From the NATC website. Supplemental rules Section G "Minders"
also here under rules updates:
6) Minder must sign all required release form and wear approved riding apparel at all times.
7. Minder must abide by all non-competition rider rules. Minders are only allowed in the Sections when their riders are attempting a section or as otherwise allowed by the observer.
I don't see where it says that riders must wear a helmet while walking the section. You may have a point there.
I have seen it both ways. Misunderstanding or not knowing the rules is something that both riders and observers are guilty of. and yes we are reviewing the NATC rule book.
Yes, it is a tough road being a Pro rider. But stop for a moment and step outside yourself. I checked both days in AZ with 2 great guys. All 3 of us had spent hundreds of $$$ and traveled many miles to stand in the woods and check and that is NOTHING compared to the work and $$ put in by the organizers. Why do it ? Because we love Trials.
Over the 2 days checking in AZ only one minder asked permission to enter the section. A couple always stayed outside the ribbon and the rest just walked through the section until told to get out.
NATC is just a bunch of volunteers just like any local club. It's easy to criticize and over the years I have been a part of NATC and at the same time critic of the way things are done. The good news is that there is new blood at NATC and I am optimistic about the future.
One thing I love about the way NATC is run that if you criticize something then you need to be ready to man up with a solution and fix it.
Yes a lot needs to be improved but these are the people that step up and DO THE WORK. The fact is that this sport runs on volunteer power.
Should there be professional observers, big Pro purses, big $$ sponsors and TV coverage, of course.
You don't like punching out on most of the sections ? then move down a class.
Sorry to be so direct but that's the way I see it.
Lets face it.....the "Pro Class" is made up of mostly part time riders who have other jobs, hobbies, or school. Their talent overall is rising every year due to the demands of the Pro Sections at our Nationals and at the same time sends the newest talent down the road. How long can this continue? Regressing to the Expert Class is not the answer as this almost never happens (for whatever reason) The Pro class is shrinking which means there's most likely a problem.
The NATC needs to address this as the organizing body......if not, who else will.
Its not like 20 or 30 years ago when the ability of the top class riders was somewhere between our current top Sportsman or Expert Class riders (if even that high)
Riders with a strong desire could arrive at this level in several years or so and maintain a position in the top 10 and still have a life outside the sport which in my view helped maintain a larger pool of attendance.
I personally don't see any answers in the near future unless the dead wood in the NATC chooses to step aside.
My opinion....If your not currently riding the Nationals, your attendance at the meeting should be welcome...but never allowed to make any decisions as to rules or changes in the sport.
Let the Riders Decide the Future of the Sport
Edited by kramit, 22 August 2013 - 03:21 AM.