The National Collegium of Apiary Athletics is the official
body promoting and regulating the sport of competitive bee-lining. The official
rules for competitions as of 05/01/04 are:
1) No One May Enter The "Rough"
"The rough" has the same definition as in golf, and consists of any physical obstacle that your great-grandmother would not cross (bushes, treelines, water, fences, and so on). Go around.
2) There Is Only One Hidden Hive
If other hives (demonstration apiaries or local colonies) are within flight range of the tee, the tee will be clearly marked with a sign pointing towards any hives that are not the hidden hive, and giving a compass direction for these other hives. Bees that fly off in the "wrong" direction may be unavoidable. Ignore them. Release another bee.
3) Find The Hidden Hive Using Bee-lining Techniques
This is done by releasing and tracking bees. Random searching will only waste time, and may result in disqualification. Running would give unfair advantage to the young. Your movements are tracked by GPS and monitored by hidden cameras. Tampering with GPS units or surveillance cameras is forbidden. Don't even think about cheating.
4) All Players' Time On The Course Starts When They First Reach The "Tee"
The tee is a clearly marked and easy-to-find feeder on a post. Players are expected to collect bees from the feeder and release them from various points to triangulate the hive location. Players have no more than [1/2 hour] to do as best they can.
5) The Least Search Time And Least Stops Wins
Finding the hive in the least time is the main scoring method. If two players have times that are within [10 seconds] of each other, other factors (such as the number of stops, the furthest "wander" from the hive, and the number of direction reversals) will be used to rank only those two players as to who "did better". One's search time starts when one first leaves the feeder, and one's time ends when one comes within [7 meters] of the hive.
6) Players May Use Any Equipment They Wish
Players without equipment will be provided with loaner equipment at the registration desk. All equipment must be returned immediately after leaving the course. Pamphlets explaining the art of bee-lining are available at the registration desk.
7) Players May Not Attach Any Physical Object To A Bee
Streamers, feathers, and other objects are forbidden. Bees may be marked with chalk or paint, but nothing else may be attached to the bees. No cruelty to bees is allowed.
8) Players Failing To Appear At The Registration Desk [15 Minuets] Before Their "Tee Time" Will Forfeit That Tee Time
If tee times get booked up, a forfeiting player or team may not be able to secure another tee time. Forfeited tee times will be reassigned at the discretion of the registration desk staff to anyone who is nearby at that time.
9) The Course Location Is Secret
Don't tell anyone where it is. Likewise the hidden hive location. That would be telling. A map to the tee location will be given to each player in a sealed envelope [15 minutes] before a scheduled tee time. Return all opened maps to the registration desk after play for secure destruction.
10) Players May Practice As Much As They Wish
There is a practice tee and hive that may be used at any time. Sign out equipment from the registration desk for an hour at a time on a first-come, first served basis. Practice makes perfect. You get one try on the actual course, no more.
11) It Is Just A Game
Have fun. No whining, no bickering, no quibbling.
Note: Items in brackets will likely vary between competitions depending up specific course features, GPS resolution in the course area, and the requirements of the hosting organization.