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Offline Stray Taco

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« on: February 24, 2014, 11:49:28 am »
This discussion has come up a couple times, and we can't reach a consensus. What is the standard for belts for skaters?  There are no references to belts in the rules, but in the minimum skills test in implies belts can be worn:

[rule]4.1.2 Taking and providing hip, belt and clothing whips[/rule] (although belts aren't mentioned in the specifics of the skill.

And in prebout protocol it gives this guidance:
Any other apparel hazards: Referees should check skaters for any jewelry, belts, safety pins or other
items which fall outside the regulation safety gear and may pose a hazard to other skaters. Skaters may
be required to remove, modify or otherwise alter any unsafe item at the sole discretion of the head

 I do know from another discussion here that studs should be avoided (especially pointy ones), but one person is insisting that they have to be in belt loops to be worn. And I just can't find anything specifying what's OK/not OK except the "may pose a hazard to other skaters" line. it just a judgement call or are there any standards out there for what classifies as safe/unsafe?
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Re: Belts
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 12:35:33 pm »
Why would the absence of belt loops cause a belt to become hazardous? I don't think I understand the logic there. Does the skater lack the hips necessary for the belt to remain on her body without loops?
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Re: Belts
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 01:24:16 pm »
Belts, as of now, are not explicitly outlawed. It's a judgement call for the refs on whether or not a particular belt/piece of jewelry/ article of clothing is a hazard. I usually ask that belt buckles, especially the ones with the pointy piece that goes through the notches, be taped. If the belt were loose enough that it may slip off the wearer, I might ask that it be tightened, otherwise, removed. This is a less common occurrence than it has been in the past.

[rule]3.8.1 - Jewelry may be worn during the bout unless deemed a safety hazard by the referees. It is recommended that jewelry be taped or removed. Jewelry must not interfere with play or cause danger to other skaters. Jewelry is worn at the risk of the wearer.

I take this same guidance to apply towards belts as a similarly potentially risky/not-safety gear adornment.
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Re: Belts
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 01:27:39 am »
If the belt is secure and not about to slide down over the skater's hips, I don't see an issue.

I might say something if the belt looks like it was about to break, and I'd definitely say something if the belt had adornments that looked hazardous (spikes, for instance).


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