Race Rules


1.§. The principles and functions of the Race rules


1.      The race rules of the Federation Colombophile Internationale – as FCI in the followings - and all members of International Federation contains a fixed proposal, a direction about order of races, organisation of races, standardization of racing results.

2.      The members of International Federations accept this race rules as compalsory for themselves.

3.      Divergence from these rules possible only by basement of 14.§ 1. Result must not be accepted if any rule-point were unmarked. 

2.§. Application of the Race rules

             1.      The use of practicle tasks of the Race rules, race command and race control will be attended by International Federation’s arbitration race-                                     committee based on their own basic issues.

2.      Basic duties of Race Committees:

a.       Precept control in use of general rules

b.      Supervision and control over work of smaller level race committees

c.       Regulation, execution, supervising and control over the races by FCI.

d.      Service and repair the texts of national basic issues.

e.       Overview the appeals, strain off the irregularity and decision-making.

3.§. General conditions of directing races 

1.      Official races could print out, organise and held by only National Federations and its members (clubs, associations). The print out should be known by participants in advance. Divergence from the printed text posteriorly not possible, except in cases due to bad weather conditions or veterinary restrictions.

2.      The official races must be reported to the National Race Committee by the organising committee in every year.

3.      Races must be planned to give equal chance to all participant.

4.      The organising committee could assess a minimal distance or regional, territorial rating.

5.      All documents of the race should be handled as personal issues.

6.      Noone can participate with any direct contact of its own results.

a.       Every calibration, clock control, clock closing, clock opening duties;

b.      Record and report at race-rings by own pigeons, handling control papers and rubber rings;

c.       Owned pigeon basketing;

d.      Vacating the disc at clock-opening, race rings and control papers reconcilation;

e.       Modification of data processing.

Only at the same time, from the same place released pigeons must be on the Collective race list!

4.§. Conditions of participate on the races

1.      Participate on the races is possible for every natural and legal entity person, if he/she member of FCI through his/her National Federation.

2.      Further condition not to have any debts towards to the race organising committee or to the announced commettee, the memeber is not prohibited, accept and keep all rules and not interferate a control.

3.      Every pigeon can be started in a race, which has a clear readable foot-ring and owner can prove the proprietary relation. Prove of proprietary relation for every controversial pigeon need the certification card of footring. Every unauthorized pigeon’s result will be deleted.

4.      Every pigeon must be healthy and parasite free on the races. Pigeons can participate only with valid, updated veterinary vaccination. Vaccination prooves must be attached to the documentations of the pigeon-shippment. Treatment of pigeons with dope-agents is prohibited. Contravention of these will be punished.

5.      One pigeon can raced by only one owner in the same year.

6.      New loft must be reported at least 2 months before the 1st race, because the organising committee should have enough time to control and the measure the distance. Lofts reletad to the same owner for racing pigeons should be in 100 metres.

5.§. Technical accesspries of races

1.      Racing pigeons must have registered by a moveable for clocking, 7-numbered (4 outsider and 3 insider)  footring or chipring. Pigeons must be registered with different coloured rings if they were released on the same day but from different place or in a use of another valuation method, because they must be immediately separatable without any argument from each other at the time of clock opening.

2.      Racing pigeons must transfer in a transfering basket. The basket should be at least 24 cm high, must have a minimum 280 cm2 area for 1 pigeon inside if its stay no longer than 24 hours in the basket. If it is longer than 24 hours, a pigeon need a minimum of 350 cm2 area.

3.      To record the results, a pigeon racing-clock is neccessary or an elecrtical clock system, allowed by the federation. Both type of clocks must be suitable to the races.

      The traditional/mechanical clock:

-          at the end of start, clock must be plombed, must not be able to move into the clock-box or into the wheels, so the clock system, the weels and the clock paper ban must be unharmed and be impossible to manipulate the work of the clock from outsite;

-          the turns of the weel must be before the stamping of time or the electrical recording;

-          the clock paper ban must record every time if someone opened the clock irregular;

-          must be a construct of to be ready to attache an exact stamp time to an exact ring-holding slot;

-          recorded times must be stored and be reachable in every case and any time same as mechanical- or electrical clocking.

          Electronic system:

                             -          components, parts: Club antenna, basic clock, printer in the federation and electronic clock, loft antenna at the pigeon breeder.

                             -          each procedures of races should be clearly readable from the monitor

                             -          the electronic clock should have an individual basic clock with a monitor which makes the starting and closing time

                              -          the recording of times must be stored and must be reachable, printable at any time

                              -          the electric system and its software, the footrings must have the authority of National Federation.

          4. Racing clocks must be calibrated in every 2 year.  During the procedure the committee control the technologic condition of the clock and give a                   satisfaction certificate. (Sticker with a hologram) This certificate is valid until the hologram sticker on the electric system is not damaged, and by                         mechanical systems stored in the same place (place of collecting). Responsibility cannot taken for opened clocks.

          5. In case of opening a mechanical clock, the arrival times and secret numbers of footrings must be registered race-report.

          6. Race committees will summarize the participant’s datas in a data-report.  Data report contains the start and opening of clocks, numbers of                             participants, numbers of participated pigeons and terams, clock datas, special notes and the authorised person’s calibration.

          7. List will be made after the race about  the results, which contains the datas, results of the participated pigeons and related informations.

The race list contains the name of organising committee, place of release, date and time of release, wether conditions during the race, all statistic datas about the participants, the rating and speed in m/s.

6.§. Accuracy of race results

           1. Race result is accurace wether the organising were successful in every point and every rule were fulfilled.

           2. Organising committee is liable to disqualify – even in additional cases – those members or organisations who deviate from the race rules before                   the race, during the race or after the race in any case and affect other’s interest by careless or calculated behaviour.                                                               The fact of deleted results must be announced immediately.  After the delete, the order of the list will not change, the place of deleted pigeons                      will be empty.


7.§. Rules of collecting and clock starting

           1. Federations decide the racing date, place, time and all activities before the race.

           2. Race rings should be fit to the choosen technology, all datas must be record in a race-report at the  same time and same place of basketing.                         Pigeons should put into basket immediately after control.

           3.  During this procedure, the following steps must followed:

                        - only pigeons for the exact race must be in the basket                                                                                                                                                                - escaped pigeons could be brought back until the end of basketing and possible to re-basket again with a new special race footring or if                                pigeon has a chip-ring, breeder can put back with an attendance of 2 member of the race organising committee                                                                    - escaped and not captured pigeons must be report immediately after home-arrival by breeder.