Rules

RULES AND REGULATIONS XI

ATHLETES & PRO TEAMS

GENERAL

1. Ski Classics Pro Tour season XI is defined as 1st May 2020 until 18th April 2021. Ski Classics Challengers season XI is defined as 4th of April 2020 until 12th of April 2021.

2. Ski Classics Rules and Regulations are valid on top of the FIS rules (ICR). Athletes must act in accordance to FIS (ICR) and Ski Classics rules and regulations.

a Ski Classics appointed Race Director is responsible for and has the right to amend the Ski Classics rules and regulations.

b Ski Classics Race Director has the right to act upon violations of the rules.

c Ski Classics Race Director is part of the Competition Jury.

Pro Team License

3. Athletes must be registered as a member of an official Ski Classics Pro Team latest 48 hours before an even and have a valid FIS-license in order to compete for Ski Classics points and prize money.

4. Pro Teams must hold a Pro Team License to be part of Ski Classics. The Pro Team License gives the right to register a Pro Team.

a To apply for a Pro Team License, a presentation of the Pro Team including the information specified in Appendix 7 shall be sent to racedirector@skiclassics.com.

b To be granted a Pro Team License, the Pro Team must consist of minimum four and maximum ten athletes, including two athletes of both genders in each team, and have a Pro Team name including the word “team”.

c Ski Classics has the sole right at own decision to hand out Pro Team Licenses. No Pro Team License will be granted a Pro Team with outstanding invoices from Ski Classics.

d Top 15 Pro Teams registered previous Ski Classics season are guaranteed a Pro Team License if registered before 1st September 2020.

e When a Pro Team License has been granted, Pro Team shall register at www.skiclassics.com no later than 15th of September 2020. By registering, the Pro Team accepts Ski Classics Rules and Regulations. Number of registered Ski Classics Pro Teams is limited to 35.

f Late Pro Team registrations may be accepted by Ski Classics.

g Participation in Livigno Pro Team Tempo and Livigno Prologue is mandatory for Pro Teams.

5. Ski Classics athletes are not allowed to change Pro Teams during the season, and Pro Teams are not allowed to unregister athletes during the season.

6. Athletes are guaranteed start entries in each event if the following criteria are fulfilled:

a The athlete is registered in a Pro Team.

b The athlete has a valid FIS license.

c The athlete is registered to each event through Ski Classics before end of 15th September 2020. Athletes registered after September 15th will not be guaranteed a start place.

d An athlete will start in the elite group if the athlete has a Ski Classics ranking that ensure a place in the elite group.

7. When registered to events through Ski Classics, athletes accept each event’s participation rules.

a Registration of athletes to Ski Classics events is done when registering a Pro Team at www.skiclassics.com, registration is open until 15th September 2020.

b 2020/2021 the registration fee is Euro 70 per athlete and event.

c Ski Classics will invoice the total registration fee of event registrations made through Ski Classics.

d Event registrations made through Ski Classics can only be transferred to Pro Team athletes within the same Pro Team.

e Registrations after 15th September 2020 are made directly to each event according to each event’s own rules, no start place is guaranteed and late registration fees may be different than in point b above.

8. The Pro Teams should have a written agreement with their registered athletes in order to ensure that they accept the rules of Ski Classics, including the Anti-doping agreement in Appendix 8. The Anti–doping agreements should be scanned and emailed to racedirector@skiclassics.com when the athlete is registered in Ski Classics.

9. Ski Classics will invoice the Pro Team License fee after the registration has been completed. The fee is EUR 1500 + VAT for registration made until 1st September and EUR 2000 + VAT until 15th September. Ski Classics may approve late Pro Team registrations after 15th September 2020, late entry license fee of EUR 3000 + VAT will apply. Pro Team License fee is not refundable and must be paid before Pro Team may collect points in a Ski Classics event. For the License fee each team receives in return from Ski Classics:

a 10 tickets to the Ski Classics Final Banquet.

b 10 Ski Classics Official Pro Team vests (works as accreditation permits for the Pro Team staff).

c Team name in Ski Classics TV-graphics.

d Information at the Ski Classics Pro Team page on
www.skiclassics.com.

e Right to brand the team as a “Ski Classics Official Pro Team”.

f Possibility to acquire VIP hospitality tickets to the Ski Classics VIP-trailer.

8. The Pro Teams should have a written agreement with their registered athletes in order to ensure that they accept the rules of Ski Classics, including the Anti-doping agreement in Appendix 8. The Anti–doping agreements should be scanned and emailed to racedirector@skiclassics.com when the athlete is registered in Ski Classics.

9. Ski Classics will invoice the Pro Team License fee after the registration has been completed. The fee is EUR 1500 + VAT for registration made until 1st September and EUR 2000 + VAT until 15th September. Ski Classics may approve late Pro Team registrations after 15th September 2020, late entry license fee of EUR 3000 + VAT will apply. Pro Team License fee must be paid before Pro Team may collect points in a Ski Classics event. For the License fee each team receives in return from Ski Classics:

a 10 tickets to the Ski Classics Final Banquet.

b 10 Ski Classics Official Pro Team vests (works as accreditation permits for the Pro Team staff).

c Team name in Ski Classics TV-graphics.

d Information at the Ski Classics Pro Team page on www.skiclassics.com.

e Right to brand the team as a “Ski Classics Official Pro Team”.

f Possibility to acquire VIP hospitality tickets to the Ski Classics VIP-trailer.

POINTS

10. Ski Classics points are awarded according to the points table below.

11. Ski Classics Race Director may retain collected Ski Classics individual and/or Pro Team points if an athlete is violating rules in an event. Protests and technical violation claims must be handed in to the Race Director within 60 minutes after the winner finishes the event by handing over a written protest to the Jury, or emailing to protest@skiclassics.com. Protests are handled according to FIS ICR-rules. All results are final one hour after the event winner has finished and the Jury has checked protests. Exception will be made for doping violation cases.

12. All Ski Classics athletes shall be available for the media. Points may be retained from the Pro Team if athletes are not available for:

a Short comments for media on event day, prior to start.

b Pro Team members and team captain must be present at press conference/interviews if they are invited.

c Available for questions from media immediately after finish and after the flower ceremony.

d Top 3 finishing men and women + bib holders must be present in ProTeam Zone until Flower ceremony is completed.

13. An athlete must finish the race in order to receive points in the Champion, Youth, Sprint or Climb competition.

14. In the event of a dead-heat between two competitors the points for the places will be added together and divided by two (e.g. in a dead-heat for 1st and 2nd places, both athletes will receive (200+170)/2 = 185 points).

15. If two or more athletes score the same number of points after the final event in any competitions, the winner is the athlete who has:

a The best results (i.e. most 1st, most 2nd and most 3rd places etc.) in the specific competition.

b If still equal in Climb or Sprint bib competitions, the final ranking in the Champion bib competition will be decisive.

If the athletes are still equal, two (or more) winners will be awarded. The prize money for the places will be added together and divided (e.g. in a dead-heat for 1st and 2nd places, both athletes will receive the prize money of the 1st and 2nd place divided in 2).

16. All Pro Team athletes may calculate the single best result from a Ski Classics Challengers event per season in the Champion and Youth bib competition. Challengers event points are handed out according to Appendix 2. Challengers points will be counted in Champion and Youth competitions after finish of the following Pro Tour event.

RACE

17. Each Pro Team participating in a Ski Classics event shall have a representative present at the event’s Team Captains meeting on site or online on the day prior to the race. The meeting is held at 16:30 local time unless otherwise stated from the race organizer. Pro Teams may collect bibs 13.00-16.15 in Ski Classics trailer.

18. Ski Classics athletes mandatorily have to wear provided bibs. They additionally have to use the provided GPS devices, if selected.

19. If a color bib holder doesn’t start at the event or holds more than one bib, the highest ranked available athlete in each bib competition will wear the bib.

20. During elite finish only finishing athletes are allowed in the finish area.

SKI CLASSICS CHALLENGERS

21. Ski Classics Challengers events are presented at ww.vismaskiclassics.com. The list of Challenger events will be updated continuously through the season.

a Challengers events are held in cross country or roller skiing, in classic or free technique.

b Registrations to Challengers events are made directly to the event.

c Ski Classics VIP athletes get free entry to Challenger events.

d Challengers event organization is responsible for distribution of prize money.

e Ski Classics Challengers points are distributed according to points table above.

f Ski Classics Pro Team athletes will count their single best Challengers result (points) in the Champion and Youth competitions.

SKI CLASSICS RANKING

22. The SC Ranking is the international ranking system for long distance skiing including athletes of both genders and any level of performance.

a At each Pro Tour and Challengers event, SC Ranking points are distributed to all participants based on the percentual time a participant is behind the winning time in respective gender.

b The winner of each gender at Pro Tour event receives 2.000.000 points and at Challenger events 500.000 points.

c At Pro Tour events the winner receives 200.000 bonus points, 2nd placed 100.000 bonus points and 3rd placed 40.000 bonus points.

d SC Ranking ranks athletes on their 15 best event points the latest 24 months. SC Ranking is updated every Monday.

e Top 10 Pro Team male athletes and top 10 Pro Team female athletes in the SC Ranking are considered the Ski Classics VIP.

SKI CLASSICS – LIVIGNO PRO TEAM TEMPO RULES

23. The Pro Team Tempo is organized as an interval start competition with block starts, one Pro Team is starting at a time in reversed order according to the Pro Team ranking of previous season. The gap between the blocks are 3 minutes.

24. The finishing time of the 3rd ranked male of the team will count for the classification.  All Pro Team female athletes start in a pursuit calculated on the total male time, all female athletes of a Pro Team start together at the same start time. First female athlete to finish the pursuit decides the result of the Pro Team Tempo. The Pro Team Tempo points are handed out according to points table, Appendix 2. In the Pro Team Tempo, minimum 3 skiers per team must start in order for the Pro Team to receive Pro Team points.

25. If the Pro Team has less than 3 male athletes finishing, the Pro Team’s female athletes will start 30 seconds after last female in the pursuit. If no female is starting in the pursuit the Pro Team will be placed after the last female athlete finishing the pursuit according to the male Pro Team time. In the female race, the Race Director can decide to use wave start.

26. All Pro Team athletes starting and finishing within 20% of the winning time in the Pro Team Tempo will get 50 individual bonus points in the Champion bib competition.

SKI CLASSICS – LIVIGNO PROLOGUE RULES

Prologue start

27. Women Competition Mass Start with seeding according to the current ranking.

28. Men Competition Mass Start with seeding according to the current ranking. The men competition starts after the women’s competition has finished.

29. Last season’s color bib holders will wear the bibs at the Livigno Prologue.

Points calculation

30. Points in the Champion and Pro Team competitions points are handed out in ordinary values. In the Sprint and Climb competitions 50% of the points in Appendix 2 will be handed out.

GRAND CLASSICS

31. At Grand Classics events Champion points will be handed out according to Appendix 2. Grand Classics events must guarantee a minimum net prize money fund of €30.000 (latest season XII 2021/2022). The Pro Team athlete who wins all four Grand Classics events in one season completes a Grand Slam.

PRIZE MONEY & VIP REMUNERATION

32. Pro Tour events guarantees a minimum prize fund, net after (when applicable) withholding taxes that the Event organization is legally obligated to withhold and after (if applicable) VAT and social security charges for the Event organization, of EUR 20.000 and Grand Classics event EUR 30.000 (at latest season XII 2021/2022). Event prize money amounts, net after (when applicable) withholding taxes that the Event organization is legally obligated to withhold and after (if applicable) VAT and social security charges for the Event organization, are specified in Appendix 11.

Ski Classics athletes must participate in the flower ceremony and price ceremony of the event (if arranged) in order to receive event prize money. If an athlete cannot participate, the Pro Team Director shall immediately notify the event organization.

33. Event organizations are obliged to pay VIP remuneration of EUR 195 + VAT per athlete and event, to the Ski Classics VIP group. To receive the VIP remuneration, athletes must start in the event and attend press conference, interviews, flower and prize ceremony if invited. If an event is cancelled later than 7 days prior to the race day the event organization is obliged to pay the VIP remuneration.

34. Event organizations are obliged to pay VIP remuneration of EUR 195 + VAT per athlete and event, to the Ski Classics VIP group. To receive the VIP remuneration, athletes must start in the event and attend press conference, interviews, flower and prize ceremony if invited. If an event is cancelled later than 7 days prior to the race day the event organization is obliged to pay the VIP remuneration.

35. Ski Classics Pro Teams and athletes must participate in the price ceremony at the Ski Classics Final banquet in order to receive overall season prize money. If an athlete cannot participate in the Ski Classics Final due to illness and/or reasons beyond the athlete’s control, the athlete must submit documentation stating clearly the reasons for not attending. The document must be certified by a medical doctor and submitted to the Race Director in order for the athlete’s points to be valid for the overall results. Overall prize money is distributed according to following graphic.

36. Overall season prize money, and Livigno prize money and VIP remuneration must be invoiced Ski Classics latest May 31st, 2021.

a Invoices shall be sent by a registered company, owned either by Pro Team or individual Pro Team athlete. The company must be registered in the home country of the Pro Team or Pro Team athlete and shall apply and follow the rules and regulations regarding tax and VAT of this country.

b Prize money and VIP remuneration shall be invoiced in EUR without VAT applied.

c Invoices shall include the following information:

  • Company name
  • Invoice date
  • Invoice number
  • Due date with payment terms of 30 days
  • Amount of prize money (EUR)
  • IBAN number of the bank account
  • BIC number of the bank account
  • Registration/VAT number of the company

AND

  • If the company is registered in an EU country the following text must be written on the invoice “Reverse charge on VAT”.

OR

  • If the company is registered in a non-EU country the following text must be written on the invoice “Article 44 VAT directive”.

MARKETING

37. Ski Classics official Pro Teams shall have the Ski Classics Pro Team logo on their homepage, hyperlinked to www.skiclassics.com. Ski Classics official Pro Teams shall use Ski Classics common top header menu on their homepage, html code is provided by Ski Classics.

38. Ski Classics and the Events part of Ski Classics, may use photos and videos of registered Pro Teams and athletes in order to market Ski Classics with prior permission or remuneration.

39. Pro Teams are encouraged to share Ski Classics content in social media and other channels, and to share their own content and news with Ski Classics by email to: press@skiclassics.com.