THE ALL ENGLAND ROLLER CLUB
UPDATED AS OF THE 2012 A.E.R.C A.G.M
- Members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible to fly in A.E.R.C competitions. (2009 a.g.m)
- The closing date for entries into the flying competitions will be strictly adhered to. (1996 a.g.m)
- A kit shall comprise of 15-20 birds to be declared by the fancier before liberation; to be scored as a 20 bird kit. (2001 a.g.m)
- A young bird kit shall comprise of birds wearing current years rings
- A yearling kit shall comprise of birds wearing previous year’s rings.
- An old bird kit shall comprise of birds wearing other than current year’s rings.
- All birds must wear closed rings issued by any recognised pigeon club or society, by any roller club or by the N.P.A. The judge shall inspect the kit to satisfy themselves of the above.
- All birds entered into A.E.R.C competitions must have the standard R roller ring “A” size on them. This is to be checked by the judge when inspecting the birds ready for competition. (1996 a.g.m)
- A competitor must furnish a list of ring numbers of the birds comprising his kit, all A.E.R.C rung birds must be the bona-fide property of the competitor whether by breeding, recorded transfer or purchase.
- No pigeon can be duplicated in any AERC competition (2012 a.g.m)
- Should a member enter a yearling kit in competition, this kit cannot be duplicated into the old bird competition. I.e. enter your yearlings in the yearling competition or into the old bird competition but NOT both. The winner of the yearling fly wins the yearling trophy, and the winner of the old bird fly wins the old bird trophy. (1994 a.g.m)
- Members must inform the judge what kit (I.e. young bird, yearling or old bird) that they intend to fly when the judge arrives at the competitor’s home. They should also state this on the fly entry from and the judges score sheet along with a full list of ring numbers.
- Members can fly a maximum of three (3) kits only in the A.E.R.C annual flies with any permutation i.e. ( 1 y/b 1 y & 1 o/b) ( 2 o/b & 1 y) 1 y/b& 1 y) etc. (1997 a.g.m)
- Members withdrawing entered kits from the competition should notify the secretary at least 24 hours before the scheduled time to fly. Failure to do so will result in a report being submitted to the committee for action. (1991 a.g.m)
- No competitors will be penalised for changing kits prior to the fly i.e. young to old or old to young etc. Members must inform the judge of the change when he arrives at their home, and also state the change on the judges score sheet. (1994 a.g.m)
- A.E.R.C members cannot transfer their fly entries to another competitor or non-competitor. (1996 a.g.m)
- The judge must ensure the correct birds are liberated and that the birds are eligible for the competition. A judge will satisfy himself as to the legality of the kit flown, to this end all competitors will present to the judge or secretary a full list of ring numbers on the judges score sheet of the birds in the kit prior to liberation.
- The judge to make certain that no birds are left in the kit box or loft, the birds are to be counted once in the air before they are put on clock.
- The judge can appoint an assistant(s) to enable him to discharge his duties. Members can be appointed to act as time keepers; the club shall supply such time keeping equipment as requested. (1991 a.g.m)
- Judges shall adjudicate from terra-firma only whilst taking up any position advantageous terra-firma affords them. Kits are to be taken off clock whilst a judge takes up a new position.
- Once a kit is put on the clock no interference with the kit is allowed, either by the competitor or his agent. Competitors are asked to advise spectators as to this ruling. Once the birds are on the clock any artificial aid used to get the birds liberated must be removed. (1991 a.g.m)
- Only a judge may ask that the kit be taken off the clock if he considers the kit to be out of sight, thus enabling the judge to carry out his duties correctly. This eventuality covers for bad weather, kits leaving the area, kits splitting and other birds joining the kit. The total time allowed off clock is ten (10) minutes. (1994 a.g.m)
- A judge shall not be spoken to or distracted during the competition flying time.
- The first competitor to liberate his kit deems the competition on. Failure to liberate after due consensus with the judge and officials means that the competitor forfeits his entry fee and the judge will carry on to the next competitor.
- The duration of the competition shall be 20 minutes.
- Kits are allowed 10 minutes from liberation to collect and form a recognised kit.
- Kitting points to be up to 20 points maximum, i.e. 1 point per bird.
- Quality points or merit points shall be awarded to a maximum of 200 points, to be used at the discretion of the judge. (1997 a.g.m)
- If the judge cannot see the wing beat of the bird because it is too high or too distant then the kit should not be judged (2011 a.g.m)
- Any bird alighting before 15 minutes shall lose 5 points .The kit will lose 5 points each time a bird lands, even if it is the same bird. (1997 a.g.m)
- For members to win the novice trophies, i.e. the Bob Brown memorial trophy for best young bird kit, Bill Barrett memorial trophy for best old bird kit or the A.E.R.C trophy for best yearling kit, the member must not have been placed either first or second in any previous A.E.R.C old bird, young bird or yearling bird flying competitions, these three trophies can only be won once.
- Rosebowl nominees must fly the minimum of 15 minutes and stay with the kit to be considered. (2011 a.g.m)
- Any two out of three kits i.e. old bird and yearling would now count towards the aggregate cup. (1995 a.g.m)
- Judges will retain the top copy of the competitors score sheet and hand the bottom copy back to the competitor.
- If a members kit is washed down (all birds) with torrential rain in an A.E.R.C competition fly, the score up to that time to stand. This rule to be used at the judge’s discretion. (1999 a.g.m)
- The A.E.R.C judge cannot fly his/her birds in the A.E.R.C competitions. (1999 a.g.m)
- The A.E.R.C fly to commence no earlier that the last weekend of July each year. (2008 a.g.m)
- Any AERC member bringing non members to the AERC flies will be held responsible for their actions during and after the flies. Non members to be brought by invitation only. The AERC member may be liable to suspension and referral to the AERC disciplinary committee. (2008 a.g.m)
- When a kit score is minus then the kit will be marked as D/Q
- Scoring will continue for the full 20 minutes or until there is less than 15 birds flying. (2006 a.g.m)
- The A.E.R.C judge must phone the fly secretary at the end of each day with an update of the scores (2008 a.g.m)
- The judges decision is final!! The fly schedule will be adhered to wherever possible. It is at the judges discretion if he needs to bring a fly forward or put it back to later. It is therefore up to the member who wants to go round the fly to telephone and check the judge has not altered the start time/place. The judge does now carry the A.E.R.C mobile and the number will be given out on the fly schedule should any details need to be checked. (2005 a.g.m)
As discussed at the February 1994 A.E.R.C a.g.m. This is a general guide for all A.E.R.C judges and for competitors when a member’s kit is attacked by a hawk.
1. The judge to make sure it is a definite hawk attack.
2. Judges to be flexible with reference to the kit being taken off the clock when a kit is attacked by a hawk. A 30 minute maximum for the birds to regroup after the attack.
3. If all birds drop as a result of a hawk attack, the kit is not disqualified and the score is to stand.
4. If a hawk makes a definite kill, no kitting points deducted if the hawk takes a bird.