Swimming

Event

The NSMSG Swimming Competition shall consist of eight (8) individual events and two (2) team events. The event will take place at the Strait Area Pool in Port Hawkesbury.

Venue

Strait Area Pool (SAERC)

606 Reeves St, Port Hawkesbury, NS

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Participants

Divisions

Youth 1 Ages 5-6
Youth 2 Ages 7-8
Peewee Ages 9-12
Bantam Ages 13-15
Midget Ages 16-18
Senior Ages 19+

Number of Athletes

Each community may enter ten (10) male and ten (10) female athletes of mixed age groups.

Number of Coaches

Each community should provide one (1) coach or team manager.

General Rules

  • Swimsuits must be worn.
  • Ages 5-7 categories will need to wear a life jacket, if needed.
  • Athletes are permitted to use swim caps and goggles.
  • Swim fins, snorkels and hand paddles will not be permitted during competition.
  • Athletes must adhere to all pool rules posted at the Strait Area Pool.

Competition Format

  • The swimming competition will take place on the same day in two sessions – or over two days.
  • A warm up period of 20 minutes will be provided prior to each racing session of the swimming competition.
  • All athletes are eligible to swim four (4) individual events and (2) relays.
  • An athlete’s age group will be determined by their age on the first day of the swimming competition.
  • Swimmers will swim in heats by gender, in mixed age groups.
  • Heats will consist of 8 swimmers – one swimmer per lane.
  • Relays will consist of 8 teams – one team per lane.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded for each event by age group and gender.

Officials

Starting Officials, Marshalls, Lane Timers and Turn Judges will be on hand.

Field of Play/Equipment Requirements

  • Manual timing will be used to determine athlete’s finish time for each race.
  • Electronic timing may be used if proper supervision is obtained.

Competition Rules

  • Front Crawl will be defined as follows:
    • Swimmer lies on their front and pulls their arms alternately down and back under their body. Arms recover above water – while the legs perform the flutter kick.
  • Backstroke will be defined as follows:
    • Swimmer lies on their back and propels themselves forward by using a windmill manoeuvre with the arms, while the feet perform a flutter kick.
  • Athletes will be marshalled and organized into heats prior to each event.
  • Athletes must not dive in the shallow end of the pool. Relay events and 25 meter races beginning in the shallow end will start in the water from a push.
  • Athletes who are not comfortable diving from the starting blocks will be permitted to dive from the side or start from an in water push in the deep end of the pool.
  • All races will commence at the command of the starting official.
  • The command to ready one’s self for the race will be “Take your mark.”
  • The race will commence when the starting official sounds the starting beep.
  • Athletes may not touch the bottom of the pool until their race is complete.
  • Athlete must touch the wall with one hand and both feet when turning to complete the 50 and 100 meter distances. Flip turns / tumble turns will be permitted if athlete is comfortable with this manoeuvre.
  • Relays will consist of four swimmers – two stationed at the shallow end of the pool and two stationed at the deep end of the pool.
Event Gender / Age Group
25m Front Crawl Female Youth (5-7 years)
Male Youth (5-7 years)
50m Front Crawl Female Mixed (5 years and up)
Male Mixed (5 years and up)
100m Front Crawl Female Mixed (8 years and up)
Male Mixed (8 years and up)
50m Free Style Female Mixed (5 years and up)
Male Mixed (5 years and up)
100m Free Style Female Mixed (8 years and up)
Male Mixed (8 years and up)
4 x 25m Front Crawl Relay Mixed Gender (5 years and up)
25m Back Stroke Female Youth (5-7 years)
Male Youth (5-7 years)
50m Back Stroke Female Mixed (5 years and up)
Male Mixed (5 years and up)
100m Back Stroke Female Mixed (8 years and up)
Male Mixed (8 years and up)
4 x 25m Front Back Stroke Mixed Gender (5 years and up)

Rule Violation:

Athletes will be disqualified from an event if they:

  • Start racing prior to the starting beep
  • Stop swimming before the allotted number of meters is complete
  • Touch the bottom of the pool during a race
  • Fail to touch the wall on the turn or finish of the race

Swimming Coordinator

Shane Bernard
Phone: 902-217-9301
E-mail: shanebernard@gmail.com