All races conducted by the
Combine will be conducted in accordance with the Official AU Race Rules of
the American Racing Pigeon Union, Inc. as published in the AU Update. The
subsequently updated versions of the Official AU Race Rules will
automatically supersede the previously published version.
bird race series will commence on the last Saturday in March. Old bird race
series will include 8 races consisting of two 150s, two 200s, two 300s, one
400 and one 500. Series may be adjusted in the event competition level drops to
a level which would become cost prohibitive.
Young bird race series
will commence on the 3rd Saturday in September. Young bird race series
will include 8 races consisting of two 100s, two 150s, two 200s, one
250 and one 300. Series may be adjusted in the event competition level
drops to a level which would become cost prohibitive.
SEC. 2. SUPPLEMENTAL RACE RULES
A. CHANGES IN RACE SCHEDULE:
If a scheduled race is cancelled as the result of not
shipping the race, the entire race schedule will be moved by one week and
resumed at the station that was cancelled. NOTE: An exception that can
supersede this rule can be found in the By-laws; Article 3, Section SA.
B. RACE COMPlETION TIMES:
Race completion times for both the Young and Old Bird series
are as follows:
100 miles - Two days 200 miles - Two days 300 miles - Two
days 400 miles - Three days 500 miles - Three days 600 miles - Three days
C. Al TERNATE RElEASE POINTS:
Race birds may be liberated from an alternate release point
if conditions at the scheduled release point prevent liberation. The decision
to make this change will only be made in the best interest of the race birds.
D. RACE SERIES DOCUMENTATION AND RETENTION:
All clock tapes submitted to the Combine Race Secretary for
record must contain the following information. Times in military time, complete
band number, color, sex, countermark number, clock start. clock
stop, clock deviation, name of competitor, what race the clock stamp is for (A,B,etc.). and the sequence of
stampings. If the event is a multiple day race, the sunrise and sunset for each
day must also be recorded on the tape. The sunrise and sunset times for Charlotte, NC
will be the standard used by the Combine. Each club must submit a copy of their
race results to the Combine Race Secretary along with the other race
documentation. This material must be postmarked by of the third day following the closing of the
race to be considered for Combine positions and awards. (Example: Race dosed on
Sunday evening. postmarked by Wednesday ).
Race documentation (entry sheets, tapes, etc.) shall be kept intact for one
year following the completion of each race series.
1. All loft and race station measurements must be computed
by the same method ( GPS or Bowen's ) for all lofts
competing in that race or race series. It will be each member's responsibility
to pay the cost of any survey that is required.
2. The Home loft is the surveyed loft from which the bird
has been entered as shown by the address of the member's entry sheet and for
which the indicated distance measurements are to be used in computing the
bird's speed. The Combine in computing racing performance recognizes only the
Release Point and the Home Loft.
F. SHIPPING CRATES.
1. Crates will be
the all aluminum construction equivalent to the
crates built by custom Aluminum Works in Denton, NC. And will be provided by
crate must have a wire bottom (for the birds to rest on) and a mechanism (wood
floor, pan, etc.) to catch all droppings and debris created in the crate. A
space between the wire and catch mechanism must be maintained. The use of
materials such as straw, pine needles, shavings, etc. will not be allowed.
2. To insure that A and B races are released at the proper
times, all A Race crate ends labeled
with the RED letter A while the B Race crate ends will be labeled with the BLUE
letter B. Crates will be loaded so that the A Race crate ends are on the Driver;s side (LEFT) of the trailer.
G. HOLDOVERS: When conditions prevent liberation on
scheduled dates, the birds may be held at the station for liberation or
returned back home by the decision of the Race Secretary. Birds shall not be
held past the following Tuesday.
H. SEPARATION OF THE SEXES AT SHIPPING:
In Old Bird races, Cocks and Hens will be separated by sex.
In Young Bird races the sexes may be mixed.
I. SHIPPING LIMITS:
In all Combine A Races, the
shipping limit will be a maximum of 15 birds. In all Combine B Races the
shipping limit will be a maximum of 20 birds.
This Document was updated by Combine race secretary Mike
McKinney on 8/14/14.