Qualification & Registration

Important updates All registrations for competitive start waves require qualification Qualification period: 1 May 2023 – 10 May 2024 Competition rules: International Start waves for Adaptive Athletes Registration for the OCR100 or for the National Team is only possible through your National Federation. OCREC24 will also have a Kids Race!

QUALIFICATION PERIOD

May 1st 2023 – May 10th 2024

Eligibility to compete

The Guideline for eligibility to compete at European or World-level International competitions sanctioned or approved by EOSF/World Obstacle is available for download here. For more information, please contact your National Federation.

Rules applied at the European Championships

International: 3 wristband + 1 try at suspension obstacles + penalty loop system

SHORT & STANDARD COURSE DIVISIONS

The Short and the Standard course events are separated into the following start waves: Elite | Age Group | Adaptive | Open.

ELITE DIVISION 

Qualification through your National Federation is necessary prior to registration. The categories for Elite are: male and female.

AGE GROUP DIVISION 

Qualification through your National Federation is necessary prior to registration. The age categories for Age Groups are:

  • SHORT COURSE
  • AGE (Male / Female)
  • 12-13 years
  • 14-15 years
  • 16-17 years
  • 18-19 years
  • 20-24 years
  • 25-29 years
  • 30-34 years
  • 35-39 years
  • 40-44 years
  • 45-49 years
  • 50-54 years
  • 55-59 years
  • 60+ years (divided in 5-year categories up to the age of the oldest competitor)
  • Adaptive – Male / Female (All ages and categories)
  • STANDARD COURSE
  • AGE (Male / Female)
  • 16-17 years
  • 18-19 years
  • 20-24 years
  • 25-29 years
  • 30-34 years
  • 35-39 years
  • 40-44 years
  • 45-49 years
  • 50-54 years
  • 55-59 years
  • 60+ years (divided in 5-year categories up to the age of the oldest competitor)
  • Adaptive – Male / Female (All ages and categories)
  • OCR100
  • AGE (Male / Female)
  • 12-15 (Youth)
  • 16-19 (Junior)
  • 20-39 (Senior)
    Seniors will automatically moved to elite
  • 40+ (Master)
  • 20-24 years
  • 25-29 years
  • 30-34 years
  • 35-39 years
  • 40-44 years
  • 45-49 years
  • 50-54 years
  • 55-59 years
  • 60+ years (divided in 5-year categories up to the age of the oldest competitor)
  • Adaptive – Male / Female (All ages and categories)

The age range of participation will be that at 31/12/2024 regardless of the age range of the qualification,

The age is calculated as follows:

  • For Over 15 athletes, the age is calculated on Dec 31st 2024;
  • For Under 15 athletes, the age is calculated ON RACE DAY;
  • An athlete who is 15yo on race day but turns 16 on or before December 31st 2024 will race in the Youth 14/15 category. Athletes who are 15 years old on race day and turn 16 in 2024 may be allowed to compete in the 16/17 category provided they have parental and National Governing Body consent;

Special awards go to the oldest and youngest racer

OPEN DIVISION 

No qualification required for the Open start waves.

OCR100 

Qualification is necessary. The minimum age for registration is 12. The registration for the OCR100 is managed by the National Federation of each Country. Please contact your National Governing Body for more information.

For the 100 meter course event each country may register 20 athletes with the special registration codes, awarded only to the NFs:

1 male+1 female youth
1 male+1 female junior
1 male+1 female senior\elite
1 male+1 female master
1 male+1 female adaptive

= 10 slots reserved.

The other 10 slots are for each country to decide how to split.

The available spots not used by a country may be filled up by other countries’ athletes. If a country has remaining spots, it should be reported to the following e-mail address info@ocreuropeanchampionships.org at the latest by 31st of March, 2024. The remaining spots, if any, shall also be filled up by the countries. Countries may apply for the remaining spots at the following e-mail address info@ocreuropeanchampionships.org at the latest by 31 March 2024, indicating the number of slots needed.

The top 16 athletes (top 8 if not enough) in each category qualify for the finals. In order to make it to the top 16 athletes, the time result counts (each racer has 2 tries). The top 16 athletes are competing with each other in a direct elimination system (2 athletes / wave, number 1 races with number 16, number 2 with number 15, etc.). Top 3 men and 3 women will be on the podium.

OCREC23 OCR100 Elimination Rounds

OCREC24 OCR100 Elimination Rounds

TEAM RACE

The Team Race is a coop race event. Qualification is necessary.

The minimum age for registration is 16.

Two types of team races will be organized:

National Team Race – The registration for the National Team Race is managed by the National Federation of each Country. Please contact your National Governing Body for more information. Each National Federation can indicate one team for each category to represent the country. It means that altogether 4 national teams may be set up by a country:

  • 1 Female team
  • 1 Male team
  • 1 Mixed team
  • 1 Adaptive Team

The Athletes competing in the National Team Race can only start with the official technical equipment of the National Federation.

Competitive Team Race – Any qualified athletes (qualified in Age Group or Elite category) may form a team.

There are four types of teams:

  • 1 Female team
  • 1 Male team
  • 1 Mixed team
  • 1 Adaptive Team

The National Team Race will start in different waves than the Competitive Team Race and will have a separate ranking.
First, the waves of National Team Race will start, and then the waves of the Competitive Team Race will follow.

Two different podiums will be facilitated for the National Team Race and for the Competitive Team Race.

No open category team race will be organized.

GENERAL RULES

Tickets for registration are non-deferrable to another event and non-refundable. The registration can be transferred to another racer within the category of the previously registered racer (Elite registration to Elite, Age Group registration to Age Group, Open registration to Open).

For standard, short and 100m, it will be possible to change the participant’s name at a cost of 30€ till may 31st at 23.59

There is also no possibility of on-site transfer of registration.

In order to race, athletes must have a valid ticket / registration. Any infringement of this will result in a claim in the amount of the ticket (registration) price as well as a fee of 1.000 Euro and if necessary, legal prosecution.

Racers with Elite qualification may choose to race in Elite or Age Group category in OCREC. However, racers with Age Group qualification may only race in Age Group category.

Gender changed men to women are not eligible to race in the women category.

Each athlete (Elite / Age Group / Adaptive / Open category) must present a medical certificate. To be valid for race day, the certificate must have been generated within the preceding 12 months. Professional athletes can obtain their certificate from their official medical association with whom they are subscribed. Other athletes can take the visit from any sports medicine doctor.

If a person applies for registration to Elite or Age Group category, but is not able to prove his / her qualification during the registration process (eg. is not on the list issued by his / her national federation), then he / she automatically will be transferred to open category.

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

From 1 January 2023, National Governing Bodies / National Federations of a country (NFs) will be given complete freedom on how to qualify \ select athletes for the qualification in Elite and Age Group category or for the 100 meters race, with the followings:

  • NFs are free to decide the number of athletes qualifying from a race. The qualification criteria may be based on the 50% rule, or finishing below a certain time limit, or finishing with all or a certain number of wristbands, etc. (50% rule means: No more than 50% of an age group or a gender in a division at a specific event can qualify for the OCREC (e.g. if an age group has only 10 athletes in it, only the top 5 athletes are deemed qualifiers). The calculation is based on the number of starting participants in the race/relevant heat and not the number of athletes who finished the race/heat. In case of an odd number we round up in favor of the athletes.)
  • NFs are free to decide whether additional athletes may qualify from a national league or whether they are selected in some other way (eg. selection committee – deciding on the list of persons qualified).
  • In addition, the NFs may also provide wildcards for qualification.
  • As regards the 100 meters race, the qualification is also up to the NF of the country, the NF can decide in its sole discretion on the qualification rules: whether an athlete can qualify from short or standard race or 100 meters event if it is organized in the given country, or whether a roll-down system is used by allocating the open spots to the next available athletes within the country.
  • If races or leagues are used, we strongly encourage all NFs to enforce the application of international rules as it would benefit the athletes who will face the same regulation they will find at the OCREC. International rules mean: the 3 wristband + 1 try at suspension obstacles + penalty loop system.
  • Each NF will approve the qualification for their own licensed athletes. Only athletes licensed with the National Federation will be allowed to qualify! NFs are free to decide whether they allow foreign athletes to qualify in their country or not (examples for options: 1. Athletes with nationality of and living in Country A will be allowed to qualify only in Country A, 2. Athletes of nationality of Country A, but living abroad may be allowed to qualify abroad (the 2 NFs then will have to decide case-by-case, 3. Foreign athletes can only qualify in Country A if they live in a country where no NF exists, etc.). Each NF is requested to publicly share its qualifying races and qualification criteria including their choice about qualification of foreign athletes, on their website or other media platform, so that the OCREC’s website will only reference each and every country’s page. The list of qualifying races are removed from the OCREC’s website to avoid misunderstandings. (Please find an example below for listing qualifying races and qualifying criteria: https://gare.federazioneitalianaocr.it/qualificazioni_ocrec/
  • Each NF is requested to maintain on their website or other media platform an updated list of all the athletes qualified The list will be used by athletes to check their status and to register to the OCREC. OCREC’s staff will only check the official lists and will not check any race’s ranking an athlete may provide as proof of qualification. (Please find an example below for listing qualifying athletes: https://gare.federazioneitalianaocr.it/qualificazioni_ocrec/ or http://ocrsport.hu/2023_eb_kvalifikalt_versenyzok/).

ADAPTIVE

It is up to the NFs, in their sole discretion, for adaptive athletes: whether they establish a qualification or invitation system to OCREC.

Adaptive-athletes race in the normal short and standard courses (no modification is made in the course), in separate waves. In the short and standard distances, adaptive-athletes receive 2 additional wristbands in addition to the normal number of wristbands, i.e. the rules governing adaptive-athletes: the 5 wristband + 1 try at suspension obstacles + penalty loop system.

The adaptive-athlete must prove his/her status as a para-athlete according to the applicable international regulations (he/she must be an officially registered adaptive-athlete), and upon registration, he/she shall attach the para-medical certificate applicable to him/her.

Rules are agreed with the para committee.

CONTACT

If you have any questions / concerns about the qualification conditions for OCREC2024, due to EOSF guidelines you should contact:

  • National governing bodies – whereby your country has a national governing body which is a member of the EOSF.
  • Directly EOSF at the following e-mail addresses:
    • european.osf@worldobstacle.org
  • Countries which have national governing bodies which are members of the EOSF are: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

CONTACT FEDERATION

Access the qualification page of your official Governing Body to check your qualification status or to register as a member.

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