These competition rules shall apply to all competitions organised under the auspices of ODRA or its affiliated clubs. The general competition rules are for all loft grouping events.
“Grouping” Means the first arrivals at a competing loft from a specific race which may be the first 4, 5,10, or 20 birds depending on the rules of that specific challenge or event.
“Marker” The “marker” is defined as the pigeon entered in a measured race with the highest velocity in a predetermined Club. All measurements of all the competitions are based on the market’s performance of each club
“Velocity” Is the calculation of the distance the pigeon flew divided by the “net flying time” of the same pigeon.
“Net flying Time” Is the calculation of the exact time, the pigeon took to complete the distance to his loft.
“Distance flown” Is the distance the measured pigeon flew in the “net flying time.”
“Distance Behind marker” Is the difference between “the Distance Flown” of the “Marker” and that of the “distance flown” of the measured pigeon in the same “Net flying Time.”
“Average of the measured group” Is the accumulation of the measured “grouping” divided by the number of entrants from that loft in that specific challenge ( 4,5,10,20).
Inter Loft Competitions from the same liberation point and liberation time.
“Club Competition” is the inter-loft competition amongst members of the same club, measured against the same marker
“Control-body competition” is the inter-loft competition amongst members of the same control-body, i.e. Federation, Union, Association or any other form of body to which clubs or voluntary associations are affiliated too. Each club measured against its own marker.
“Divisional Competition” is the inter-loft Competition amongst lofts of the same division or section of a control body, again using the markers of the different clubs.
“Combine Competition” is the inter-Loft Competition amongst lofts of different control bodies who have been liberated from the same liberation point at the same time.
Inter-loft Competitions from different liberation points at different times.
“Interclub competition” is a National, provincial and a control body competition based on the average of the best four loft groupings within the measured club compared against competitors of opposition clubs in the same category or competition.
“Inter Organisation competition” is a National, provincial competition based on the average of the best four clubs within the measured organisation compared to competitors of opposition organisation in the same category or competition.
“Interprovincial Competition” is a National, competition based on the average of the best four organisations within the measured province compared against competitors of opposition province in the same category or competition.
“Best loft Provincial Competition” is a loft grouping competition between individual lofts within the same province.
“Best loft National Competition” is a loft grouping competition between individual lofts within South Africa.
“Best Bird Competitions “is the best grouping result of an individual pigeon measured over the five best results of the measured pigeon in his own club. This could be a Club, Organization, province or National competition.
“KLPHF” means the kilometers a measured bird dropped behind the “marker” for every hour of flight or part thereof
Explanation of the competition
The calculations, measuring and governing the results of the loft grouping competition are based on the indisputable fact; …..”if one pigeon can reach a certain velocity and find his loft in a certain club, theoretically it was possible for all the birds in that club to be there at the same speed”. The bird with the highest velocity in that club is called a “Marker”, and the calculations to determine the best grouping are based on: –
- What distance did subsequent birds travel during the net flying time of the marker
- The “Marker’s” net flying time multiplied by their individual velocities and
- the difference between the distance of the marker and the measured bird is referred to as “ the distance the measured bird was behind the marker at the time the marker was clocked”
- The performance of the first 4 (or more if so determined by the competition) birds of each loft is calculated in this manner, and the average of these four birds are then called the “ loft ”
- Please note that velocity calculations used are based on the tried and proven methods currently used worldwide.
- This result is then divided by Net flying time in hours or part thereof and again by 1000 to arrive at the distance lost in Km for every hour of flight expressed in “”
This method of competition nullifies all know unfair conditions of the normal pigeon sport; namely.
- Wind direction on race-day favoring some lofts.
- Different distances as referred to as “Over-Flight” vs “staying on liberation ”
- Natural geographical obstacles such as mountains.
- The natural path of flight due to landmarks such as highways.
- “Pull” caused by the majority birds pulling a smaller quantity of birds in a certain direction, causing them to follow a longer flight path to their lofts.
The only unfair advantage remaining is the fact that the larger the liberated quantities, the further apart the birds will arrive at their lofts,
Therefore the following handicap system has been adopted after three years of intense, measured results.
<1000 Pigeons liberated = Plus 0.650 KLPHF
<2000 Pigeons liberated = Plus 0.500 KLPHF
<3000 pigeons liberated = Plus 0.250 KLPHF
<4000 pigeons liberated = 0
>4000 pigeons liberated = Minus 0.250 KLPHF
>5000 pigeons liberated = Minus 0.300. KLPHF
These results will be calculated on the software program
The ombudsman appointed for disputes regarding results is
Mr. Kevin Kennard
His decision after careful deliberation with both parties will be full and final and will be adjudicated on the basis of the ODRA Loft Grouping Application below