National Birmingham Roller Association
Constitution and Flying Rules
There will be three National Championship competitions held each year. They will normally commence the last week of September each year. One competition will be for old birds, one for young birds and one for yearlings. In addition there will be an individual champion bird (young and old) selected by the judge.
All Bona fide Roller Clubs affiliated to the NBRA will
be eligible. Each club shall be allowed to nominate their entrant BUT
clubs are respectfully advised that NORMALLY the club
winner will be the automatic nominee.
* The club will agree to abide by the NBRA Constitution;
Non compliance to any of the above will result in an instant disqualification
into the National Championships
Each club shall be responsible for the expenses of the National judge. All clubs must pay a cash deposit to the NBRA on entering the competition, and the remainder promptly upon receipt of a bill from the NBRA secretary. That the NBRA allocate a judges fee of £300 expenses to allow the National Flies to be judged over a one week period. A time keeper / scorer, may accompany the judge on the fly and if the judge wishes to do so they may share the judge's fee.
The NBRA will be responsible for the presentation of a trophy for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the competition for old, young and yearling kits. Additionally a trophy will be presented for the champion young and old bird individual performer. The judge at his discretion may award runners up trophies in exceptional circumstances. The cost of engraving, insuring and replacing the main trophy is the responsibility of the NBRA.
The secretary of the NBRA is resonsible for supplying proposal forms for clubs to mominate persons who they consider capable and willing of judging a National fly. It is possible that an overseas judge may be approached to judge the National fly. The winners of the previous years fly along with any nominations for an International judge, all of which will be used to compile a list, and the judge will be selected from that list once this list has been approved athe next AGM. The judge will not be a current competitor.
6) ADMINISTRATION SECRETARY.
The secretary of the NBRA will normally be the adminstrative secretary for the competition. In the event the NBRA secretary is indisposed, he/she will in the first instance pass the responsibility on to any member of the committee. Should no member of the committe accept the task, the secretary may nominate any person he/she feels capable of administering the competition, to do so.
The responsibilities of the administrative secretary are as follows:-
* Circulating clubs with rules.
7) FINAL DATES.
Disputes will in the first instance be notified to the NBRA secretary, who will attempt to sort them out. If it is in his/her judgement out of the secretaries' scope it will be taken either by telephone or letter to be decided by MAJORITY VOTE by the committee. The NBRA secretary having no vote, but a casting vote should the committee be tied. It should be noted that it is the responsibility of any fancier observing breach of rules to convey these observations immediately to the judge or NBRA secretary.
9) CHANGE IN CONSTITUTION.
The constitution can only be changed by 60% MAJORITY VOTE of Secretaries/Chairmen/Nominee (one representative per club) of all NBRA affiliated clubs present at the AGM. Proposals for changes in the constitution must be received by the secretary no later than the 31st March.
10) CHANGE IN FLYING RULES.
Flying rules may be made by SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE of Secretaries/Chairmen/Nominee (one representative per club) of all NBRA affiliated clubs present at the AGM. Proposals for changes in Flying Rules must be received by the secretary no later than the 31st March.
11) PUBLISHING CHANGES.
12) THE NBRA HALL OF FAME.
The Hall of Fame is recognition of any persons who have contributed to
developing roller interest and helped establish it to the standard as
it stands today. Criteria for this is :- They will have
had to have been an active flying roller fancier for at least ten years.
Card vote to be used when inducting individuals into the NBRA Hall of
That the NBRA ring secretary to instruct ALL ring manufacturers to send rings to clubs affiliated to the NBRA direct to club secretaries by recorded delivery, but not to arrive before December 1st each year. A receipt to be sent to the NBRA secretary confirming this. No rings wto be issued by the secretaries to club members until January 1st each year.
If clubs DO NOT abide by this rule, clubs WILL NOT be eligible to fly in the National Young Bird Flies, and the matter will be brought before the disciplinary committee.
14) REWARD FUND
Only clubs that pay into the NBRA / AERC reward fund be entitled to use it, subject to a prosecution and the birds being returned.
15) FLY RULES.
That Five Kits must be flown in club competitions for One Kit to go forward to the National Championships in Young and Odl Bird flies. Thereafter for every Ten Kits flown, one more kit would go forward to the National Championships. e.g.: 5=1, 15=2, 25=3, 35=4 etc, etc.
16) YEARLING FLIES.
Clubs must have at least three minimum fly entries in local club competitions to put one yearling kit forward to the National Flies.
That for every Eight Kits flown in single club competitions in yearling flies, Two Kits will go forward to the National Fly, and one more kit for every ten thereafter. e.g :- 8 = 2, 18 = 3, 28 = 3, 38=4 ect, ect.
1. The kit will consist of between fifteen to twenty birds, scored as a twenty bird kit, and the maximum kitting points will be the number of birds flown. Young birds must be rung with the current year's rings. Birds rung with rings issued by clubs before January 1st of each year will not be eligible for young bird contest. All old birds must be rung with rings other than the current year.
2. Before the competition the judge shall satisfy himself that all birds are properly rung and eligible for the competition. A list of ring numbers must be available to the judge, who is responsible for forwarding this list to the NBRA secretary for inclusion on the certificate. Birds must be the property of the competitor and rings transferred if appropriate, to club rules.
3. At liberation a reasonable time should be allowed for birds to become airborne. There should be no restriction to the methods employed to ensure birds become airborne, BUT positively no interference will be allowed once the birds are on the clock.
4. Duration of the fly is twenty minutes, although there will be no penalties or disqualification once the birds have flown for 15 minutes.
5. Any attempt to distract a bird from settling during the duration of the competition will result in disqualification of the kit. Any bird rolling down before 15 minutes of the fly will incur a 25 point deduction. Any bird landing for whatever reason before the fifteen minutes, minus 25 points per bird, max two birds. Any birds dropping after this, kit disqualified.
6. In the event of the kit splitting into two, the biggest number shall be judge, or in the event of an equal split, the competitor may choose which half is to be judged.
7. If a kit should fly out of the sight of a judge, the birds may be taken off the clock for a total aggregate time of TEN MINUTES at the judges' discretion. Any time off the clock will be counted in the duration of the fly time; i.e. bird having flown for five minutes and also ten minutes off the clock have flown the minimum fifteen minutes to avoid penalty points.
8. If during the competition, additional birds join the kit, the judge should stop judging the birds until the foreign birds leave the kit or as in rule seven, after ten minutes the entire kit should be judge including the stray birds.
9. The kit should fly in a compact formation and the beginning
and end of the roll should be tight and not sloppy. The birds should satisfy
the judges' concept of a Birmingham Roller BEFORE any points are
awarded. An addition of up to a maximum of 200 points can be
awarded for overall quality of the kit.
10. Up to 20 points can be awarded for kitting.
11. Scoring of points shall follow the accepted norm. i.e.
13.The judge shall leave a copy of the score with the competitor and the NBRA secretary will furnish full results to all Affiliated club secretaries.
14 No competitors are eligible to judge.
15 The judge shall submit a complete list of results to the NBRA secretary at the end of the competition. (The duplicate result sheets.)
16 In the event of Hawk Attack, judges to make sure it is a definite hawk attack. The judge to be flexible with reference to the kit being taken off the clock when the kit is attacked by a hawk. (30 minutes maximum for birds to regroup after the attack). If all birds drop as a result of hawk attack the kit is not disqualified and the score at that time to stand. If near the end of a fly a hawk attacks the kit, the score to stand. If the hawk makes a definite kill, no kitting points deducted, due to the hawk taking a bird or birds.
17. When a member is flying more than one kit, the second kit is to released 45 minutes after time is called on the first kit.. Failure to do so will incur disqualification to the second kit.