THE ONLINE QUALIFIER (CLOSES JUNE 28th 2020)
The Online Qualifier is a series of workouts, released over the Qualifier period. The Qualifier workouts are released on the official New Zealand Nationals website, www.newzealandnationals.co.nz. Competitors must complete each workout and have their score submitted successfully to be ranked on the New Zealand Nationals Leader board.
The top qualifying individual competitors in each Category are invited to the Finals event. The Qualifier workouts will be released over seven days at the start of the Qualifier period. Competitors will have until the last day of the Qualifier at 11:59 p.m. to complete the workouts and submit their scores.
Once the Qualifier period ends, at 11:59pm on the last day of the Qualifier period (28th June 2020), competitors will not be able to adjust or resubmit a score for that workout.
The 2020 Online Qualifier will commence on Monday, June 1st. Subsequent workouts will be released tbc. The 2020 Online Qualifier will close on the Sunday, June 28th at 11:59pm.
NOTE: Entries close for the Online Qualifier on Sunday 7th June at 11:59pm
Any individual may register to compete in the Online Qualifier. All athletes must compete in the Online Qualifier in order to advance to the Finals Competition. Therefore, any athlete wishing to participate in any stage of the Individual New Zealand Nationals must complete the registration process in time to be eligible.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees, reserve the exclusive right to allow or deny the participation of any athlete. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees also reserves the exclusive right to validate or invalidate any athlete’s scores submitted for the purpose of qualifying for the New Zealand Nationals finals as an individual competitor. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees will make such participation and scoring decisions to preserve the integrity of the competition.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to invite past winners, guest athletes, teams or others to participate in any stage of the competition. This decision may be made to preserve the traditions and spirit of the New Zealand Nationals or for any other reason at the sole discretion of the New Zealand Nationals.
ONLINE QUALIFIER REGISTRATION
Every competitor, must register online at www.newzealandnationals.co.nz. It is the athlete’s sole responsibility to provide current, valid and truthful information when registering for the New Zealand Nationals, including their date of birth and email address.
Any athlete with questions or concerns about registration should email email@example.com.
Age Requirements – Athletes must be at least 14 years old at the start of registration. No athlete under the age of 14 may register to compete. Any athlete younger than 18 years old will be required to provide additional parental consent during the online registration.
REGISTRATION – DIVISION SELECTION
Each athlete will be chose their own division during their registration. There are seven divisions for individual competitors and three divisions for teams:
- Individual RX Men and Women
- Individual Intermediate Men and Woman
- Individual Scaled Men and Woman
- Individual Masters Men and Women 40-49 (Born on or before 4 June 1980, but after 3 June 1970)
- Individual Masters Men and Women 50+ (Born on or before 4 June 1970)
- Individual Teens Men and Woman 14-15 (Born on or before 4 June 2006, but after 3 June 2004)
- Individual Teens Men and Woman 16-17 (Born on or before 4 June 2004, but after 3 June 2002
- Rx Teams
- Intermediate Teams
- Scaled Teams
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees reserve the right to move any individual competitor or Team to another division to preserve the integrity of the competition.
ONLINE QUALIFIER REGISTRATION – TERMS and WAIVERS
As part of the registration process, and for all stages of the New Zealand Nationals, athletes must agree, without limitation, to comply with the rules and guidelines stipulated in the New Zealand Nationals Rule Book, the Assumption of Risk Waiver and the Publicity Release Waiver.
REGISTRATION – FEES
To successfully complete the Online qualifier registration process, or at the Individual Finals, athletes must submit the required fee. There is a NZ$25 registration fee for individual athletes to compete in the Online Qualifier (including Individual Master’s divisions). All payments are final. No refunds or transfers will be permitted, regardless of reason.
THE ONLINE QUALIFIER – REGISTRATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS (ALL ATHLETES)
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees are not responsible for any inaccurate entry information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the New Zealand Nationals. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission of any website related to the New Zealand Nationals, or for communications line failure, or for theft or destruction, tampering, or unauthorised access to entries, registration, participation and/or entry information.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees are not responsible for any problems or technical, hardware, or software malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, failed, incorrect, inaccurate, incomplete, garbled or delayed electronic communications whether caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the New Zealand Nationals, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email, submission or entry to be received by New Zealand Nationals due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion, unavailable network connections on the Internet or any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in the New Zealand Nationals or downloading any materials related to the New Zealand Nationals. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry, registration or submission process or the operation of the New Zealand Nationals or the website, or any website related to the New Zealand Nationals; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
Any use of robotic, macro, automatic, programmed, or the like entry methods will void all such entries by such methods. In the event of a dispute as to entries submitted by multiple users having the same identifying information, New Zealand Nationals reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, the correct submission in accordance with the rules. If, for any reason, the New Zealand Nationals are not capable of running as planned by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees, which, in the sole opinion of New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees, are corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the New Zealand Nationals, New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to void suspect registrations or submissions and/or to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the New Zealand Nationals and select the winner from among all eligible, non-suspect registrations or submissions received prior to cancellation, termination or suspension.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees has no obligation to operate or produce the New Zealand Nationals (or any part thereof) and there is no obligation to broadcast the New Zealand Nationals, even if the New Zealand Nationals takes place. In the event that the New Zealand Nationals are cancelled, New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees (or any party) has no obligation to award any prize money. Any and all decisions by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees concerning eligibility, qualifying for and judging related to the New Zealand Nationals is final and not subject to challenge or appeal.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees shall own and shall have no obligation to return or maintain any materials submitted as part of the qualification or registration process for the New Zealand Nationals. IN NO EVENT WILL New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE New Zealand Nationals WEBSITE OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING OF MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – FORMAT
For all Online Qualifier workouts, the workout format will be released by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees and communicated uniformly to all athletes online. The workout format will include the following:
- Required movements
- Start and end ranges of the movement
- Prohibited technique, accessories and/or equipment, if any
- Adjustments or scaling by division, if any
- Required number of repetitions and/or repetition scheme
- Required equipment
- Required amount of weight (collars or clips are not to be counted in the total weight)
- Time domain or time limit
- Scoring details – competitions may determine the winner by highest point total or lowest point total, or any method or combination of methods New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees selects. Point values for finishing position will be released before the start of the workout.
- Filming and submission guidelines, In all stages of competition, including the Online Qualifier, it is the athlete’s responsibility to adhere to the workout format. This includes performing all required movements to the described standard, counting and completing all required repetitions, using the required equipment and loads, meeting the required time and meeting all submission standards.
Modifying the workout format in any way is prohibited and will void an athlete’s score. Only New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees may provide official scaled/intermediate versions of workouts for athletes to perform.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – JUDGING
Judging is, and validation may be, required to make any Online Qualifier workout result official. Judges are responsible for enforcing movement and workout standards, and for confirming the athlete’s score by signing the athlete’s scorecard. For the Online Qualifier, judges may perform their duties at an affiliate by judging and confirming scores to be submitted online.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – UNCOMMON MOVEMENT CLAUSE/RANGE OF MOTION EXCEPTIONS
Any violation of the prescribed workout format, including the movement standards or range of motion, will result in the repetition(s) being disallowed. Therefore, athletes and judges should be familiar with the Uncommon Movement Clause: “Any movement deemed uncommon, out of the ordinary or used to amend, shorten or change the accepted movement standard or range of motion including line of action of any event movement can and will be disallowed. It is the responsibility of the athlete to notify their judge or New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees of any questionable movement before the workout.”
In addition, athletes and judges should be aware that certain athletes with physical limitations in a specific range of motion may be granted an exception, at New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees sole discretion, from performing the prescribed range of motion for the workout.
This limitation in the range of motion must be due to prior physical limitations or injuries that are obvious and clearly definable by demonstration. Any limitation must be brought to the attention of a judge or New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees PRIOR to the beginning of the competition. Such instances are extremely rare and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – SCORE SUBMISSION AND VALIDATION
It is the sole responsibility of the athlete to ensure the timely and successful submission of their workout scores or videos. Submissions that are incomplete (missing information such as the complete score, the affiliate name, the judge’s name or containing video links that do not work, etc…), will not be accepted. Athletes must have their score confirmed by uploading a video of their workout via email to firstname.lastname@example.org when requested, within 48hours from the time of the request.
The video will be reviewed and scored by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees. As part of this video review process, the athlete’s posted score may be accepted, modified or invalidated. Reasons for modification or invalidation of a score include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to follow the video submission guidelines exactly
- Violation of the workout format, especially movement standards
- Workout attire which prevents the judge from determining if the athlete is meeting the movement standards
- Miscounting repetitions. Video submissions may be invalidated or adjusted without warning and after the close of the Online Qualifier.
Athletes submitting videos should have someone monitor their movement during the workout to ensure each repetition meets the required standards. Prior to submitting a video, athletes should review the video to ensure their reps meet the required standards, the camera angle permits the judge to determine if the movement standards are being met and there are no technical problems with the video itself.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – VIDEO SUBMISSIONS – SCORING PROTOCOL
There are four possible outcomes in the judging and scoring of online video submissions:
- Good Video: The athlete meets the required movement standards on all repetitions in the workout and the score they posted is correct. Their score will be accepted.
- Valid with Minor Penalty: Over the course of the video, the athlete demonstrates 1 to 4 “no-reps” which may be removed from the athlete’s final score as required. This penalty is used for video submissions where the score needs to be adjusted by fewer than 5 reps. If the score is posted in the form of a time, the total time to complete the workout will be adjusted accordingly.
- Valid with Major Penalty: Over the course of the video, the athlete demonstrates 5 or more “no-reps.” In this case, the score may be modified by subtracting 15 percent from the total rep count. If the score is posted in the form of a time, the total time to complete the workout will be adjusted accordingly.
- Invalid: Over the course of the video, the athlete fails to complete the workout as required, a significant and unacceptable number of reps performed are “no-reps” or the video does not contain the criteria listed in the video submission standards. The athlete’s score will be rejected and the video will be removed from the New Zealand Nationals website. The athlete will have to submit a new video prior to the score submission deadline to receive a score for this workout.
ONLINE QUALIFIER WORKOUTS – APPEALS
Only the affected athlete(s) may appeal a result. Coaches, team managers, teammates or non-related parties may not appeal on behalf of the affected athlete. Athletes may not appeal their own performance based on the judging, scoring or performance of another athlete or team. Judgment calls made during the workout are final and are not negotiable or subject to change or modification.
Violation of the judging standards by an individual may see that individual or submitted score being disqualified. All appeals should be emailed to email@example.com. In this email, the athlete will list the workout in question, their original score, the modified score and the reason given for the score modification. The athlete will also provide a brief explanation for why they are appealing the decision.
NEW ZEALAND NATIONALS LEADERBOARD
The New Zealand Nationals website will host the only official Leaderboards for the New Zealand Nationals. Athletes and Teams will be ranked on the Leaderboard based on their performance relative to other athletes in their division. Ties on the overall Leaderboard will be broken by awarding the best position to the athlete or team who has the highest result in any single workout.
If athletes or teams remain tied after this first tie-breaker, the process continues to their next highest single result, and so forth. Ties will not be broken for single event results. More than one athlete or team can share an event result and all will earn the original point value. The athlete or team with the best performance across multiple workouts in a competition wins that competition.
ONLINE QUALIFIER VIDEO AND JUDGING REQUIREMENTS FOR FINALS QUALIFIERS
Any athlete who qualifies for the New Zealand Nationals Finals is required to videotape and kept on file all Online Qualifier workouts. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees may request videos for review at any time. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees will review at least one video prior to sending out finals invitations.
New Zealand National Finals
FINALS COMPETITIONS (TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL)
The top athletes, based on their performance during the Online Qualifier of the Individual competition, will advance to the New Zealand Nationals Finals event. The 2020 Finals will take place at the Avantidrome, Cambridge, New Zealand, on 18/19th July.
The Affiliates who successfully register a Team for the 2020 New Zealand Nationals Teams event, will compete at the New Zealand Team Nationals at the Avantidrome, Cambridge, New Zealand, on 10/11th October 2020.
FINALS INVITATION PROCESS – INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES
Invitations to the Individual Finals will be emailed Tuesday 30th June to the top male and female athletes in each division. By division:
32 men and 32 women from the RX division
32 men and 32 women from the Intermediate division
32 men and 32 women from the Scaled division
8 men and 8 Woman from the each of the Masters divisions
8 men and 8 Woman from the each of the Teens divisions
Athletes must accept their invitation to the finals by Midnight, July 3rd, or forfeit their spot. At this time the second round of invites will be sent to the next successful athletes on the New Zealand Nationals Leader board. These athletes will have until midnight 9th July to accept their invitation to the finals or forfeit their spot.
Upon completion of the Individual athlete invitation process, final Individual athlete Finals rosters will be posted on the New Zealand Nationals website.
FINALS INVITATION PROCESS – TEAMS
In 2020, Affiliates will NOT be invited to compete at the New Zealand Team Nationals. Rather, there will be an ‘OPEN INVITE’ to the entire of New Zealand based Affiliates, as follows:
Registration for the 2020 New Zealand Team Nationals will open Monday 1st April 2020. At this time, all CrossFit Affiliates in New Zealand will have the opportunity to enter ONE team (NOT one in each category, ONE team only). That team (of six competitors, three males and three females) can be in any of the three divisions – Rx, Intermediate and Scaled.
On the 8th of April, if there are spots remaining, Affiliates, who would like to enter a second or third team or Non-Affiliated teams who would like to enter a team will be granted the ability to do so (regardless of division).
FINALS REGISTRATION PROCESS – INDIVIDUALS
Once Individual athletes have officially accepted their finals invitations, they will receive an email from New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees containing instructions on how to register for the Finals competition and pay the $125 Individual athlete fee. All payments are final. No refunds or transfers will be permitted, regardless of reason.
FINALS INVITATION PROCESS – TEAMS
Teams who successfully complete the registration process and pay the $550 (or $600) Team fee will compete at the Finals. 112 Teams will compete for the Overall National Title in each division. All payments are final. No refunds or transfers will be permitted, regardless of reason.
ONLINE QUALIFIER FOR TEAMS
There is NO online qualifier held for the New Zealand National teams Event.
TEAM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Athletes competing for a team must train primarily at that team’s gym (whether a CrossFit affiliate or not) for the duration of the same year of the relating New Zealand Nationals. New Zealand Nationals requires that the majority of a team member’s training days and workouts take place at the team gym starting June 28th of the competing year.
Team members are required to continue training primarily at the team location until the end of the New Zealand Nationals. In accordance with this rule, creating a team consisting of athletes who train more at other locations than at the team gym is not acceptable. For team athletes to be eligible to compete in any stage of the New Zealand Nationals, they must adhere to the More Than Half Rule. The More Than Half Rule means that team athletes must train at the designated team location more than half of their training days per week, AND must train for more sessions at the team facility than at any other single location or combination of other locations.
Therefore, for the duration of the New Zealand Nationals, the More Than Half Rule requires:
- At least four (4) training days must be completed at the team gym if the athlete trains six (6) or seven (7) days a week.
- At least three (3) training days must be completed at the team gym if the athlete trains four (4) or five (5) days a week.
Teams will consist of three (3) men and three (3) women. Teams who register must train primarily at the same gym (defined as the same physical location) starting no later than June 28th of the current competition season. Athletes may only compete for one team each during the New Zealand Nationals. Any athlete requiring assistance to determine their eligibility for a team should contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to joining the team.
AFFILIATES AND GYMS WITH MORE THAN ONE TEAM, OR NEW AFFILIATES AND GYMS
More than one team may come from an affiliate or gym, as long as all members of each team consistently train at that physical location in accordance with all team rules. Team members may not switch between teams. For gyms or affiliates with multiple locations, EACH location must register its own team. Teams may not include athletes who work out more at other locations (as stipulated above) even if the other locations share a name, owner, membership plan or programming.
Being a trainer or coach at a gym does not automatically qualify that individual to compete for that gym. The trainer must train at the team location in accordance with all team eligibility rules. However, athletes who train at one affiliate or gym and coach at another (or others) must be careful not to blur the line between where they train and where they coach or they may have their eligibility as team athletes challenged, potentially resulting in the disqualification of the athlete and/or team.
An Affiliate or gym which opens within the competition season (after 28th June for the competing year) may enter a team or teams, and that team (and the individuals in that team) may represent the new Affiliate or gym, provided they meet the More Than Half Rule from 30days of opening, onwards. However, if an individual chooses to represent their previous Affiliate or gym, after the new Affiliate or gym opens, they must continue to represent that Affiliate or gym for the remainder of the competition season.
New Zealand Nationals reserve the right to terminate any team, or teammate, or athlete, participating in, any sponsored, sanctioned or supported New Zealand Nationals Event at any time, with no further obligation or duty to such individual.
FINALS REGISTRATION PROCESS – Teams
Once a team has successfully registered for the New Zealand Nationals Finals, the team manager will receive an email from New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees containing instructions for team registration prior to the competition.
FINALS EVENT – ON-SITE BRIEFING
Delivery of the event format, including movement standards and required range of motion, to all participating athletes will occur during daily athlete briefings prior to competition in those events. The Head Judge or a designee of the on-site Director, with or without visual demonstration, will typically deliver briefings. There will be an opportunity for athletes to ask questions at briefings.
Athlete attendance is mandatory for the daily athlete briefings. The time and location of the briefings will be communicated to all athletes. Athletes who are late to, or absent from, a briefing may lose the right to appeal any decision made during the competition and may also be disqualified from further competition.
Demonstration of an event’s movement standards, including the acceptable ranges of motion, or demonstration of unacceptable movements or ranges of motion, is not required. Such demonstration methods will be used as needed. Judges will confirm scores and enforce movement standards for each event an athlete or team performs.
Judges will attend athlete briefings as well as their own briefings to prepare for each event. New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees have the authority to stop or suspend an athlete at any point in competition if he or she feels the athlete is at risk of serious injury to himself/herself or others. Judges are instructed not to touch competition equipment or move equipment during an event unless the equipment will interfere with another athlete’s performance or if there is a legitimate safety concern.
Non-compliance with a judge’s instructions, bickering with or questioning of a judge or staff, attempting to show up or publicly embarrass any judge, staff, sponsor, spectator, other athletes or venue operator or owners, as determined by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees, in its sole and absolute discretion, may result in penalty or disqualification of the athlete from the competition and/or future competitions. This includes derogatory comments from an athlete’s coach, representative, teammate(s), supporters, guests or entourage.
FINALS EVENT – SCORING
Specific scoring formats will be provided when the event formats are announced and during on-site briefings. For teams, any configuration of male, female or total number of athletes contributing to the event score may be used.
Events may have time penalties. Failure to complete an event in the designated time may result in a specified penalty for any portion of the event not completed, or may result in the athlete or team not advancing to the next event, regardless of overall rank.
Events may have a minimum work requirement in terms of the amount of time, repetitions, weight or rounds to be completed in order to advance. Any such minimums will be announced as part of the event format. Failure to complete the minimum work requirement may cause the athlete or team to not advance in the competition.
Events may use chip timing (transponders) for official timing. For chip-timed events, the chip will be placed on the same area of the body for all athletes. The official time for each athlete will be recorded when the transponder reaches the finish mat or crosses the finish line.
If an athlete or team does not advance to the next event for any reason (DNF, injury, etc…), they will be ranked below all competitors or teams who started that event and will be disqualified from the competition.
FINALS EVENT – APPEALS
On-site appeals, event protests, or scoring questions will be filed by the athlete or team with the Head Judge immediately following the event or at the earliest possible opportunity. If the event Head Judge is unavailable, any Director or alternate Head Judge may begin the appeals process. Judgment calls made during an event are final and are not negotiable or subject to change, modification or appeal. In addition, athletes may not protest discrepancies related to the judging, scoring or performance of another athlete or team.
For all on-site appeals, event protests, or scoring questions, the following process will be used:
- The competing athlete OR competing team manager only (no coaches or other athletes may be involved) will state the reason for their appeal and request an Appeals Form from the event Head Judge for the event in question.
- The event Head Judge, the judge(s) involved and the on-site Competition Director will review the submitted Appeal and communicate to complete the fact-finding process for the issue in question.
- The event Head Judge will provide the final decision and resolve the issue.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees have final authority on all athlete event appeal decisions, and may designate this authority to the Head Judge. Video, photos, cell phone media or any other media will not constitute grounds for changing or modifying a decision, score or entry made by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees.
The Head Judge, Competition Director or their designee may ask for any related media, but its availability may or may not guarantee use or admissibility in the overall decision process. Nothing in these procedures concerning event appeals, scoring discrepancies, event movement standards or range of motion requirements should be read as a limitation on New Zealand Nationals right to run or operate any New Zealand Nationals supported, sanctioned or sponsored event as it sees fit in its sole and absolute discretion.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees decisions are final. This includes the right to remove or disqualify any team or athlete at New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees sole and absolute discretion.
FINALS EVENT – INJURY POLICY
Any athlete (individual or team) who is unable to finish an event due to injury, or who requires medical attention following the completion of an event, must receive clearance from the Medical Staff and the Head Judge before being allowed to return to competition.
FINALS EVENT – PROPER ATTIRE/GEAR
Proper workout attire, including shoes, is required for all events. No attire shall interfere with a judge’s ability to determine if the required movement standards and range of motion are being met. The Head Judge has final say on what attire, gear or equipment is allowed on the competition floor. Once an athlete enters the competition floor, they may not receive any outside material assistance (water, tape, chalk, gloves, etc.) from spectators or coaches.
All athletes agree to compete in a sportsmanlike manner. Unsportsmanlike behaviour, such as arguing with an official or representative of the New Zealand Nationals, taunting, heckling, fighting or any conduct that would bring disrepute upon the New Zealand Nationals, the competition, other competitors, or spectators or event sponsors, as determined by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees, in the eyes of the viewing public, may be grounds for penalty, suspension, disqualification, removal from the event, disqualification from future events or legal action.
All athletes agree to put forth suitable effort in every workout or event. Deliberately doing less work, or performing at a level less than one is capable of (referred to as “sandbagging”) in order to gain advantage in another workout or over another athlete or team is prohibited. Any athlete deemed by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees to be “sandbagging” may be penalized or disqualified from competition, as New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees sees fit in its sole discretion.
Any action that prevents another athlete from having a fair opportunity to compete (e.g., abuse or alteration of equipment, refusal to follow instruction) or that interferes with athlete and judge communication (e.g. external noise devices, bull horns, air horns, etc.), or is generally disruptive to the event, is not allowed.
Athletes will be held accountable for the behaviour of their coaches, teammates, team managers, supporters and guests. If the conduct of any member of such group or groups is deemed by New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive to the competition, then the coach, teammate, supporter, guest, and/or athlete is subject to the same disciplinary actions. This is not an exhaustive list and is meant as a guide for the athlete, coaches and other attendees. This is not intended as a limitation on New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employee’s rights to operate the New Zealand Nationals in any manner it sees fit.
New Zealand Nationals reserve the right to terminate any athlete, coach, staff, volunteer, judge, visitor, guest, supporter, teammate and/or spectator participating in, attending or viewing any sponsored, sanctioned or supported New Zealand Nationals Event at any time, with no further obligation or duty to such individual.
All information provided, either in registration submissions, video submissions, scores, times, reps or rounds completed, must be the complete truth. A lack of integrity, or any actions that evince an intent to cheat or circumvent the rules or intent of the rules of the New Zealand Nationals, including lying (as one example), will result in disqualification.
New Zealand Nationals Organisers/staff/employees has and may delegate to an on-site director the absolute authority on any final ruling including, without limitation, disqualification of an athlete, removal of spectator(s) or dismissal of any attendee.