WSA RULES

Race Rules of the World Sleddog Association (WSA)


The WSA/IFSS ÖSTERSUND 2022 World Championship in Sprint and Mid-distance will follow the Internationale Race Rules of the World Sleddog Association. Bellow you will find some parts from the rules but alos the linkt to the WSA riles each musher agrees to follow.

NOTE: All mushers in all classes will make three (3) heats. This for Skijöring/Skid dog classes as well, according to WSA rules.
!!! Important. All muchers is responsible by them self to read and understand the race rules in full !!!

  • 1.1 General

    • 1.1.1 Only F.C.I. recognized sled dog breeds are eligible to compete. Such breeds are: Alaskan
      Malamutes, Greenland Dogs, Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Siberian Huskies.

    • 1.1.2 It will be raced in two categories:
      Category 1: All five sled dog breeds (see above)
      Category 2: Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Greenland Dogs only


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CLASSES


The WSA/IFSS ÖSTERSUND 2022 World Championship will follow WSA rules when it comes to classes at the event.

Number of heats: 3 (for all classes). All mushers should read WSA race regulations for latest update/change in rules.

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2. Nome Style (from WSA race regulations) 
2.1 CLASSES
2.1.1 An unlimited team (UL-class) shall consist of not less than 8 dogs, with a minimum of 9 dogs in
the first run. The musher must be at least 18 years of age.
2.1.2 A limited 8 dog class team (8-dog-class) shall consist of 6 to 8 dogs, with a minimum of 7 dogs in
the first heat. The musher must be at least 18 years of age.
2.1.3 A limited 6 dog class team (6-dog-class) shall consist of 4 to 6 dogs, with a minimum of 5 dogs in
the first heat. The musher must be at least 16 years of age.
2.1.4 A limited 4 dog class team (4-dog-class) shall consist of 3 to 4 dogs. The musher must be at least
16 years of age.
2.1.5 A limited 2 dog class team (2-dog-class) shall consist of the same 2 dogs at all heats. The
musher must be at least 16 years of age.

2.1.6 A musher at the age of at least 12 years and not older than 15 years shall be considered as
“JUNIOR”. It is assumed that the junior has the explicit permission to from either the parents or the
custodian to participate in the event and that an adequate personal insurance coverage is available.
Junior mushers will be marked (J) in the final results. Junior classes are 2-dog sled classes and
Skijoring 1-dog. Junior classes must run over the 2-dog-trail.
2.1.7 The classification is based on the actual age of the musher on the first day of the championship.


3. Pulka Style (SW/SM)
3.1 CLASSES
3.1.1 The competition will be held in one class with one (1) to four (4) dogs.
3.1.2 The class will race in two categories:
Category 1: all five sled dog breeds
Category 2: Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Greenland dogs only

3.1.3 The class will be divided by men and women whenever there are at least 5 starters in each
group. Men and women may run in one category if there are fewer than 5 starters in any individual
class.


4. Skijoring (SJW/SJM)

4.1 CLASSES
4.1.1 The competition shall be held in a one (1) dog class (SJ1) and a two (2) dog class (SJ2D), and in
two categories:
Category 1: all five sled dog breeds
Category 2: Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Greenland Dogs only
In Skijoring 2 Dogs there is no separation by breeds or gender.


5. MID-DISTANCE

5.1 CLASSES
5.1.1 The distance race will be done in the following classes:
DS: Pulka class, one (1) to four (4) dogs or/and Skijöring 1-2 dogs. Minimum age of driver 16 years.
The class will be divided by men and women whenever there are at least five (5) starters in each
group.
D limited (DL): Three (3) to six (6) dogs, minimum age of the driver 16 years
D unlimited (DU): Seven (7) dogs and more, minimum age of the driver 18 years
5.1.2 The class DS will race in one category/ the classes DL/DU will race in two categories
Category 1: All five sled dog breeds
Category 2: Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Canadian Eskimo Dogs and Greenland Dogs only
5.1.3 Pool Rules
Skijöring 1-2 dogs, from a pool of 2 dogs
Pulka 1-4 dogs, from a pool of 4 dogs
DL 3-6 dogs, from a pool of 7 dogs
DU 7-14 dogs, from a pool of 14 dogs

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