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WORLD WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 Rules for ALL events 1. Swimmers must register and collect accreditation in the Information Center at the Festival hall. Accreditations can be collected any time from Thursday when registration opens (see Event Schedule). Please note that accreditations should be collected at least one hour before your swim. Failure to pick the accreditation on time will result in disqualification. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and pick accreditation. 2. Upon registration, each swimmer will be provided with a competition pass and instructions. The pass will set out the times at which the swimmer is expected to assemble to be briefed and the race and swim times. The swimmers must keep the pass with them at all times. 3. Timings will be strictly adhered to. Any swimmer assembling late will not be allowed to swim. 4. Swimmers may not use any internal or external substances that preserve or increase body heat. Swimming under the influence of drugs or alcohol is forbidden. Any race official or lifeguard may require a swimmer to leave the water if he or she believes that swimmer to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or presents a danger to him or herself, other swimmers, officials or spectators. 5. Swimsuits must be appropriate and non-transparent. Topless swimming or swimming without a bathing costume is not permitted. Except in relation to the water performance teams, swimsuits may not go beyond the middle of the thigh or past the shoulder (i.e. they may not have legs or sleeves) and shall have to thermal protection or buoyancy. 6. Swimmers may not use any device or material, which is designed to improve performance (this includes, without limitation, hand-paddles, snorkels, fins, or floatation devices). 7. With the exception of a hat, swimmers may not wear any additional clothing (e.g. gloves or neoprene socks) or wetsuits of any description, whether made of neoprene or any other material, even for dipping. 8. Swimmers must wear something on their head; either a swimming cap or a woollen or other warm hat. 9. The organiser's decision on whether or not a swimmer is attired appropriately will be final. 10. Diving into the water is not permitted. Rules for competitors in the World Winter Swimming Championship breaststroke races 1. The only permissible stroke during the Friday races on is head-up breast-stroke. The Crown of the head may not be submerged at any time. 2. Details of your race are on your race card: race number, assembly time, race time. These times must be strictly adhered to. 3. Race numbers will be announced throughout the day. When a competitor hears his or her race number being called to the assembly point (which will be clearly marked) he or she must go there promptly otherwise they will not be allowed to race. 4. Competitors will change in the changing rooms using the lockers provided. Please be prepared to have warm clothes, coat, bathrobes etc. shoes and warms socks before your swim. Competitors will then be escorted down to the marshalling area for their races. 5. Swimmers will be required to wear at least a swimming cap or other hat and may wear goggles. 6. Competitors will then be instructed to disrobe and line up in their respective lanes. This will happen as soon as the previous race has started. 7. Baskets will be provided for each lane and competitors should put all their clothing and bags into them. They will then be carried around to the other end of the lane, ready for the competitor to pick up his or her clothes when he or she has finished the race. 1 8. At the start Competitors will be instructed to put their shoulders under the water and in the start position competitors must visible hold the steps with one hand. Competitors will then be instructed to get on their marks, get set and then the claxon will sound, indicating the start of the race. 9. False starts will not be called back. Blatant false starts will result in disqualification. Minor false starts will result in a five second penalty being added onto the race time. The decision of the referee will be final. 10. To finish, each competitor must touch the end of his or her lane with at least one hand. 11. Competitors must leave the water immediately after the race. They should retrieve their clothes from the basket that will have been brought round, and should proceed to the changing rooms. 12. Up to 16 swimmers in each category will go through to the finals. Places 1-8 will swim in A Final and 9-16 at the B Final. If fewer than eight competitors have registered for a swim in their category, there will be no preliminary heat and all those swimmers will swim in the final race. 13. The race schedule will show the time of the finals for each category. Each competitor is responsible for confirming whether or not he or she has qualified for a final and for obtaining their race card. Names of finalists and race details for each final will be posted as soon as possible during the day. Results for the races will be made available as the day progresses and will be available on the event web-site after the event. 14. There will be an award ceremony for finalists at the Lido by the pool outside. Rules for Polar Bears, Seals and Penguins 1. The participants of the Seals series swim 25 meters, while the participants of the Polar Bears series swim 50 meters – without timing. In these series, the performance can be made on Saturday afternoon ( see Race Schedule ) 2. After the performance, participants get out of the pool, take their clothes from the basket, have a warm drink and go back to the dressing rooms without a guide. It is desirable that each participant dresses as quickly as possible. Every swimmer will get their diplomas and medals after the swim in the Information Center. 3. Penguins: Dipping performance Participants take off their warm-up clothes, place them in a basket and go to the Dipping Pool Lane without a guide. After the performance, participants get out of the pool, take their clothes from the basket and go back to the dressing rooms without a guide. Rules for Freestyle races 1. Swimmers must have entered either the World Winter Championship breaststroke race, the Polar Bear, Seal or Penguin to be eligible to compete in the freestyle races. 2. Swimmers must wear a swimming cap 3. Assembly details as above 4. See Swimming Categories for details 5. For freestyle 25 and 50 metre races, each swimmer must start their swim from the start position in the water, diving is NOT permitted. Each swimmer finishes his/her swim by touching the wall at the end of their lane with at least one hand. NOTE: The swimmer must touch the end of the pool wall with AT LEAST ONE HAND before turning, tumble turns are NOT permitted. Rules for Breaststroke relay 1. The swimming distance is 4 x 25 meters 2. The only permissible stroke during the relay is head-up breaststroke. The Crown of the head may not be submerged at any time. The other swimmers must wait in the water 2 and can leave after the previous swimmer has touched the wall at the end of the swimming lane. 3. There are three swimming categories based on the swimmers Combined age under 150 years: Combined age 150-200 years Combined age over 200 years 4. Each team must consist of a team captain and 3 swimmers. Only the team captain should register each team. Names of the other 3 team members should be provided on registration. 5. Teams must be mixed. There must be at least one woman and one man in each team. 6. You have to CONFIRM your relay team at the Information Center until 16.00 on Saturday, January 23, 2010. You can also register a new relay team until that time at the Information Center. New teams must pay the registration at the same time. 7. Swimmers must wear a swimming hat 8. Assembly details as above 9. See Swimming Categories for details Rules for International freestyle relay 1. Swimmers must have entered either the Winter Championship races or registered as a Polar Bear, Seal or Penguin on Saturday to be eligible to compete in the relay races on Sunday. 2. Each team must consist of a team captain and 3 swimmers. Only the team captain should register each team. Names of the other 3 team members should be provided on registration. 3. You have to CONFIRM your relay team at the Information Center until 16.00 on Saturday, January 23, 2010. You can also register a new relay team until that time at the Information Center. New teams must pay the registration at the same time. 4. Teams must be mixed. There must be at least one woman and one man in each team. 5. Swimmers must wear a swimming hat 6. Assembly details as above 7. See Swimming Categories for details Rules for Endurance swims 1. Endurance swims are by invitation only. 2. The distance is 450 metres 3. Please apply by sending us a request to take part stating your cold water swimming experience which must be confirmed by your swimming coach or official from your swimming organisation. 4. There will be a technical meeting fro Endurance swimmers at the Information Center at 18.00 on Friday on the January 22. All the Endurance swimmers MUST attend the meeting Rules for Water Performance teams 1. Each team may have between 3 and 20 members. 2. At least 3 members of the team must enter the water during the performance. 3. Each performance must last at least 2 minutes and but no longer than 5 minutes (including time spent entering and leaving the water). 4. Participants may use the swimming suit of their choice, and they are allowed to use such devices that are powered by the swimmers themselves. 5. The team may provide its own music; the venue's PA system can be used to play it. 6. Preferably the performance should be humorous. 3 7. The jury awards points for the following categories: originality, technical quality and artistic impression. The team with the highest total points wins the contest. The judges' decision is final. Recommendations for all swimmers 1. When being escorted around the pool or waiting for their swim, all swimmers are advised to have brought something warm for their feet, a hat and an outer-garment that can be put on over their swimming costume and kept on until the last moment, that can be removed and put back on quickly (for example, a dressing-gown or fleece). Competitors should avoid walking barefoot prior to swimming, as the ground can be extremely cold! 2. All swimmers and spectators are responsible for their own belongings at all times, save for when competitors clothes are being carried round the pool during the race by the organisers. The organisers can accept no liability for loss or damage to clothing, jewellery or other items. Competitors are strongly advised not to bring valuable items to the Venue. 3. Competitors are advised not to stand around after their swim or race in cold wet swimming costumes as this increases the risk of hypothermia. 4. Competitors are asked to be considerate to those in the races after them and get changed as quickly as possible. Protests Protests can be made against the decision of the referee or if an official fails to comply with the competition rules. Protests must be substantiated by reasonable factual evidence and should not be vexatious or trivial. All protests must be made in writing in English and must be delivered to the information desk within 30 minutes of the decision or event. The fee for submitting a protest is 40 euro which is payable at the time that the protest is submitted. If the protest is upheld the fee will be refunded. The competition director will be the final adjudicator of any protests and must provide reasons for his or her decision. We trust that swimmers and others will use their common sense if they wish to submit or make any protest. 4
"WORLD WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010"