was tailored to AU specifications and will easily
figure the race results. The printout contains band numbers,
bird color, sex, arrival time, speeds in yard per minute (YPM),
total lofts entered, and points earned. Combines can use the
program to merge results from member clubs, which may be
transmitted to the Combine Race Secretary by telephone, using a
modem. The race software will print diplomas, figure average
speeds, and keep track of points won by both birds and lofts. If
a club cannot use a computer owned by one of its members, the
cost of a basic computer and printer is minimal, and often an
easily justified expense to save time and labor. FOR OBTAINING
AU PROGRAMS and SERVICES CALL 405-848-5801. 29
16.00 - Electronic Band Scanning Systems (EBSS)
Note: The use of certain Electronic Band Scanning Systems (EBSS)
has been approved by the AU Board of Directors. The AU Board
reserves the right to withdraw the approval of any Electronic
Band Scanning system at any time. In the event the AU National
Race Committee determines that a system or system design does
not provide adequate security or presents a potential security
question, the AU National Race Committee may disapprove the use
of that system. The disapproval of any system will be effective
upon receipt of notice from the AU National Race Committee and
the disapproval will be published in the UPDATE and/or other
periodicals as soon as reasonably possible. The AU National Race
Committee shall apprise the Board of Directors at the next
scheduled meeting of the system problems encountered and shall
recommend appropriate action. Organizations are free to buy any
EBSS they choose. Individual members within the organization are
responsible for ensuring system hardware and/or software
compatibility of the system they purchase with other system/s in
use within the organization. Neither the AU nor the local
organization shall be responsible for any system
16.01 If any Race Secretary or race official determines that
a lack of security exists with any individual unit, he may
notify the AU National Race Committee and seek an immediate
statement as to the validity of continued system use. The Race
Secretary or race official must provide a written statement of
the reasons for concern to the system owner and to the AU
National Race Committee.
All electronic clock manufacturer security systems such as
security seals, holograms, and security screws shall not be
tampered with by any individual not authorized by the clock
manufacturer or distributor.
If seals or security screws are broken or missing, the clock
shall be disqualified by the organization Race Secretary.
16.02 An AU-affiliated organization may not refuse to allow
the use of an AU- approved electronic band scanning system. A
club, however, may restrict the number of brands of electronic
clocking systems are used in the club.
Example: A club
has 100% one brand of clock existing in use. The club may
require a new member to use the same brand or use a counter-mark
clock at the member’s option.
Clubs may vote to standardize on one brand of clock where
there are already multiple brands of electronic clocks. (7/07)
16.03 A user of an Electronic Band Scanning System (EBSS)
shall be permitted to use the clocking system throughout his
entire organization at each level of competition for
AU-affiliated Clubs, Combines, Federations, etc.
16.04 An AU-affiliated organization may not make the use of
an Electronic Band Scanning System mandatory.
16.05 Users of Electronic Band Scanning Systems shall be
required to: A. Use electronic band scanning systems that have a
re-programmable electronic band (read/write chips) with the
ability to generate a secret code at basketing. (7/09)
16.06 The antenna may be installed at the bird loft entrance
where the birds will normally enter the loft. If placed on the
outside entrance, the longest dimension of the antenna shall be
touching the outer wall of the loft entry. Antennas may be
placed on a "sputnik", as long as it is the normal
bird entrance into the loft. 30
(7/10) The race bird does not need to be contained.
16.07 All EBSS operating and reading units shall be reported
to the organization Race Secretary for each individual member.
16.08 No antenna or electronic band scanning system may be
employed or placed at the loft of another competitor without
prior notice to and approval by the organization Race Secretary.
16.09 System control modules or system keys and
administrative software used in EBS Systems shall be purchased
or procured by the system owner. (See 16.10.)
16.10 The Race Secretary of each competing organization shall
secure all individual system control modules or system keys
during competitive events. The use and operation of these
security controls shall only be permitted by the individuals
specifically authorized by the Race Committee or the
organization during competitive events.
16.11 An organization may require that its Race Secretary or
members of the Race Committee affix or attach electronic bands
to a pigeon, or inspect the bands, in order to ensure the band's
locking mechanism is securely engaged. This process may be
performed at the first shipping, or earlier, as required by the
organization. The organization may allow a competitor to affix
or attach electronic bands to a pigeon subject to verification
by the Race Secretary or a Race Committee member that the bands
locking mechanism is securely engaged.
after all electronic bands have been securely placed on each
bird, usually prior
to a race season in which the birds may be entered in one or
more races, the Race Secretary or a Race Committee member shall
scan or read a competitor's bird band numbers and print out an
assignment report of all his birds' electronic band numbers. The
report shall be signed by the Race Secretary. The organization
shall retain a copy of the report in its records and another
copy shall be delivered to the competitor as his verification of
the eligibility of each bird.
Birds may be added to a lofts bird list at any time during
the race series at the discretion of the Race Secretary as time
16.13 Electronic banded pigeons may not be handled by the
competitor or representatives of the competitor during the race
entry logging or shipping process. During the logging process,
all band data must be reviewed to ensure band data accuracy by
the Race Secretary or a Race Committee member.
16.14 After all race birds have been entered in EBSS system
administrative software, the Race Secretary shall print a list
of all the competitor's entrants for each race. The printout
should be signed by the Race Secretary or designated person and
the competitor. The printout serves as a race entry list. An
additional copy shall be delivered to the competitor. In the
case where an electronic clock race sheet shows a tie, the first
bird listed will receive the highest ranking of the tied birds,
and so forth, down the list. [2-28-99]
16.15 Any EBSS clock which varies more than five (5) seconds
in a 24 hour period shall be disqualified by the local AU
chartered organization. The local AU chartered organization
shall require proof of repairs before authorizing use of an EBSS
clock, which was found to be faulty. (7/14).
16.16 When closing the race, the Race Secretary or his
designee shall print out all data prior to transferring data
from the EBSS system to the computer. The printout will serve as
a back-up document for later reference, if necessary. All data
files should be stored on a back-up diskette, in the event data
reconstruction becomes necessary. 31
16.17 Left Blank Intentionally Dec
16.18 The following Electronic Band Scanning Systems have
been reviewed and approved for use by AU-affiliated
organizations beginning January 1, 2000. Note: Several new
low-cost models were approved for use at the 1999 Convention
Board meetings. These new models are essentially new
configurations the software and hardware are just new designs
there is no change to the basic manner the birds are timed, the
security of the devices nor the technical issues with these new
timers/scanners. Each competitor using EBSS Technology is
responsible for any software, or hardware upgrades which may be
required for the system(s) to remain in approved status with
respect to developing AU Competition Standards.
A. UNIKON Deister Electronic GmbH N Unikon and Unikon Light (eff
January 2000) Versions: 1.9, 2.0 or Higher Race Antenna: 2.0 or
Higher B. TIPES Diehl Ident GmbH and TIPES 2100 Version: 3.00 or
Higher Race Antenna: ESA 400 or Higher C. TauRIS RUTER EPV -
Systeme GmbH, Minden Version: 5X or Higher Antenna: ES2 or
D. Benzing Technische Uhren GmbH N Atis and, Atis Express,
M1, Express G-2 Version 1.21 or Higher
E. Victory N Basch Electronics F. Bricon (all Bricon clocks
approved by the AU prior to 2008).
All clocks receiving AU approval prior to 2008.
G. Deil Electronics BV – Mega Systems – Approved
16.19 Clock Failures In the event of clock failures, the
following procedure may be used. The loft must notify the Club
Race Secretary and the Race Committee that the clock has failed
as soon as possible. A participant (loft) shall bring to the
Club: (1) the birds that were entered in the race, (2) the print
out of officially basketed birds for the race, and (3) the
failed clock to the clubs official knock-off.
The birds shall be given a race return time based on the
official knock-off time. The official knock-off time shall be
considered that knock-off time when the clubs (competing lofts)
have gathered to read the first clock (or if the committee can
convene at an earlier time). 1. The club, as always, shall
follow existing race rules to perform an official knock-off. 2.
The Club Race Secretary and at least two other members of the
Race committee shall verify the clock failed. 3. The loft copy
of the officially basketed birds shall be compared and verified
with the Race Secretary's official copy of the lofts basketed
birds (race sheet). 4. This procedure shall only be performed at
the club where the birds were basketed. Note: All clubs wishing
to exercise Race Rule (16.19) shall have an official elected
Race Secretary and at least two other competing lofts as an
appointed Race Committee BEFORE the race series starts. Failure
to follow this requirement disqualifies the club from using Race
Rule 16.19. No clock 32
shall be used in training mode or any other unsecured mode.
Electronic band/chip rings shall not be placed in counter-mark
clocks. Dec 2011
16.20 Electronic Clocks shall not be used in training mode or
any unsecured mode in an AU race. (10/05)
16.21 Each loft location must have an assigned clock attached
to the antenna to clock returning birds to the loft from a race.
Continuous electronic clocking devices shall not be used as a
substitute clock. (7/07)
17.00 - Local Organizational Race Rule Adoption and
17.01 Local organizations may add or adopt additional race
rules provided they do not conflict with or contravene the
Official AU Race Rules. See section 2.05.
17.02 A local organization may modify or change its race
rules only after first giving reasonable notice to all its
members of the proposed change(s) and opportunity for the entire
membership to vote on any such change(s).
17.03 Organizational rule additions or changes shall become
effective immediately after adoption by the membership, but will
not be retroactive and will not apply to a race series in
18.00 - Statement of Rules Compliance
In the event the AU receives a complaint that an organization
is not abiding by AU rules as agreed, the following format may
be used to respond (USE ONLY IF REQUESTED BY THE AU COMPETITION
STANDARDS COMMITTEE TO DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH THE FOREGOING
THE FOREGOING RACE RULES were adopted by the (name of
organization) ________________ and we hereby certify that said
organization competes in full compliance with the above AU race
rules. Signed this__________ day of ________________________,
(Club officers MUST EACH SIGN BELOW)
Club Officers' Signatures:
President: (Print name:)
Vice President: (Print name:)
Race Secretary: (Print name:)
19.00 Release and Race Transportation Guidelines
Policy Title: Release and Race Transportation Guidelines
Policy Number: AU330
Effective Date: 11-8-06
Last Revision: 7-10-07
It is our members’ responsibility to maintain the health,
well being and safety of our racing pigeons at all times.
Weather, sun, and the geomagnetic fields of the earth all play a
role in how our birds navigate, and those forces such as wind,
rain, fog, solar activity and geomagnetic disturbances may
impact our birds’ ability to return home.
The following guidelines are provided to help race committees
and liberators make informed race decisions n order to prevent
loss of pigeons.
Section 330.01 Weather Conditions: Releases
depend on race/distance, air quality, humidity and winds: It is
strongly recommended to check the weather along the flight line
for signs of any storms or disturbances.
Section 330.02 Temperature Range: When
high temperatures are forecast for the course, the pigeons
should be released as early in the morning as possible. Since
temperature/humidity ranges differ for different parts of the
country, specific temperature levels are not defined and left to
the liberator’s decision.
Section 330.03 Winds: Winds
can be associated with weather fronts, storms and tide changes.
Releasing in excessive wind conditions should be avoided.
Section 330.04 Visibility: Pigeons
are known to use the sun as a navigational aid. Therefore, if it
is cloudy, a bright spot in the clouds that indicates where the
sun is should always be visible before a release.
It is also recommended that for releases, a ground visibility
of at least three (3) miles be present, with a cloud ceiling of
at least 1000 ft. Other factors affecting visibility are:
a. High Clouds. High clouds are acceptable as long as a
bright spot indicating the sun’s position is visible. Caution
should always be used in "solid" overcast conditions.
b. Low Clouds: May indicate a pending storm or storm front
moving into area. Check weather along flight path.
c. Fog, or haze: Hold release until the fog burns off or
until ground visibility and the sun are visible.
d. Smoke: Smoke and ash can have an adverse affect on the
pigeon’s eyes, throat and lungs. Releasing pigeons in smoky
conditions should always be avoided.
Section 330.05 Rain, Snow and Hail: Releases
are permitted in light mist, scattered showers or light snow,
providing visibility is at least three (3) miles and the weather
is clear or clearing along the flight path.
Attempt to keep the racing birds from flying into severe
weather en-route. Check forecasts from reporting stations along
the line of flight at the time the birds are expected to be
passing through. Try to avoid having the birds encounter heavy
rain or snow, thunderstorms, electrical storms, hail, high
winds, fog, smoke, and other similar hazards.
Section 330.06 severe weather: Pigeons
should never be released during any weather alerts anywhere
along the flight path or if a pending storm front is moving into
the flight line.
Hold birds, return them, or release short if clear. Examples
of severe weather conditions which Racing Pigeons should never
be released in are:
a. Electrical storms 34
b. Hurricane conditions
d. Volcanic eruptions
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Section 330.08 Solar activity: The
sun is a very important navigational tool for our pigeons. Solar
storms affect the earth’s geomagnetic fields, which can have
an adverse affect on the birds. During times of increased solar
activity caution should be used.
Section 330.09 Geographic barriers. It
is recommended that birds should not be released at the
beginning of any geographic structure such as mountains or lakes
that could interfere with the race.
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Section 330.14 Transportation: It
is the responsibility of the AU organization to ensure that the
vehicle or transportation being used to transport race birds be
in good usable and safe condition; both from a mechanical
standpoint and being secure and comfortable for the birds. These
transportation standards should be met for all races.
A. Shipping Crates: should allow Young birds a minimum of 42
square inches per bird, 45 for old hens, and 48 per old Cock.
For two day races, recommended minimums are 52 square inches per
old hen and 64 per old cock.
B. Rest: Upon arrival at the release point, it is recommended
liberation should allow at least one hour of "rest"
prior to releasing the birds. This allows the birds time to
rest, drink water and calm down.
C. Release Time: In no event should birds be released before
sunrise. The AU recommends birds be held until 30 minutes or
more after sunrise.
D. Holdovers: The liberator must always have feed available
in case of holdover. The birds should be fed at least once a
day. Water should be kept in front of them, including on the day
E. Transport: Transport should be constructed to allow for
good ventilation, feeding, and watering of the birds. It is
recommended, for health reasons, that water and feeding be
administered from outside, at the rear of the crate, where
possible. (rev 7-10-07)
F. Liberator: It is recommended that the person releasing the
pigeons at the release have no birds in the race, or should have
an additional person to help assist and "witness" the
G. Watering and feeding: It is recommended that the birds be
watered and fed on any two-day transportation-long distance
race. On overnight, next morning releases, the birds should be
watered prior to release.
H. Ventilation. Crates should be constructed in a way to
allow proper ventilation without significant or adverse heat
gain to occur when fully loaded.
Section 330.15 Cancelled races.
The race schedule, including procedures for changes, shall be
established at a regular or special meeting, per rule 5.01.
(Rule 5.01 The race schedule, including 35
dates, race stations, closing of races, shipping times,
shipping limits and procedures for changes, shall be established
at a regular or special business meeting.)
Section 330.16 Race Committees: It
is recommended that all AU organizations maintain an official
race committee, chaired by the Race Secretary and no less then
two (2) other members, to mediate race problems and to backup
Race Secretary duties.
Section 330.17 Monitoring Race Conditions: To
eliminate most weather concerns, the Race Liberator and Race
Secretary should take advantage of as many of the aids that
monitor weather conditions as possible, prior to the race.
Satellite weather maps, Flight services, Department of
Transportation web cams, and Government weather and Solar web
sites all have current up to date information available to
by permission of AU member Art Sager
Click Here for AU
Race Release Guideline-Worksheet