Protest

PROTESTS AND SETTLEMENT:

• All protests must be submitted in writing on the form along with the appropriate deposit.

• A protest that is not submitted within the required period of time or without a deposit shall be invalid when received.

• The deposit will be returned to the competitor if the protest is upheld, otherwise it will be forfeited to the sanctioning body.

• Only a USASA competitor, Certified USASA Coach or USASA Riders Representative are authorized to present a protest.

• Protest payments must be in cash

• Any protest against another competitor shall be invalid. An exception exists in BoarderCross where a rider intentionally obstructs to gain an advantage (pushes, holds, or hits) over the opponent, this is considered as an "obstruction fault"

TYPES OF PROTEST:

Start List - $100 Deposit due at the Riders Meeting. Protest can be verbal. 

Course - $100 Deposit due 30 minutes after start of course inspection. Protest must be in writing.

Disqualification - $100 Deposit due 15 minutes after official posting. Protest must be in writing.

Timing / Tabulation - $100 Deposit due 15 minutes after official posting. Protest must be in writing.

Results List - $100 Deposit due 24 hours after official posting. Protest must be in writing. 

SETTLEMENT OF PROTESTS:

• Responsibility:

The Jury, consisting of the TS, the Series Director, Competition Director, Head Referee or Head Judge, Starter or Finish Referee has the responsibility to issue a ruling on protests. 

• Evidence:

In making its determination, the Jury shall include statements from officials who worked at the competition and others whom it considers to have pertinent information.

• Final Decision:

Only members of the jury will be present when they make a final decision on a protest.

The Series Director will act as chairperson of this meeting. Minutes shall be kept of this meeting and they must be signed by the TS. The decision requires a majority of all voting members of the Jury, whether or not they are present. In case of a tie, the TS's vote shall be the deciding vote. Jury decisions are final.

• Disciplinary Sanctions by the Jury:

The Jury may impose disciplinary sanctions for the duration of a competition, the event, or the remainder of the season. The Series Director may impose disciplinary sanctions for the duration of a competition, the event, or the remainder of the season. All sanctions will be communicated in writing to the competitor or coach and to the USASA Executive Director.