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11 BIRD KIT COMPETITION RULES

15-20 BIRD KIT COMPETITION RULES

This is copied directly from the club publication July August 2004 of the:

NATIONAL BIRMINGHAM ROLLER CLUB PAGE 21

2004 NBRC FALL FLY

The Fall Fly offers members an alternative avenue of competition from the traditional 20-bird format; designed for fanciers whose kits are low in numbers or bred and trained for individual performance versus turn scoring as a unit. This category, an 11-bird format, recognizes and awards separate championship honors.

2004 NBRC FALL FLY 11 BIRD KIT COMPETITION RULES

Eleven Bird Fly is designed to score and recognize Birmingham Rollers. It does not make allowances for simultaneous performance. Birds are scored on their individual merit. Only rolling pigeons will be scored. Rolling pigeons perform in the following manner.

1. The Birmingham Roller, which during flight turns over backwards with inconceivable rapidity through a considerable distance like a spinning ball.

2. The bird must roll in a straight line from start to finish.

3. The bird must not deviate in anyway during the roll.

4. The bird must not change speed during the roll.

5. The bird must finish in the same position it started in. Birds not finishing correctly do not score.

6. Axle wing rollers should not be scored.

7. Loose, slow, or plate rollers should not be scored.

8. Birds that roll less than 10 ft should not be scored.

9. The bird must roll from the kit and must return to the kit before it can be scored again. If the bird rolls prior to rejoining the kit it does not score and is considered an out bird until it rejoins the kit.

10. Time in. The flyer has up to 5 minutes after release in which to declare "time-in." This allows the kit some time to recover from strong winds and the flyer to substitute for any birds that crash or will not fly. If the flyer does not call "start" or "time-in" earlier, scoring begins automatically five minutes after release. Any interference with the kit after "time-in" may lead to disqualification. Attempts to ward off birds of prey are allowed, but any directly related kit activity shall not be scored.

11. Fly Time. The kit is "in judgment" for 20 minutes after time-in or until the second bird lands, whichever occurs first. However, the kit shall be disqualified if more than one bird fails to fly for at least 15 minutes after time-in unless driven down by a bird of prey or extreme weather. A bird down that spontaneously crashes (after one bird has landed) shall be given up to 10 seconds to resurrect and resume flight or else it snail be considered the second bird down.

12. Time-out. The judge may call a single discretionary "time-out" for up to 5 minutes in case of an attack by a bird of prey, blow-away, or other whim of nature or act of God, the flyer must ask for the "time-out" and ask the judge to put them back on the clock if he deems necessary before the 5-minute deadline. Although the 20-minute time for judgment shall be extended by such a time-out, the 15-minute minimum qualification time is not affected.

13. Bird-out. Scoring shall continue if one bird leaves the kit. Scoring is suspended, but time continues if two or more birds are out. A bird is not considered out if it is returning directly from a roll or has been separated by extreme weather or chased off by a bird of prey, even if the pigeon lands or is captured.

Scoring: 10 to 19ft. = 1 pt. 20 to 29 ft. = 2 pts. 30 and up = 3 pts.

Bonus Points: Exceptional speed = 1 pt. Exceptional depth (45 ft. plus) = 1 pt.

An exceptionally fast and deep pigeon could receive a bonus point for each category and could receive five points. Example: Exceptional speed, 45 ft could receive 3 points + 1 bonus point for depth and 1 bonus point for speed. These birds are rare.

The Judge will use a Clerk: The clerk will record exactly what the judge says. This method will show the profile of the kit. Example: 3 point birds, etc.

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This is copied directly from the club publication July August 2004 of the:

NATIONAL BIRMINGHAM ROLLER CLUB PAGE 20

2004 NBRC FALL FLY 15-20 BIRD KIT COMPETITION RULES

The NBRC Fall Fly Rules for the 15-20 Bird Kit Competition will be the same as the World Cup Rules.

1) Kit size. The kit size may range from 15 to 20 birds, but at least 5 must ROLL together in order to score.

2) Time-in. The flyer shall announce to the judge the number of birds that are being flown prior to release of the birds. No additions or subtractions are allowed after release, but the flyer is allowed to chase up any birds that land or hit before time is called in. If the number of birds released is different from the number of birds declared to the judge the kit shall be disqualified. The flyer has up to 5 minutes after release in which to declare "time-in." If the flyer does not call "start" or "time-in" earlier, scoring begins automatically five minutes after release. Any interference with the kit after "time-in" may lead to disqualification. Attempts to ward off birds of prey are allowed, but any directly related kit activity shall not be scored.

3) Fly time. The kit is "in judgment" for 20 minutes after time-in or until the second bird lands, whichever occurs first. However, the kit shall be disqualified if more than one bird fails to fly for at least 15 minutes after time-in unless driven down by a bird of prey or extreme weather. A bird down that spontaneously crashes (after one bird has landed) shall be given up to 10 seconds to resurrect and resume flight or else it shall be considered the second bird down.

4) Time-out. The judge may call a single discretionary "time-out" for up to 5 minutes in case of an attack by a bird of prey, blow-away, or other whim of nature or act of God, the flyer must ask for the "time-out" and ask the judge to put them back on the clock if he deems necessary before the 5-minute deadline. Although the 20-minute time for judgment shall be extended by such a time-out, the 15-minute minimum qualification time is not affected.

5) Bird-out. Except for a 15-bird kit, scoring shall continue if one bird leaves the kit. Scoring is suspended but timing continues if 2 or more birds are out. A bird is not considered "out" if it is returning directly from a roll or it has been separated by extreme weather or chased off by a bird of prey - even if the pigeon lands or is captured.

6) Extra birds. If additional Rollers join the kit, a simple discount for the extra birds shall be made for each turn involved. For example, if 2 extra indistinguishable birds are in the kit and 7 roll together, the judge would record 5.

7) Scoring. It is mandatory for the region to furnish a timekeeper/scribe for the fly-off judge for each finalist. The judge shall simply estimate and record the number of birds rolling adequately in unison for each break involving 5 or more. "In unison" means that the last bird involved must begin performing within 1/2 second of the first, and that all continue performing together for a least 1/2 second. The suggested minimum depth for scoring is 10 feet. Afterwards the judge shall multiply those numbers by 1 for (5-9), 2 for (10-14), 3 for (15-19) and 5 for 20. Those results shall be added together to produce a raw score. Next the raw score shall be multiplied by a quality factor of 1.0 for "adequate' to 2.0 for "truly phenomenal" based upon the judges overall impression of tie average quality exhibited in all of the turns scored. Likewise, a depth or duration factor of 1.0 to 2.0 shall be multiplied to produce a final score. The judge shall announce the final score before leaving.

8) Integrity. The judge shall NOT score anything that does not meet his standard for adequate quality and depth or duration of performance. This competition is for ROLLERS and not tumblers! Roller flying is a subjective sport and the judge may have to make allowances for extraordinary circumstances. In any case, the judge's decision is final and anyone verbally or physically attacking the judge will be disqualified from the fly and may be banned from future NBRC events.


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