Rules of The BNLA
Competition formats and rules are flexible and decided by the hosting gyms to allow them to maintain their own personality, however they must be CLEARLY DEFINED, FAIR, CONSISTENT, and STRICTLY ADHERED TO.
Competitions must be two (2) to three (3) distinctly different rounds, and produce a clear winner and ranking for all competitors. In the event of a tie, a suitable tiebreaker must be used to decide who finishes ahead.
The tie breaker is to be decided by the hosting gym, but must be fair and not to the advantage or disadvantage of any particular contestant.
Please note that in the interest of time, it is preferable that the tiebreaker is kept short to give a quick decision. (i.e. a short speed course or physical challenge)
The rules must be clearly defined and outlined to all of the contestants prior to the competition and during the course walk through. Boundaries must be clearly defined and marked, and the use of structures other than obstacles, for example support beams or bracings, must be clearly described as in or out. Violation of rules, i.e. stepping out of bounds or grabbing a support beam to maintain balance etc. must be strictly enforced and appropriately penalised.
FALLS are defined as failure to complete an obstacle, touching an area out of bounds, or violation of rules. Incidental contact where no advantage is gained can be permitted, for example a foot brushes the floor on a swinging obstacle or a shirt brushes the floor on a cargo net with no weight transferring to the floor in both cases. It is up to the gym to decide whether FALLS result in ending the round for the contestant, time penalties, or point deductions etc. This is decided based on the competition format and must be consistently enforced and adhered to for all competitors throughout the competition.
Gym owners, personnel and employees are permitted to enter ranking competitions, providing they have had no input or involvement what so ever in the planning or design of the courses.