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Approved: October 21- 22, 2014 Omaha, NE.
General Table of Contents
AU Nation Race Committee
Responsibility for following AU
Partnerships General or Family
Combine, Concourse, Association
Average Speed Requirements
Basketing and Knock-off
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
Electronic Band Scanning System
EBSS Antenna Placement
Approved EBSS systems
Local Organizational Race Rule
Organizational Compliance Format
Race Release and Transportation
The American Racing Pigeon Union has
developed these rules as a national set of standards for all
competing organizations (Clubs, Combines, Associations,
organizational consistency and the highest standards of
honesty, integrity and sportsmanship in our competitions;
make for fair competitions within our affiliated
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.
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
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
Official AU Diplomas may be used as awards in an AU
Sanctioned Race. (7/09)
The Annual AU Convention Race is an AU
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
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 competition.
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 Organization
clubs must be 100% current AU members.
Combines must be made up of a minimum of two 100% AU
Concourses must be made up of a minimum of two 100% AU
Federations must be made of a minimum of two 100% AU
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.
newly AU Chartered Organization shall agree to keep their By-Laws
and Constitution current with the AU Office.
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 2009
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.
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
organizations participating in racing competition with non-AU-affiliated
organizations shall follow AU Race Rules.
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 organization.
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.)
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
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
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.
3.00 - Responsibility For Following AU
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
3.02 Each organization shall elect one
person as the Race Secretary. This person shall be
responsible for supervising and ensuring the integrity of
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, if requested.
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
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 Directors.
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)
procedure identified in section 3.08 may also be used when
one organization files a complaint against another
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 Competition
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 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
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,
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
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
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
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
loft partnerships 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.
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
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 allowed.
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:
competing family member must be a current dues-paid
AU member and be of sufficient age to handle and clock
his/her own birds;
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;
competing family partnership must compete under a different,
unique loft name or identifier.
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.
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.
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.
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
result in the loss of all eligibility
for AU diplomas and National awards for the teams involved.
* 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 status.
See AU Race Rule (1.01) for the minimum
requirements for Combines, Concourses and Federations to
qualify for an AU Chartered Organization status. Effective
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. (7/04)
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:
club met the 5 member minimum loft competition requirement
at the start of the scheduled series of races.
least 3 competing lofts finished the scheduled series of
races. Effective OB 2010
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 federation, etc.
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
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
4.08-4.09 Left Blank
4.10 Combines, Concourses, Associations,
& Federations Competition
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
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)
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.
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. (7/10)
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.
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
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:
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,
deemed necessary by the Race Secretary for the safety or
welfare of the birds; or,
agreed to by 2/3 of the competitors competing in the race
series, or (7/14)
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
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
Left Blank. (7/08)
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
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
A member may fly two or more teams in
the same club or two or more clubs in the same combine on
the same release provided: 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
Members are allowed to fly in two or
more clubs without providing
separate and distinct bird lists provided
that the clubs are not flying the same releases. Nov
5.08 Intentionally Left Blank.
The AU National Awards standard does not
mandate average speed competition; however, organizations
electing to compete for average speed awards must meet the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 competitor.
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
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
7.01 All AU races must be conducted
under the sponsorship of an AU-affiliated
organization such as a club, combine, concourse, federation,
7.02 Organizations composed of clubs may
join together to increase competition and/or for economic
7.03 All pigeons participating in a race
or series of races must be released simultaneously at each
agreed race liberation point/station.
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)
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
true top 20% of the entered birds in the true order of their
finish and the speed each has achieved; (Note: per UPR
name or loft name of the competitor;
number of birds the competitor shipped;
competitor's survey distance;
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
time of the birds clocking;
speed the bird attained in yards per minute; and
limits will not be permitted in AU sanctioned competition.
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)
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.
I.F., CU, and FMC bands must be
registered by the flyer prior to January 15, with the AU
National Office. (7/07)
Only those bands registered by the above
date, and prior to competition shall be eligible for any AU
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)
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.
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
-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)
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.
Combines, Associations, etc. may not impose bird clocking
limits on AU races.
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 rules.
must be at the designated place and time for countermarking/basketing
or they may be barred from competition in a given race. (7/06)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
entry form and countermark slips for the organization Race
Secretary shall be kept by some other competing member
during the race.
AU member shall intentionally release trainers or any other
race birds within 35 miles or 30 minutes of a scheduled race
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)
competitor (including Race Committee members) cannot write
countermark numbers or operate the countermarking machine
for his or her own race entries.
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.
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.
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 loss.
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.)
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
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 sheet. (11/12)
8.00 - Clock Operations
8.01 All timers, to include electronic
band scanning clocking systems, shall be started and
operated on a continuous running basis.
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
must elect a remote Race Secretary prior to the start of the
AU race rules shall be followed.
must be securely transported in sealed crates. (7/07) See
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 use.
8.08 Basketing and Knock-off
All Clocks shall have the time set by
one of the following as the reference time used to basket
and knock-off a race.
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)
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
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.
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.
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 event.
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
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 shipping point.
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.
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.
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
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 closing.
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 and
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
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.
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.)
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
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).
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 second knock.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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,
8.35-8.39 Intentionally Left
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)
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
a tape partially tears and the stampings are readable, and
the clock stampings are between the perforations, then they
will be read and accepted.
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.
effort shall be made by the Race Secretary and/or the Race
Committee to include all time stamps if readable.
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.
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.
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
the 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:
first clock has malfunctioned; or,
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
club, as always, shall follow existing race rules to perform
an official knock-off.
Club Race Secretary and at least two other members of the
Race committee shall verify the clock failed.
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).
procedure shall only be performed at the club where the
birds were basketed. Dec 2011
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
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 below.)
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
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. [1/2k]
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 tape. [1/2k]
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 allowed.
9.09 (a) Approved Clocks and Capsule
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 capsules.
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
BENZING COMPUTER CLOCK - All models can
be used with or without capsules.
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
LA LEDOISE - The drum must have flip-flop
or slide-top covers to be used without
PLASACHAERT - All models require
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
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
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 CONTEST.
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
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
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
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,
birds are released for a race and a crate of birds for that
release is later found to be on the trailer.
In either event, the race may be
rescheduled under the local organization rules for changing
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 2011
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
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.
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
12.00 - Competition Division Rules
12.00 Competition Divisions (Open and
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
(WinSpeed© software is being adapted to
support AU clubs who have junior members that will be
competing in the Junior Division.) (7/10)
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
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)
12.04 The Open Division race report must
include the results of all competitors regardless of their
division assignment. (7.04).
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
12.06 Intentionally left blank.
12.07 Intentionally left blank.
12.08 Intentionally left blank.
13.00 - Time Out for Darkness (Dead Time)
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 requirements.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
the total time of each bird by calculating the time of
flight (elapsed time), in seconds.
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.)
the corrected clocking time for each bird.
flight seconds for each bird.
the mileage based on the survey miles.
mileage (1/60 yards) by the elapsed time of flight seconds
of each bird giving the yard per minute.
Start Time 8:00 P.M. 10/16/94
Time of 1st Bird 3:22:14 P.M. 10/17/94
Stop Time 7:30:00 P.M. 10/17/94
Stamp Time 7:29:16 P.M. 10/17/94
Variation 44 seconds slow (difference between G and H)
Run (Start to 1st Bird) 19:22:14 69,734 Seconds, Clock Run
Run (Start to Stop) 23:30:00 84,600 Seconds, Clock Run Time
L.. Decimal Figure 0.824113475 (divide J
(.824 X 44 = 36.26 slow)
Clock Time is 3:22:14 + 36.26 = 3:22:50.26 (add F and M)
of Liberation 8:15 AM
Flight Time 7:07:50.26 (subtract O from N) (25,670.26 Secs)
Time in seconds 25,670.26 (1/60 minutes))
(in miles) 313.008 (from survey))
(miles x 105600 *) 33053644.8 (1/60 yards)>
1287.624 YPM (divide S by Q)
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.
16.00 - Electronic Band Scanning Systems
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.
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. (7/10)
The race bird does not need to be
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.
control modules or system keys and administrative software
used in EBS Systems shall be purchased or procured by the
system owner. (See 16.10.)
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.
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
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 permits.
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.
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
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).
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.
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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.
Deister Electronic GmbH N Unikon and Unikon Light (eff
January 2000) Versions: 1.9, 2.0 or Higher
Race Antenna: 2.0 or Higher
Diehl Ident GmbH and TIPES 2100
Version: 3.00 or Higher
Race Antenna: ESA 400 or Higher
RUTER EPV - Systeme GmbH, Minden Version: 5X or Higher
Antenna: ES2 or Higher
Technische Uhren GmbH N Atis and, Atis Express, M1, Express G-2
Version 1.21 or Higher
N Basch Electronics
(all Bricon clocks approved by the AU prior to 2008).
All clocks receiving AU approval prior to
G. Deil Electronics BV – Mega Systems
– Approved (10/2014)
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
club, as always, shall follow existing race rules to perform
an official knock-off.
Club Race Secretary and at least two other members of the
Race committee shall verify the clock failed.
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).
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 shall be used in training mode or any other
unsecured mode. Electronic band/chip rings shall not be
placed in counter-mark clocks. Dec
16.20 Electronic Clocks shall not be
used in training mode or any unsecured mode in an AU race.
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.
17.00 - Local Organizational Race Rule
Adoption and Amendments
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
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
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 progress.
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 RULES).
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:)
and Race Transportation Guidelines
Release and Race Transportation
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.
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
Section 330.03 Winds: Winds
can be associated with weather fronts, storms and tide
changes. Releasing in excessive wind conditions should be
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:
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.
Clouds: May indicate a pending storm or storm front moving
into area. Check weather along flight path.
or haze: Hold release until the fog burns off or until
ground visibility and the sun are visible.
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:
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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
During times of increased solar activity
caution should be used.
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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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.
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.
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.
Time: In no event should birds be released before sunrise.
The AU recommends birds be held until 30 minutes or more
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 of
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)
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
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.
Crates should be constructed in a way to allow proper
ventilation without significant or adverse heat gain to
occur when fully loaded.
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 dates, race stations, closing of races,
shipping times, shipping limits and procedures for changes,
shall be established at a regular or special business
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
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 everyone.
by permission of AU member Art Sager
Click Here for AU
Race Release Guideline-Worksheet