The complete list of rules applicable to Cross Country Canada (CCC) sanctioned races are posted here. Parents, I draw your attention in particular to Section 341 on page 70. The following items in Section 341 have often been a problem for parents. If you are caught, the athlete(s) can be disqualified and the team sanctioned:
“from 5 minutes before the start until the time the course closers have passed, all officials, coaches, non-competitors and other accredited persons, are no longer permitted to ski on the course. At this time, these people must have taken fixed locations beside the course and must stand without skis on.”
“while giving intermediate times and information to competitors, officials, coaches and others are not allowed to run more than 30 meters beside the competitors.”
Although not quoted directly from the rules, any problems during a race which could result in a dispute should be directly discussed and handled by the Senior Coach at the event. Do not approach an official, athlete or a parent about said incident.
For the athletes here is some information about obstruction when passing:
“The responsibility for a correct passing without obstruction is on the overtaking skier. The overtaking skier must have his/her skis in front of the skis of the overtaken skier before skiing a best line.”