PLEASE NOTE – the 2018 Army European Winter Activity instruction is absolutely essential direction for all those planning unit winter sports team deployments, covering authorities, clearances, eligibility to Public funding and sources of non-Public funding.

All Sports 2018

2018DIN07-077: Army European Winter Activity Instruction

2018DIN07-081: Army Alpine and Nordic Exercises 2018

GUIDANCE FOR THE ASSURANCE OF ARMY REPRESENTATIVE SPORTS (Representative level includes Corps and Army representation)

AWSA Safety Management Policy

JSP 660 – Sport in the UK Armed Forces Part 1: Directive (Mar 18)

JSP 660 – Sport in the UK Armed Forces Part 2: Guidance (Mar 18)

AGAI Vol 1 Ch 5 – SPORT (Mar 2017)

2013DIN01-007:  Insurance for Adventurous Training Activities.
JSP 752:  Tri Service Regulations for Allowances.
JSP 419:  Joint Services Adventurous Training Scheme.
JSP 375 Volume 2 Leaflet 11:  Safety in Military Training and Exercises.
AGAI Volume 1 Chapter 11: Adventurous Training.
AGAI Volume 1 Chapter 13:  Army Biathlon Shooting Policy.

Reminder on the Use of Military Vehicles

Event organisers are to note that Service Regulations apply at all times to service transport, including vehicles that are hired at public expense. Unless there is a specific exemption, civilians (including spouses of military VIPs) are not permitted to travel in military transport. This will have implications for event organisers, especially with respect to how visitors are looked after. Check out JSP 800 for details.

Alpine 2018

Army Alpine Rules 2018 – pdf
Army Alpine Rules 2018 – word version
Army Alpine Directive – 2019
Enc 1 to BAASD 18
General Risk Assessment Alpine Ski Racing


Army Snowboarding Association Rules 2016

(To Supplement the FIS International Competition Rules)

The Army Snowboard Association (ASBA) Rules are issued to clarify or expand upon the FIS International Snowboard Competition (ICR) Rules. Both the FIS ICR and the ASBA Rules will be followed by the organisers and competitors at an Army Snowboard Competition. These rules will be reviewed annually and also when the FIS ICR is revised.



Telemark 2018

Army Telemark Rules
A Guide to the Telemark Racer
FIS Telemark Rules (opens new page)

Nordic 2018

2018 AWSA Nordic Competition Rules (2018 V. 2)

The AWSA Army Ski Competition Rule Book is published in 2 disciplines – Alpine and Nordic. The Nordic ski disciplines covered include Biathlon, Cross Country (XC) and the Military Patrol Race.

AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules are based on, and do not repeat:


Throughout this Rule Book all changes to the 2016 edition are shown in red. The most significant are:

  • Female Corps Teams at the Army Championships (Ex Rucksack) can now be a maximum of 6 qualified athletes (not 5 as previously); see Rule 1.7.6, 1.8.2 & C.15.
  • Although notified to Army Teams in Nov 16 the major changes to FIS 343.8.1 & 343.12.1 were not published on the AWSA website nor updated in the 2016 Rule Book. These changes concern the Maximum Pole Length in Classical Technique; see Rule 3.17.2.  It is absolutely vital that teams and individuals are aware of the revised FIS 343.8.1 & 343.12.1 concerning Maximum Pole Length in Classical Technique Competitions.
  • The DSQ Rules for infringements of Classical Technique have changed; see Rule 4.15
  • The wording and meaning of some DSQs have changed in Rule 4.16
  • Although the requirement to carry a service issue bivvy bag in the Patrol Race (not survival bag or blanket) was promulgated in Nov 16 (Rule 5.14.3), it was widely misunderstood! To make it quite clear: without a service bivvy bag, the patrol will not be allowed to start.
  • New Rule 5.13.5 (Patrol Race): issued Amplivox; Descriptor: Hearing Protection Foldable Headband Mil Green, NSN: 4240 99 773 1232 is required for each member of patrol; without one each, the patrol will not be allowed to start.
  • Updated eligibility rules for Reservists / Cadets / Foreign attached personnel (Annex C).

These rules are to be read and followed by all competitors. The full IBU / FIS rules have been modified principally to ensure that the ethos of Army ski racing remains based on team events, notably in Section 2 (Draw, Seeding and Assignment of Start Numbers). When National competitions are hosted by the AWSA at Army Championships, they are conducted under the appropriate IBU / FIS rules.

The AWSA Management Committee has delegated ratification of the AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules to Chairman Army Nordic, who acts with the advice of the British Armed Forces Nordic Ski Committee (BANSC). The Nordic Competition Rules will be formally reviewed and promulgated annually. Proposed amendments should be sent to: nordic@awsa.org.uk.

This Rule Book ‘sets the standard’ for the Army and Regional Championships and is the goal of all Corps Championships. Due to the reduced infrastructure and resources available at Corps and even Regional Championships these standards may have to be relaxed; the competition procedures and conduct of competitions should be as close to these Rules as possible. Safety, both personal and weapon, must never be compromised. Athletes and officials are to be thoroughly briefed when local conditions dictate that Rules are to be amended or that a lower standard is necessary. The Chairman BANSC reserves the right to take into account any lowering of standards at Regional Championships when qualifying teams and individuals for the Army Championships.

The distribution of these rules is through the AWSA web-site: www.awsa.org.uk. This 2018 edition is effective from 01 December 2017. It completely replaces all previous editions, amendments and drafts of the AWSA Nordic Rule Book, which should be destroyed.