• October 7, 2016

    IUF Rulebook Reorganization

    As the IUF Rulebook director, I am happy to announce the official release of the re-organized IUF Rulebook. This reorganization was completed as voted upon in the previous IUF Rulebook Committee. This has been a huge volunteer effort and the majority of the work has been done by Steve and Mary Koehler from Minnesota, USA. I would like to deeply thank them for all of their hard work.

    Below is a write-up by Steve Koehler describing the both the process and the design of the reorganized rulebook. You can find the reorganized rulebook on the IUF’s Publication page.

    Scott Wilton
    IUF Vice-President and Rulebook Director


    Background

    Over the past year, as decided upon by the IUF Rulebook Committee 2014, Mary and I have been reorganizing the material in the IUF Rulebook to address some problems we perceived in previous revisions. These problems included:

    1. The chapters for different events were highly inconsistent in what was covered and how the material was presented.
    2. The rule book addressed multiple audiences in the same section or paragraph. This made it difficult for a reader to know which rules applied.
    3. It was hard to determine the totality of the rules for an event, because some rules were inherited from Chapter 1 and some chapters referred to other chapters for additional rules.
    4. There was not a clear distinction between rules and advice. [We did not directly address this issue in the reorganization.]

    The organization we came up with to address these issues was to divide each event into sections by role. There are separate sections for the competitor, the event organizer, and officials. Within each of these sections, we devised an organization of subsections, so that the same material appears in the same place within each event.

    The process we used to move rules to the reorganized rule book was to move the rules one at a time to an appropriate new section. Paragraphs, or even sentences, were split and moved to the appropriate place. Rules from Chapter 1 were replicated in all related events.

    The resulting reorganized rule book was completed too late to use for Unicon 17, but will provide a good basis for the next round of rule book edits. With the new organization, which highlights the inconsistencies between chapters, we have the opportunity to fill in the gaps and make the next rule book much better than previous ones.

    Top-Level Organization into Parts

    At the top level, the rule book is divided first into Parts, then into Chapters. The parts are named as follows:

    • General Rules and Definitions
    • Track: Racing
    • Track: Other
    • Road: Races
    • Mountain Unicycling: Races
    • Mountain Unicycling: Cyclocross
    • Freestyle: Artistic
    • Freestyle: Standard Skill
    • Freestyle: X-Style
    • Urban: Flatland
    • Urban: Street
    • Urban: Trials
    • Urban: Jumps
    • Team Sports: Hockey
    • Team Sports: Basketball

    The parts cover individual disciplines, and are grouped by name into general categories. There is an introductory part for general information. This overall structure is only slightly different from the previous rule book.

    Organization of Parts into Chapters

    Each event part is divided into four primary chapters, based on the main audience for the material (competitor, official, or event host). The chapters are the same for each event part, and are as follows:

    • Overview
    • Competitor Rules
    • Judges and Officials Rules
    • Event Organizer Rules

    This change is a major departure from the previous rule book. One of the motivations of this reorganization was to facilitate the possibility to publish a smaller rulebook with only competitor rules or only event organizer rules.

    Organization of Chapters into Sections

    The Overview chapter contains general information applicable to all readers. We put here a clear definition of the event and a small competitor summary to point out the most important things a competitor needs to know.

    The Competitor chapters contain the following primary sections:

    • Safety [what safety gear is required]
    • Unicycles [what unicycles can be used]
    • Rider Identification [whether a race number/chip is required]
    • Protests [how protests are handled]
    • Event Flow [rules that apply during the running of the event, in order of the event flow (for example, information on race start comes before information on race finish)].

    Additional sections are used for rules outside of event flow, such as sign-up deadlines or the need to upload music or list of skills to be performed.

    The next two chapters, Judges and Officials Rules and Event Organizer Rules, are somewhat less defined. Both have some common sections.

    The Judges and Officials Rules chapters have the following sections:

    • Sections describing the required officials
    • Detailed rules concerning judging or officiating

    The Event Organizer Rules chapters have the following sections:

    • Venue [the requirements of the venue and/or courses]
    • Officials [a short list of required officials]
    • Communication [rules related to what needs to be communicated, and when]
    • Age Groups [which age groups/categories are required]
    • Practice [whether there is a requirement for practice time on the course or at the venue]

    Guidelines for Rule Book Updates

    As we go into the next round of the rule book update process, we have the opportunity to make some big improvements, beyond the basic reorganization. First, in order to retain the clarity of the new organization, we need to coordinate our efforts.

    • Try to understand the intent of the new structure, and keep it intact.
    • If you can think of a section that is missing, but should be common to other parts, please discuss this with the main committee, so we can amend the structure. This is particularly needed in the Judges and Officials Rules and Event Organizer Rules chapters.
    • The new structure makes it clear that there are missing rules. Please start filling these in.
    • Some of the rules, such as protest rules inherited from chapter 1, may seem strange. Please correct these.
    • When Mary and I did the reorganization, we left a lot of notes in the rule book source files regarding possible shortcomings or problems. These should be made available to the committees, so they can be addressed.
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  • August 25, 2016
    IUF

    IUF Committees 2016

    In just a few weeks we will be starting three committees:
    • IUF Rulebook Committee 2016: After each Unicon, a new IUF Rulebook Committee is formed to develop the next version of the IUF rules. If you are interested in changing the current rules, or creating new ones, this is the committee for you.
    • IUF Age Group Committee 2016: This committee is being formed to help standardize the age groups that are used at IUF competitions. This will be a very small committee.
    • IUF World Record Committee 2016: The IUF World Record Guidelines were established in 2011 but it’s time for them to be updated. That’s what this committee is for.
    If you are interested in being on any of these committees in any form, please follow the link below to request to be on a committee. Note: you must submit the form once for each of the three committees you are interested in being on.

    IUF Committees 2016 registration
    You must submit your response by Sunday, September 11th at the latest.

    Filling out the survey above is concerned an application and it does not guarantee you a spot on a committee.

    If you have any questions, please email rulebook@unicycling.org.

    Please send this information on to anyone who might be interested.

     

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  • July 30, 2016
    IUF

    First World Records while Unicon 18

    Yesterday we got the first new World Records in Donostia, congratulataion to the riders! Here are the new records and who did them:
    Track Coasting:
    Male: Knut Steffens (Germany) 177.6m Donostia, Spain July 2016
    Female: Lisa-Maria Hanny (Germany) 170.3m Donostia, Spain July 2016

    1hr Unlimited
    Female: Mirjam Lips (Switzerland) 27.027km Donostia, Spain July 2016

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  • February 26, 2016
    IUF

    New World Records

    Congratulations to Mary Wegscheider, Mike Taylor and Aiden Teleki for beating the existing Records in Highjump on Plattform while the WInter EUC 2016. So the femal World Record is now at 0,87 Meter and the male World Record is at 1,38 Meter.

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  • January 11, 2015
    IUF

    IUF Trixionary

    I’m glad to announce the Trixionary is online and available to all unicyclists. The Trixionary is an online catalog to structure skills. Along with a trick many properties are saved, that describe each trick and also it’s relationship to other tricks. These relationships are very interessting and the graph is definitely a highlight of the Trixionary. Multimedia is supported through pictures and videos. Youtube and Vimeo are integrated out of the box and videos can also be uploaded manually. These videos can either demonstrate a trick or contain a tutorial to help visitors with learning instructions.

    Here are some examples that showcase the Trixionary very well:

    • Spin – This is the most complete example of almost all properties that are archiveable per trick at the moment.
    • Hickflip – Ever wondered of which parts all these Urban tricks are composed of? The Trixionary takes care of this.
    • Unispin – A trick with multiples? No problem.
    • Crankflip – Video and tutorial from Youtube.

    Please remember, this is an early version of the Trixionary, with also limited features. That means, at the moment there is only limited access for people who are able to edit the contents in the Trixionary. Though we are working on this and unicyclists who participated in the last two unicons will become access to the Trixionary later the year.
    For some features I was unsure how to correctly implement them. E.g. transitions are not shown in the graph at the moment. Transitions are tricks where the start and end position are different, here are some examples: Riding to 1ft riding, 90° Unispin, Backspin, 1ft Wheel Walk to Standwalk, … Though some of them are considered to more a transition than others in regards to different understandings. As such some transitions can be shown immediately when the graph loads others when you select a trick in the graph and then there may still be some more types of transitions. How to determine which of these transitions can be shown and how can this work? These are for sure sport scientific questions yet most of the functionality in the Trixionary is available because prior questions like these have been answered.

    Feedback is heartly welcomed. Please head over to the contact formular and send your inquiry.

    Benefits of the Trixionary

    At the IUF we have more plans on what we want to use the Trixionary for.

    • A place to collect and structure tricks, where interessted people can easily get the information they are looking for.
    • Help people learn unicycling by building a huge resource.
    • Education! This is a highly requested and wanted topic within the IUF. The Trixionary will become an important role here. Expect more plans on this later the year.
    • Science. The Trixionary is also a science tool. With all the properties saved, this allows certain operations to be handled with the Trixionary. Ever wondered about the difficulty of a trick? This question is unanswered, though with the Trixionary we have a chance to come closer to an answer.

    History of the Trixionary

    I would like to talk a little bit about the history of the Trixionary because it’s a long journey to where it is now. The first Trixionary was published in 2006 in german on einradfahren.de with a bigger update in 2010 after I become a unicycle freestyle coach and discovered some properties that tricks shared and connected them. The technical backend on einradfahren.de is outdated and had no future for further development. The IUF Trixionary is completely written from scratch on a new plattform called keeko. Also more research happened since 2010 which resulted in a write-up about structures in unicycling skills (german) in 2012. The IUF Trixionary is able to save all these new properties. More about the Trixionary can be read on my personal website (german) and an older blog post I wrote about the Trixionary (side-fact: the blog post from august 2012 mentions the re-release of the Trixionary at the IUF).

    I am proud and happy to release the Trixionary, the power it offers, the ways we plan to use it at the IUF and of course a place for unicyclists to get information about tricks.

    gossi

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  • September 11, 2014

    Rulebook Committee 2014

    Unicon is over now so it’s time to start the new rulebook committee. After each Unicon, a new IUF Rulebook Committee is formed to develop the next version of the IUF rules. If you are interested in changing the current rules or creating new ones, please read on.

    The members of the committee are typically people who have takes part at several Unicons and many other conventions and/or also hosted several conventions.  …

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  • September 4, 2014
    IUF

    Your picture on our website

    We would like to ask YOU to provide us some nice unicycle related pictures for our website. Your picture will appear then on our start page so if you like to send us a picture, make sure that you have the legal rights for it and also add in the email, you send to us, your permission for the IUF to use it on the IUF website. Please send your picture to contact (at) unicycling.org
    We wont be able to show all pictures at the same time but will rotate them time by time so yours should appear earlier or later.
    Many thanks in advance!

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  • September 3, 2014
    IUF

    World Records updated

    Ken updated the World Record list today based on the result lists provided by the Unicon host. You find the updated list here: iuf-world-records

    We also want to congratulate all World Champions and Age Group winners to their great results while Unicon 17. Beside of all those great results, 16 World Records was broken, WOW!!!

    Please check the list and inform us in case you find an error.

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