Rule 10.4.2 Delays and Holds

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Delays and holds shall be handled as follows:


If a delay or hold of the countdown to the start of a heat occurs immediately after the end of the previous heat, when the delay or hold is over, the countdown to the start of that next heat shall resume at a time that is between four and seven minutes before the start of that next heat if that heat is a preliminary race, an alumni/exhibition race, or a rerun race. For a finals race, the countdown to the next heat shall resume in between seven and 12 minutes.

If a delay or hold of the countdown to the start of a heat during the preliminary races, the alumni/exhibition races, or the rerun races occurs after there is less than five minutes remaining to the start of that heat, the countdown may be held for up to one minute, and then resumed at the time at which it was held. If the delay or hold is longer than one minute, when that delay or hold is over, the countdown to the start of that next heat shall resume at a time that is between four and seven minutes before the start of that next heat.

If a delay or hold of the countdown to the start of a heat during the finals races occurs after there is less than eight minutes remaining to the start of that heat, the countdown may be held for up to one minute, and then resumed at the time at which it was held. If the delay or hold is longer than one minute, when that delay or hold is over, the countdown to the start of that next heat shall resume at a time that is between seven and 12 minutes before the start of that next heat.

Whenever a delay or hold both begins and ends the Starter will announce that the countdown has stopped or resumed, in addition to the remaining time on the clock.