Total Surveys Sent 186

Responses 87 as of 2:00pm Friday, October 19th, 2012

Response Rate 45.98%

Coaches: Prior to submitting your vote and feedback, please review GR21.00 (the entire rule can be viewed in the 2012 General Rules Book: “General Rules for Competitive Roller Sports.”).


The Speed Sport Committee is going to submit a request to the Board that they waive the requirement for program changes. In that request, the committee is going to ask the Board to consider approving the requested program changes at the fall Board meeting instead of the spring Board meeting. The reason that the committee is requesting this waiver is so that the division changes can be implemented for the 2013 season (instead of 2014).



GR21.01 Objective: To describe in detail the process by which the sport can be changed by proposals from the grass-roots level. All program changes must be approved by a majority of the current USARS certified coaches in the nine (9) regions, approved by the USARS Sport Committee and approved by the USARS Board of Directors.

(a) A program change is defined as: Any change in events, divisions, requirements (except international CIPA or CIC events) or age groups to be skated in USARS Regional and National Championship competition.

(b) Administrative changes are the responsibility of the USARS Sport Committee and must be approved by the USARS Board of Directors. Administrative changes are defined as: Rulebook corrections/clarification, officiating

standards/requirements and changes pertaining to the conduct of championships.

GR21.11 In the event that nation-wide proposals posted on the USARS website do not get a majority of regions submitting record votes by the December 31 deadline, the USARS Sport Committees will then be responsible for the disposition of all proposals.


Program Changes:

1:            Change the name of the 55 and older division (at quad nationals) to esquire. This division is currently called veteran; the change will keep the division names consistent (quad and inline).

YES         86           NO         0

Skipped Question 1

Comments: 1

  1. The Veteran division for quads is currently...45-55...the Veteran division is already established. I believe this worded Improperly?

2:            Keep the grand esquire event at the national championships. Participation through the 2012 season was high enough to keep this event at the national championships.

YES         77           NO         10

Skipped Question 0

Comments: 6

  2. Old guys rule plus they have the most money to spend.
  3. There will be more participation in this class as time goes on. Great way to keep older skaters in the sport. Their knowledge is important to younger skaters and their teams.
  4. Which Nationals? Novice, Elite, Outdoor?
  5. suggestion is go get rid of all the "grand" divisions
  6. What, was there 1 lady and 3 men?

3:            Add esquire relays (55 and older) to the national championships. Approve through the 2014 season, with subsequent seasons depending on participation.

YES         55                           NO         29

Skipped Question 3

Comments: 6

  1. If these are needed, if there are only going to be 1 or 2 teams then it isn't necessary to add a race.
  2. This is my division and I can count at least 6 teams.
  3. Which Nationals? Novice, Elite, Outdoor?
  4. don't believe participation is sufficient
  5. Instead... add Novice 2 person relays... like in the past.
  6. Good Grief!


4:            Eliminate novice elementary beginning with the 2013 national championships. At the 2012 regional representatives’ meeting, the majority of the representatives felt that novice should be kept at the regional level. The Speed Sport Committee, after reviewing the numbers in elite juvenile, feel that removing novice elementary is the first, necessary step toward this restructure.

YES         37                           NO         47

Skipped Question 3

Comments: 15

  1. Remove all the novice events at indoor nationals. If removing one event from novice remove them all.
  2. I feel this is detrimental to the development of younger skaters.
  3. Where the numbers are big we cannot eliminate races, we need to get the kids involved they are our future.
  4. This year there were 5 heats of novice elementary If they all had to compete at the standard level it would be less skaters and less of a chance to compete
  5. Nationals should only be elite plus all the novice regional champions/or placements.
  6. You are eliminating our feeding ground
  7. If you eliminate it, you are discouraging newcomers from competing at the National level. This is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) divisions.
  8. we need novice to introduce skaters to National competition, and to help parents understand the sport. We also need the money generated by the novice program.
  9. we need there $$$ at nationals
  10. I feel that it should all be changed at the same time, not 1 division at a time
  11. This will help to strengthen the elite divisions for the future.
  12. I do not agree with removing novice from Nationals.
  13. DO NOT remove this division, you will destroy our "grass roots" program. How do we grow them if they cannot compete at their own age groups. Suggestion: Bring back separates nationals... have novice nationals in a rink (lower costs)... like it used to be. There is nothing better than being a novice skater and the novice nationals and knowing you are the cream of the crop there. Novice skaters these days are too busy feeling less than par because they are at the same championships as the standard skaters. Separate Novice and Standard Nationals... I know this from being a skater who was at novice nationals when it was in a rink as well as being a standard skater. The novice skaters will have something bigger and better to look forward to, and work towards, as well as feel like king of the hill at their own nationals.
  14. Anything to shorten indoor Nats.
  15. If elementary is moved , with the though they have been skating long enough / more experience ,, then Junior should moved as well , Senior and so on !!




5:            Add veteran 2 person relays to the quad national championships. Approve through the 2014 season, with subsequent season depending on participation.

YES         61                           NO         23

Skipped Question 3

Comments: 2

  1. If this is needed there needs to be more than 1 team to make extra races necessary
  2. Sure, more events for mature men and the one woman. Pretty soon quad nats will be adding days to the schedule!


6:            Split the longer races at outdoor nationals into two categories (25-34, 35-44 and 45-54 and 55 & older). This was tested in 2012 and worked very well. Participation is high enough and it allows each category to be able to go for record times.

YES         83                           NO         3

Skipped Question 1

Comments: 4

  1. Yes, as long as the races are run AFTER JR & SR RACES, and do not prolong the World Team selection process
  2. Only if the world team selections can happen in the morning and at night. Put the Juveniles, Freshman, and older divisions during the day. The world championships are morning and evening... not middle of the day.
  3. Not enough participation. too much time
  4. This structure did very well....keep it!

Administrative Changes:

1:            The Speed Sport Committee recommends SR720.1 be changed to the following:

The referee’s duties are to ensure that each race is a fair contest and that all speed competitive rules are enforced. The standing referees must be standing on the inside of the track in order to watch the competitors as closely as possible at a safe distance. The rolling referees must be rolling on the inside of the track to ensure they do not interfere with the competitors on the track. If the referee observes a skater during a race committing a technical, personal or team foul, then it is the duty of the referee to disqualify that skater from the standing or rolling position (inside the track). At regional, national or other qualifying events, there will be no more and no less than two officials (preferably the chief referee and one other official) will be on skates to be available for disqualifying or moving lapped skaters over if necessary. It is the chief referee’s discretion to position the referees for optimal angles during the race. One wireless microphone may be provided to the chief referee (for communicating with the skaters that are disqualified or lapped). For non-qualifying meets, the standing/rolling official numbers are at the discretion of the chief referee. 

The C chief referee may disqualify any contestant from a race and recommend a meet disqualification against any contest(s) for loafing or competing to deliberately lose or fall, for attempting unsportsmanlike team work, for coaching another skater or for in any way impeding (in any way) the chance of another contestant(s) from winning the event.

YES         71                           NO         10

Skipped Question 6

Comments: 9

  1. undecided
  2. These are two different stipulations. These should be split for the correct answer for each one.
  3. Include that the standing referees be on the inside AND the outside of the track.
  4. I say yes hesitantly because I am not 100% in favor of the standing referee rule. I think there needs to be modifications to that first
  5. Need to consider standing referees on the inside AND the outside.
  6. It takes much too long to remove a skater from a race with the present standing system. Skaters results are impacted by this because the skater that should have been pulled from the race continues to commit fouls or interfere with the outcome of the race. This happens more frequently than the above mentioned changes which certainly refer to the pro men's race in Lincoln this year. A rule already exists to cover the above stated problem. The system of enforcing the rule is suspect, not necessary to have a duplicate rule that it still takes too long to implement
  7. Loafing would be a judgement call on the part of the chief referee. That could be a sticking point.
  8. Also, can the outside standing judges stand more on the corner/straightaway to see the straight in order to see when a skater is being rode in?
  9. let the racers race. The referees have too much say now.
  10. Standing Referee at Outdoor Nationals need to make sure they are watching the Lead pack as they are going by , I witnessed a seasoned coach , Not watching lead pack and Missed seeing infractions that would have lead to Warnings ,, More than Once in turn Possible disqualify ,, its All about paying Attention keeping it Fair ,, the Skaters can see what the Feferee's are doing or not doing !!
  11. Refs should not be rolling nor standing on the inside of the track. This could cause an accident when relays are being ran and it gives the spectators a clearer view of the skating without having to look around a ref rolling with the pack or standing in there line of site. Also if someone commits a foul each ref should have a paper for that race and can write down the foul but dq the skater after a race, this will allow for a more competitive race unlike now as they get dq it causes a gap between skaters and the action is no longer there. There should be four refs , one at each cone but on the outside of the track and one head ref that is positioned in the middle and during relays stays to the side of the relay box to watch for line fouls.


2:            The Speed Sport Committee recommends that the computer system used to determine starting-line position be updated to ensure that line position is random selected for each race.

YES         84                           NO         0

Skipped Question 3

Comments: 4

  1. Go back to a drawing system.
  2. Return to the skater being given a number while in the center of the floor prior to being called to the starting line. This is the most fair way since a computer can not determine a random draw as it must be programed to do this.
  3. Why are we voting on this? There should be a rule how starting-line positions are selected (random or whatever); apparently we're not voting on that rule. Any computer system should implement whatever rules are in place, without coaches or a Committee recommending.
  4. but what is wrong with drawing cards? Then it would be totally random.


3:            Restructure of the relay return: The committee has determined that the current rules have eliminated many of the safety issues that were caused by the initial rule change and that no further action is necessary at this time. Should the relay return rule (15-foot pylon) be investigated further (at this time)?

YES         42                           NO         39

Skipped Question 6

Comments: 9

  1. I wish that the decision would be made an leave it. It is too hard to teach beginners and then reteach when the rule changes again.
  2. The speeds with 110 wheels are getting very ice like, and I believe the 15 ft pylon could be used at meets with 3-person relays that have limited floor space.Maybe this could be the meet directors call. I believe 2 persons are ok without the pylon.
  3. since referees are standing now the 15 foot pylon shouldn't be a problem any more.
  4. I think it is safer for the skaters,returning to the box, to enter between the two end pylons.Side entrance to the box seems more dangerous for a collisssion with the skater's on the track.
  5. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. why is this even here?
  7. I'm not familiar enough with the situation to make an educated decision.
  8. Possibly... but when the skaters actually circle around so much that they are skating in the opposite direction as the skater on the track, that is a problem.
  9. There should be no relay return rule at all and no relay box at all. Use the Short track Ice system of relays. This is much safer and the future of our sport.
  10. There is nothing wrong with the current system. The 15 foot pylon caused too many crashes and disqualifications.