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CHAPTER 2 GENERAL RULES FOR COMPETITION

Article 6 Types of Competition

6.1 Types of Competition

1) Individual
2) Team
3) Individual & Team

6.2 Competition Classification by Age

1) Adult
2) Youth
3) Children

Article 7 Competition Events

7.1 Changquan (Long-fist) abbrev: CQ

7.2 Nanquan (Southern-fist) abbrev: NQ

7.3 Taijiquan (Shadow boxing) abbrev: TJQ

7.4 Daoshu (Broadsword) abbrev: DS

7.5 Jianshu (Sword) abbrev: JS

7.6 Nandao (Southern broadsword) abbrev: ND

7.7 Taijijian (Taiji sword) abbrev: TJJ

7.8 Qiangshu (Spear) abbrev: QS

7.9 Gunshu (Cudgel) abbrev: GS

7.10 Nangun (Southern-style cudgel) abbrev: NG

7.11 Duilian (Dual Events) abbrev: DL: Without weapons; with weapons; and Bare Hands against weapons.

7.12 Jiti (Group Events) abbrev: JT

Article 8 Competition Divisions (age limits)

8.1 Adult (above 18);

8.2 Youth (from 12 to 18);

8.3 Children (under 12 years).

Article 9 Appeals

9.1 Scope of Appeals
The Jury of Appeal will only accept and conduct a hearing submitted by a protester when:
1) he or she is against the deduction made by the head judge or the decision of the judges in group C;
2) the "presumed mistake" is made on his or her own team competitors.

9.2 Procedures & Requirements for Appeals

If a team leader or a team coach disagrees with the judges' decision made upon his or her competitors, he or she is entitled to submit a formal written appeal to the Jury of Appeal within 15 minutes at the end of the event concerned. The Appeal Fee of US$100 must be paid. Each appeal is limited to one issue. In conducting the hearing, the Jury of Appeal will examine all evidences provided including videotapes. If the decision proved correct the protester must be abided by the Jury of Appeal s decision. Refuse to accept the Jury of Appeal's decision, the Jury can take further action against the protester suggesting the Technical Committee to take disciplinary action,including the cancellation of competition results. If the appeal proves to be justified, the Jury of Appeal shall propose to the Technical Committee to take disciplinary actions against the judges who made mistake. The Appeal Fee shall be returned. All parties involved will be notified of the results on time.

Article 10 Start-List

Under the supervision of the Competition Committee and the Chief Referee, the Programming and Recording group will use draw-lots system to determine the competitors' Start-List for each event. If the competition requires a qualifying phrase and finals, the Start-List in the finals shall be determined by their qualifying scores (lowest score vs. the first score).

Article 11 Registry (Roll-Call)

Competitors must report to the designated place 40 minutes before the events start for the First Roll-Call where the costumes and apparatus are being checked. The Second Roll-Call will be done 20 minutes before the event. The Final Roll-Call in 10 minutes before the event.

Article 12 Protocol

When being called the competitor must salute the Head Judge with palm-and fist.

Article 13 Timekeeping

The Timekeeper will start the stop-watch when the competitor begins to move and stops the stop-watch when the competitor brings his/her feet together into the standing position (at the end of the Taolu).

Article 14 Display of Score

The results of the competitors will be displayed on the score monitor.

Article 15 Forfeiture

If a competitor fails to report at the designated place after the Final Roll-Call or absent during competition, he/she will be forfeited from the event.

Article 16 Anti-doping Test

Anti-doping Test will be conducted according to the Olympic Charter and the IOC regulations.

Article 17 Placing

17.1 Individual & Dual Placing

Placing will be awarded according to the competitors' score in the competition. The competitor who has the highest score will be the winner (1st place) and the one with the second highest score will win the 2nd place, so on and so forth.

17.2 Individual All Round Placing

Individual all round placing will be determined by the total scores of each individual event (or according to the rules and regulations for that particular competition set earlier). The highest score will be awarded 1st place; the second highest score will be 2nd place, so on and so forth.

17.3 Group Event Placing

The group with the highest score will be awarded 1st place; the group with second highest score will be 2nd place, so on and so forth.

17.4 Team Placing

Team placing will be determined by the regulations of that particular competition.

17.5 Tied Scores

1) Tied in Individual Events
When individuals have the same scores, placing will decided according to the following tie-break order:

(1) The competitor who successfully completed the higher degree of movement difficulty shall be placed higher;
(2) If the scores still remain the same, the winner will be the one who has completed more advanced degree of difficult movements;
(3) If the scores still remain the same, the winner will be the one with higher scores in difficulty;
(4) If the scores still remain the same, the winner will be the one with higher scores in overall performance;
(5) If the scores still remain the same, the winner will be the one who has higher scores among lower scores in overall performance;
(6) If the scores still remain the same a tied placing will be awarded;
(7) In competitions with qualifying phrase and finals, if the total result of the two competitions are the same, the competitor with the highest score in the qualifying phrase will be awarded the highest place. If the tied still remains, placing will be determined as in cases (1) - (7).
(8) If the scores still remain the same in events without difficult movements, placing will be determined as in cases (4), (5) and (6).

2) Tied in Individual All Round Event

The competitor who ranked first in more individual events shall be placed higher. If the tied still remains then the competitor who achieved second places in more individual events shall be placed higher. In case of equal ranking in all individual events, then a tie-placing shall be proclaimed.

3) Tie in Group & Dual Events

If the scores are the same in Group or Dual Events, it will be determined as in cases (2) -(4) of article 17.5.1.

4) Tied in Team Events
In the team competition, the team which ranked first in more individual events shall be

placed higher. If the tie still remains, then the team with more second places in individual events shall be placed higher, and so on and so forth. In case of equal ranking in all individual events, the tied -placing will be proclaimed.

Article 18 Applications for the Recognition & Grading of Innovative Movements

18.1 Principals for Innovation

All innovative movements must conform with the specific characteristics of Wushu and the principles of movement, requiring a high level of physical preparation and skill; and the degree of difficulty must be at least of Cat. B or higher and must not appear in the Tables for Degree Of Movements Difficulties and Value in Optional Events.

18.2 Application Procedures

Each team is allowed to submit an application (for Degree of Difficulty for Innovative Movement) for each routine. The applicant must fill-up an Application Form for the "Assessment of Optional Routine Innovation" and supply a technical chart and a videotape of the competitor's movement. The
application and its attachments must be sent to the IWUF Technical Committee at least sixty (60) days before the opening ceremony.

18.3 The Assessment Committee
The Assessment Committee will consist of 5 to 7 wushu experts appointed by the IWUF Technical Committee. Its main function is to examine the Taolu Innovation Application handed in by the teams.

18.4 Assessment Procedure

The Assessment Committee will consider the application referring to the innovation principle; a majority resolution is required for the movement to be accepted. Once accepted the Committee will name the movement; set-up the degree of difficulty, allocate the points to be awarded for its successful execution and points to be deducted for errors. The Committee will inform the applicant about the committee's decision. If the application is successful, the Committee will made a written report to the Jury of Appeal and the judges before the competition starts.

Article 19 Other Competition Regulations

19.1 Application for Registering the Degree of Difficulty

Each competitor must select movements for the events which he or she entered for, with different degrees of difficulty according to the Competition Rules and Regulations; and fill-up the Registration Form for the "Degree of Difficulty and Points for Optional Taolu" via Internet, and counter-signed by the Team Coach and later submit it to the HostingOrganization, at least thirty (30) days before the opening ceremony.

19.2 Time Limits for Taolu Competitions

1) Changquan, Nanquan, Jianshu, Daoshu, Qiangshu, Gunshu, Nandao & Nangun not less than 1 minute 20 seconds; and not less than 1 minute 10 seconds for youth & children's categories.
2) Optional Taijiquan, Taijijian and Group Event not less than 3-4 minutes; Compulsory Taijiquan not less than 5-6 minutes;
3) Dual Events not less than 50 seconds.

19.3 Events with Music

Taolu competitions with music (only instrumental music, no lyrics).
A competitor must use instrumental music and not lyrics to accompany his or her Taolu choreography during performance.

19.4 Dress Code

All officials shall wear the IWUF Standard Contest Officials uniforms, IWUF logo badge and IWUF Identity and Accreditation Card.All competitors shall wear IWUF Standard Taolu Contests costumes and the Competition Code Number during competitions.

19.5 Competition Area

Individual events shall be conducted on a carpet of 14 m x 8 m, surrounded by a safety area of 2 m around the carpet. Group events shall be conducted on a carpet of 16 m x 14 m, surrounded by a safety area of 1meter around the carpet.The edges of the carpet must be marked with a white border of 5 cm wide.The ceiling over the carpet must be at least 8 m in height.The distance between two (2) carpets must be at least 6 m apart.High-level competitions should be done on a raised platform of 50 to 60 cm tall.The platform should be lighted from above and must meet the requirements of the Competition Lighting Systems as stated in the Regulations.

19.6 Competition Apparatus

1) All apparatus must be conformed to the specific requirements set by the International Wushu Federation.

2) The competitor holds the apparatus with the left arm straighten and the tip of the Jian or Dao must touch his or her ear-top. The required length of the Gun shall not be shorter than the performer's height. The required length of Qiang shall not be shorter than the performer's fingertips while standing with his or her left hand held above the head.

19.7 Competition Recording Equipments

In large-scale competitions, the minimum requirement for the competition recording are as follows:
a) four (4) video cameras (at least),
b) three (3) video players,
c) three (3) television sets,
d) a computerised scoring system and a good sound system.

19.8 This rule can be adopted in all IWUF Taolu competitions.

 

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