NZCPA 2016 Equipment Guidelines

NZCPA Equipment Guidelines for 2016

Applies to DOMESTIC competitions only (Does not apply to Worlds/future Oceania Championships).

The NZCPA Board has spent some time discussing the scrutineering of Canoe Polo equipment for competitions in New Zealand. This has become topical following the issues at the 2014 World Championships and the rule changes since then.

2016 National league A grade

Uniformity

Colour uniformity is required for helmets, bib/PFD, rash top, kayak deck covering.

Helmet numbers are required. Kayaks must be uniform from a deck colour/design perspective, 20% minimum not black.

Black gelcoat and Black carbon weave will both be considered Black for domestic competition.

Full compliance with all the ICF scrutineering rules for:
Helmets and facemasks and positioning
Paddles
PFD/Buoyancy aid
Kayaks* (bumpers, sharpness, bolts, colour requirements)

* Kayak technical specifications may be checked and if scrutineers determine that the kayak is not legal, but the infringement is minimal, not unsafe or can be easily rectified (by the next competition), the kayak will be allowed for domestic competition only.

We would like kayaks to be made legal where possible and we would like illegal boats to start to diminish for sale, however don’t wish to penalize anyone who purchased a new kayak just prior to the specifications changing, and thus have allowed a greater time period before these kayaks will not be allowed for use in A grade. National team players must use a kayak that is completely legal.

Full technical specifications must be met for all players in 2018 competition.

As most players in A grade were scrutineered in 2015, we expect the standards to be increased and leniency will be reduced.

Check your gear and if required repair paddles in advance eg edges, add extra padding to PFD’s securely and wear them correctly, get a new helmet/facemask or fix if required and make sure bumpers are in very good condition!

2016 National League B & C grade/Schools grade

Uniformity

Colour uniformity is only required for bib/PFD’s, however it is encouraged for helmets, rash top, and kayak deck covering.

Helmet numbers are not required but if they are on the helmet, they must match the bib/PFD number.

Full compliance with all the ICF scrutineering rules for:
Helmets and facemasks and positioning (ask your club if you are not sure)
Paddles (may need repair if they are sharp or not thick enough – look at getting a permanent fix with Kevlar edge taping)
PFD/Buoyancy aid (may need to attach more padding to the sides of PFD’s if they do not meet minimum requirements)
Kayaks* (bumpers, no sharp bits or sharp bolts)

* Technical specifications may be checked and if scrutineers determine that the kayak is not legal, but the infringement is not deemed unsafe the kayak will be allowed for domestic competition only. Players that may move from B grade to A grade and/or onto National teams, need to be aware of the rules, to ensure any future usage or boat purchase is made in keeping with the new ICF rules.

Full technical Kayak specification compliance for B/C/Schools grade has not yet been determined, but will be 2018 or later.

POINTS TO NOTE

There were changes to the requirements for various equipment. Just because your equipment has passed before does not mean it will now comply. If you are buying new equipment CHECK THAT IT COMPLIES first. A brief summary is detailed below, please check the ICF rules for full specifications (In appendix 2 (pg. 76) of the 2015 rules)

Helmets – need to cover to the base of the skull

Facemasks – need to protect face from temple to jaw and lower chin, and be at least 1cm from nose. Gaps must be less than 8.5cm** wide/tall – **changing to 7cm in 2018.

PFD’s – padding must be at least 2cm thick, side padding must protect to within 10cm of the armpit, PFD must not leave a gap from boat to base of padding of more than 10cm (measurements as worn).

Bumpers –Different requirements for integrated vs non-integrated boats. Please check the rules for full details. Don’t just expect that a new bumper equals a legal bumper. Don’t chop them down excessively or compress them with tape. There is one estimate that bumpers lose 10-20% or their volume per year…..

The final judges are the scrutineers, but it is YOUR responsibility to ensure your equipment complies with the standards as outlined
– they are the MINIMUMS!

Sean Thomson and Andi Fear-Ross
On behalf of the NZCPA Board