Race Rules

2017-2018 Season

Subjects covered in this section:

1.     Eastern Cup Primer – 2017-18 Season
2.     JNQ Points
3.     Race Rules
4.     Sprint Rules
5.     2017-2018 Races Scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists (Including Out-of-Region Races)
6.     EasternCup Scoring
7.     US Ski & Snowboard 18 Nordic Competition Guide – Rules, Races and Rankings

1. Eastern Cup Primer for upcoming 2017-18 Season:

In May 2016, the NENSA Board voted to move from using the NENSA points system, to using US Ski & Snowboard points only, for scoring all EasternCup (EC) races, and for Junior National qualifying (JNQ) ranking list.

All EasternCup race registrations will be done on SkiReg.com, and registration will open on November 1st

Here is what YOU need to know to be ready to race in the first EasternCup in December:

  1. All racers must have valid and current NENSA and US Ski & Snowboard membership #’s to race – NO EXCEPTIONS
  2. To renew or get your NENSA membership, go to NENSA.net
  3. To renew or get your US Ski & Snowboard membership, go to USSA.org
  4. Buy both your NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard memberships early.  Do not wait until the day you register on SkiReg.com.  Your correct data needs to be in our systems (NENSA & US Ski & Snowboard) at least a few days before you register on SkiReg.
  5. Regarding US Ski & Snowboard memberships:  All EC racers will be listed in the overall race results, regardless of your membership levels ($15 general membership or $95 competitor membership).  But, if you want to be listed and ranked on the US Ski & Snowboard NRL (National Ranking List), and be ranked (best of 3 for U16, or best of 4 for U18/U20) on our NENSA website for qualifying for the New England Junior National team, you MUST buy the US Ski & Snowboard competitors membership.  So, if you have any thoughts, plans, dreams or desires to try to make the JN team, buy the competitors membership now.
  6. You cannot buy a US Ski & Snowboard competitors license later in the season and have it retroactively apply to previous races.  If you want to be listed on the NRL and ranked for JNQ – buy the competitor license, not the general membership NOW, before the start of the race season.
  7. Each EasternCup race Virtual Team Captain’s Meeting (VTCM) will be hosted on NENSA.net.  Please check our website VTCM race information page for frequent updates, especially as the race weekend approaches.  This page will provide you with venue updates, times changes, important racer and coach information.
  8. Registration will close at 5pm on the Wednesday before each EasternCup weekend.
  9. Seed lists will be posted on Thursday (using points from the most current US Ski & Snowboard list)
  10. Start lists will be posted on Friday by 6pm for Saturday and Sunday races.
  11. Eastern Cup race results link will be provided by the Timer and a link will be posted on NENSA.net.  All racers who competed in the EasternCup race will be listed in this results link.
  12. Each Eastern Cup race will be scored by US Ski & Snowboard, and updates to the NRL done by US Ski & Snowboard.
  13. NRL and FIS listing dates can be found on page 16 of the 18 Nordic Competition Guide. 
  14. SEEDING:  All racers will be seeded by their best of either, US Ski & Snowboard or FIS points.  If you have a US Ski & Snowboard points profile, you will be seeded according to that number.  If you do not have a current US Ski & Snowboard points profile (US Ski & Snowboard general members, or competitor members who have not raced in the past 12 months), you will be listed as 990 and seeded randomly behind the seeded group.    If you are a US Ski & Snowboard general member, you will always be seeded as a 990 behind the seeded group.
  15. For U18/U20 JN qualifying, NENSA will rank Best of 4 EC and/or OOR races, and this will be posted on NENSA.net for current NENSA & US Ski and Snowboard competitor members only.  Scored US Ski and Snowboard races will be posted for ranking, as soon as we get them back from US Ski and Snowboard, usually by no later than Thursday after the race weekend.  Racers without a competitive US Ski and Snowboard license will NOT be included in the rankings.
  16. For U16 JN qualifying, NENSA will score only the Best of 3 EC races, and no OOR races.  This will be done using US Ski and Snowboard Super Tour Scoring (see below).   NENSA shall use the following tie-breaking mechanisms in order (selection races are the 8 U16 races at NENSA Eastern Cups; for sprints, the final results for the top 12 come from the heats/finals, and from the qualifying for places 13 and higher):
    ~Best single finish in a selection race
    ~Second best single finish in a selection race
    ~Third best single finish in a selection race
    ~Fourth best single finish in a selection race

2.     JN Qualifying Points:

JNQ points are used to determine qualification of U16/U18 and U20 Juniors for the New England Junior National Team.  JNQ points are simply US Ski & Snowboard Points (for U18/U20’s) and ST Point Scoring (for U16’s) earned from Eastern Cup races, as well as any (predetermined) out-of-region (OOR) races for the season, determined by the Athletic Development Committee (ADC).  You must have a US Ski & Snowboard Competitor membership in order to be scored for EasternCup or OOR races, and ranked for JN qualifying for the New England JN Team.

3.     Race Rules:

NENSA runs all of its Eastern Cup and Championship Events following general FIS guidelines.

SEEDING for NENSA Eastern Cup Races:

Individual Starts:  For individual starts, athletes are ranked based on their best of US Ski & Snowboard/FIS Points. The first 15 athletes are seeded in the A-group, and the B-group contains the next 15 athletes. After the B-group, athletes are seeded in groups of 30 (C, D, E, etc.) until all ranked athletes are seeded.  All unranked pre-registered athletes (990 seed points) will form a single seed group after the last group of ranked athletes.  All late or day of race registrants will form a seed group after the unranked athletes. In most races, the B group will start first followed by A, C, D, E, etc.

Sprints:  Athletes are a straight seed by lowest to highest points. (US Ski & Snowboard/FIS Rules).

Mass Start:  For Mass Start races an A-group is created of all racers with below 350 (for men) and 400 (for women). Within the A-group, the highest ranked athlete gets the most preferable start position, followed by the second ranked athlete, etc.  The B-group contains all other pre-registered athletes.  The C-group includes all unranked athletes (990’s) and will be randomized. There is no late or day of race registrants for mass start races. The A group gets the most preferable start position, followed by B, C and D.

U16 seeding:

For open field:  Anytime the U16 field is combined with the open (U18+) field, they will be seeded based on their best points.

For U16 only field: For U16 only races, the A- and B-groups contain 8 athletes each, and any remaining ranked athletes are placed in the C-group. All unranked pre-registered athletes (990 seed points) will form their own group after the last group of ranked athletes (usually the D-group). All late or day of race registrants will form a seed group after the unranked athletes. In most races, the A-group will start first, followed by B, C, D, etc.

For U16 sprints: Athletes are a straight seed by lowest to highest points. (FIS/US Ski & Snowboard Rules). For sprint qualifier, seed U16’s (girls and boys) with open field as mentioned above, for regular open field interval start races.

Results:

Race results are unofficial for 15 minutes following the time of posting. All protests of results must be submitted within these 15 minutes to the Competition Office. Clerical errors, such as name spelling, incorrect US Ski & Snowboard# or NENSA#, etc. must be cleared up prior to the start of the race.  It is each racers responsibility to confirm their correct information prior to the start of each race, when they pick up their bib. 

Protests:

All protests must be submitted in writing to the Competition Office at the event during the protest period (start of race to 15 minutes after unofficial results are posted.) Sprint Heats (except for the final) may not be protested. Instead, sprint heats are “refereed” by a 5-member jury.

Jury:

Each NENSA Eastern Cup and Championship Event is governed by a jury with at least three members. The jury is composed of: Race Director, NENSA Rep, and Technical Delegate (TD.) For sprint races, the jury is expanded to five members with two assistant Technical Delegates added to the jury.

4.     SPRINTS:

Qualification Rounds: 

Racers start at intervals of 15 seconds.  US Ski & Snowboard scores all sprints for NRL off the qualifying rounds only.

Heats:

NENSA Eastern Cup events will hold two* official sets of heats: 1.) “Premier” and 2.) U16 heats.

Premier Heats: feature the top 30 racers by qualifier time.

  • Quarterfinals: 5 heats of 6 racers. Top 2 in each heat advance along with 2 “Lucky Losers” **
  • Semifinals: 2 heats of 6 racers. Top 3 in each heat advance.
  • B-Finals: Bottom 3 racers from each semifinal heat. (Finish places 7-12 for the day.)
  • A-Finals: Top 3 racers from each semifinal heat. (Finish places 1-6 for the day.)

U16 Heats: feature the top 12 U16 racers by qualifier time not advancing to the Premier heats.

  • Semifinals: 2 heats of 6 racers. Top 3 in each heat advance.
  • B-Finals: Bottom 3 racers from each semifinal heat. Run at Race Director discretion.
  • A-Finals: Top 3 racers from each semifinal heat.
  • U16 heats count for JN qualifying ranking only, but do not count for NRL points.  US Ski & Snowboard scores all sprints for NRL off the qualifying rounds only.  U14 skiers racing up are not eligible for JNQ points and will not be advanced to the U16 heats.

Additional Heats: Run at Race Director discretion.

  • U18 / U20 heats featuring the top 12 combined U18/U20 skiers not advancing to Premier heats.
  • If scheduled and run, U18/U20 heats will count for JNQ ranking only, but do not count for NRL/FIS points.  US Ski & Snowboard scores all sprints for NRL off the qualifying rounds only.

** With Untimed Heats:

  • The top 2 in each quarter final advance
  • The two third place finishers with the lowest bib#’s advance

** With Timed Heats:

  • The top 2 in each quarter final advance
  • The two third or fourth place finishers with the fastest heat times advance.

Results:

  • Places 1-6: A-Final order of finish
  • Places 7-12: B-Final order of finish
  • In the case of no B Final, the athletes are ranked according their ranking in semi-final.

Order of finish placings (based on FIS rules):

  • 13th – 15th/16th rank, the 3rd place finisher from each heat in the quarter-final, who did not advance to the semi-finals will be assigned based on their respective ranking in the qualifying round
  • 16th/17th – 20th rank, the 4th place finisher from each heat in the quarter-final will be assigned based on their respective ranking in the qualifying round. (Exception, if one of those 4th place finishers will advance to the semi final)
  • 21st – 25th rank, the 5th place finisher from each heat in the quarter-final will be assigned based on their respective ranking in the qualifying round.
  • 26th – 30th rank, the 6th place finisher from each heat in the quarter-final will be assigned based on their respective ranking in the qualifying round.
  • 31st to last rank, the results from the qualification round will be used.

General Rules of the Sprint Race:

  • A competitor must ski the entire course in each heat in order to be ranked, otherwise they will be ranked as the last of all qualifiers.
  • If a competitor does not start a heat, he will be ranked last in that round.
  • If a competitor does not start or finish a heat due to force majeure (verified by a protest) he is ranked last in this heat.

Bracket:

A bracket is set up after the qualification round. The initial bracket includes all of the qualified athletes filled in for the opening round. As the event progresses, brackets should be a) filled in on a large board and b) printed and posted between each round on the official results board. See attached for a sample bracket.

Protests:

Protests will only be accepted after the finals (as it is in normal competitions). Due to the timeline pressure of running successive heats it is not possible to allow for protests during heats and semifinals.

Notes for Race Directors:

  • If race organizers choose to have more athletes compete in heats, they must be isolated from the official heats; they may not be mixed with official heats.
  • The heats do not need to be timed.
  • A consolation final may be provided for semifinalists who do not advance.
  • Provide qualifier times in results.

5.   2017-2018 Races Scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists:   

Note: distances and techniques are listed here as scheduled.  If conditions mandate changes to distance/technique, the race that is held will be scored.

NENSA Eastern Cup Series Races:

Eastern Cup Opener – Weekend #1:

Fort Kent Outdoor Center – Fort Kent, ME

Saturday December 16 – Skate Sprint (1.3km/1.5km)
Sunday December 17 – Classic Mass Start (5km/10km)

Eastern Cup – Weekend #2:

Rikert Nordic Center – Ripton, VT
Saturday January 13 – Classic Sprint (1.3km/1.5km)

Sunday January 14 – Skate Interval Start (5k U16/10km Women and Men)

Eastern Cup – Weekend #3:

Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe, VT
Saturday February 3 – Classic Interval Start (5km U16 and Women/10km Men) *Combined with EISA/UVM

Sunday February 4 – Skate Mass Start (5km U16/10km Women/15km Men)

Eastern Cup – Weekend #4:

Oak Hill – Hanover NH

Saturday February 10 – Skate Interval Start (5km U16 and Women / 10km Men) *Combined with EISA/Dartmouth

Holderness School, NH

Sunday February 11 – Classic Interval Start (5km U16/10km Women/15km Men)

Out-of-Region Races for 2017-18 Season (U18/U20’s only):

US National Championships – Kincaid Ski Trails – Anchorage, AK

Wednesday January 3: Classic Individual Start 10/15k
Friday January 5:  Skate Sprint
Sunday January 7:  Skate Mass Start 5k/10k

Super Tour – Craftsbury Outdoor Center – Craftsbury, VT

Sunday January 28:  5km/10km Interval Start

THERE IS NO OOR RACES for U16’s  

The US Nationals races and the Super Tour race listed above will be scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists using US Ski & Snowboard points for U18 & U20’s.  An athlete must be a US Ski & Snowboard competitor member to compete at the US National Championships.

To score NENSA JNQ points, U18/U20 athletes must compete in the designated races at US Nationals.   Points for the final sprint will not be scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists.

6.  EasternCup Scoring:

All Eastern Cup races are scored by US Ski & Snowboard.  All athletes with US Ski & Snowboard Competitor Memberships will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL), usually by no later then the Thursday after the race weekend, and they will be included in the overall Eastern Cup rankings for JN qualifying.  All athletes with US Ski & Snowboard General Memberships will not be scored to the US Ski & Snowboard NRL list, and they will not show up on the JN qualifying rankings, but they will be included in the race results for that EC weekend.

To determine the overall Eastern Cup Champions (the Gallagher Cup winners) at the end of the season (one male/one female) – the best of 7 out of 8 of the Eastern Cup races are scored to determine the overall winners.

7.     US Ski & Snowboard 18 Nordic Competition Guide