Most triathletes come to races with only a rudimentary understanding of the rules of the sport. Indeed, few have ever read through the Competitive Rules in its entirety available at usatriathlon.org. In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, I hope you will take the time to read the following summary of Position Violations, which you probably know as the drafting rules.
I have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember:
Remember, you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are trained referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee’s ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties. Marshals commonly cite the following violations:
Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for each occurrence, if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified.
Always have your chinstrap securely fastened! The chinstrap rule is the easiest to follow, but some folks always seem to forget – that’s a DQ! This applies to before and after the race as well while at the race venue site (even warming up or going back to your car after the race).
Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.
All that being said, I hope you have a great race, lots of fun, and achieve all your goals.