-4 F (-15 F Wind Chill) is the cut-off for competition
CLASSIC RACE RULES
Skating in a Classic race is not allowed. The penalty for this infraction is disqualification
Pacing by anyone during a race is not allowed. The penalty for this infraction is disqualification.
FINISH OF A RACE
The toe of the foot crossing the line is the finish of the race, there aren't torso finishes in Nordic Skiing. In chip timed races, when the chip has been activated on the mat the racer has finished.
When a skier is being overtaken during a Classic race on verbal command they must surrender the track. They are not required to stop, they are just required to give way to the oncoming skier. The penalty for non-compliance is disqualification. There is not tracking within 100-150 meters of the finish line.
During a relay race there must be body-to-body contact to exchange, not touching equipment.
Interval Race -- Starter countdown: 5-4-3-2-1
Second Race: Skier must self-start using the stadium clock. Athletes must know their start time.
LENGTH OF RACE
A normal Nordic race is 5km. Special events, such as an invitational may use any length they desire. Make sure all competing teams know the distance of the race in advance. Temperature and course conditions may require the distance to be reduced.
Use a base equal to or greater than the total number of skiers. Fastest skier receives highest point value. Each succeeding skier is scored on a point less. High score wins. Number of skiers scored depends on the conference/race organizer. In section meets it is the top 4.
Electronic and hand held to the tenth. DROP all other decimals.
When race numbers are provided/requires must be worn and readable.