Prior to the start of a competition, competitors must be given the opportunity to zero their rifles on paper targets at the shooting range for a period of 45 minutes, which must begin one hour before and end no later than 5 minutes before the first start. At IBU events, the zeroing time for the Pursuit, Mass Start and Relay competitions is 30 minutes long and must end 15 minutes before the start, without any paper target change. Paper targets used for zeroing must be placed at the same level (or behind) and the same distance (max. + 20 cm) from the shooting lane as the competition targets. -Recently, new electronic device was developed for zeroing. -Rules were changed, from “only paper targets for zeroing” to “fully electronic targets may be used” -It’s not common competition target. It is fully electronic target developed for zeroing. Competitors’ materials/equipment and clothing must be inspected before the start and after the finish of a competition. Disqualification : Taking part in a competition with a rifle not correctly marked – Rifle : trigger pressure may be checked,
Ski : only marked – Spare rifles may be checked as well. – There are lots of athletes wearing headphone Final Check Before Start : That the competitor is not in possession of any wireless communication/listening device -This is to block any communication. The devices to listen only music are also prohibited. Start Prohibition : appearing for start with the wrong start number, or no start number/ thigh number, due to a mistake made by the athletes or their teams; The start number colors that must be used within a team are: red for the starting member, green for the second, yellow for the third and blue for the fourth. Disqualification : participation in a competition with start number sequence color that has not been assigned to them on the competition start list the 2 km course must be marked red, the 2.5 km course green, the 3km course yellow, the 3.3 km course blue and the 4 km course brown. Disqualification : starting outside the start window in the sprint or individual competition – Athletes may start on the time in the start list. If competitors activate the gate within 3 seconds before or 3 seconds after the time designated in the start list. The electronically recorded time when the gate is activated will be considered the start time. If a competitor starts more than 3 seconds later than the scheduled start time, They must start at the first possible opportunity as directed by the assistant starter, without obstructing other competitors. Starting more than 3 seconds later than the scheduled start time, the competitor’s time will begin from the scheduled time of start. If an athlete competes in a pursuit and starts up to max. three seconds before the officially assigned start time, a thirty second penalty will be imposed. Disqualification : starting more than three seconds earlier than the assigned start time in a pursuit competition – In this case, she started 1 second earlier. Thus, 30 sec. penalty was imposed. Next time, let’s check Shooting !