Regulations DARS

Regulations DARS

Note: these are the translated regulations of the DARS. The original text is available at the DARS site. If there is any confusion, the original Dutch version of the regulations prevails.

1. Races & Registration

Registration to the DARS competition is possible through the DARS website. The registration is free of charge.

Conditions for registration to the DARS competition:

  1. Registration to the competition must take place before the first race a team wants to compete in.
  2. Points from a race will only count as of the moment of registration. If a team registers after a race, the team will receive no DARS points for that race.
  3. A team needs to enter every race with the exact same team name it has registered at the DARS. The same goes for the names of the athletes. This is to avoid any confusion.
  4. A team can add an extra team member, even after a race. This extra member will be added permanently to the team (max. 3 people) for the duration of the annual competition. Adding an extra team member afterwards can be done by email: [email protected].
  5. Participating teams & team members will be communicated through the website
2. Teams

A DARS team always consists of 2 people.

  • A mixed team consists of a male and a female competitor
  • A male team consists of men only
  • A female team consists of women only
  • Participation of non-Dutch teams is possible

To participate, replacing a team member in case of an injury or other absence is possible under certain conditions.

Male and female teams

Male and female teams have the right to add 1 extra team member. The registered team consists of a maximum of 3 people. The extra team member:

  • is of the same gender as the other two
  • can also be registered with another team
  • must be registered before the start of the concerning race

Mixed teams

The mixed teams have the right to add 2 extra team members, 1 male and 1 female. So the registered team consists of maximum 4 people. The extra team members:

  • can replace one of the two original members. Team members 3 and 4 cannot race together
  • are at maximum 1 male and 1 female member
  • can be registered with another team as well
  • must be registered before the start of the concerning race
3. Rankings

The following rankings are currently in place with the DARS:

  1. Ranking 1: Male
  2. Ranking 2: Mixed/Female
4. Winners

The winner of a ranking is rewarded with an exchange trophy during a ceremony.

  1. This trophy will be presented at the last race of the competition.
  2. If the winner is known earlier than the last race, the DARS organization can decide to have the ceremony at an earlier stage.
  3. The exchange trophy needs to be handed in again at the DARS organization before the end of the competition.
5. Scoring system

Teams that compete at the DARS can earn points at every race that is part of the DARS competition. The distribution of points regarding the category and results is as follows:

Explanation of rules and changes in 2019. What is going to be different?

In the past year a team could earn points at a DARS race. Per race a team could earn exactly the same amount of points (max 101). This year we will take a different approach because we would like to add more of a challenge for all participating teams. We would like the best team to win and on the other hand reward the teams that choose to compete in more races.

At the Dutch National Championship Adventure Racing (in 2019 the Auenland Adventure Race) we will celebrate the victory of the best Dutch team of that moment. At the end of the year the winners of the DARS competition are the teams that have earned most points at DARS races throughout the season.

What we have changed as well is that a team can earn points at all categories of races that are part of the competition. There is no limit to the amount of races that count for the ranking. There are a couple of reasons for this. We would like to stimulate teams to participate in more races. Doing so could make just the difference in the ranking. This makes it possible for more teams to fight themselves upon the podium, only a few high rankings might not be sufficient.

How can a team earn points?

Compare the idea with worldcup races as we know them in pro-cycling, speedskating or cyclo-cross. Per race you can earn points. And every race in the season counts in the final ranking. The choice is yours to decide which races to attend or not, and how you expect to become champion. Do you choose the right races, do you prefer longer or shorter races, and would you like to race just a couple or a lot of them? Every team needs to make choices. At the end of the season we have the champions who show they are the best over a whole season.

We have organizations that plan multiple races in one event, for example a 6-hour, 12-hour and a 24-hour race. At all these races you can earn points for the DARS competition. To compete in a 6-hour race every weekend is achievable, every weekend a 24-hour race is not. This requires more preparation, training, recovery and time. That’s why we believe that you should earn more points in a longer race. We have made a layout in 3 categories of races; short, middle and long races, and a distribution of points to earn at each category.

  1. If an organization has 2 races in the same category, the race with the shorter duration will have the points of the lower category. For example: ARDrenthe will organise a 24-hour and a 32-hour race. Both races are of the long category. For the 24-hour race the points of the middle category will be applied.
  2. A team earns points for the DARS if it is registered at the DARS competition. The team needs to be registered at DARS before the concerning race.
  3. All points are distributed among the competing DARS teams. For example at a 10-hour race the 1st, 2nd and 4th teams are DARS competitors, and 3rd is a non-DARS team. The 1st team gets 101 points, the 2nd gets 90 points and the 4th gets 80 points.
  4. All races count for the DARS competition, all earned points add up.
  5. Points are distributed as shown below.
  6. Winner of the DARS competition is:
    • the team that has the most points.
    • if two teams have the same overall points, mutual results are leading for the ranking. For example; in a mutual race team A has earned 101 points and team B 80 points, and in a second mutual race team B got 101 points and team A 90 points. Then team A has won because they have won more points in mutual races.
    • If the mutual results are equal the DARS competition has two winners.
Short 1-7 hoursMiddle 8-15 hoursLong 16+ hours