National Tippler Club Bulgaria

Long Flight Race Rules

NTK-BG considers it its duty to organize and carry out long flight races, open to fanciers in and out of the country. The purpose of this club engaged only in the sport of racing pigeons is the further development of the sport. All club members may participate in the racing competition. Therefore we expect all of them to take an active part in the friendly competition of racing pigeons.
The Race Rules provide the official standards and procedures by which all NTK-BG races are to be conducted. It accurately describes the judge activities. The judge must be familiar with the NTK-BG rules and shall keep this rule book by him during the race.

General Rules

In a long flight race may enter only members who have fulfilled their financial obligations for the current fiscal year and who take part in the competition with tippler pigeons ringed with special rings issued by NTK-BG. NTK-BG also recognizes rings issued by other foreign tippler organizations.

In a race may fly at least 3 and at most 20 tipplers. Old and young bird races are scheduled from March till October inclusive. Special races (in honour of somebody or an occasion) may be flown by old bird, young bird and combined bird teams. During a race season two pigeon fanciers may not participate in the race with the same pigeons.
- The best time (result) is an arithmetical mean of the three best time results in races carried out in accordance with the competition requirements. The maximum permissible number of flying-offs is 5 (five) for each category, old and young birds.
- Long-day and International young bird races shall be carried out on the dates scheduled in advance on a meeting of the club.
- In a Long-day race may enter young or old bird teams, but not combined teams.

The pigeon race team shall be released exactly at the fixed time in the presence of a judge. Radio-time is decisive. A release delay is allowed only if the sunlight conditions as a result of the late sunrise make it necessary, but at 8 o'clock at the latest.

The pigeon team with the longest flight shall be declared the winner, excepting when it is disqualified from the race for violating the competition rules.

The official race schedule shall be set on the annual meeting in advance and all members shall be informed.

An application form for taking part in a race shall be given to the race chief at least one week before the competition flight. Races are carried out mainly at the weekends.

The participation fee for a flight is 5 leva. In case of disqualification or withdrawal from the declared race, the fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Old bird champion
The three best flights of the old bird teams shall be estimated in this category.
Long-day champion
International young bird champion
Young bird champion
The three best flights of the young bird teams shall be estimated in this category.
Mixed team champion
In this category the flights from 1 to 6 shall be taken into account.

Any matter arising that cannot be dealt with these Race Rules may be resolved by the Board. Their decision is final and there is no appeal.
Management Board:
   President: Ahmed Mehmed - Haskovo - 0878705511
   Vice President: Ivan Petrov - Plovdiv - 0888122640
   Members: Boris Gambezov - Karlovo - 0899936696
            Gencho Genov - Stara Zagora - 0889315602
            Tony MALEV - Sofia - 0887300958
            Panayot Ivanov - Sliven - 0898680168
Judge and his tasks

The race judge shall be a member of the club or of the World Tippler Organization. He shall not be in a family relationship with any of the race fanciers. He shall be at least at the age of 16. Any race carried out without a judge will not be recognized valid by this club. A judge coming from another town or village is to be provided with accommodation by the competitor.

The club is within its rights to send judges and controllers to the race participants to make sure of the proper race running. They are entitled by the race chief. Each club member may offer himself as a judge to any race competitor a week before the flight, even if the competitor has already engaged a judge. If a race participant refuses to a volunteer judge, his flight shall be disqualified.

Before the flight release the judge has to record in the race sheet sex, colour and number of the ring with the Tippler mark on it of all pigeons taking part in the race flight.

The judge is obliged to observe the proper running of the flight until its end. If the judge has to absent himself for a short time, he has to give his control responsibilities to an assistant judge. The observation place point can be defined by the competitor. This place shall be more than 10 meters away from the alighting place with regard to the place where pigeons enter the loft.


After the flight ends the judge has to check the birds that have returned from the race flight by their ring numbers, etc. A short report has to be written in the race sheet. In case of disqualification the judge has to announce this to the participant before he goes out of his house.


The judge has to fill in the race sheet conscientiously and with competence. This sheet fully completed has to be sent to the race chief no later than the next day.

Racing pigeon flight

After the start the pigeon team may not be seen for the first two hours. Before the end of the second hour the race bird team shall be seen by the judge. Each next hour the pigeons shall be seen by the judge.

After the start when the pigeons appear for the first time section 15 shall be enforced. It reads as follows: The race pigeons shall be seen every hour. A separate pigeon of the team may fly on its own only 1 hour.

The flight is valid in case of alighting so many pigeons as they were at the liberation time. If a rapacious bird carries away a pigeon or is chasing it to its loft within a range of 65 meters from the loft, the judge is to record this case into the race sheet - time of attack and number of the pigeon ring. The judge considers this pigeon it hasn't flown at all. The rest of the pigeons shall fly in conjunction with section 15 of the Rules.

If there are 3 pigeons at the start and an occasion described in section 17 appears, the judge shall put an end to the race flight because the race team numbers less than 3 pigeons.


By any violation of the rules by pigeons participating in the race flight the judge shall disqualify the pigeon team and make notes of this into the race sheet.

The tippler team that at the start, at the finish or during the flight alights at a distance of more than 65 meters from the loft as a center shall be disqualified. This rule does not apply to droppers.

If a pigeon of a race team or the whole team alights and after a while it starts flying again and keeps on flying, the flight shall be disqualified. Invalid is also a flight, by which tipplers are used for droppers.

If all pigeons of the team do not alight on the spot appointed within an hour from the sign given to them, their flight shall be disqualified.

The pigeons that have not managed to fly off, but they are still in the range of 65 meters, may be liberated to fly within 5 minutes. If this trial is not successful, the flight shall be disqualified.

The judge shall see the tipplers participating in the race flight at least once an hour. During the race the competitor is not obliged to be present at the start and by the alighting of the pigeons.

Any use of underhand methods that make the flight easier lead to disqualification.

Any participant that intentionally or unintentionally let one or more than one pigeon fly off from the loft during the race shall be disqualified.

The race leaders shall be disqualified if the race sheet is not filled in correctly and according to the requirements and is sent later than the day after the race.

Final Rules

Awards (cups, diplomas, etc.) are presented to the race participants at the end of the race year at the official annual meeting of NTK-BG, which takes place in the town of Stara Zagora on the show day.

NTK-BG Awards

Old birds
1 st place - cup + diploma
2 nd place - medal + diploma
3 rd place - medal + diploma

1 st place - cup + diploma
2 nd place - medal + diploma
3 rd place - medal + diploma

Long - day
1 st place - cup + diploma
2 nd place - medal + diploma
3 rd place - medal + diploma

International young birds
1 st place - cup + diploma
2 nd place - medal + diploma
3 rd place - medal + diploma

Combined team champion of Bulgaria
1 st place - cup + diploma
2 nd place - medal + diploma
3 rd place - medal + diploma

Disciplinary Rules

Chapter 1 General Rules

Disciplinary action by infringement of disciplinary regulations by racing pigeon fanciers, NTK-BG members

Art.1 The main purpose of these Disciplinary Rules is to protect NTK-BG members.

Art.2 Disciplinary Rules govern the conduct of delegates and each club member by observing orders and normative acts taken by the club chairmanship. They insure good sportsmanship and discipline among tippler competitors.

Art.3 Disciplinary Rules concern permissible actions and disciplinary measures against offenders and uncontrollable club members.

Art.4 Infractions of the Rules
As infractions of the Rules are considered the following actions taken by performing a given task or as a result of negligence:
1. Infractions of NTK-BG Race Rules
2. Violation of personal rights of a club member
3. Undermining the club integrity
4. Non-transparent financial activities
5. Larceny, killing, catch and misappropriate, resale and giving as a present of somebody else's pigeon by a club member
6. Impeding the race competition intentionally or unintentionally by a club member, participating in the race
7. Malpractice
8. Outstanding liabilities and non- preparing a report on a club meeting
9. Power appropriation in the club
10. Ineffective internal control
11. Impeding investigation activities (i.e. determining property ownership of pigeons- if they were stolen or caught ), impeding judge or controller activities during a race by a club member
12. Non-appearance of a judge or a controller in the race without good reason
13. Misconduct on the part of the judge or controller to a race competitor's advantage or disadvantage.
14. Forgery or destruction of club documents, race sheets and other official papers.
15. Lodging doubtful complaints against club members, spreading gossips about club members, threatening after the time fixed for making complaints and objections to race flights of club members.
16. Ringing the old birds for the current year is prohibited.
17. Non-taking measures by the committee or the person in charge in reply to a complaint made by a club member.
18. Neglect of duty or non -fulfilling a duty, subversive activities intended to blacken club's name and tippler sport.
19. The club chairmanship may take decisions about expulsion of a member for an indefinite period, if it has been proved that he/she had blackened the club's name or had done harm to its prestige; he/she may be sued, if he/she does harm to the prestige of a club member with his /her behavior, or if he/she violates club's regulations and chairmanship's decisions.
In this case the club members do not have the right of appeal.

Art.5 Perpetrators of underhand dealings or members, who failed to carry out certain duty, are responsible for the offences mentioned in Art.4. Helpers, instigators and concealers are found guilty to the same extent.

Chapter 2 Penalties

Art. 6 By violating of Art.4 the following penalties are available:
- official warning by word
- reprimand in written form
- cease of his competitive membership for a period from 1 to 3 years
- suspension of occupying a leading position in the club
- expulsion from the club

Chapter 3 Procedure

Art. 7 A complaint against an offender, an instigator, a helper or a concealer may be filed to the "Internal Investigation Commission "and "Race Commission" by every club member.

Art. 8 Within 8 days of receipt of such a complaint the Disciplinary Commission has to open a procedure for clarifying the case. It begins with notifying the person, against whom the complaint is filed.

Art.9 The Commission is obliged to summon the offender against whom the complain is filed, to consider the offence and to impose a penalty.

Art.10 The offender or a person who is in a family relationship with the offender may not be a member of the Disciplinary Commission.

Art.11 Members are named to the Disciplinary Commission by the Chairman.

Art.12 Mitigating circumstances are considered the following:
- if the offender is a new member of the club
- if the offender was deluded in committing an offence
- if the offender admit his guilt immediately after he has been informed about the rules and regret sincerely

Art.13 During the investigation procedure (from the moment of its beginning to the moment of taking a decision about the penalty or setting the offender free from guilt) the offender shall be removed from his club membership.

Art.14 A member of the club may raise an objection to the decision taken by the Commission. He should lodge a complaint to the general assembly.

Art.15 By a taken decision and defined penalty (i.e. expulsion from the club) a new investigation procedure asked by the offender himself may be opened by the Internal Investigation Commission only if there are sufficient evidence and reasons.

Art.16 For offences under Art.4 of these Rules, sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 16, 17, 18 there are penalties for a period of 1 to 3 years. For offences under the rest of the sections in Art.4 penalties for a fixed period are not available. The penalties imposed on the offender are final and may be objected only at the annual meeting.

Art.17 As far as the temporary penalties are concerned after the expiry of the penalty period of time a claim for commuting the punishment may be filed to the Board of the Internal Investigation Commission.

Art.18 The decision taken on the General club assembly confirming the penalty in reply to the offender's claim is final.

Final Chapter

Art.19 The Disciplinary Commission is in charge of interpreting the Rules.
The Board of the Internal Investigation Commission is in charge of the correct application of the Rules.

Art.20 The Rules come into force immediately. All decisions taken up to now are no longer in force.