THE BSPA today released a 2000 word statement from their AGM this weekend, which Link Sport has broken down into bitesize chunks.
The Elite League season will be competed for by the expected eight clubs, after Eastbourne and Birmingham dropped to the National League, with each team meeting twice home and away to form a 28-fixture programme. The race format is to be slightly tweaked to remove anomalies, including the visiting number four not taking to the track until heat five.
There will now be three points for any home win.
Only one tactical ride will now be allowed, available if a team is 10 or more points behind.
TEAM BUILDING LIMIT
The team building points limit has been raised to 34 for the top five, having been 32 last season, with each team only allowed two riders with an average over seven.
FAST TRACK DRAFT
The fast track draft has been retained once again for both reserve positions, with those who entered last season’s draft eligible, although a number of riders have been introduced at the top end of the team.
Ashley Birks, Josh Auty, and Adam Roynon will join the likes of Steve Worrall, Kyle Newman, Jason Garrity and Lewis Kerr in Pool A which consists of 10 riders, while the second set of riders will be led by the likes of Paul Starke, Joe Jacobs, Ashley Morris and James Sarjeant.
The draft is set to be held on November 26.
GUESTS AND FACILITIES
Measures have also been taken to regulate the guest system, where riders will be replaced using a grading system rather than using their average to ensure fair replacements are available, while a facility is also set to be granted for occasions when riders are absent due to riding in leagues in Europe.
The clock is also ticking on doubling up, with riders now only able to race in both the Elite League and Premier League for two years, before then reverting to only being eligible for one. This new regulation is not expected to work retrospectively, meaning riders who have doubled up in recent years will still have two years of eligibility, starting from now.
NEXT YEAR’S AGM
Next season’s AGM has also been scheduled for the first week of October, 2015, in order to give more time to plan for the following season and to allow riders to finalise their schedules in good time.
The play-off format remains the same with the top four teams competing.
However, a transfer window will open for seven days prior to the Elite League play-offs to enable clubs to replace injured riders with riders from outside the league.
Should guests be required in the Elite League play-offs, it is no longer permissible for these to be selected from riders competing for clubs who have also qualified for the play-offs.