1. Use of alcohol and drugs is not allowed by any racer or crew member. Should a racer or crew member be found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the racer, or the racer affiliated with the offending crew member, will disqualified from the event.
2. Tether cords are required any time a sled is running. Cord is to be worn BEFORE starting any sled. An all too common safety hazard is a runaway sled in the pits, and usually happens immediately after starting a sled. Prevent this extremely dangerous situation by wearing a tether cord at all times. Racers found to be in violation of this rule may be disqualified from competition.
3. Helmets must be worn at all times with chin strap done up. This includes in the pits and when going through tech inspection, loading, etc. This rule is in effect in all areas of the race site.
4. Sleds warming up in the pits and on the starting line must be supported by a proper backstand. NO LIFTING AND HOLDING RUNNING SLEDS BY HAND! A proper backstand has a shield to prevent debris from being thrown rearward from the spinning track. This is a large safety concern and courtesy to fellow racers.
5. All racers must make full return down return lane and NOT shortcut to pits. If a racer does not return down return lane, the race must be stopped as a safety precaution until the missing sled can be accounted for. Return lane maximum speed is 15 mph (25 kph). No stunting in the pits or return lane.
6. Both hands must be kept on the handlebars at all times during a race, after the finish line and through the shutdown area. Waving, fist pumping, etc. is extremely dangerous while a sled is at speed.
7. Racers must be remain in control of their sled at all times. An SSRA official may request any racer make a single qualfiying pass to verify that they are capable of maintaing control of their sled. Any racer found not maintaining care and control of their sled may be eliminated from competition.
We take no joy in disqualifying racers due to safety infractions after all the hard work they put into attending a race. However, safety is a VERY SERIOUS MATTER and a lack of safety could bring an end to organized racing. Safety rules will be strictly enforced in order to prevent injury and/or death of racers, spectators, organizers, children, and damage to property. In addition, any racer disqualified for safety infractions will not have their registration fees returned.
Dale Roger, S.S.R.A. Race Director
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