Supplement to AU Race Rules
1.01 All indebtedness of a member to the club shall be paid
before any birds may be entered in competition by that member.
1.02 Each flying member shall comply with the current method and
procedure for financing the expenses of a race series
1.03 The Race Secretary shall keep a record of race related
expenses and make a report at the end of race series for all
1.04 All members must pay the guarantee (one-half of the total
amount for old birds, full amount for young birds) before
participation in the first race. The remaining one-half of the
cost for the old bird series will be due by the midpoint of the
race series. If a member does not participate in the first race
of the old bird series, he must pay the full amount of the
guarantee upon entry of his first race.
1.05 Club members may request, in writing to the race committee,
to fly on a per bird basis. Requests should be made prior to or
on guarantee commitment date. Guests may ship on a per bird
basis. Per bird entry fee of $5.00 will be collected at banding.
1.06 Race fees and bird maximum will be determined by the Race
Secretary. Only one (1) bird limit and one (1) fee will be
allowed/accessed per physical address.
2.01 Prior to the December meeting, the Race Committee will
review the previous years race schedule (Old and Young) and
propose changes. The new schedules will be presented to the club
at the November or December meeting at which time the membership
can vote on them. Only members who paid the OB or YB guarantee
for the previous year may vote on current OB and YB schedules. (upd
per Dec., 2007 mtg.)
These schedules should be consistent with the Dixie Association
races and provide proper preparation and training of birds for
the longer races in a series.
Each schedule submitted shall include the following:
- Geographical location of liberation points.
- Dates and distances to be flown.
- Designation of average speed races, special races, open races,
- Formulas for distribution of any prizes.
2.02 If circumstances make it appear advantageous for the club
to change a race schedule, a meeting of flying members will be
held to evaluate the alternatives and make a decision. A
majority vote of flying members present will be required to
change a race schedule.
2.03 Race entry forms will be of a uniform nature and will be
furnished by the club. Forms will be completed by each member
for each race, and should list in numerical order each pigeon,
its complete band lettering, color and sex.
2.04 Only disputes, regarding ownership of a pigeon, between the
person to whom a band is registered and the shipper will be
considered by the Race Committee, whose ruling will be final.
2.05 The maximum number of pigeons permitted to be placed in a
crate must allow at least 48 square inches of floor space per
bird for its comfort in feeding and watering. Areas used for
watering and feeding containers will not be included in
available floor space. (16 birds per current club crates)
2.06 In shipments involving pigeons countermarked at more than
one location, each container shall be inspected at the central
shipping point to assure that they are properly sealed. Any not
properly sealed shall be refused shipment until a complete
checking and listing of each pigeon therein by band number and
countermark is obtained, after which it will be properly sealed
and shipped, provided that sufficient time remains to make the
departure deadline. Further inspection shall be made at the
point of liberation, and pigeons in any container improperly
sealed shall be barred from competition.
2.07 All shipping crates must be in good serviceable condition
and must be free from any openings, breaks, or other damage
which is capable of injuring or permitting the removal or escape
of a pigeon.
3.01 Liberation of any race shall be made only in acceptable
weather as determined by the official liberator acting in
accordance with the Standard Operation procedures on weather.
3.02 The shipping and/or liberation of a race may only be
canceled by the race committee.
3.03 If bad weather prevents liberation of any race, the birds
shall be returned, held over for a later release, or returned
part way and released. The race committee shall have the
discretion to determine appropriate action.
3.04 Time of release and predicted weather along the flight path
should be available via GARPC voice mail. It is each members
responsibility to obtain this information from the voice mail.
3.05 Training pigeons may be shipped, providing shipping space
is available. Training pigeons will be released sixty (60)
minutes or more before the first scheduled race or thirty (30)
minutes or more after the last race. Additional fees for
training (to be paid to the driver) will be determined and paid
at time of shipping.
Calculations - WINSPEED Program
4.01 The latitude and longitude of each loft will be determined
by an official surveyor. Diagrams furnished the surveyor showing
loft locations shall be made out by the Race Committee. Each
loft must have distances to each release station computed by an
official surveyor or the Race Secretary to compete in race. Each
member must pay for any cost incurred by the club in obtaining
4.02 On all races the cutoff for clocking will be 4 days/3
nights from the start of the race (max time allowed by the
4.03 Average speed for a series of races will be calculated by
dividing the accumulated yardage flown by the accumulated
minutes of flying time.
These Race Rules were originally adopted by the Greater Atlanta
Racing-Pigeon Club on March 8, 1984. .During December 1996 they
were edited to mesh with the new Official AU Race Rules of the
American Racing Pigeon Union, Inc. This new supplement was
approved by the club on July 3, 2012.