Competition Rules

Current Rules for 2020/21 Season

Latest Update -7th oct 2020

2. Registrations

2.1 All Skateboarders are required to enter online for competitions.
All competition registrations are at:
https://www.liveheats.com/australianskateboarding

2.2 Late Entries.
Due to the online scoring system closing and populating heats, late entries are no longer possible as once the heats are populated it cannot be undone.

2.3 Entry Fees.
Entry fees will be on a number of competitions for 2020.
To minimise barriers to entry, if you cannot afford entry fee, you can let us know and assist us with setup and packdown.

  1. Divisions

The following divisions will be run during the 20/21 season:
1. 12 and Under Mixed
2. 16 and Under Mixed
3. Open (Mixed)
4. Womens
5. Social
6. Masters

1.1 Please keep note, and check event registrations, as Masters, Socials and Womens will not be at every event.

1.2 Rollover into higher divisions happens on your birthday eg, when you turn 13 you will move up from the 12 and under to the 16 and under.

1.3 Junior Womens Divisions
These will be held on occasion, normally at major events, when the participation numbers are high enough.

1.4 Socials.
This is an all ages division to skate for fun before you take competing seriously, or if you are looking to come along and just skate for fun.

1.5 Moving up and down divisions.
Younger skaters are welcome to skate a higher division, to help with ranking points as they transition into a higher group and points start again.
If your current age group does not have enough numbers for a full competition, you will have to skate in your appropriate age division.

1.6 One Division.
You are only allowed to skate in one division per competition.

3. Format (street)

The format for all divisions will be as follows:

3.1 Straight finals, one heat per division.
3.2 Skateboarders will receive 3 x 1 minute runs to start the division.
3.3. After the 3 runs, the top 50% will continue on and do 3 best tricks each.
3.4 The top 3 overall scores count for a winning place.
3.5 If an uneven amount of competitors are in a heat, the additional competitor will go on to the best trick section.

5. Judging and Judging Criteria

5.1 Number of Judges.
A minimum of 2 judges need to be present at competitions.

5.2 Selection of Judges.
At 1-2 Star events, new and trainee judges will gain experience, normally with one experienced judge.
At larger events, judges with more experience and from different locations will have first preference.
At major championships, the most experienced judges available will be first preference with a head judge if possible.
These outcomes are all dependant on judges availability.

5.3 Score Calculation.
The score for each run or best trick is the average of the 3 judges scores.
If a Judge scores more than 15% out from other judges their score is removed from the average.
If 5 judges are present, the top and bottom scores are removed and the 3 middle scores are averaged. The head judge has the right to oversee and change scores accordingly.

5.4 Judging Criteria.
Competitions are judged on style (how smooth), Difficulty (how hard the trick is), consistency (how often they fall) and amplitude (how big).
These are the 4 pillars of each score.

Other factors which may effect a score include using more transition obstacles in a street competition, and overall use of the course.

5.6 Live scoring.
All competitions will have live scoring via liveheats.
While the scores are live, they can change at any time, this is because:
i) The competition has a fast tempo and judges need to collaborate to ensure results are in correct order.
ii) its a close competition and results need a discussion.
iii) Point deductions and other amendments need to be factored in.

5.7 Scores Versus outcome.
In close competitions with live scores, judges need to review the individuals performance to make sure the results are correct, if the scores dont match the judges decisions, scores will need to be amended.

5.8 Review a judges decision.
Judges are only human, and on occasion, they will make errors.
While the competition decision on the day is final, a review of the results can be made once the video release is available.
While it does not change the outcome, it will help to improve judging into the future.

6. Foul play and points deduction

6.1 Someone skateboarding in another divisions warm up.
(eg an opens skater skating during under 12 warm up) is gaining an advantage over others by having extra training time, while also taking away space on the park for those warming up.
Competitors found doing this will receive a 10 point deduction (when scored out of 100) or a 1 point deduction (when scored out of 10)

6.2 Bullying tactics.
People found to be bullying or using influence to make the competition more difficult for another competitor will receive a 10 point deduction (when scored out of 100) or a 1 point deduction (when scored out of 10)

7. Wellbeing and safety

7.1 Helmets.
Must be worn by anyone under 18 or you cannot compete.
This includes Juniors in
Open division.
In bowl events with a bowl over 8ft, helmets must be worn by all competitors.

7.2 Structure.
New competition formats will reduce time waiting around and spread injury.
Competitions will try to have at least 2 weeks in between rounds where possible.

7.3 Timing.
Where possible, competitions will be run at nighttime, and daytime competitions will choose times that a) the heat is not too drastic and b) allows people time to travel safely to and from the competition.

7.4 Insurance.
The new registration system helps people get cover for themselves during the events
, you can purchase cover at https://liveheats.com/australianskateboarding/sign-on

7.5 COVID.
If any staff have flu-like symptoms, they are asked to remain home from the events.

7.6 Concussion.
Skateboarding events don't have on site Doctors available to assess head injuries.
Its can be difficult for first aid people to do a full head injury assessment, so as a precaution any headknock that looks dangerous officials will be making a decision to have the competitor sit out the rest of the competition.

7.7 Pre existing injuries.
It is recommended competitors do a self assessment on injuries prior to the event to decide whether to compete or not.
If a competitor has a niggling condition on competition day, it is recommended they do not compete and allow adequate time to recover.

7.8 Alcohol and drug use.
It is forbidden to compete under the influence of alcohol, and under the use of non prescription drugs. Competitors found under these influences will be stood down from the competition.

8. Prizes and placings

8.1 Activation of prizes and placings. Competitions are fun, but need to be competitive to help people develop. In order to have placings, an appropriate amount of competitors will need to be in a division. The golden number is 50% of podium as a minimum.
For example, if 6 people are in a division, 3 will receive placings (1st, 2nd, 3rd). If 2 are in a division, 1 will receive placings (1st).
In the circumstance of a low odd number eg 5 competitors, it will default to the next lowest even number. eg if 5 compete, this will go down to 4, and 2 will get placings.
In majority of circumstances, there will be more than 10 per division, and the placings will be a non issue. When a division has low numbers, competitors in the age bracket skating up will be required to skate in their appropriate age division.

8.2 Prizes and Prize money. Prize money will still be available wherever possible at most if not all events for the upcoming season.
Some of the rules around prize money are:

8.2.1 It must be a competition.
Prize money cannot be issued to a division where last place can receive funds.
eg if it pays down to 3rd place, and there is only 3 in the competition.
For it to be a competition prize money would only pay 1st place.
If 4 were in the division it would pay to second place.
8.2.2 Prize money with a shortage of competitors.
If the lower placings are taken away to keep the competition competitive, (eg only paying to second), the following system applies:
i) Open Mixed. Leftover prize money will go into the kitty to top up other events during the year.
ii) Womens. If the Womens division does not have the numbers to do a full payout of placings, the funding is allocated to an intermediate girls development fund.
This money is to support girls who are close to being in opens but need support.
This will close the gap on participation sooner to the point where its no longer an issue.
How this money is distributed will be decided by a panel of females in the industry.

8.3 Junior prizes.
Junior prizes will vary between competitions.
We will be trialling multiple options for this season to find the best outcome.

9. National Rankings

9.1 The ASF has developed a ranking system for Street, Park, Bowl & Vert. All of our competitions are sanctioned by the ASF, and therefore accumulate ranking points. The number of points is allocated through a star rating from 1-5. The higher the star rating the more points accumulated. The street rankings will be available and public soon.

10. Qualification process

Discussions are currently happening around qualification process for major events. This will be updates accordingly.