General Rules


No person or group of persons have the authority to override the RULE BOOK to allow an illegal vehicle to pull in any class under any
circumstances.

Event Procedures and  Requirements:

1.     All pulls sanctioned by OTTPA using OTTPA's name, rules, point system, etc must purchase OTTPA insurance. Insurance must be
paid on or before due date of that year to be a points pull. When event dates conflict the longest established event has precedence in         
class selection, on its traditional date. If the classes were booked in the previous year.

2.     The classes listed in the rulebook are the only classes sanctioned by OTTPA. Special permission must be obtained by OTTPA for     
any additional classes or variations of classes.

3.     No pulls will be added as a points pull after the schedule has been printed.

4.     The promoter is responsible for arranging for the grounds and all needed equipment for running the pull. Equipment needed for the     
pull include sled (pull back tractor if not self propelled sled) tractor with track grading blade, packer, water truck, scales, tow vehicles,
sound system, lights (if a night pull), fire extinguishers, seating and fencing  for crowd control and lime and limer for marking track                
boundary. Please ensure that the sled company booked will accomodate your event classes.

5.     Scales must be operated by qualified personnel at all times.

6.     In the event of a conflict between the rule book and the website, the website will take presedence.

Track & Pull Off:

1.     The minimum width of the track must be 30 feet (preferably 35 feet).

2.     A staging area for the sled (and pull back tractor) plus a safety run off area of 1/3 of the length of    the pulling track is required
(approx 420 to 450 feet).

3.     A minimum of three 20 lb fire extinguishers compatible to the fuels used must be readily available at the track area.

4.     No one is allowed on the track except the contestant and persons needed to operate the pull.

5.     All spectators must be a minimum of 15 feet back from the edge of the track.

6.     The pulling track must be maintained and packed with an adequate amount of moisture in the track to control dust. Water is not to be  
added during the pull without the approval of the Track official.

7.      Riders are not permitted in the pull back tractor or track maintainance equipment. Number of riders on support vehicles not to rxceed
number of seats.

8.     White disqualificaiton lines will be 320 feet for the entire contest. The track will be clearly marked at 320 feet. The track offoicial
would prefer a 300 foot track, but may use a 320 foot track or a floating finish at his discretion.

9.     In a pull off each puller will hook in the order that they qualified for the pull off. . No dropping of positions is allowed in a pull off. Tme
between pull off may be granted.

10.   If the Track Official believes that an error has occurred in the sled setting the class  may be restarted. In this case the first puller may   
come back first or drop to last pulling position.

11.   In a pull off a floating finish will be used for all competitors.

Weigh In / Registration

1.     Only Modified Farm, Pro Stock, Vintage  may be entered in a  maximum of two classes, but only once in each class during an
OTTPA sanctioned pull.

2.     No mixing of classes at the same event without approval.

3.     Drivers must be at least 16 years of age. If under 18 years of age, driver must have a parents written consent,

4.     All pull positions must be drawn not assigned. The process must be done for each class.

5.     Classes in a given event will be run in that event, but not necessarily in the posted scheduled order.

6.     Entries may not be added to a class once the class has started.

7.     All drivers must be members of OTTPA. Memberships will be sold at the pull or by contacting the OTTPA Secretary.

8.     The universal numbering system for each class is as follows: the first digits in the number are the upper limit of the weight class
and           the last digits signify the order of pull. For example: number 9501 - 9500 is the weight class and the number 1 signifies the first
puller.

9.      All pulling vehicles must be weighted prior to or immediately following competition with the driver seated on or in the pulling
vehicle.             The maximum weight per class includes both the pulling vehicle and the driver.

10.   All track crew and track maintenance crew, pullers and crew are required to sign the insurance waiver at registration to receive and
display a wrist band at each event.

Points:  Awarded only to full vehicle membership

1.    The first place vehicles receives a total of 20 points. Each subsequent placing vehicle will then be awarded one less point. These         
points are to be calculated by the Secretary of OTTPA. Points go to the pulling vehicle, not the driver. It is the responsibility of the               
puller to register the vehicle under the owners name.

2.     Any vehicle that hooks up to the sled and makes a measurable pull (one inch or greater) will receive points for that class regardless
of sled reset or breakage.

3.     Tie breakers for year end points will be the highest number of wins, seconds, or thirds.

4.     Points are added to determine the year end points champion. Year end points champion trophies and plaques are awarded at the     
annual banquet. A class must be held at three different events to be awarded plaques. .  Points fund to be awarded to vehicles that
participated in 51% or more of their class completed hooks


Track Officials:  

1.     The Chief Track Official (or his appointee) and one assistant will be in attendance at every OTTPA sanctioned pull. He will have the    
authority to enforce all rules and to inspect any pulling vehicle at his discretion and convenience.

2.     The decision of the Track Official is final. This does not prevent the Track Official or executive to reconsider decisions at no
consequences to themselves


3.     The Track Official duties include instructing the flagmen and the two people hooking and unhooking the vehicle to the sled as to their   
duties.  Safe procedures are of prime importance.

Pullers' Procedures:

1.     No pulling vehicles are to be left running while unattended by the operator. Operators must be in the seat of the pulling vehicles at
all            times when the vehicle is running.

2.     No riders are allowed in or on pulling vehicles while pulling or in the track area or pit area.

3.     A puller may have the sled spotted on the starting line wherever he desires. The puller must notify the pull back tractor or
sled                        operator in sufficient time to have the sled spotted before the sled returns to the starting line from the previous pull. If the
proceeding            puller moves the sled a measurable amount, the next puller may have the sled relocated prior to his first attempt.

4.     The first contestant of each class will be the test puller and at the completion of his or her pull may elect to pull again in third or last      
position. If a driver elects to do this, their first measurement  will not be counted. All decision on repulls must be made before the pulling
vehicle            leaves the track once given the distance of pull. There will be no test pulls in pull offs.

5.     The contestant must pull at position drawn within 3 minutes of the time the track is ready. If a puller has a mechanical problem he
must  drop to the last position. (Rule called by Track Official).

6.     All sanctioned competitors are required to wear a minimum Snell 2000 approved helmet.

7.     All pullers in vehicles with roll cages must wear  SFI approved fire suit including fire proof balaclava and gloves.  (minimum
requirements - single layer fire suit, fire boots, or  leather work boots). Suit must be kept clean, oil free and in good repair.

8.     All vehicles must be in neutral or park (transmission selector) while being hitched and unhitched. The driver must raise both hands       
while hooking and unhooking.

9.   All pulls shall operate with 2 flagmen on the left hand side of the track. The starting flagman will be responsible for the readiness of         
the track, pulling vehicle and contestant. The second flagman will be responsible for the balance of the course under guidance of the            
Track Official.

10.   All pulls must be started from a tight chain and then the raising of the green flags by the flagmen.

11.   Pulling vehicles must stop immediately upon signal from the flagman. The signal will be the raising of the red flag by the flagman          
located alongside the edge of the track on the left hand side of the pulling vehicle. The pull will be considered over when the forward            
motion of the sled stops.

12.   Each contestant will be allowed two attempts to make a measurable pull. An attempt is defined as moving the sled a measurable       
distance (one inch or farther). If the driver  lets off om the throttle before the 100 foot on his first attempt, a second attempt will be                  
granted, even if the vehicle rolls beyond the 100 foot mark. The second attempt will immediately follow the first.  If no attempt is made to
back off the throttle a second attempt will not be granted with the exception of pull offs. One attempt only is allowed in pull-offs. Pulloffs are
always a floating finish.

Vehicles:

1.     All vehicles are subject to an inspection. Refusal of an inspection bars the vehicle from pulling until inspected.

2.     All pulling vehicles must have working brakes and steering systems without any defects.

3.     Hitch point must be a bright contrasting colour.

4.     The hitch must be rigid in all directions and solidly mounted to the vehicle frame. All measurements are taken from the ground to the   
hitch point.

5.    “D” Hitching Device:  The diameter of the hole is a minimum of 3 wide x  3 ¾” long with a preferred maximum of 3 wide x 4 long  at the
longest measuring point of the hole. From the rear point of the hole to the rear point of the hitching device is a maximum of 11/2 inch. In all
pulling vehicles over 9000 lb if the 'D" hitch is bolted it must be fastened with two bolts. Bolts are to be grade 8 or better, size 1 inch
primary (rear), 3/4 inch secondary (front).

6.     Tractors using a hammer strap hitch must use a adapter plate (double hitch). The sled hook must be in a vertical position to be able   
to pull.

7.     All weights must be securely fastened on brackets and NOT in the cab or on the platform (no chains). The weights must not obscure   
the forward or rear vision of the driver. Weights must not restrict access to the operator station.

8.     The introduction of any secondary pressurized fuels and/or gases is not allowed to the engine.

9.     No fuel in the cab. All vehicles must have a 2 lb fire extinguisher compatible to the fuel being used and be convenient to the driver

10.   Ignition type engines must use an electrical ignition kill switch and an electrical fuel pump kill switch.  Diesel engines must use an air
shutoff system or dump valve. if any pulling vehicle is equipped with an electric fuel pump or pusher pump should also be wired to the kill
switch.  Runaway protection  hook ring must be located in the centre rear of the vehicle, above the point of hitch. The hook ring must be a
minimum of two inches in diameter.

Causes of Disqualification:

1.     Pull vehicle is not operated in a safe manner at all times while on the grounds.

2.     OTTPA has a zero tolerance for the use of alcohol or illegal narcotics. No puller, track crew, official or pull volunteer may be under the  
influence of alcohol or illegal narcotics prior to pulling.  No alcoholic beverages in the track area.

3.     Out of bounds described as any part of the pulling vehicle touching or crossing the track boundary line.

4.     Loss of ballast.

5.     If a Track Official refers a complaint of unsportsmanlike conduct (profane language or threatening behaviour, harassment, etc) to the  
OTTPA Executive and the puller(s) and/or pit crew is found to be in fault, then all accumulated points will be forfeited and he/she will             
be suspended for the rest of the pulling season. Further disciplinary actions will be up to the discretion of the OTTPA Executive. Any            
threat(s) uttered to OTTPA members or Executive will result in the immediate loss of OTTPA membership for one year to the day.                
OTTPA has the right to refuse membership to anyone guilty of past unsportsmanlike conduct.

6.     Any contestant may protest another puller's vehicle or the puller by depositing $100.00 with the President or Track  Official of the         
OTTPA by the end of the class (deposit must be received before protest is investigated). If the puller's vehicle or puller in question is           
legal the deposit is forfeited to the puller questioned; if illegal the protester will get the deposit back. All protests must be made in                 
writing, signed and submitted and signed within one hour of the class being protested. The protest must clearly define three items  -            
Who is being protested, what is the subject of the protest (limited to one item per protest) and who is the protester.

7.     The use of illegal equipment or illegal fuels.

8.     Leaving the starting line under the red flag.

9.    Vehicles or pullers disqualified by rules # 1,2,5,6,7 or 8 will not receive points. Vehicles or pullers disqualified by # 3,4 will             
receive last place points based on the number of competitors in the class.. In a pull off the vehicle will drop to last place points in the pull
off.

Rule Violations:

1.     Any first time violations will result in disqualifications from that event (exception - RPM).

2.     A second time violation for the same infraction will result in further disciplinary action. . Exceptions  to this rule are crossing the track
boundary  lines, RPM, exceeding speed limit, loss of ballast.

Inclement Weather:

1.     A session of pulling will be called a complete show if one half of the sanctioned classes have been run.

2.     Any class cancelled after one half (1/2) of the scheduled entries have pulled shall be considered a completed class for establishing     
if one half of the classes of a session or event have run. Points and money to be split evenly.

3.     The Officials at the event (promoter, event director and Head Track Official) shall determine if and when an event shall be stopped       
because of inclement weather or track conditions.

4.     If a rained out class is rescheduled on a date other than the originally scheduled pull date, points will be given accordingly if the rain     
date was part of the OTTPA schedule.

5.     If a session is cancelled prior to start time and promoter retains no ticker revenue, competitors will receive no compensation.