A team with teamsprint consists of three skaters, however only one of them finishes. Each team starts on their own ‘straight side’ and finishes there as well. Two teams start at the same time. After the start, three laps will be skated and after each lap the skater in the front leaves the track. The third skater finishes, and their time is the team time. Who the first, second and finisher skater is, is determind on before hand and is communicated to the jury with the armband on the right arm. The first skater doesn’t wears one, the second skater wears either white or yellow and the third skater wears a red or blue one (this is depending on the side you start at).
At this competition, you can also enter with a team of four people. We made a special rule for that, so that you can choose whether this fourth person is going to be the ‘reserve’ skater, or is joining in the races as well (in this case, you start with four people then instead of three). We have decided that it’s your choice however, IF you decide to start with four people, you have to finish with two people. So the whole race works the same as with three skaters, but now you just have two finishing skaters. The time of the last one finishing counts! You let the jury know by wearing the right colour armband.
The competition has two parts, the series and the finals. In the series, each team gets two changes to set the fastest time. After the series, there is an A finale (for the gold and silver) and a B finale (for the bronze). The finale decides, even when the times in the series were faster.
All skaters, that are members of an association acknoledged by the NSSU can take part in the competition. Teams consist of three people (four is optional, but remember that you finish with one). Registration is only possible as a team, individual registration is not possible. If you have a team with four people, you tell us on the night of the competition who is going to skate which round.
The tournament has two categories. Men/mixed teams and Ladies. The sub categories (A/B possibly C) will decided after the registration (depending on how much teams registrated). The sub categorie your team falls in will be decided using a representive time from the fastest teammember. Last year, we had two categories and they where divided by the 1000m time (under or above 1:30.00 for men and mixed teams, under or above 1:40.00 for women).