It is imperative that every athlete (and their parents) understands the equipment rules applicable to their age group.
The same rules apply for training and competition.
Any breach of equipment rules will result in race disqualification or dismissal from training sessions. The following rules are found on the FIS website.
The maximum height allowed between the base of the boot and the top of the sole inside the boot is 43mm. This includes both hard and soft material.
The use of crash helmets is compulsory for all events. Only helmets with shell and padding covering the head and ears are allowed. They must also have no spoilers or protruding parts.
Racing helmets must meet the relevant FIS specifications. While both hard and some soft eared helmets meet standards for slalom, only hard eared helmets meet the additional higher standards for GS.
In light of the “higher” safety rating and the variability of our snow conditions, the TSRC committee strongly recommends having a “full” or “hard eared” helmet for all disciplines. Manufacturers such as POC, Uvex, Giro and Carerra all produce full racing helmets with pre-drilled holes for chin guard attachment.
Economically, one helmet can then be used for all disciplines.
The SSA Rule as it applies to U16s says ” all U12, U14 and U16 athletes will be required to wear FIS compliant helmets in the SSA National Children’s Series” This rule is on the SSA Website in the Alpine Section as “Helmet Rules”
The FIS Rule which defines ” a FIS Compliant Helmet” is set out in the “FIS Alpine Competition Equipment Rules”. A copy is attached and the relevant part is 6.1 and following.
In summary the FIS Rule says:
- For Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill competitors must use a FIS approved helmet which has the sticker as per below (which signifies its compliance with the FIS standard)
- For Slalom athletes may use either a helmet with the Sticker which shows the helmet complies with the higher standard that is required for Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill or a helmet that conforms to the (lower standards) as set out EN 1077 (Class B) or ASTN 2040 standard. Specifically, ‘soft ear’ helmets may be used for slalom. Helmets that conform to EN 1077 (Class B) or ASTN 2040 should have a label or sticker to that effect.
Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill FIS compliant helmets must display the appropriate FIS sticker
The back protector must adapt to the anatomical bend of the athlete’s spine and lie flat against the body. The top edge of the back protector must be situated in the area of the spinal column and may not go above the 7th cervical vertebrae (C7). The maximum thickness must be in the middle part and may not exceed 45 mm; the thickness reduces at the edges of the back protector. Designs with the view to improve aerodynamic properties are forbidden. The back protector must be worn underneath the competition suit.
Back protectors are compulsory for TSRC training.