Clock Rules


[A] APPROVED CLOCKS – The complete section Q [201-228 inclusive.] of the RPRA rules apply

[B] CLOCK STATION – All Clocks must be set against a Master Timer and competitors must forward the clock they intend to use to the Clock Station in time to be set for the Race. [RPRA 210/211.]

[C] CLOCKS IN TRANSIT – All Clocks under transit must be sealed in accordance with RPRA Rules 201/202/216.

[D] CLOCK FEE – All competitors will pay a Clock Fee of £1.00 per clock when entering the Race. The total amount received will be paid directly to the Clock Officer at the end of each Season and will represent full payment for all expenses incurred. The NRCC will not be responsible for any other expenses and claims. Members using a second clock and all re-set fees of £1.00 must be paid directly to the Clock Officer

[E] CLOCK SETTING – All clocks must be set by the Official Clock Officer/Setters) or whomsoever they may appoint, one of whom must sign his/her name on the dials and rolls before being used on the clocks they set, together with the name of the race point, date, Clock Number (unless printed when struck) and the name of the Competitor and the name of the club (NRCC). The clock record sheet or envelope must bear clock number, time of setting, the receptacle showing on the clock, race date and the competitor’s name and be secured as laid down in RPRA rule 188. [RPRA 206 also refers]. A minimum of TEN MINUTES must elapse between strikes for setting on ‘the Master Timer. All clocks set or competition must be set to receive a container if used in the first receptacle available for that particular make of clock. No member shall be allowed to assist in the setting or checking of their own clocks. [RPRA 2-15]. ETS clocks to be used in accordance with current RPRA rules:

[F] CLOCK INSPECTION – All clocks set for competition will be available to the competitor as soon as possible. During the Race, the President or Secretary or whomsoever they appoint shall have the right to inspect the Clock at any time and strike an impression of the time. Failure to allow access will result in disqualification and may entail suspension.

[G] TIMING OF ENTRIES – All birds must be clocked on the day of arrival.

[H] VERIFICATION – Once a competitor has timed his/her first bird, this must be verified to the club as set out on page 3 of this handbook.if a competitor FAILS TO VERIFY WITHIN ONE HOUR OF TIMING then such clock will be disqualified unless a competitor verifies a subsequent arrival within the one-hour limit, then this timing is counted as the first arrival.

[I] NOTIFICATION OF TIMING – Each competitor must, when returning the Clock for checking, include with the Clock a VERIFICATION CARD stating the time as shown on the dials, and ‘full metal ring particulars for all birds timed. Such card must be included in the Clock Envelope and forwarded to the Secretary. Only Birds verified on the card will go forward to the result. This VERIFICATION CARD must be obtained from the Station when collecting the Clock set for the Race. Failure to comply may involve disqualification.

[J] STOPPED CLOCK RESET – If a Competitors Clock stops or is rendered useless, he/she may have the same re-set by the clock officer against the Master Timer or he/she may time in to the nearest competitor’s clock. The time allowance to reach such a clock shall be as [RPRA 202]. Original Clock/s must be returned to the Clock Officer to verify and dials must be returned to the Club secretary.

[K] HOLDOVER CLOCK RESET- In the event of a holdover the Clock Officer will appoint the day for resetting. If a Competitor chooses not to reset, they do so at their own risk; the club will accept no responsibility.

[L] CLOCK CHECKING – All Clocks must be checked against the Master Timer on the day the birds are timed as soon as possible after timing at the discretion of the Clock Officer. Should a bird arrive during the Hours of Darkness making it difficult for members to access the Clock Station, then a third party via the telephone may strike such a clock against the Master Timer. The Clock may then be used to time second day arrivals and must be produced at the Clock Station at the appointed time.

[M] CLOCK INFORMATION – The Clock Officials are responsible for completing the Envelope which must show the following:- Computer Number, Name of the Competitor, Setting time, Number of the receptacle showing on the Clock, Race Point, Date, all Birds Timed together with the inside and outside rubber ring details, Checking time, Number of the receptacle showing, RPRA Seal if applicable. On opening one container only shall be taken at a time from the clock and checked. [RPRA 206.210.212.

refers] All Clock envelopes are in triplicate, the TOP COPY shall remain attached to the envelope and be posted to the Club by 1st class post, the SECOND COPY shall be given to the Competitor and the THIRD COPY retained by the Clock Officer.

[N] CLOCK VARIATION AND STOPPED CLOCKS – [RPRA 204 applies]. With regard refunds of fees, these would be paid less transport expenses. Batteries for quartz and electro-mechanical clocks are the responsibility of the competitor and the above reference to return of monies will therefore not apply.

No Clock Officer accepts responsibility for the strength of batteries and the Club will not accept anyliability.

[0] HOURS OF DARKNESS – See Rule 21.

[P] LIABILITY – Neither the Committee nor any Officer of the Club shall be liable for any damage or loss that may occur whilst the clock is in their custody or in the custody of another fancier or in transit.