OFFICIAL NSC TRACK RULES
- Disqualification and Declassification are at the discretion of the corner judge if the corner judge determines a placement is gained or lost by either the impeding athlete or the impeded athlete, disqualification may be in place
Track Fouls – referee will use discretion to charge athletes with disqualification
- Skating inside of, intentionally touching, knocking down or straddling a corner marker is not allowed. 3 knocked down pylons in a single race will result in a disqualification. Straddling the pylon will result in a disqualification. Having one or both skates touching the floor inside the pylon is considered a straddle. Both skates inside the pylon not touching the floor is considered a straddle. It is acceptable to have 1 skate inside the pylon as long as it is not touching the floor.
- If, in the opinion of the referee, the pylon was hit accidentally and there is no repetition of the act, or if a skater is ridden inside the pylon by the disqualifying act of another skater, there may be no penalty
- A skater may not take unfair advantage of another because a pylon is off its respective mark by skating to the inside of the required track
- Right of Way- When a leading skater is about to lap another, the lapped skater must move to the right (outside) of the track, giving inside right-of-way to the leading skater. When lapping a skater, the lead skater is not permitted to interfere in any way with the progress of the lapped skater. Lapped skaters will result in disqualification unless a lapped skater is in contention of a placement for the race they are in.
- False starts- When a skater leaves the line before the starting gun sounds. On the first false start the skater will start on the 4 foot line. Two false starts equals a disqualification from that race.
- Blocking – A skater must follow a reasonably straight course in skating the straightaway in a race. Blocking by shuttle skating (excessive weaving) or blocking by two contestants skating shoulder to shoulder (or intentional impeding the progress of another skater) will subject the offender to a disqualification at discretion of the referee
- Riding In – contestant’s body contacts another skaters’ from the outside of the track forcing that skater from their line of travel. Body contact must be made between two skaters before a foul is committed. A ride in occurs when the majority of the passing skaters body is ahead of the skater being passed and blatant contact occurs. Ride in’s will result in disqualification upon the discretion of the referee.
- Riding Out – contestant’s body contacts another skaters’ from the inside of the track forcing that skater from their line of travel. Body contact must be made between two skaters before a foul is committed. A ride out occurs when the majority of the passing athletes body is not ahead of the athlete being passed and blatant contact occurs. Ride out’s will result in disqualification upon the discretion of the referee.