There is a standard starting procedure used at Great Lakes Watercross.
Racers will be lined up in 2 lanes behind a starting band by a race official. For the first moto, racers will choose a ping pong ball from a bucket, and their number will correspond to their starting position. 1,3,5,7,9, 11 etc will be the left lane positions. 2,4,6,8,10 etc will be the right lane positions. *inside/outside lanes will vary depending on the course setup. Left lane will be the inside lane on a left handed course, and the right lane would be the inside lane on a right handed course.
For the second and third motos, the finishing position from the previous moto will be used to determine placement on the starting line. Example: 2nd place would be the pole position in the right lane.
The flagger in the scoring tower will use a card system to start the race. The starting band will be fixated to an electronic unit and will be released when the flagger turns his 1 card sideways to initiate the commencement. Riders should ALWAYS WATCH THE BAND! There will be variations in the starting procedure, and the band will release anywhere from 0-3 seconds from the card turn. Get good at watching the band, you will never run the risk of a jumped start if you watch the band!
When a 2 card is held up racers should start their engines and holders should raise the watercraft. The flagger will run down the line pointing at each racer waiting for a nod acknowledging they are ready. If any racer needs a 2 minute hold, it must be called while the two card is raised.
Once the 2 card moves to a 1 card, the race start will not be interrupted. Racers should be engaging their throttles as much as possible without moving in the water, racers may not "drag" their holders. This will be deemed as a false start.
1 CARD SIDEWAYS:
Once the 1 card is turned sideways the flagger has 0-3 seconds to engage the electronic unit to release the starting band. Racers can take off to start the race.
Stand Up racers must have both feet on the ground until the band snaps, if a racer has a knee in their tray, they will be penalized. *exception for juniors who may be allowed to start kneeling in the tray
Runabout racers must not drag their holders, even if the runabout does not go "under" the band, if a racer is pulling their holders they will get called for a rolling start.