Event Information

Event Information

There are always a lot of questions in the run up to an ATBA-UK competition, questions about entering an event, what happens at an event, and the rules. Hopefully this information will help answer those questions.

Entering an Event

ATBA-UK competitions are ‘open competitions’. This means that entry is available to anyone who is able to ride a mountainboard safely.

Entry Fee

It costs £10 to enter a single discipline at the UK Championship.

Personal Accident and Liability Insurance

Although there are first aiders on site all riders are strongly advised to hold personal accident and injury indemnity insurance to cover possible loss of income and a range of other eventualities. We recommend that all riders take out Personal Accident and Liability Insurance, for competitions which can be bought from Sports Cover Direct.

Event Entry Forms

All entrants will need to complete an Entry Form which will be available from the ATBA-UK at the competition.

Refunds

Payments will not be refunded for any reason because of the fixed costs involved in organising these events. The ATBA-UK committee and events crew will always turn up to events regardless of forecast weather conditions or other circumstances. Any decision to cancel a competition will only be made on site on the day, and only for Health and Safety reasons in the best interest of the competitors after proper consultation with Riders Representatives.

Media Disclaimer

In entering the events you are granting the ATBA-UK Ltd the right to use any video or photographic image for promotional purposes and consent to the storage of any image for future use.

Participation Disclaimer

This document, as part of the Competition entry form, has legal status and indicates informed consent to take part in an activity or event. It can therefore only be signed by someone who is over the age of 18 . Younger riders who come to events without parents or legal guardians being present must bring a suitable, signed letter which satisfies this requirement. Another adult, including a team manager, cannot sign on behalf of a parent or guardian unless they have written authorisation to do so. Unfortunately, any rider under 18 and who does not have a legitimate disclaimer, will not be permitted to take part in the event. A refund will not be given to a rider who is later found not to meet this requirement and who is then disqualified.

Before Events

The weekdays before an event including the Friday are not part of the ATBA-UK events and centres are open for normal business. Riders should pay for all charges for riding and camping during this time in order to meet the cost of opening the centre. ATBA-UK members will often be charged at a lower, discounted rate and should remember to bring their membership cards.

Event Insurance

ATBA-UK as the Event Organiser is required to hold public liability indemnity insurance without which the events would not be permitted to take place. This insurance does not cover riders for injuries sustained during the competition.

Competition Categories

There are six competition categories at ATBA-UK competitions; Pro, Seniors, Juniors, Masters, Ladies, and Groms. The Pro Category is the highest level of achievement within the competitions and one that many riders aspire to. It is an ‘Opt-in’ category which means that all competitors (except for those under the age of 14) are eligible for the Pro if they consider themselves good enough. The Juniors Category is open to any riders who are 15 years old or under. The Seniors Category is open to riders between the ages of 16 and 29. The Masters Category is for riders over the age of 30. The Ladies Category is open to any female riders of any age. The Groms Category is for riders who are under 12. All ages are based on the riders age on the 1st January.

Boarder-X

Boarder-X (BX) is four-man racing down a specifically designed track. Boarder-X racers are qualified in groups of similar ability using a Moto System that sorts riders by the results they gain in each qualifying race. Once qualification is complete, the riders are put into their age categories and 4 man knockout racing gets underway. The top 2 riders in each heat progress to the next round. This is done until the final four riders race off for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Freestyle

Freestyle (FS) is performing aerial tricks over jumps. The competition uses a Jam format so riders can have has many or as few runs as they like within the allotted time. Each rider is scored by a panel of judges and the rider´s best scores are used to rank them for their final placings.

Downhill

Downhill (DH) is one-man timed descents down long courses. Riders compete in any order.

What happens at the UK Championship?

Timetable
Saturday
  • 08:30 – Freestyle Registration Opens
  • 09:00 – Freestyle Practice Starts
  • 10:30 – Rider’s Meeting
  • 12:00 – Qualification Racing Starts
  • 14:00 – Knockout Racing Starts
  • 18:00 – Prize giving for BoarderX
  • 19:00 – Evening entertainment starts
Sunday
  • 08:30 – Downhill Registration Opens
  • 09:00 – Downhill Practice Starts
  • 10:30 – Rider’s Meeting
  • 11:00 – Downhill Registration Closes
  • 12:00 – Downhill Competition Starts
  • 16:00 – Prize giving for Downhill
  • 19:00 – Evening entertainment starts
Monday
  • 08:30 – Freestyle Registration Opens
  • 09:00 – Freestyle Practice Starts
  • 10:30 – Rider’s Meeting
  • 11:00 – Freestyle Registration Closes
  • 12:00 – Freestyle Competition Starts
  • 16:00 – Prize giving for Freestyle, Overall, and Team Challenge

We make every effort to keep to this timetable however on occasions, delays may occur which are unavoidable. However timings will only be brought forward for the safety and well being of competitors, for example, in deteriorating weather conditions.

Please bear in mind that times are subject to change. Riders should listen to announcements to ensure that they are where they need to be.

How is my age group decided?

Your age group for the UK Championship is based upon how old you are on the 1st January. So, if you’re 12 or under you’ll be in the Groms, 15 or under you’ll be in the Juniors, 16 to 29 and you’ll be in the Seniors, 30 or over and you’ll be in the Masters category.

Can I show up on the day and compete?

Yes, you can register for BoarderX Racing on Saturday morning until 11am, for Downhill until 11.00am on Sunday and for Freestyle until 11:00am on Monday.

Is camping available?

On-site camping is provided and used by the majority of riders. Attendants will be charged approximately £5 (dependent on centres charge) per person per night for this camping facility.

Is catering available?

We do our best to make sure that there is catering available at the events, although this may not be available during the early morning or later in the evening so it’s a good idea to bring food and drink.

EVENT RULES

Here are the rules for ATBA-UK endorsed competitions taking place in the UK. Please take note as you will not be permitted to enter competition unless both you and your board comply with the stated rules. Some of these may seem obvious but please take time to read them:

Protective Gear

All riders MUST wear a Helmet, Wrist Guards, Elbow and Knee Pads. It is recommended that riders also wear additional protective equipment such as padded shorts and body armour. Helmets must be fastened at all times when riding.

Leashes

To prevent any potential injury to other competitors and spectators, all riders are required to use a board retention device that attaches the rider to the board. The accepted forms of board retention device are Snowboard Bindings, Heel Straps or a Leash. It is important to note that ratchet bindings alone are not sufficient, and should be used in conjunction with either a leash or heel straps. This must pass inspection if not standard equipment. The device must not let the rider and board be further than 5ft apart.

To ensure the safety of spectators and other competitors the ATBA-UK has a zero tolerance policy in regard to this rule. Any rider found without a suitable board retention device will be stopped. If that rider has completed a run, then that run will be annulled. This could result in the loss of a qualifying run, or the rider’s early exit from competition. Refunds will not be given to riders disqualified on equipment safety grounds.

Race Numbers

Race numbers must be worn during all competitions. Numbers should be worn on the rider’s chest, back or helmet with the entire number clearly visible at all times.

Rider Conduct off track

Verbal and physical abuse will not be tolerated. Officials will issue a single verbal warning. Upon a second violation, the rider will be disqualified from the event. Sabotage of other competitors boards and equipment will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate disqualification.

Board Design

Boards must comply with the rules below:

  • Brake systems are not allowed to be used in boardercross racing.
  • Wheels and tyres must not exceed 13 inches in diameter.
  • The board must be steered by using feet and body weight alone.
  • The board must not have any dangerous spikes or areas that could cause damage to the rider or other riders in a crash.
  • >Tire spikes and motors are not allowed. Any device outside of human energy and gravitational pull are forbidden.

Please note that these rules apply to ATBA-UK events. Should there be sufficient support and entrants for a type of board that falls outside of these guidelines, a specific race class may be provided for them.

No Show, No Go

All competitors are expected to listen to trackside announcements, and to ensure that they are ready to start when their name is called. Officials will allow a short amount of time for riders to prepare, but if a rider is not present when their name is called, then they should not expect for the event to wait for them. If a competitor misses their heat or freestyle jump, then that is solely their own responsibility.

BoarderX Rules

Physical Contact

No intentional pushing or grabbing is permitted. During unintentional contact rider may not grab other rider or other rider’s clothing or equipment. Should a rider be judged to have gained an advantage through physical contact, then that rider will be disqualified from their heat. This will mean that the rider is given 4th place in that heat and will not advance to the next round.

Start Lanes

On boardercross tracks, start lanes may be marked out in order to ensure that all competitors get a clean start. These lanes will typically go from the start gates to just before the first racing feature. Should a competitor cross over these lane markings and cause a racing incident (i.e. collision, fall etc.) then the heat will be restarted. Should no incident be caused by a competitor crossing the lanes, then no action will be taken.

Staying on the track

Riders should stay on the track at all times. Should a competitor leave the track for any reason, they should make their way directly back onto the track. Should a rider miss a race feature, or are judged to have gained an advantage by leaving the track, then that rider will be disqualified from their heat. This will mean that the rider is given 4th place in that heat and will not advance to the next round.

Flags and Race Marshals

Every event will be crewed by a group of race marshals. Each marshal will have 2 coloured flags. Should riders be shown a yellow flag, then they should be aware that a racing incident has occurred at some point further down the track, and that a competitor may have fallen and be lying on the track. Should a rider be shown a red flag, then they should stop immediately. A continuous red flag is held up when a race is stopped for any reason. Riders will get a re-run, but it is essential that all racing stop the moment a red flag is seen trackside. Red flags are only shown when a serious fall or incident has occurred, and must be taken seriously. Riders who are judged to have deliberately ignored a red flag will be disqualified from the event.

Freestyle Rules

Big Air and Slopestyle

There are two types of freestyle competition. Big Air, and Slopestyle. In Big Air, competitors will have a single large jump over which to perform tricks, and each run will consist of one jump. In slopestyle, riders will be given the opportunity to ride down a freestyle park performing tricks on the features. It is important to note that in slopestyle competition, riders will not be judged on each individual jump, but will be given an overall mark based on their performance throughout the entirety of their run through the freestyle park. Riders who deliberately hit lots of small obstacles in an attempt to accumulate points may find that their score is less than that of someone who took a flowing line through the park hitting a lower number of large features.

Freestyle Judging

Each freestyle competitor will be marked by 5 judges. Each judge will score competitors out of a total of 100 marks. The entrants will be scored on five criteria. These are TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY, STYLE, VARIETY, AMPLITUDE & LANDING. Once judges have allocated their scores, the highest and lowest scores will be ignored, and the remaining 3 scores added together to give a total score. This will be the competitor’s mark for that jump. The five criteria are further explained below.

  • Technical Difficulty: This criteria deals with how challenging technically the maneuver being attempted is. Riders will score well for tricks that push the boundaries of what is possible. Off axis 540s, and flat 720 and 900 degree rotations are at the upper end of this spectrum, while straight airs and simple grabs toward the bottom.
  • Style: Style is one of the most important factors to consider in Freestyle judging, and yet also the hardest to explain. Riders will gain a strong style score for fluid motions, tweaking and holding grabs, strong body shape and stillness in the air. Riders will lose points for excessive motion (e.g. arms flapping), not holding grabs for an appropriate length of time and for any perceived or actual lack of control.
  • Variety: Competitors are expected to be able to perform a variety of tricks. Entrants should be able to perform different grabs, tweaks, ride in switch and spin and flip in different directions. Competitors demonstrating these abilities will expect to score higher than those who do not. To maximise run score, riders should demonstrate their ability to do a variety of tricks, such as spinning in different directions on different jumps, and include some switch riding.
  • Amplitude: Riders will be scored on how much airtime they get over jumps. Riders will gain points the more airtime that they get. Riders who fail to clear the knuckle of a jump may be penalised.
  • Landing: Competitors are expected to be able to land the tricks that they attempt. Riders will gain points for clean landings. Entrants will be penalised for sliding out on landing, not landing clean, putting down a hand on landing and obviously, for falling.
Attempting tricks for the first time

The ATBA-UK fully understands that riders may want to push their limits in an attempt to score well in competition, and we have no wish to prevent this from occurring. However, the ATBA-UK would also like to remind riders that mountainboarding is an extreme sport, and that the possibility of injury is a real one. We would like to take this opportunity to strongly recommend that riders do not use competitions as their first attempt to perform difficult tricks. This is especially true for riders considering inverted tricks for the first time. The potential for serious injury while going upside down is very real, and the ATBA-UK would like all riders to bear this in mind before trying a flip or rodeo for the first time.

Downhill Rules

Results

Each riders fastest time will be used in their ranking. Riders times will be ranked fastest to slowest in each competitive category.

Re-runs

A competitor who is hindered while competing by the error of an official, by a spectator, an animal, or by any other justifiable causes outside their control can request a re-run. In special circumstances or technical failures i.e. failure of start gate or timing systems, the ATBA-UK may order a provisional re-run.

Tie-breaks

In the event of two riders achieving the same fastest time, each rider’s second fastest time will be used to rank them.

Refusing entry

The ATBA-UK reserves the right to refuse entry to any rider on safety grounds if we believe that rider has a greater than normal chance of injuring themselves. The ATBA-UK also reserve the right to refuse entry to any rider it believes is suffering from the effects of alcohol or drugs to the extent that they are unsafe.

THE GOLDEN RULE

The Judge’s decision is final.