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Battle Challenge Rules, Regulations, and Procedures

• Disclaimer
Eligibility & Competition Categories
Awards & Prizes
Competition Protocols
Scoring & Timing

General Rules & Penalties
Appeals & Alibis
Participant Background Information
Waiver & Release
Intellectual Property

Disclaimer

The Battle Challenge rules and procedures are designed to provide a level playing field for all competitors to the fullest extent of our ability. Weather, equipment failures, civil disturbances or acts of God may force us to postpone or cancel events, including changing Battle Challenge administration strategies. At all times, On•Target Challenge, Inc. reserves the right to make reasonable changes, substitutions or fabrications as may be necessary to avoid delays or interruptions to the competition. The Course Marshal is the final arbiter and decision maker of any changes to rules, regulations, and procedures.

Eligibility & Competition Categories

The Battle Challenge is divided into gender categories, male and female, and age groups, under 40 and over 40. Category assignment is based on age at the time of competition. The Battle Challenge is optionally capable of accommodating team categories by pre-arrangement. Teams can be composed of 2 or 4 competitors of any gender or age.

Awards & Prizes

Awards and prizes will be presented at the discretion of Battle Challenge Hosts and On•Target Challenge, Inc. (OTC). Where awards and prizes are given, the top three places in each category will normally receive a medal recognizing their performance. Prizes provided by sponsors, if any, are the responsibility of the various prize-sponsoring companies. Battle Challenge Hosts and OTC will make every effort to ensure availability and timely delivery of prizes but neither Host nor OTC are liable for producing any such prize. In all cases, competitors must be present at awards ceremonies to receive awards and prizes. OTC will not ship unclaimed prizes to competitors.

Comp

OTC reserves the right to set and revise the order in which competitors and categories run the Battle Challenge course. Run orders and lane assignments are randomized and, as such, are not subject to influence or change based upon competitor preference or request. Competitors will be assigned a number corresponding to their run order and the side of the course on which they will compete. "Next-up" competitors must be in the staging area in full gear when the preceding competitors are at the start line. Competitors not ready for the start signal will be disqualified.

All competitors are expected to be present at the Battle Challenge-designated site at least one hour prior to the event for check-in. Each competitor must check-in for himself/herself. By executing the competitor data form and signing the liability waiver, the accuracy of the personal data is professed by the competitor to be correct. Competitors must be present in the staging area when they are called. If a competitor does not appear in the staging area after three announcements requesting their presence, they will be disqualified. All competitors must complete the course within six minutes or they will be disqualified wherever they are on the course and no matter how close they are to the finish line.

Scoring & Timing

The competition is based on time. The official time of each competitor determines his/her finishing time and rank within the competition. A competitor’s official time is defined as the clock time it takes to properly run the course, plus penalty time. The finish line clock time is unofficial and shown for comparison, reference, and audience purposes. It does not include penalties. A time becomes official after the course official records the course time, adds penalties, and signs the scorecard. The course official’s time and score is final and cannot be contested.

General Rules & Penalties

The Battle Challenge course and competition perimeter is defined by the banner line in accordance with the distances and weights described in the Course Layout and relevant rules on this website. Friends, fans, and family members are not allowed on the course during the competition at any time, and competitors are permitted on the course only when they are physically running the course. The sole exception to this rule is for members of a team when they are competing in a team race.

The Battle Challenge is designed to be as objective a competition as possible. To obtain a qualifying time/score, competitors must complete the course with all prescribed gear and equipment, properly negotiating all obstacles and completing all tasks. Competitors are personally responsible for the completion of each task. No course volunteer has the authority to instruct a competitor in the execution or negotiation of the tasks on the course; only the Course Marshal can intervene or direct the actions of a competitor. In those rare situations where the event staff, or the opposing competitor may have created an impediment, another run of the course or an adjustment to the final time may be permitted, at the sole discretion of the Course Marshall.

Competitors must negotiate all obstacles without outside assistance off any kind. Failure to properly complete a task results in disqualification. Once a competitor leaves the ready-tent and enters the starting area, the fit and function of his/her gear and equipment becomes the sole responsibility of the competitor. Competitors must use and wear all of their prescribed gear and equipment throughout the course. The helmet, plate carrier, gloves, and optional knee and elbow pads are provided in the ready-tent. Competitors must provide and wear their own eyewear (sunglasses are acceptable). Gear and equipment which is dropped during the competition, including eyewear, must be retrieved by the competitor in the most direct manner possible. Crossing the finish line without wearing all prescribed gear and equipment results in disqualification.

Appeals & Alibis

The Course Official (one for each lane) keeps the official clock (stop watch) for each competitor. He/she calls penalties and disqualifications. When a competitor commits a disqualifying act (fails to properly complete a task, drops his/her weapon, crosses the finish line without all of the prescribed equipment) time is stopped and the run immediately terminated. Penalties and missed targets will be noted on scorecards by the Course Officials and communicated to the competitors along with their official time following their run and before they leave the course. There are no appeals or alibis based on gear and equipment issues. The lone exception is in the unlikely malfunction of the rifle/laser/target system. A competitor may appeal a malfunctioning rifle/laser/target during or immediately following their run. A successful appeal results in another run for time/score after a rest interval.

All appeals must be made before the competitor leaves the course by moving outside the banner line or ready tent. Once a competitor leaves the course the right to appeal is forfeited. The proper appeal procedure is for competitors to communicate with their Course Official at the completion of their run. At that time Course Official will investigate and consider the facts and explain the resulting decision, conferring with the Course Marshal and other staff as necessary. A decision will be rendered immediately on the merits of any appealed issue. The sole remedy for mishaps on the course is an additional opportunity to run the course.
Participant Background Information
The Battle Challenge website allows participants to update their personal information and view who is registered for each event. Competitors are encouraged to review and update their information for accuracy by accessing their personal profile on the Battle Challenge website.
Waiver & Release
Every competitor must sign a waiver form prior to participation. No one is allowed to compete without this form, executed by the competitor only. The waiver and competitor data form is issued at check-in. Each competitor must review the competition rules and procedures prior to participation as they are executing a legal document, are participating in the Battle Challenge at their own risk, and they are certifying that they will be in compliance with all rules in effect, including the right for On•Target Challenge, Inc. to use their likeness in media coverage and promotional efforts. A facsimile of this form is posted on this website.
Intellectual Property

The Battle Challenge is a high fidelity and ability-based military action sport comprised of job-related tasks and marksmanship skills ubiquitous to all branches of the Armed Forces. Battle Challenge competitors negotiate a series of linked tasks common to military duties, including laser-shooting scenarios – allowing side-by-side individual and team competition, against each other and the clock, on a mirrored course.

The Battle Challenge™ and its associated logos, rules, competition course, props and procedures are the copyrighted property of On•Target Challenge, Inc. (dba On•Target Communications). No use of this Intellectual Property may be made without the express written permission of On•Target Challenge, Inc.

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