## Proposal 14: Revise 2C.1.4 Finish Line Judge [ Revision 1 ]

**Committee:**Track

**Submitted**on 2023-07-24

**Status:**

**Passed on August 08, 2023**

### Background

Section 2C.1.4 paragraph 3 does not actually describe a task of the Finish Line Judge. Instead, it describes much more how to deal with dismounts on the finish line. It would therefore be more logical if the paragraph were assigned to rule 2B.7.3 The Finish.

Also, the phrase "*These offcials must be appointed by the racing referee so they fully understand their crucial job.*" applies to all the judges mentioned in section 2C, so it doesn't make sense to explicitly mention it in the description of the Finish Line Judge.

### Proposal

**Revision of the Rule: (****As PDF Version with changes highlighted****)**

**Old Rule:**

**2C.1.4 Finish Line Judge**

1. The Finish Line Judge determines whether riders cross the finish line properly, according to the rules.

2. One or more offcials are required at the finish line to judge dismounts in all races where dismounting is allowed. These offcials must be appointed by the racing referee so they fully understand their crucial job. The finish line judges are the voice of authority on whether riders must remount and cross the finish line again. Any riders affected must be clearly and immediately signaled to return to a spot before the finish line, remount without overlapping the finish line, then ride across it again. The path for backing up may involve going around any finish line timing or optical equipment to prevent data problems for other riders in the race.

3. When a rider dismounts while crossing the finish line and has to back up, remount and cross the finish properly, it may happen that the first (illegal) finish is timed, and that this prevents the timing system from recording the time of the actual (proper) finish. (This may happen with a light beam finish timing system, or one based on chip timing. It will usually not happen with a modern slit camera system.)

If possible, the proper finish time must be reconstructed or estimated from whatever data is available, such as legitimate finish times of other riders in relation to the rider in question, video, photographs, or a "manual" reading from a running time display.

If it is in no way possible to assess an actual finish time, the rider's time will be recorded as 0.01 seconds faster than the next rider to cross the line after their remount and crossing. In this way, the heat finish order is preserved. If the rider in question is the last one on the track, the time recorded should be the best possible estimate of their actual time crossing the finish line after their remount.

**2B.7.3 The Finish**

1. The finish moment is when the front of the tire crosses the finish. The exact location of the finish is the edge of the finish line that is nearest to the starting line. Riders are thus not timed by outstretched bodies.

2. At the finish moment, riders must be mounted and in control of the unicycle. "Control" is defined as follows:

(a) in regular races: the rider has both feet on the pedals; or

(b) in one-foot races: the rider has one foot on a pedal; or

(c) in wheel walk races: the rider continues to wheel walk.

3. In races where dismounting is allowed (800m, Relay, etc.), in the event that a rider does cross the finish line but not in control, the rider must back up on foot, remount and ride across the finish line in control. In races where dismounting is not allowed, the rider is disqualied.

**New Rule****:**

**2C.1.4 Finish Line Judge**

1. The Finish Line Judge determines whether riders cross the finish line properly, according to the rules.

2. In all races *in which remounting after a dismount* is allowed, one or more *Finish Line Judges* are required at the finish line to judge dismounts. The Finish Line Judges are the voice of authority on whether riders must remount and cross the finish line again. Any riders affected must be clearly and immediately signaled to return to a spot before the finish line, remount without overlapping the finish line, then ride across it again. The path for backing up must *be made clear by the Finish Line Judge and *may involve going around any finish line timing or optical equipment to prevent data problems for other riders in the race.*3. The Finish Line Judge can be assigned the task by the referee to document the running-in order. At least two Finish Line Judges should be assigned for this purpose if necessary.*

**2B.7.3 The Finish**

1. The finish moment is when the front of the tire crosses the finish. The exact location of the finish is the edge of the finish line that is nearest to the starting line. Riders are thus not timed by outstretched bodies.

2. At the finish moment, riders must be mounted and in control of the unicycle. "Control" is defined as follows:

(a) in regular races: the rider has both feet on the pedals; or

(b) in one-foot races: the rider has one foot on a pedal; or

(c) in wheel walk races: the rider continues to wheel walk.

3. In races *in which remounting after a dismount* is allowed (800m, Relay, etc.), in the event that a rider does cross the finish line but not in control, the rider must back up on foot, remount and ride across the finish line in control.*4. When a rider dismounts while crossing the finish line and has to back up, remount and cross the finish properly, it may happen that the first (illegal) finish is timed, and that this prevents the timing system from recording the time of the actual (proper) finish. (This may happen with a light beam finish timing system, or one based on chip timing. It will usually not happen with a modern slit camera system.)**If possible, the proper finish time must be reconstructed or estimated from whatever data is available, such as legitimate finish times of other riders in relation to the rider in question, video, photographs, or a "manual" reading from a running time display.**If it is in no way possible to assess an actual finish time, the rider's time will be recorded as 0.01 seconds faster than the next rider to cross the line after their remount and crossing. In this way, the heat finish order is preserved. If the rider in question is the last one on the track, the time recorded should be the best possible estimate of their actual time crossing the finish line after their remount.*

### Body

Further information can be found in the corresponding discussion 56

In the linked PDF version hopefully all changes are highlighted: red and crossed out means this part is omitted, orange (and crossed out) means this part is moved and blue and italic is new.

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