Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2016

6.21 Swimming - NSWCHSSA Championships

Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook “State Championships (individual sports)” – Section 5.4.

6.21.1 Championship events

The following events are contested:

(a) Freestyle

Distance Age division
800 metres Boys open (seeded timed final)
Girls open (seeded timed final)
400 metres Boys 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
Girls 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
200 metres Boys 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
Girls 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
100 metres Boys 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
Girls 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
50 metres

Boys 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
Girls 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years

 (b) Form strokes (backstroke, breastroke, and butterfly)

Distance Age division
100 metres Boys 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
Girls 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years

(c) Individual medley

Distance Age division
400 metres Boys 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
Girls 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
200 metres Boys 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)
Girls 12-14, 15-16, and 17-19 years (seeded timed final)

(d) Medley relay

Distance Age division
4 x 50 metres Boys open
Girls open

(e) Freestyle relay

Distance Age division
4 x 50 metres Boys 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
Girls 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17-19 years
6 x 50 metres Boys all age
Girls all age
 12 x 50 metres Mixed "any age" 6 boys and 6 girls 
4 x 50 metres Central Schools 2 boys/2 girls 17-19 years

Note:

(i) All relays are school based only.

(ii) 6 x 50 metres boys and girls “All Age” relays are to contain ONE swimmer only from each of the six age groups and can swim in any order.

(iii) A swimmer may compete in only ONE 4 x 50 metre Freestyle Relay at their own or at a higher age group.    

Events – age divisions – strokes – distances for boys & girls

MC – Multi-class

An ‘x’ represent event is available for both boys and girls in that age group.

Individual events – each event below is offered for both boys and girls

Age group/events 50 free 100 free 200 free 400 free 800 free 100 fly 100 breast 100 back 200 IM 400 IM
12 years x x x     x x x    
13 years x x x     x x x    
14 years x x x     x x x    
Junior
12-14 years
      x         x x
15 years x x       x x x    
16 years x x       x x x    
Inter
15-16 years
    x x         x x
17-19 years x x x x   x x x x x
Open         x          

MC – multi-class – timed finals – each event below is offered for both boys and girls

Age group/events 50 free 100 free 50 fly 50 breast 50 back 100 back 200 IM
12-15 years MD x x x x x x x
16 - 19 years MD x x x x x x x

Relay events – Each event below is offered for both Boys and Girls with the exception of those stated as mixed teams. All teams are School Based Teams.

12 x 50m Knockout Freestyle Relay (6 boys and 6 girls, any age, swim in any order, one team per Area)

6x 50m All Age Freestyle Relay (MUST contain 1 swimmer from each age group 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17- 19, swim in any order). This event is offered as a separate girls and boys event.

Central schools 4 x 50m freestyle relay shall consist of six (6) competitors (includes 2 reserves) and must comprise two boys and two girls of any age from 12 - 19 years. Competitors must be enrolled at the central school of nomination. 

Age group/events 4 x 50m freestyle relay 4 x 50m medley relay 6 x 50m freestyle relay 12 x 50m freestyle relay
12 years x      
13 years x      
14 years x      
15 years x      
16 years x      
17-19 years x      
Open   x One swimmer from each age group 6 boys and 6 girls of any age
Central Schools 2 boys/2 girls      

 6.21.2 Trophies

The following trophies are completed for each year:

Parkes Family Trophy – Most outstanding performance

(a) Boys

Speedo Sprint Trophy – 17-19 years 50 metres Freestyle

Speedo Shield – 17-19 years 100 metres Freestyle

The Sir Harry Rawson Challenge Cup – 17-19 years – alternates each year from 200 metres Freestyle, 400 metres Freestyle and 800 metres Freestyle

Conveners Trophy – All Age 6 x 50m Relay

(b) Girls

Speedo Sprint Trophy – 17-19 years 50 metres Freestyle

Rose Bowl Trophy – 17-19 years 100 metres Freestyle

Girls 200 metres Freestyle Trophy – 17-19 years

Girls Backstroke Trophy – 17-19 years 100 metres

Girls Breaststroke Trophy – 17-19 years 100 metres

Girls Butterfly Trophy – 17-19 years 100 metres Girls 200 metres Individual Medley Trophy – 17-19 years

W.H. Hellings Memorial Trophy – Girls Regional Point Score

Conveners Trophy – All Age 6 x 50m Relay

(c) Boys and Girls

Eyeline Knockout trophy - 12 x 50 m relay 

(d) School trophies

(i) Champion School (Aggregate)

(ii) Champion Co-Educational School (Aggregate)

(iii) Champion Boys School (Aggregate)

(iv) Champion Girls School (Aggregate)

6.21.3 Starting times

(a) The first events scheduled each day for both heats and finals will commence at 8:30am.

(b) Appointed championship officials will report for duty/briefing at 8:00 am each day.

6.21.4 Championship rules

(a) These championships will be conducted under the rules FINA.

(b) Relays

(i) School relay teams (4 x 50 metres)

Shall consist of six (6) competitors whose names shall be listed and submitted electronically with the regional team. Any four of the six nominated may compete in either heats or final.

(ii) School relay teams all age (6 x 50 metres)

Shall consist of six competitors, one swimmer from each of the six age section and can swim in any order. Six competitors one from each age section shall be listed, plus up to six reserves one from each age section may be listed and submitted with the regional team. Only one competitor of the two nominated in each age section may compete in either heats or finals.

(iii) Relay registration forms

School relay teams must produce a completed form to the regional team managers for submission via the "Meet Manager" program.

(iv) All relay competitors must be the correct age.

Penalty – disqualification.

(v) In relay events, schools are permitted to enter up to a maximum of two (2) teams per event provided they have qualified in accordance with the NSWCHSSA rules of entry. In the situation where a school has two (2) teams which qualify for a particular event, each team must remain independent of each other without any transfer of personnel for the duration of the meet.

(c) Out of bounds

Any area deemed as out of bounds will be described in the championship program. Offenders, competitors or otherwise, will be asked to leave the pool. All spectators must remain in the grandstand.

(d) Limitation of events

A competitor may enter any number of individual events. This includes being able to compete in both individual medleys – the 200 metre and 400 metres.

Different events:

(i) One medley relay

(ii) One freestyle age relay and

(iii) One freestyle ALL age relay

(iv) One knockout relay

(e) Marshalling

There will be limited marshalling calls. Competitors must report to the marshalling area as soon as their events are called. If competitors have not reported they will risk elimination from their event. Substitutes must report to marshalling.

(f) Method of starting

The checkstarter shall place competitors in their respective starting positions for the events. The referee will give a long drawn out crescendo blast of the whistle to alert the officials and spectators and also to call the competitors to their positions on the back surface of the starting blocks, or in the case of backstroke events, to their staring positions in the water. On receiving the command, “take your marks” the competitors will immediately move forward to the front edge of the starting block and take their starting stance, and remain stationary until the signal to start in given.

(g) False starts

"One start" rule will apply, Swimmers who false start may be disqualified.

(h) Coaching

Once competitors are in the marshalling area, they are not to receive any coaching or advice. Penalty – disqualification.

(i) Timekeepers

"Automatic Officiating Equipment" shall be used to determine times and places. Where possible, three (3) manual buttons per lane shall be used for timekeepers to record the times in each lane.

(j) Judging

Competitors must remain in their lanes at the completion of an event until “whistled out” by the referee.

(k) In distance events

Competitors who, in the opinion of the championship organiser or his/her appointees, are not likely to be placed, must withdraw from the water when instructed to do so.

(l) Protests

All protests shall be lodged by the regional team manager in writing to the referee within twenty minutes of the conclusion of event. Protests shall be dealt with by the swimming committee. The referee is the sole arbitrator in points of law.

(m) Age section

The meet shall be conducted in six (6) age groups per sex for able-bodied athletes: 17-19 years, 16 years, 15 years, 14 years, 13 years and 12 years. The championships will be conducted in two (2) age groups per sex for Multi-Class athletes: 16-19 years, 12-15 years.

A competitor must swim in his/her age group determined by their age as at 31 December. (Refer NSWCHSSA Handbook "age determination" - Section 5.1.7). When an event is not offered in each age group, competitors must compete at the nearest age above. “Open” events are open to competitors from any of the age groups.

(n) Point score

First 12, second 10, third 8, fourth 6, fifth 5, sixth 4, seventh 3, eight 2, ninth 1, tenth 1.

In all cases, these points are doubled for relays.

(o) Champions

(i) School

The school gaining the greatest aggregate of points in all age groups shall be declared the champion school.

(ii) Region

The region gaining the greatest total in all age groups shall be declared the champion Region.

(iii) Age championship points

The swimmer gaining the greatest total number of points in their age/sex group shall be declared the age champion. Provision exists to include points gained in events not offered in each age group (ie. 800m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, Individual Medley).

(p) Perpetual trophies

All trophies must be returned to the Combined High School office by the end of February each year.

(q) Costume

Competitors must compete in an approved costume.

(r) Representation of regions

Entries:

(i) Individual events

Three (3) per region.

(ii) Relay events

Three (3) per region. (Note: all relays are school based only).

(iii) Regions may enter a 4th swimmer in an event, provided that the nominated swimmer equals or betters the time of the 5th place getter at the previous years championships. This time must be achieved at the appropriate regional swimming championships.

(iv) Where a region has chosen a swimmer(s) in their team to compete at the NSWCHSSA Swimming Championships, and that swimmer has indicated an alternate pathway for NSW All Schools selection, the region may make a request to the Swimming Convener to add additional swimmer(s) to their team to compete in the events that the alternate pathway swimmer(s) is competing.

The number of additional swimmer(s) per event, would be based on the number of swimmer(s) in that event who will be taking the alternate pathway.

(s) Competitor withdrawal

(i) A competitor withdrawing from an individual final must do so in writing, through the regional team manager, to the championship organiser within fifteen minutes after the completion of the last heat of that day.

(ii) Any competitor who withdraws after this time may be scratched from all other individual finals.

(t) Swimming caps

(i) Individual events

Regional swimming caps may be worn.

(ii) Relay events

Regional swimming caps may be worn.

(u) Swimming committee

Shall consist of the following:

(i) Combined High Schools Swimming convener

(ii) The championship referee

(iii) A Combined High Schools Executive Committee member

(iv) A Regional Sports Coordination Officer 

(v) A Region team manager

Members (iv) and (v) must be from different regions. The CHS Swimming convener shall be the chairperson.

Any protests, appeals and judicial problems will be dealt with by the swimming committee, where necessary.

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