THE MOUNTED GAMES ASSOCIATION (GREAT BRITAIN) LIMITED
MISUSE OF SUBSTANCES POLICY
THE DRUG TESTING POLICY
MGAGB reserve the right to request a drug test from any member at any time. Any member under the age of 18 will have a legal guardian present at time of testing. Any member over the age of 18 can request a responsible adult to be present.
Drug testing will be by way of a urine sample. This will be taken in a controlled environment by medical professionals.
The drug testing kit MGAGB will be using is “One step”
A full comprehensive list of BEF anti-doping policy can be found on their website or by following this link (insert link)
If a member records a positive test, no further part will be played in competition and a ground jury along with safeguarding will meet to discuss further action. This could potentially be a life time ban. Please refer to the disciplinary code.
MGAGB have a duty of care and any positive results will be shared with the relevant authorities. In the case of under 18 this will also include the members home town social care team.
If you suspect that you may be under the influence of drugs without consent, it is imperative that you contact a member of the committee or safeguarding team immediately.
If any member requires support, advice or guidance regarding the use of illegal substances please contact Joanne Gubb in the strictest of confidence.
If you’re having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options
THE BREATHALYSER POLICY
Random breath tests will be taken during the competition (see below for method).
An impartial person will carry out the random breath tests. An official should be present.
Breath testing may also occur where there is reasonable suspicion that any rider may have consumed alcohol or excess alcohol.
All members have the right to refuse to take a breathalyser test. However, a refusal will be treated in the same way as a positive result and the same penalties will apply.
The breathalysers used by MGAGB are made by Alcosense. These breathalysers use a format to express as milligrams/% in place of milligrams per 100 mls per blood alcohol concentration. The breathalysers are calibrated by Alcosense every year.
Blood Alcohol concentration (BAC) as a percent is 0.8 and equivalent to 35 micrograms as a legal driving limited in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Alcosense machines carry out this calculation and Alcosense set this to the legal driving limit for England, Wales and NI (or as chosen by the user).
Zero tolerance for under 18s is 0.03% BAC reading on the breathalyser and, for riders 18 years of age and over 0.08% alcohol BAC reading is the limit. The 0.08% BAC level is the same as the legal limit for driving a motor vehicle. The drink driving legal limit is lower in Scotland however MGAS members will use the rest of UK limit to make this fair to all.
For riders age 18 years and over the following system will be used if a failed breathalyser occurs:
- No further participation in the heat that follows the failed breathalyser test.
- Riders must then provide a negative re-test prior to being allowed to ride again in the competition.
- Riders will then be retested each following morning at 8am of that competition and if they fail again the ground jury will make a decision on the consequence that follows, i.e not permitted to compete for the rest of the competition.
- Riders will be breathalysed at the next competition they attend. If they fail again then they will receive a warning and if they fail a 3rd time they will receive a ban and lose the right to a random test.
- Riders failing the breathalyser test will be required to undertake a Drugs Test and the Drugs Policy above will be followed.
In the event of one or two riders from one team failing a breathalyser, being prevented from riding, and subsequently leaving their team on a 3, then the team will have to sit out until their rider(s) blow a clear test. Riders will not be permitted to swap teams to allow for the team to be on a 4 from the time the draw of the breathalyser has occurred.
Riders aged 18 and over are asked not to consume alcohol during the day when they are riding and to help to set an example for younger riders.
Details of any rider or trainer testing positive will be kept by the Safeguarding Officer and may be the subject of future disciplinary procedures. Repeat offenders will be subject to further disciplinary action.
In the case of under-age riders, a parent or guardian should be present when the breathalyser is used. In the absence of a parent the team trainer will be deemed to be responsible.
Any under-age rider seen with alcohol should be reported to a member of the ground jury as soon as possible. This will result in a breathalyser test being undertaken. Any under- age riders giving a positive result or seen to be consuming alcohol at any event will be sent home with a 3 show ban. The 3 shows that constitute the ban will be selected by the Ground Jury and or General Committee.
Riders failing the breathalyser test will be required to undertake a Drugs Test and the Drugs Policy above will be followed.
The method of randomly selecting people to test will be as follows:
(i) For team events:- Two bags containing table tennis balls will be present in the commentary box. One bag will contain balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in each heat) and one containing balls numbered 1-5 relating to the riders in the team as taken from the declaration form and 6 relating to the team trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and 2 balls will be drawn from the second bag with a rider or trainer number taken from the declaration form. These will be the people who will be tested.
(ii) For pairs events:- One bag will contain balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in each heat) and the other bag will contain balls numbered 1-2 relating to the riders in the pair as taken from the declaration form and 3 relating to the pair’s trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and 1 ball will be drawn from the second bag indicating which rider or trainer will be tested.
(iii) For Individual events there will be 1 bag containing balls numbered 1-8 (depending on the number of lanes in the heat) and the other bag will contain balls numbered 1 relating to the rider and 2 relating to the rider’s trainer. Before each heat two balls will be drawn from the first bag indicating which lanes will be tested and 1 ball will be drawn from the second bag indicating whether the rider or trainer will be tested.