TOUGHEST COMPETITOR ALIVE RULES
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United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #107. San Diego CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919 FAX: (858) 571-1641 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
United States Swimming Rules & Regulations One Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 Tele: 719.866.4578 FAX: 719.578.4669
United States Powerlifting Federation, Inc., c/o Don Haley, 12101 Reagan St., Los Alamitos, CA 90720
U.S.A. Track and Field
132 E. Washington St, Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Tele: 317.261.0500 FAX: 317.261.0513 website: www.usatf.org
Toughest Competitor Alive (TCA) may utilize up to three days to complete the competition. Total entries will determine this issue.
Men’s (199 lbs. and under) & Women’s:
18-29 50 – 54 30-34 55 – 59 35-39 60 – 64 40-44 65 + 45 – 49
Men’s (200 lbs. and over):
18 – 29
30 – 39 40 +
4-Person Team event with each team member competing in only two (2) differing phases of Individual TCA event.
Mixed Doubles 2-person event with the male and female team member each competing in only four (4) differing phases of Individual TCA event.
Men’s Doubles 2-person event with each team member competing in only four (4) differing phases of Individual TCA event.
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Sport Coordinators (2)
Phase Coordinator for each phase (8). Should be knowledgeable in how to conduct the assigned phases of each Event, as well as the Rules.
PERSONNEL Announcer Scorekeepers (3)
E.M.T. shall be on site during competition.
Basic medical supplies will be provided by the Host at each venue. Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon emergency services.
Thirty-five (35) volunteers per day are required to assist with this sport. It is recommended the same volunteers are used each of the three days.
MEALS FOR OFFICIALS AND VOLUNTEERS: HOST shall be responsible for supplying lunch for all “TCA” volunteers. This shall be done in any appropriate manner as determined by the HOST, considering that the “TCA” lasts for three (3) days and requires ten (10) to twelve (12) hours per day to conduct. Officials/Volunteers are unable to leave the venue during the “TCA” event due to the constant flow of activity. HOST should plan to provide at least thirty-five (35) meals with drinks per day for Officials/Volunteers.
Cross Country Course
Shot Put Ring
Track with artificial surface (8) lanes
50 Meter Pool (25 yard pool may be used if no 50 meter pool is available) Gymnasium
Obstacle Course (large field area close to gymnasium)
NOTE: It is important to keep all venue sites as close as possible to each other to prevent time loss moving from site to site.
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Scoreboard and stand Public address system Scoring table and chairs Pencils Ink Markers
BIB NUMBERS: All competitors will wear a supplied Bib number. SCORING
Total of points awarded in each Phase of the Event. A running total should be kept current and posted on a scoreboard available to all participants; as soon as they become available.
The TCA scoring formula is computerized program and will be supplied to the Host.
GENERAL SPORT RULES for TCA
The Individual TCA competition is comprised of eight (8) consecutive phases. Each competitor will complete all eight (8) phases in one day.
The 4-Person Team competition requires each Team member to complete two of the eight TCA phases, so that the team completes all eight phases of the event.
The Men’s and Mixed Doubles requires each person to complete four of the eight TCA phases, so that the team completes all eight phases of the event.
A team member’s performance in each phase determines the number of points awarded in that phase. The total points from all eight phases determine the winners.
As the field of competitors from each category completes a phase, they will move directly to the next phase.
As a rule of thumb, phases are an average of one (1) hour apart, although some phases may be only a few minutes apart.
In order of occurrence, the phases are as follows:
5 K Run (0700 hours – start time) Shot Put
100 Meter Dash
100 Meter Swim
20 Foot Rope Climb* Bench Press
All appropriate phases will use metric measurements, except the Rope Climb and the Obstacle Course (*).
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All phases are mandatory and must be attempted. If a competitor fails to begin a phase, he/she will be disqualified. If a competitor is injured to the extent that he/she is unable to compete in the 5K (Phase #1), he/she will not be permitted to continue with the remainder of the “TCA”.
No competitor will be permitted to drop out of the 5K (Phase #1) prior to the exhaustion of the scoring formula time limit unless an injury is sustained during the 5K (Phase#1).
A competitor must continue to attempt each phase in the “TCA”, until the time limit for the phase is reached or until instructed to stop by an authorized official.
Team members must be pre-designated. No substitution allowed once competition begins.
An Orientation meeting will be held before the competition at a pre-designated time. Competitors are urged to attend.
No gloves are allowed in any phase of any Event.
No alcoholic beverage consumption will be allowed by a competitor on site before or during the competition.
This is a long day of competing and watching others compete. Competitors should bring lunch and drink.
Competitors shall wear numbers at all times (on front) except while swimming and prior to start of rope climb shirt may be removed after presenting number to officials
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENTS’ PHASES
5 Km CROSS COUNTRY RUN (USATF Rules) – Phase #1 (Course shall be professionally
calibrated.). Start Time: 0700 hours (Sharp) Equipment:
Starter Gun (.32 or .38 recommended) Ice – available at finish
Water/drinks – available at finish Score pages
Finish Chute with Flags
P.A. System (portable)
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Personnel (5 Km Run)
Volunteers (as needed) to be placed on course at “Sensitive/Confusing” areas.
Runners should be preceded by a lead vehicle for traffic control and followed by a trail vehicle.
5 Km CROSS COUNTRY RUN (USATF Rules) – Phase #1 (Cont’d)
Back-up Timers (2)
Card Handout Official
Officials to monitor intersections and turn around or direct runners to change direction.
General Sports Rules For 5 Km Run:
The Head Official for the 5 Km Run shall use a printout stopwatch. Runners shall have a Bib Number (tear-off) to be removed upon crossing the Finish Line and compared to Finish Printout from Head Official’s stopwatch.
Cross Country Course. All categories start en masse
1-Mile and 2-Mile markings shall be placed on the course. If personnel allows a volunteer reading times as runners pass is desired.
SHOT PUT (USATF Rules) – Phase #2 Equipment:
50 Meter Tape
3 – 16 Lbs. (7.26 Kg) shots 3 – 6 Kilo
3 – 4 Kilo
Towels to wipe off shots Broom for shot ring
ONLY HOST-PROVIDED SHOTS WILL BE USED FOR COMPETITION. Competitors are responsible for providing their own shots for warm-up. NO shots for warm-up will be required from the Host.
Six (6) workers –
1 shot retriever
1 shot wiper (shots should be cleaned after each put)
2 people to measure (1 person reads aloud the recorded measurement to the nearest 1⁄4 centimeter.)
1 person to record effort on sheet paper
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Shot Put ring and landing area. The landing area should be lined at 5 foot increments, starting at 20 feet and ending at 50 feet. Two rings are preferable, one for competition and one for warm-up.
SHOT PUT (USATF Rules) – Phase #2 (Cont’d)
General Sports Rules For Shot Put
Men: All 18+, 30+ and Heavyweight: 16 lbs (7.26 Kg) shot Men: All 40+ and 50+: 6 Kilo
Women: All categories: 4 Kilo
Measure and Record all throws in metric.
Each competitor in the group throws twice. Competitors should be in groups of 8 to 10, than repeat for second attempt.
NO WARM-UP PERMITTED IN COMPETITION RING. Exception: If no warm-up area is provided, competition rings may be used for warm-up.
100 METER DASH (USATF Rules) – Phase #3
Fully Automatic Timing System shall be used USA Track Starters
Personnel (100 Meter Dash)
Starter: USATF or experienced track starter (paid official)
Timing: The use if a Fully Auto timing device is required. Runner must report to the Track Official at the Finish line to confirm competitor number and time. Result must then be taken to the scorer’s table.
Tartan (Rubber/Synthetic) track only with minimum of eight (8) lanes
100 METER DASH (USATF Rules) – Phase #3 (Cont’d)
General Sports Rules For 100 Meter Dash
Any running shoe or track shoe with a maximum 1/4 inch pyramid spikes
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Starting blocks (8) minimum) Clipboards (8)
Electronic “touch pad” timing One back-up stopwatch per lane P.A. System (portable)
Timers: (If Hand Timing is necessary) Three timers per lane. Average times of the three watches. Competitor must check with the lane timers to confirm competitor number. Results must then be taken to the scorer’s table. (See note: 100 Meter Dash)
The use of electronic “touch pad” timing device is recommended. If electronic timing is used only one timer per lane is required for back-up.
50 meter pool (is desirable but not mandatory) equipped with electronic “touch pad” timing system to include print out.
Warm-up area in separate pool if possible
General Sports Rules For 100 Meter Swim
Any style, any stroke. Feet cannot touch bottom. Hands cannot touch pool sides (except turning) or lane lines. In water start permitted. Feet shall touch pool at turns. Cap and goggles are permitted.
Must be an authorized and approved swim suit.
20-FOOT ROPE CLIMB (USPFC/T.C.A. Rules) – Phase #5 Equipment
A 1 1/2 inch diameter hemp rope and touch plate (cinder burnt), placed 20 feet from crash pad (Mat). There shall be a minimum of 6 feet of rope left on floor.
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Touch Pad (tambourine) shall be covered with black soot (“cinder burned” with a touch) prior to attaching to the rope. This black soot is to verify the climber has actually touched the touch plate. Judges will check for soot on climber’s hands immediately after the climber’s descent.
Towel for competitors to wipe hands after first climb to remove soot.
Practice Rope: If possible, have a practice rope with the same specifications as the Competition Rope.
P.A. System (portable)
Mat or crash pad on floor shall be provided: minimum thickness of 2 inches Chalk for hands shall be provided
NOTE: No spray stick-um shall be used by competitors, event disqualification will result. Personnel
Timers: Three (3) timers/judges for each climb. Drop high and low time and use middle time.
One additional timer used as a “second swipe” (only) timer.
One additional timer (Official with whistle) to be used as a “Foul & Safety timer.
If the “Foul & Safety timer (with the whistle) observes any of the rules’ infractions listed below, he/she SHALL blow the whistle to terminate the climb.
A. If the climb reaches 23 seconds.
B. If the climber is “struggling” and the Official judges there is a Safety Issue. C. If at any time the inside of the climber’s legs “Pinch” the rope.
TIME LIMIT: Official will blow whistle and terminate climb if time exceeds 23 seconds. After 23 seconds the (point) scoring formula is zero. This is a safety rule.
General Sports Rules For 20 Ft. Rope Climb
Each competitor will get two attempts. Competitors may pass their second climb. Combine competitors in groups of 8 to 10 and let each competitor make one attempt before any second attempts.
Start from a seated position or quick start. Hands only, no feet or legs. If a quick start is used climber must inform officials prior to climb. NOTE: Must climb without shoes – socks permitted
BENCH PRESS (USPF Rules) – Phase #6
NOTE: Must provide conversion chart of pounds to kilos.
2 Competition Benches – 1 for competition, 1 for warm-ups 227.25Kg. for competition
220 Kg. for warm-ups
Scorer tables and chairs
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2 sets of lifting lights
2 flip charts or chalk boards for kilos on bar Chalk for hands shall be provided
P.A. System (portable)
Competitors shall declare to the check in table, their opening lift weight. Each lifter will take a first attempt in the first round. Each lifter will receive a final lift in the second round. The competitor with the lowest weight for their opening lift starts first in each round. As the bench event proceeds weight will only be added to the bar, never removed in each of the two rounds. At each weight declared by a competitor a lift will be attempted. If the lift is successful on the first attempt the lifter must immediately declare his/her second weight. If unsuccessful, the lifter may attempt a second lift at that weight or heavier, but never lighter. Best lift is counted. If both attempts are unsuccessful the competitor will score a 0 for the event.
Once a competitor’s name is called he/she has one (1) minute to commence the lift.
3 Powerlifting Officials: Same head official should be used each day of competition with two side judges. Use the same IPF Officials that are being used in the USPFC Bench Press or Push-Pull Sports. Note: For this reason avoid scheduling conflicts with these lifting Sports.
General Sports Rules for Bench Press
Buttocks may not rise from bench during the lift. Bar must touch the chest.
Lifting/power suits are not permitted. Competitors must wear ‘form fitting’ type pants and shirts. Long legged track suit pants and long or short sleeved loose fitting shirts are not permitted. Only one shirt shall be worn during lift – no layers. It shall not have sleeves that terminate below the elbow or up at the deltoid. The T-Shirt shall be plain but may have your department logo on it. That which is offensive or likely to bring the USPFC into disrepute is not allowed. A sponsor’s logo must conform to the technical rules of the USPFC. Specialized Bench Shirts or other supportive type shirts are not permitted. ‘Baggy/loose fitting’ shirts or shorts are not permitted.
ONLY LEGAL GRIP: For safety purposes, the ONLY LEGAL GRIP for the Bench Press in the T.C.A. is as follows:
1. As a lifter grips the bar, the palms shall be facing outward and away from their face at all times.
2. As a lifter grips the bar, the thumbs shall be placed around the bar toward the palm side of the hand with the thumbnail in close proximity to the tip of each forefinger.
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A minimum of 2 bars at 8 1/2 feet high (spaced 6 feet apart) 2 cadence machines (Provided by USPFC)
Tape for bars (adhesive)
Chalk for hands provided
Step for athlete to reach bar
Stepladder for officials to see chin clear bar P.A. System (portable)
One Official per bar: The “Bar Official” counts out load, the number of times the competitor’s chin rises above the Bar. The Bar Official is located on a ladder adjacent to the Bar with their eyes at bar height and looking at the “level mark” for the competitor’s chin to “rise” above the Bar. The Bar Official counts out loud, the number of times the competitors chin raises above the Bar.
Scribe: The scribe will keep a written or mechanical counter count of the number of pull-ups awarded by the bar official.
At the end of each effort, the “Bar Official” meets with the scribe and decides the number of Chins to be awarded.
General Sports Rules For Pull-ups
Always run one complete category on the same bar, using the same Officials.
Overhand Grip: Fingers facing outward. Thumb position is optional. No gloves. Chalk will be permitted
and supplied by host.
All pull-ups are started from a still (dead) hang position with elbows locked out to full extension.
If the competitor pauses to rest, they must maintain two hands on the bar. The competitor can remove one hand from the bar but it must not drop below the bar. Competitor can re-grip the bar so long as no hands drop below the bar. If the competitor’s hand drop below the bar it will be considered as the finish to the Pull ups.
The chin must clear the bar at the top of the pull up (i.e. the chin must be raised over the bar). A chalk mark will be made on the competitor’s chin to assist the ‘Bar Official’. Once the chin clears the bar, the ‘Bar Referee’ counts the number of that pull up loudly and it will be noted by the ‘scribe’.
If the competitor’s chin does not clear the bar the ‘Bar Official’ will call the number of the last legitimate pull up until the competitor completes a legitimate pull up or drops from the bar.
Remaining pull-ups shall only be started after an audible beep tone is heard. The beep tone will be heard every three (3) seconds. Any pull-ups begun prior to this tone will not count. If a pull up is begun prior to the beep tone the ‘Bar Referee’ will call the number of the last legitimate pull up until the competitor completes a legitimate pull up or drops from the bar.
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Obstacle Course Phase # 8
Obstacle Course shall be 762 Feet in Length.
Equipment – USPFC owns the equipment denoted below by * (see prior Host).
Official drag dummy weighing between 140 lbs
* (8) 15″ tires
* 8′ chain link fence
* 6′ wood wall with canvas covering top to prevent splinters Rope step
* Monkey bars
* Hand vault
* PVC pipe for Maze
*5’ wood wall with canvas top to prevent splinters.
Chalk to mark course
6 stopwatches (3 stopwatches per runner on course – 2 on course at one time) Flags for officials to designate fouls
Perimeter flags to keep spectators back from course
P.A. System (portable)
Course monitor to watch for fouls – 1 monitor for every two stations
6 Timers (3 Timers per each runner on course – 2 on course at one time)
General Sports Rules For Obstacle Course
Competitors will have 20 seconds to complete the dummy drag. Official will sound whistle at 20 second mark and competitors will be permitted to stop attempt and proceed to next obstacle.
Length of Dummy Drag:
All competitors in the 18-39 Men age groups & weight categories shall drag the dummy 50 feet.
All competitors in 40+ age groups & weight categories, and all Women, shall drag the dummy 25 feet.
All obstacles SHALL be attempted by the competitor. Should a field Official judge the attempt was not an “Honest Effort”, a penalty shall be awarded the competitor. An “Honest Effort” is a judgment call by the Official and will not be subject to change.
If, during Weight Drag, the official determines that an “honest” effort to complete Weight Drag was not made by competitor, a 20 second penalty shall be imposed.
Touching by any body part of any course marker cone, direction change item or Maze OB- Course will cause a penalty.
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5 second penalty points for any other foul will be added to final time.
Competitors SHALL use both hands, palm down and fingers forward to mount and dismount the Hand Vault.
Belly Crawl shall not exceed 5 feet.
5 second penalty points for any other foul will be added to final time.
Tennis shoes, running shoes, or spiked track shoes (1/4″) are the only shoes permitted.
1st through 3rd place for the Individual events and for the Team and Doubles events. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.
THE USPFC GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.
YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.
PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT
The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.
The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.
PLEASE USE THE USPFC DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.