The 2021 edition of the Offical IAC Rule Book is now available to members at https://www.iac.org/download-contest-rules. (IAC member login is required.)
Most of the changes are a direct result of IAC member input. Twenty-five proposals were submitted. After these were published last fall, other IAC members provided comments. The Rule Committee discussed each proposal and associated comments in depth, then provided recommendations to the IAC Board. After further consideration regarding all related implications, the Board determined a final disposition for each. The accepted items were then incorporated into the 2021 book.
A summary of the 2021 changes from the 2020 rules can be found at https://www.iac.org/legacy/rule-changes. Also, for ready reference, the new book includes black vertical "change bars" in the outside page margins where there are significant differences from the 2020 edition.
The Rules Committee has strived to bring you a robust set of rules for both competitor and judge use. We understand how important the rules are to all users and recognize that improvement is always possible. Please keep submitting proposals for any areas you believe could be enhanced so that together we can keep the rules a postitive influence on our enjoyment of this great sport. Guidance for providing input is in Section 1 of the book. Informal comments are also welcome anytime - simply contact the Rules Committee at the email below.
Barrett Hines, Intermin Rules Chair, ruleschair [at] iac.org