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Event Rules

Skills Competition and Training
​The Keystone State Motorcycle Skills Safety Seminar and Competition is an event to promote motorcycle safety and the benefits of motorcycle training. Police Motor Officers are at the forefront and are often considered the icon of a skilled motorcycle operator. However, with training and practice civilian riders can also reach the same level of skill and mastery to produce safe motorcycle riders on the road. 
Competition is open to: 

  1. Police Officers (active or prior)

  2. Civilian Novice or Expert 

Registration and Release:

  1. Registration fee is $99 (+$6 service fees) per competitor. (Note: cancellations are considered donations to charity,)

  2. Competitors must register seperately.  Do not register more than 1 person per transaction.

  3. All competitors shall sign a Release / Waiver of Liability form on site & prior to practice or competition.

  4. All competitors shall have current motorcycle registration and motorcycle insurance. Must be available for verification during check-in process. Insurance must be valid to cover all days of the event. Government agencies will be considered self-insured.

  5. All competitors shall ensure they are signed up for the appropriate category in accordance with the rules established by the KSMS staff. Any rider may be moved from the selected category based on rider skills, motorcycle modifications or the population in specific categories as determined by the KSMS staff.  

  6. Prior approval from KSMS staff must be granted to operate a drone on/over the premises.  You must have insurance to cover any damages incurred during the operation of your drone.  Please contact the KSMS staff for approval during the registration process.  Some homeowner’s insurance policies will cover these damages under the liability section.  Check with your specific insurance company.  It is also highly recommended to practice and/or take formal training before you attempt drone flights at a major event. 

Rules Committee:

Any formal complaint from a competitor shall be presented to a member of the KSMS staff.  The KSMS staff will discuss and determine if the Rules Committee will be required.  If the KSMS staff decides to present the request to the Rules Committee, the decision of the Rules committee will be final. The parties involved in the dispute will be permitted to present information to the KSMS staff or the Rules Committee if requested by the staff or the committee. When the KSMS staff or the Rules Committee are in deliberations, all involved parties will remove themselves to allow open discussion among the members. 

  1. A Rules Committee will be established by KSMS staff to settle all disputes that cannot be settled at the Judges level.

  2. The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee will be decided by the Committee members.

  3. The Chairman of the Rules Committee will preside over the committee unless his or her agency/group is involved in the dispute. In that case, the Vice Chairman will be the Chairman.

  4. No member of the committee who is part of the department/group involved in the dispute will be permitted to vote on the subject.  They may participate in the discussion but must remove themselves when it is time to vote.  The involved member does not get a vote.

  5. All questions submitted to the Rules Committee shall be discussed and voted upon by the committee.

  6. All decisions of the Rules Committee are final.

  7. In the event of a tie vote, The Committee Chairman shall not cast a second vote to break the tie, and the dispute or proposal upon which the tie occurs shall be referred to the KSMS staff. The KSMS Staff decision is final. Majority vote rules.

  8. Any formal complaint from a competitor shall be presented to the KSMS staff.  The KSMS staff will determine if the complaint is presented to the Rules Committee. If the KSMS staff decides to present it to the Rules Committee, the preceding instructions will apply, and the decision is final. 

A Chief Judge will be appointed, whose duties will consist of the following: Official Score Keeper, Supervise Judges, Mediate scoring disputes2. If any rider disagrees with his/her score, then he/she must notify the Chief Judge immediately. If the Chief Judge is unable to settle the dispute, the matter will be referred to the KSMS staff or the Rules Committee.

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Riders must attend MANDATORY Riders meeting as scheduled before the competition each day. Failure to attend could result in disqualification of the rider from the competition.

  2. Riders must be present on every day of the competition to compete in the specific events at the designated times.  Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if presented to the KSMS staff in advance and if time permits. This exception only applies to events that are part of the individual overall score.   Partner/team events are not part of this exception.

  3. Safety is priority.  All riders moving from one area to the next must do so at idle speed or not more than 5 miles per hour as appropriate or risk disqualification from the event.

  4.  Riders’ placement in their assigned category, Novice/Expert/Modified (Civilian or LE) may be changed based on the riders’ skills or modifications on the competitor’s motorcycle. The rider may also be moved based on lack of population in a specific category on the recommendation of the KSMS staff or the rules committee.

  5. Riders must wear a properly fastened D.O.T. approved helmet, full-length durable pants (no sweatpants, leotards, leggings or scrubs) and over the ankle sturdy footwear.  Gloves, eye protection and long sleeve shirts are suggested while on the course. This also includes the practice day and anywhere on the premises.  Appropriate and family friendly attire is required. NO derogatory or offensive language may be present on attire.

  6. No rider shall enter patterns without signing a liability waiver

  7. Attach bike numbers to headlight, fairing, or windshield where visible for the judges. 

  8. If a rider experiences a malfunction prior to starting a scored event, he/she will be permitted a minimum of 15 minutes to repair or replace a motorcycle.  Riders are responsible for the maintenance and repairs of their own motorcycle. Riding order may be altered as determined by the KSMS staff. 

  9. Any person(s) injured shall immediately report the incident to KSMS staff. 

  10. Challenge Ride: Anyone seen watching other riders during the challenge ride or communicating [verbal or non verbal] with other riders during their ride could be immediately disqualified from this event. This applies to hand signals- sharing videos- and communication systems. If there is any question about the intent of this rule please contact any of the staff for further clarification.

  11. Anyone who displays or engages in unsportsmanlike or irresponsible conduct as determined by the committee or KSMS Staff may be disqualified from the competition.  You/ others may be asked to vacate the premises.

  12. Riders must compete on a motorcycle of at least 1000 cc’s that is equipped in the normal deployment configuration as delivered from the factory.  Any other modification made to the motorcycle that does not alter the stock unloaded ride height, lean angle or steering radius as designed by the manufacturer is permitted in all categories.  Any modifications affecting the previously discussed items will place the competitor in the unlimited/ modified category.  Anyone placed in the modified category is NOT eligible for the “Top Gun” award and will only be permitted to participate in the team ride/partner rides on a limited basis as determined by the KSMS staff. 

    1. Original equipment including saddlebags, saddlebag guards, lights, engine guards must be present, unmodified and functional.

    2. If the motorcycle came stock with ABS, it must be plugged in and operational.

    3. Factory installed tip over sensors must be installed and functional.

    4. Tire size must be of original size for the  year/make/model motorcycle.

    5. Shocks may be changed as long as the overall length of shocks does not alter the unloaded ride height of the motorcycle. 

    6. In no circumstance can steering stops be modified from the manufacturer.

    7. Floorboard brackets may not be replaced with aftermarket parts that increase lean angle or deliberately altered to increase lean angle. 

    8. No frame modifications are permitted. 

    9. Engine guards may not be modified to increase turning radius. 

    10. If any modification is challenged and deemed to enhance the lean angle, ride height, or turning radius; it shall be determined by the KSMS staff whether the motorcycle will fall into the modified category.  The KSMS staff will discuss with the rules Committee if needed and the competitor will be given a choice to switch to the modified category or ride a motorcycle meeting the definition of our event rules. 

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