The rules of the Cambridge Virtual May Bumps 2020, as agreed by the Cambridge University Virtual Bumps Committee, can be found below.
- The races will be run from the 24th to the 27th of June 2020.
- The races are open to current students, staff, and alumni of Cambridge University.
- Teams will consist of eight "rowers" and one "cox".
- Unless entering the mixed category the "rowers" should be a Men's or Women's crew. One Male "cox" may enter with a Women's team, or one Female "cox" with a Men's team.
- Teams will be run in three divisions:
- Men's and Women's: current students. Teams may be associated with a boat club, but are not required to be (those without a position in current Bumps charts will be given a random starting position at the end of the division).
- Alumni/Mixed: Teams including members who are:
- Alumni or staff of the University;
- Mixed Men and Women ("rowers").
- All members of crews entered in the Men's or Women's divisions should be eligible, otherwise the crew should be entered in the Alumni/Mixed division.
- There will be no restrictions on the number of substitutions allowed. However, substitutions should be eligible for the division they compete in.
- Teams should enter by the deadline advertised. Late entries will only be accepted at the Committee's discretion.
- Individuals may compete multiple times:
- Individuals may enter themselves in more than one team; however, they should record separate times for each team (see 8.c.iii).
- Individuals may run more than once for their team (e.g. if a team has insufficient numbers); however, they should record a new time for each submission (the same time should not be submitted twice).
- A race will be run each day as follows:
- The start order will be:
- Men's and Women's divisions: Current May Bumps chart > randomised crews (those without a starting position);
- Alumni/Mixed division: Randomised Men's crews > randomised Mixed crews > randomised Women's crews.
- Every member of a team records their time to run 800m.
- A "start cannon" will go at 3pm daily on the Live Event.
- However, individuals may run their event at any point in the 24 hours preceding submission (to allow for time differences and convenience).
- The individual times are to be submitted by 5pm.
- Time submissions are to be made via a form that will be sent to entry contacts.
- Teams may change the order in which they submit their runners' times each day to give themselves a tactical advantage.
- Each individual time should only be submitted once.
- If a team member cannot compete in a race, a substitution may be made, or another team member may run twice (in accordance with 8.c.iii). Any incomplete submissions will be given the time of their crew's average plus 100 seconds.
- The times will be run in the Bumps algorithm in the order submitted.
- The Bumps simulator will determine when a bump, overbump or other will have taken place.
- The initial starting separation between crews will be 44 metres.
- The following day's races will continue from the finishing order of the previous day.
- A donation page will be set up and live during the four days of Virtual Bumps. Proceeds will be split between charities decided in advance.
Safety and Liability
- It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure they comply with relevant COVID restrictions as they participate.
- It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure they warm up sufficiently before competing and are wearing the appropriate kit, including running shoes.
- The organisers do not accept any fault or liability on behalf of participants.
Questions or suggestions?
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