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Information on the BCSSA Rules and Regulations

The official rulebook for the BCSSA is available here (). We will post regular updates to this section as rules and regulations change or are amended over time. Note that the information posted here is for your education only. There is always the possibility that our site may be slightly out of date, so please check often with the BCSSA for the latest information on rules and regulations.

A note on the "rules" file link above and below: the link points to a very large PDF file on the BCSSA server. The file takes a minute or two to download and for some reason, often seems to make your browser appear to hang or as if the link is broken. We recommend right-clicking on the link and choosing "Save As" from the menu and saving the file to your local machine prior to opening it. Seems to work better that way!

Regarding definition of "O" Category swimmers
Please observe the following comments from the BCSSA on the subject:

Regarding your inquiry on O status:
Yes, an athlete can do 2 hours of speed swimming and 2 hours of synchro and 2 hours of the star synchro program (At the present time, the star synchro program is exempted and does not count)

In regards to "winter maintenance". An athlete can receive a maximum of 2 hours of speed swimming instruction per week. It does not matter if the instruction is paid for or is free, it all counts. If a swimmer receives 2 hours per week with a summer club, extra private instruction or even free instruction would put that athlete over the 2 hour limit and that person would then be classified as "O".

For further information on this, please click the following link to open the PDF file from the BCSSA website:
The Administration Of The BCSSA Rules and Regulations

Suggested Wording For Common Disqualifications (2005)

All Strokes:

  • walking on bottom toward the finish
  • pulling on the lane rope in the direction of the finish
  • springing from the bottom, imparting motion toward the finish
  • left the water before completing the full distance or DNF (did not finish)

Freestyle:

  • failure to touch on the turn at 25m (50m, 75m)
  • failure to surface by 15m after the start (or turn at 25m, 50m, 75m) in the freestyle

Backstroke:

  • failure to touch on the turn at 25m (50m, 75m)
  • an arm pull independent of the turning action at 25m (50m, 75m)
  • Revised: kicking without any accompanying turning action at 25m (50m, 75m)
  • failure to remain on back during race (or at finish)
  • failure to surface by 15m after the start (or turn at 25m, 50m, 75m) in the backstroke
  • not on back when feet left the wall at 25m (50m, 75m)

Breaststroke:

  • non-simultaneous touch at 25m (50m, 75m, finish)
  • one hand touch at 25m (50m, 75m, finish)
  • scissor (or dolphin) kick
  • asymmetrical arm pull
  • alternating arm movements
  • arm pull past hips
  • failure of head to surface during each stroke
  • failure of head to surface at end of propulsion phase of second arm stroke on start (or turn at 25m, 50m, 75m)

Butterfly:

  • non-simultaneous touch at 25m (50m, 75m, finish)
  • one hand touch at 25m (50m, 75m, finish)
  • flutter kick
  • scissor kick
  • underwater arm recovery
  • uneven arm pull (asymmetrical arm pull)
  • failure to surface by 15m after the start (or turn at 25m, 50m, 75m) in the butterfly

Individual Medley:

  • strokes swum in wrong order (should be: fly, back, breast ,free)
  • roll more than 90 degrees before touching on the change over from back to breast

Relays

  • #___ swimmer left the blocks before #___ swimmer touched
  • relay strokes swum in wrong order (should be: back breast, fly, free)

NOTE: These are not the only possible reasons for disqualification, nor the only possible wording.  Judges may use their own wording provided it is accurate, precise, and unambiguous

 

 
  FUN FACTS

Competitive swimming is swimming with the goal to maximize performance, usually the speed of swimming. Competitive swimming became popular in the 19th century, and is an event at the Summer Olympic Games. Competitive swimming's international governing body is FINA, which includes local sub groups such as USA Swimming (USAS) and United States Masters Swimming (USMS) in the United States, Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Swimming Teachers Association (STA) in the United Kingdom. FINA regulates four swimming disciplines, swum over different distances.

 

Haney Neptunes - last update 10/07/2008
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