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Tina Naveri
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Technical Package for Artistic Swimming

Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games
July 23-26, 2020

Technical Packages provide details of the eligibility requirements as well as event and competition information.  In order to fully understand the rules and requirements for participation in the BC Games, it is expected that the BC Games General Rules will be read in addition to the sport-specific information contained in the Technical Package.
Technical Package for Artistic Swimming last updated: October 10, 2019.
Be sure to check back for updates.


Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
Age Description:
11–15 years of age as of December 31, 2020. Eligible Birth Years: athletes born between 2005 and 2009, inclusive.
Zone Team Composition:
5 competitors per zone.
16 wildcard spots
Maximum Athletes:
(See BC Games General Rules for information about the "adult supervisor" role)

1 Head Coach and 1 Assistant Coach per zone. An additional adult (registered as Adult Supervisor or Assistant Coach, depending on coach certification) will be permitted ONLY where both Coaches are under 19 and with the approval of the Provincial Advisor. If the zone includes male athletes, at least of the coaches must be male. Each zone is required to bring a Head Coach; if there is a second member of the zone coaching staff, they must be registered as an Assistant Coach.
Every zone must name a head coach and at least one assistant coach (exception: sports for athletes with a disability, which must have one head coach and at least one assistant coach for the sport).  If additional adults are named for the zone (or sport) and they meet the certification requirements of assistant coaches, they should be registered with the role "assistant coach", otherwise they are registered with the role "adult supervisor". 
See BC Games General Rules for more information.
(the number of Officials the sport is permitted to register as participants)


Transportation, accommodation, and meals, as arranged by the Host Society, will be provided for officials. See BC Games General Rules for more information.

Athlete Eligibility:

In addition to BC Games General Rules, the sport-specific eligibility requirements noted in this technical package are in effect for the 2020 BC Summer Games.

Athletes wishing to participate in the 2020 BC Summer Games must meet the following eligibility criteria:
a) Be a registered athlete in good standing with Synchro BC and Canada Artistic Swimming;
b) Not have any outstanding fees/fines payable to Synchro BC, an affiliate member club or Canada Artistic Swimming;
c) meet the age requirements;
d) Pay all required program fees within the specified timelines set out by each zone;
e) Compete in the trials event outlined in this document

Athletes who qualify for the Canada Artistic Swimming National Team and/or Synchro BC Ignite Gold Team and/or National Stream athletes with a total figure score of 65.1 or higher at their respective Provincial Championship are NOT eligible to participate in the BC Summer Games.

All athletes must be registered as athletes through a Club or facility affiliated with Synchro BC by December 31, 2019. A $30 minimum fee may be charged at the zone qualification meet. BC Summer Games trials will be held at Mable Moran Provincial Qualifier, dates to be determined.

Trials will consist of a Figures Competition using the same figures as are used at the Games. See Synchro BC Technical Package for specific trial information and details.

Athletes who competed in the 2018 BC Summer Games in the AG 11-12 events are permitted to compete at the 2020 BC Summer Games, if they qualify in their respective zones. Athletes who are attending the Games for the first time will be given priority in selection, where all other aspects of selection are equal. Athletes may not attend more than two BC Summer Games to compete in Artistic Swimming.

Wildcard spots are allocated by the Sport Development Director in consultation with Synchro BC’s High-Performance Director and Executive Director.

See the BC Games General Rules for current BC Games registration fees.  Note that fees are assessed for athletes only (coaches, adult supervisors, and officials do not pay this fee).  Sports may assess additional fees to cover training, uniforms, qualification event(s), etc.  Please contact your Provincial Advisor or the PSO for more details. Fees are collected by the sport and paid to the BC Games Society upon invoice after the Games.
  The current BC Games registration fee can be found by clicking here. The BC Games Registration fee is included in the fee charged by Synchro BC. Contact Synchro BC for confirmation of the fee for the current BC Summer Games.
Coach Eligibility:

Note that the role of head coaches and assistant coaches at the BC Games includes travelling to and from the Games with the team/zone, residing with the team/zone in BC Games accommodation, and acting in a supervisory capacity throughout the Games.

See BC Games General Rules for information about the roles of the head coach and assistant coach.

All Coaches must comply with Synchro BC’s Coach Certification Policy, which includes appropriate NCCP certification, having completed the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation and NCCP Making Headway training, a valid vulnerable sector background screening check, and Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders certification.

Head Coaches must be Competition Introduction certified.

Zone Representatives must inform the Provincial Advisor of the Coach and Assistant Coach no later than January 31, 2020.

BC Games General Rules dictate the level of coach certification required for head coaches and assistant coaches unless otherwise stated in this Technical Package - click here for details.  A minimum of Making Ethical Decisions is required for all assistant coaches - more information can be found here.

Events and Categories:
All athletes MUST enter the Figure event and be registered in at least one Routine event.

- Figures
- Solo: Maximum of two (2) solos per zone.
- Duet: Maximum of two (2) duets per zone. One alternate per duet is allowed.
- Team: Teams may have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 athletes. A zone may have more than one team in the same category. There will be no alternates allowed for team routines.

Figure placings are determined by final figure score. Final placing for the Routine events will be determined by championship score (50% figure Score + 50% routine score).

1. Ariana (2.2)
2. Rio with 180° Spin (3.1)
3. Swordtail (2.3)
4. Seagull (2.1)

Routine Time limits:
Solo 2:15
Duet 2:45
Team 3:30
All times +/- 15 sec
Deck work for all routines shall not exceed 10 seconds

Penalties for Figures: Figure re-starts are no longer permitted – a zero will be given for any incorrect figure performance.
Penalties for Routines: A one point penalty shall be deducted from the routine score in the event that:
- the time limit for deck movement is exceeded, or
- the routine is timed at more than 15 seconds less or more than the time limit allowed.
- the athlete uses the bottom of the pool to aide in performing the routine.

Coaches will be required to provide MP3 songs via Drop Box 2 weeks prior to competition. A link to Drop Box will be provided by the Sport Services Coordinator once Head Coaches have been selected. A 5-second lead in before the music begins, should be added. Professional sound editing is mandatory. Back-up music needs to be at hand at any time by the Head Coach (i.e. On an electronic device with a chord available to play immediately if required).
Zone Selections and Registration Deadline: 

Please refer to the BC Games General Rules for the registration deadline set by the BC Games Society. The BC Games deadline is in effect unless an earlier date is set by the Provincial Sport Organization is specified in this technical package.  See BC Games General Rules for registration procedures.

Synchro BC states that the zone qualification meets will be held concurrently with the 2020 Mable Moran Provincial Qualifier. A separate figure event will be held at this championship and zones that do not participate in this meet will need to submit videos of the same qualification figures to Synchro BC no later than 72 hours prior to the qualification event. Please contact Synchro BC for further information regarding video submission requirements.

Athletes in each zone will be selected by final figure score in their respective trials. The figures performed for zone selections will be the 2020 BC Summer Games figures.

All zone qualifications must be completed, and a copy of the selection results must be handed in to the Provincial Advisor, no later than April 30, 2020.

The Sport Development Director must complete the Online Registration no later than June 13, 2020.
Accommodation and Transportation:

Also see BC Games General Rules for further details about accommodation and transportation.

It is the BC Games Society policy that all participants under 19 are required to stay in Games accommodation, regardless of where they reside, and that at least one adult of the same gender as the athletes must stay in Games accommodation in a supervisory capacity.

Participants are required to travel to and from the Games with their team, on BC Games transportation, where provided, unless approval for exceptions is received from the Provincial Advisor or Synchro BC, PRIOR TO the Games.

The Minus-One Rule will be implemented for all sports. This means that when there are four or more competitors or teams, Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals will be awarded; when there are three competitors or teams, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded, when there are two competitors or teams only a Gold medal will be awarded.  If there is only one competitor or team, no medals are awarded. For more details about BC Games medals, review the BC Games General Rules.

Medals will be awarded to athletes in each event within the parameters of the BC Games Society Minus-One Rule.

Participant information is collected under the authority of the BC Games Society. The information provided will be used to determine eligibility to participate in the 2020 BC Summer Games. On confirmation of eligibility the information will be used to arrange liability insurance coverage to address any claims arising from the voluntary participation of registered participants in the 2020 BC Summer Games. The name, hometown, sport, and results of registered participants will be provided to media outlets and available on the BC Games Society and the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games Society websites for the purposes of acknowledging selection for participation and placing. The names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, results, and/or images of registered participants may be used in non-commercial promotion/development of sport and/or the BC Summer and/or BC Winter Games or the BC Games Society.  The BC Games Society reserves the right to use or reproduce images for the purposes of providing commemorative materials that would be available for free or purchase.  The names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, results, and/or images of Games participants may be provided to the Premier and the Minister responsible for the Games, and/or to members of the legislative assembly, and/or to local members of parliament, and/or to the media for the purposes of recognition and/or informing sport-related and/or training opportunities and/or to school principals and/or school district superintendents for the purpose of recognition and acknowledgement. For questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the BC Games Society at 200 -990 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8V 3K2 or (250) 387-1375 or

As a condition of entry into, or volunteering at the BC Summer Games it must be understood that the participants and volunteers enter entirely at their own risk, and will not hold the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and/or the BC Games Society, their staff, agents, and/or volunteer workers responsible for injury, loss or damage occurring during the 2020 BC Summer Games.

Volunteers and participants may be protected for their actions vis a vis third party claims through the liability insurance for the Games but are not covered for any personal claims for injury or accident. Participants and volunteers agree to release, discharge and undertake not to commence action against the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and the BC Games Society from any and all claims and causes of action, or liability of any kind whatsoever for injuries, property damage, or death which in any way results from participating or volunteering in the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games.

The Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games Society, the Province of British Columbia, and/or the BC Games Society do not assume responsibility for loss of wages, or costs associated with medical, dental or hospital care for athletes, coaches, assistant coaches, managers, officials or volunteers for any injury or loss incurred during the, or as a result of participating or volunteering in the 2020 BC Summer Games.

The BC Games Society will not be liable for any communication between a BC Games Society participant and/or volunteer and any third party group that receives the participant and/or volunteer contact information list from the BC Games Society after the two year period expires under the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation Act (an Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act S.C. 2010, c. 23) (“Act”). The two year period begins at the conclusion of the 2020 BC Summer Games. This clause is a defence to any violation under the Act regarding any communication between a third party group and a participant and/or volunteer of the BC Games Society that occurs after the two year period has expired. By completing a volunteer registration form (online or paper copy) or being registered to attend the 2020 BC Summer Games participants and volunteers are agreeing to all of the terms outlined in this conditions of entry agreement.