The team will have three runs to successfully construct a tripod structure and attach a block-and-tackle system, hoist a 55-gallon barrel full of water to a height of 3' and lower it without spilling, and then disassemble all gear. Only the cox'n may talk during each run. The crew must begin and end each run in a line, at attention, a minimum of three feet from all equipment (including the barrel). Time will start at the judge's signal, and will stop when the entire team is lined up and the cox'n calls them to attention.
The team may choose to use either a barrel or a drum. Any lashing knot may be used as a barrel hitch, so long as it is safe in the judge's opinion. Gear must be stowed at least three feet away from the centerline of the barrel and poles. All individual pieces of gear must be at least three feet from any other piece of gear prior to starting each run, and before time is stopped. The three poles will count as a single piece of gear. The gear may not be rearranged or touched between qualifying runs. There will be a maximum time of two minutes allowed between runs. A minimum of three wraps is required when lashing the three poles together (the knot will then form the fourth turn). The snatch block must be secured to the middle leg and the line must run out between the other two legs. The top block grommet must also go over the middle pole, and must hang between the other two. Water will be 3" from the top of the rim of the barrel at the beginning of each run, and no water is allowed to spill out during a run.
One member of the barrel lashing team will be allowed to touch the barrel when it is within 6" above the top of the resting blocks, both ascending and descending. The barrel must be raised a minimum of 3' above the ground. The judge will call out when touching may start and stop, as well as when the barrel has reached the required height.
The judge may interrupt the team at any time to stop an unsafe procedure. It is solely the judge's determination as to what constitutes an unsafe procedure. If the judge determines that it is a correctable offense, time will continue to run while the team makes the correction.
Disqualification of a run will result if:
1. The poles are slammed at any time
2. If any water is spilled
3. If any hazardous procedures are used
4. If any equipment is used improperly
Any run that is disqualified must be terminated immediately, and the crew may then set up the gear to their satisfaction before the next run starts.
Any talking among team members will be result in a 15-second penalty per outburst.