Rules to play Canoeing
Canoeing is a paddle sport in which you kneel or sit facing forward in an open or closed decked cano
1. Playing area
The playing area shall be rectangular, and have a length of 35 metres and a width of 23 metres. The ImmediateSurround of the playing area shall be an unobstructed area of water, with where possible a minimum width of 1 metre outside all boundaries. The water throughout the playing area must be still water at least 90 cms deep. There must be a clear height of at least 3 metres without obstacles, and a minimum ceiling height of 5 metres, above the playing area. There shall be a walkway on each side of the playing area kept clear for the referees.
2. Playing area boundaries and markers
The longer boundaries are to be referred to as the sidelines, the shorter boundaries as the goal lines. The sidelines and goal lines are to be indicated by a floating lane rope.The section of the goal line 4 metres either side of the centre of the goal frame should be free from floats so as not to interfere with the positioning of the goalkeeper. Markers indicating the goal lines, half way line and points 6 metres from each goal line are to be placed along the sidelines, and be clearly visible to both referees and players. Markers indicating the substituteareas are to be placed on the goal lines four metres either side of the centre of the goal frame, and be clearly visible to both referees and players.
Each goal will be located over the centre of each goal line with their lower inside edge 2 metres above the surface of the water. Each goal is to be held in such a way that it is prevented from swinging or moving. The goal supports should not interfere with any player defending or manoeuvring around the goal area, or with the flight of the ball in the area of play.
Each goal will consist of an open frame 1 metre high by 1.5 metres wide (measured internally) hung vertically. The maximum width of a material used to construct the goal frame will be 5 centimetres. The goal frames should not have any vertical or horizontal bars parallel to the main goal frame which may cause the ball to rebound out of the goal frame. The front face of the frame must be free from any loose netting, net fastenings or sharp edges which may impede the flight of the ball or damage the ball or players equipment. The front face of the frame must be red and white striped each stripe being of 20 cms length. For venues involving multiple fields all goals must be identical.
Each goal is to have a net made from a strong shock absorbing material, which allows the ball to pass freely through the goal frame but indicate clearly that a goal has been scored. The net shall be a minimum of fifty (50) centimetres deep and have no loose or hanging ends which may interfere with players or their equipment or blow in the wind or that may impede the ball entering the goal.
4. The ball
Size 5 will be used for Open. Size 4 will be used for Ladies and Youth.The ball shall be round and shall have an air chamber with a selfclosing valve. It shall be waterproof, without external strapping or any covering of grease or similar substance.The weight of the ball shall be not less than 400 grams and not more than 450 grams.
For games played by Men, Under21 Men and Master Men, the circumference of the ball shall not be less than 68 cms and not more than 71 cms, and its pressure shall be 9097 kPa (kilo pascals).For games played by Women, Under21 Women and Master Women, the circumference of the ball shall not be less than 65 cms and not more than 67 cms, and its pressure shall be 8390 kPa (kilo pascals).
5. Game officials
The game officials shall consist of two 2 referees, 2 goal line judges, 1 scrutineer, 2 timekeepers and 1 scorekeeper.Depending on the degree of importance games can be controlled by teams of between 3 and 8 officials. Where there are only 3 game officials, 2 shall be the referees who shall take on the additional duties of the goal line judges and the scrutineer and one timekeeper taking over the duties of the timekeepers and scorekeeper.
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