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Bylaws of USA Obstacle Course Racing


ARTICLE I - Name

The name of the organization shall be USA Obstacle Course Racing (USAOCR), a member of USA Pentathlon (USAP). USAP is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC.)​

ARTICLE II - Definition

Obstacle Sports, including Course Racing (OCR), Obstacle Competitions (OC) and Obstacle Racing (OR), is a sport that generally combines one or more of the following disciplines: running, skiing, snow shoeing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, horse riding,  swimming and other human powered disciplines and events, with various natural and/or man made obstacles, and may include other multi-athletic skill combinations such as speed, strength, endurance, balance, coordination, fine motor skills, running, jumping, crawling and climbing. Obstacle Sports and related disciplines referenced in this document shall include, but not be limited to Functional Fitness (FF), OR-XC (Cross Country), OR-TR (Track), OR-UR (Urban), OR-AD (Adventure), OR-X (Obstacles Only), including both on and off-road versions of these sports. Multi-athletic skill sports under the jurisdiction of another National Governing Body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee are not included in this definition. ​

ARTICLE III - Objects and Purposes

The objects and purposes of USAOCR shall be to: 


(a)  coordinate and develop athletic activity in the United States directly relating to Obstacles Sports, and to foster productive working relationships among organizations active in Obstacles Sports; 
(b)  exercise exclusive jurisdiction over Obstacles Sports in the United States, in world championships and other international competitions;
(c)  establish international goals for Obstacles Sports and encourage their attainment; 
(d)  promote and support athletic activities in Obstacles Sports involving the United States and foreign nations; 
(e)  promote and encourage physical fitness and public participation in Obstacles Sports; 
(f)    assist organizations and individuals concerned with sports in the development of Obstacles Sports training; 
(g)  protect the opportunity of any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or official to participate in Obstacles Sports without discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin or physical handicap and to provide fair notice and opportunity for hearing before declaring any individual ineligible;
(h)  provide for the swift resolution of conflicts and disputes involving athletic competition in Obstacles Sports; 
(i)     foster the development of athletic facilities for use by athletes training for competitions in Obstacles Sports and assist in making such facilities available to the athletes;
(j)     provide and coordinate technical information on physical training, equipment design, coaching and performance analysis in Obstacles Sports; 
(k)   encourage and support research development, and dissemination of information in the areas of sports medicine and sports safety related to Obstacles Sports; 
(l)     encourage and aid athletes without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex or physical handicap; 
(m) provide for athlete control of USAOCR by ensuring that active Obstacles Sports athletes serve in policy making positions within USAOCR per the provisions of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978 [36 U.S.C. 371, 391(b)(8)]; 
(n)  encourage and support the furtherance of professionalism in Obstacles Sports; 
(o)  identify athletes having the competitive potential and desire to excel in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and seek the best representation for the United States in the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, Para Pan American Games and in other international competitions in Obstacles Sports; and
(p)  take all necessary or desirable steps to affect the objects and purposes set forth in this article. 


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