Flying Rules revised 2020
The kit will consist of between 15-20 birds, but scored as a 20 bird kit and the 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 1st January each year will not be eligible for Young bird contest. All birds must be rung with rings other than the current year.
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.
At liberation TEN MINUTES ONLY 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.
Duration of the fly is 20 minutes, although there will be no penalties or disqualification once the birds have flown for 15 minutes.
Any attempt to distract a bird from settling during duration of the competition will result in disqualification of the kit. Any bird rolling down for 15 minutes of the fly will incur a 5 point deduction. Any bird landing for whatever reason before the 15 minutes, minus 5 points per bird, max 2 birds. Any birds dropping after this, kit disqualified.
In the event of the kit splitting into 2, the biggest number shall be judged, or in the event of an equal split, the competitor may choose which half to be judged.
If a kit should fly out of sight of the judge, the birds may be taken off the clock for a total aggregate time of 10 MINUTES at the judge’s discretion. Any time off the clock will be counted in the duration of the fly time, i.e. birds having flown for 5 minutes and also 10 minutes off the clock have flown for the minimum 15 minutes to avoid penalty points.
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 7, after 10 minutes the entire kit should be judged including the stray birds.
The kit should fly in compact formation and the beginning and the 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 awarded for overall quality of the kit.
THESE POINTS ARE AWARDED AT THE JUDGE’S DICRETION BUT IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT THESE SHOULD BE THE MOST DIFFICULT POINTS TO EARN.
- Up to 20 points can be awarded for kitting.
- Scoring of points shall follow the accepted norm. i.e.:-
5-9 birds rolling spontaneously together 1 point per bird
10-14 Birds rolling spontaneously together 2 points per bird
15-19 Birds rolling spontaneously together 3 points per bird
FULL TURN = 200 POINTS........ALL BIRDS ROLL SPONTANEOULSLY
Judges should judge kits from a position offering most advantage to the competitor. However the position adopted by the judge should neither distract the kit nor compromise his/her safety of comfort. The judge’s decision on this matter is final.
- 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.
- No competitors are eligible to judge.
- The judge shall submit a complete list of results to the NBRA secretary at the end of the competition. (The duplicate result sheets)
- In the event of a 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 a hawk attack the kit is not disqualified and the score at the 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 bird/birds.
- When a member is flying more than one kit, the second kit is to be released 45 minutes after time is called on the first kit. Failure to do so will incur disqualification to the second kit.
DISQUALIFY CRITERIA: INTERFERING WITH THE BIRDS WHILE ON THE CLOCK. NOT RELEASING SECOND KIT AS IN RULE 16.
PENALTY POINTS: BIRDS ROLING DOWN BEFORE 15 MINUTES – MINUS 5 PTS.
BIRD DROPS BEFORE 15 MINUTES – MINUS 5 PTS PER BIRD (2 BIRDS MAXIMUM) ANY BIRD DROPPING AFTER THIS, KIT DISQUALIFIED.