Amendments to Competition Rules and By-Law

Notification of amendments to Article 22.1 of the Competition Rules and to a By-Law
The Board recently decided it was appropriate  :
1 to clarify the interpretation of Article 22.1 of the Competition Rules by rewording it; and
2 to amend a 2013 By-Law concerning which beats fish first in river competitions.
The change made to the Competition Rule was made in the interests of transparency and to aid interpretation.
The change to the By -Law was made in  the interests of reducing the time taken to relocate from one beat to another when a competitor changes roles from controller to competitor during a river competition.The amendment to the By Law will be built into the draw program as soon as possible.
Article 22.1 previously read:
“Before the assignment of beats to competitors, all beats and buffer zones must be clearly defined (if possible by GPS coordinates) and should not be altered during the competition.”
And has now been amended to read:
“Before the assignment of beats to competitors, all beats and buffer zones( if any) must be clearly defined by physical beat marker pegs and/or tapes ( with GPS coordinates recorded where possible) and the markers must not be moved or altered during the competition”.
 By-law dated 1 July 2013 River Based Competitions was amended from: 
 “Anglers who draw odd numbered beats will fish first and this group will form a distinct GROUP for the duration of the competition – thus the anglers who draw even numbered beats will be controllers for this period and will control the odd numbered beat immediately upstream of them.”
to read 
“Anglers who draw even numbered beats will fish first and this group will form a distinct GROUP for the duration of the competition – thus the anglers who draw odd numbered beats will be controllers for this period and will control the even numbered beat immediately downstream of their beat.”
The Board is conscious of the need to publish all By-laws on the website. Rob Staples is undertaking the task of identifying  all extant By-Laws. Most of the many By Laws introduced in the past will not have survived the introduction of our Constitution or the adoption of our Competition Rules. Once Rob has identified surviving By Laws they will be reviewed  by the Board and published.