Ice Racing Rules for Beginners
for young skaters
Use this useful summary of ice racing rules when you are explaining rules to parents or spectators.
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This is a brief version of the ISU Rules that govern this sport - by Andrew Morgan.
- All races are skated in an anti clockwise direction, in a safe and
- Any skater may overtake another skater at any time during the race.
- The skater overtaking will be responsible for any accidents or interference,
as long as rule No. 4 has not been broken.
- The skater being overtaken cannot interfere with a skater overtaking
- No skater may shorten the distance of the race by one or both of
their skates going on the inside of any track markers.
- No skater should deliberately skate in front of another skater and
interfere with them (this is called Cross Track skating).
- No skater should stop another skater from skating their race fairly
by pushing, impeding or blocking them.
- No skater should receive from, or give assistance to, another skater.
- No skater shall kick out with their skates, especially at the finish
line, in a way that could cause danger for other skaters or themselves.
- A race is declared finished once the last skater crosses the finish
line. No skater may take off any equipment until they have left the ice.
(see equipment list below.)
STARTING A RACE
The race starter gives these commands:
- First command – “Go To The Start”
All skaters move up to stand at their starting dot on the starting line.
- Second Command – “Ready”
All skaters move intro their starting position and must stay still until
the gun is fired, or whistle blown, to indicate the start.
Note: If a skater moves any part of their
body before the gun is fired, it is called a False Start. Each skater is
allowed one false start in each race. A second false start will result in
disqualification from that race.
- The whistle is blown or the gun is fired. All skaters start to race.
skaters MUST have all their equipment
on before they get on the ice for a race
- A helmet (with no sharp points)
- Gloves or mittens
- Shin guards,for example, similar to soccer guards
- Long sleeves and long legged clothing
- Knee pads – soft or hard shell
- Neck protection
- All skates must have closed ends and the blades must have rounded ends.
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