## Proposal 67: Recommend in 1C.7 that "offered" age groups are published when registration opens [ Revision 1 ]

**Committee:**Main Committee

**Submitted**on 2019-05-22

**Status:**

**Passed on June 09, 2019**

### Background

This proposal stems from discussion 88, as does proposal 53 (currently in review).

I have taken the liberty to rework the content of proposal 53 in this proposal, so that the thought flow is more logical, but of course without changing the essence of proposal 53 (assuming it passes).

Generally, competitors like to know about age groups at the time when they register. This proposal therefore recommends that hosts create a set of age groups for each discipline before registration opens, obviously within the rules for that discipline. These should be based on the *maximum* expected number of riders and their age spectrum. The reason that the *maximum* is specified, is that splitting age groups would rarely, if ever, have to be done.

### Proposal

OLD RULE, assuming proposal 53 will pass

**1C.7 Combining Age Groups**

Age groups for events at the start of registration will follow their event rules. Hosts are allowed to expand (add) or compress (remove) age groups if allowed by the event rules. Age group changes must be published.

The final (combined) age groups for all competitions must be published at the latest seven days before the first day of the convention. Once published, age groups will not change even if competitors drop their events.

In a competition with more than 50 riders, six riders are needed to complete an age group. In competitions with less than 50 riders, six in each age group are still highly recommended, however three riders are the minimum to complete an age group. Riders generally enter all events with their age group except for events similar to artistic competitions where there are Junior Expert and Expert categories.

The convention host must combine age groups with less than six riders (three riders for smaller conventions) if needed. This means that published age groups are not guaranteed. This can be done on a per-event (= per-discipline) basis.

When combining, combine the smallest age group (that is, the age group with the smallest number of participants) with its smallest neighboring age group (either up or down). If more than one age group is the smallest, choose the age group with the smallest neighbor for combining. Continue this process until all resulting age groups (combined and/or original) have at least the minimum required/recommended number of participants. Male age groups are never combined with female age groups.

NEW RULE

**1C.7 Age Groups**

**1C.7.1 Initial Age Groups**

It is recommended that hosts publish ("offer") a set of initial age groups for each discipline before registration opens, based on the maximum expected number of riders and their age spectrum. When publishing, it must be made clear that these initial age groups are not necessarily final. Obviously, initial age groups must follow the event rules for each discipline.**1C.7.2 Combining Age Groups**

Later in the registration period or after registration closes, final age groups will be created based on the initial age groups. This is done by combining initial age groups where needed, as follows:

In a competition with more than 50 riders, six riders are needed to complete an age group. In competitions with less than 50 riders, six in each age group are still highly recommended, however three riders are the minimum to complete an age group. Riders generally enter all events with their age group except for events similar to artistic competitions where there are Junior Expert and Expert categories.

The convention host must combine age groups with less than six riders (three riders for smaller conventions) if needed. This means that initial age groups are not guaranteed. The combining process can be done on a per-event (= per-discipline) basis.

When combining, combine the smallest age group (that is, the age group with the smallest number of participants) with its smallest neighboring age group (either up or down). If more than one age group is the smallest, choose the age group with the smallest neighbor for combining. Continue this process until all resulting age groups (combined and/or original) have at least the minimum required/recommended number of participants. Male age groups are never combined with female age groups.

In exceptional cases it may be decided to split initial age groups.

The final (combined) age groups for all competitions must be published at the latest seven days before the first day of the convention. Once published, age groups will not change even if competitors drop their events.

### Body

See Background

### References

https://iuf-rulebook-2018.committees.unicycling-software.com/discussions/88

### Discussion

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### Votes on this proposal:

**19**
out of
**23**
voting members have voted.

**Agree:**
**14**,
**Disagree:**
**2**,
**Abstain:**
**3**.