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Head Office
Synchro BC
(604) 333-3640
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Provincial Advisor
Andrew Scott
(250) 882-4260
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Assistant Provincial Advisor
Sonja Dickinson
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Technical Package for Synchronized Swimming

Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games
July 19-22, 2018

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 Synchronized Swimming last updated: November 2, 2017.
Be sure to check back for updates.

 

Venue:
Nanaimo Aquatic Centre (Nanaimo)
Age:
11 - 15
Age Description:
11 – 15 years of age as of December 31, 2018.
Zone Team Composition:
5 competitors per zone.
Wildcards:
16 wildcard spots
Maximum Athletes:
56
Coaches:
(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 - see BC Games General Rules) 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 have a Head Coach.
Every zone must name a head coach (exception: sports for athletes with a disability, which must have one head coach for the sport).  If assistant coaches have any NCCP training they are registered with the role "assistant coach", otherwise they are registered with the role "adult supervisor". 
See BC Games General Rules for more information.
Officials:
(the number of Officials the sport is permitted to register as participants)

17

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 2018 BC Summer Games.

Provincial and National Stream athletes in Age Group 11-12 and Age Group 13-15 who meet the age requirement are eligible to participate in the BC Summer Games. Athletes who qualify for a Synchro Canada National and/or Synchro BC Provincial Team are NOT eligible. National Stream athletes with a total figure score of 65.1 or higher at their respective Provincial Championship are NOT eligible.

In order to allow for the highest level of competition possible, Age Group 13-15 athletes will be given priority in the zone qualification.

All athletes must be registered as athletes through a Club or facility affiliated with Synchro BC by December 31, 2017. A $30 minimum fee may be charged at the zone qualification meet. BC Summer Games trials will be held at each zone's appropriate Regions Training meet, dates to be determined.
Trials will consist of a Figures Competition using the same figures as are used at the Games. See Synchro BC for specific trial information and details.

Athletes may attend a second BC Summer Games to compete in the Age Group 13-15 only if they competed in the Age Group 11-12 at a previous BC Summer Games. Athlete may not attend more than two BC Summer Games to compete in Synchronized Swimming.

Wildcard spots are allocated by the Provincial Advisor.
Fees:

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 the link on this page. The BC Games Registration fee is included in the fee charged by Synchro BC. Contact Synchro BC for confirmation of the fee for the 2018 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 Head Coaches must be fully certified at Competition Introduction. Assistant Coaches must be fully certified Synchro Instructor and must have completed Making Ethical Decisions. Please provide NCCP # with application.

Zone Representatives must inform the Provincial Advisor of the Coach and Assistant Coach no later than January 31, 2018.

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.


Events:
Figures: Age Group 11-12 or Age Group 13-15

Solo: Age Group 11-12 or Age Group 13-15
Maximum of two (2) Age Group 11-12 solos and two (2) Age Group 13-15 solos per zone.

Duet: Age Group 11-12 or Age Group 13-15
Athletes from different Age Groups may perform a duet together – the highest age group will determine the category. Each duet member must enter the Figure event in her own category. Maximum of two (2) Age Group 11-12 duets and two (2) Age Group 13-15 duets per zone. One alternate per duet is allowed.

Team: Age Group 11-12 or Age Group 13-15
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).

Figures: Age Group 11-12
1 . Straight Leg Ballet Leg (1.6)
2. Barracuda (1.9)
3. Kip (1.6)
4. Waterdrop (1.5)

Figures: Age Group 13-15
1. Ariana (2.2)
2. Rio with 180° Spin (DD TBD)
3. Swordtail (2.3)
4. Seagull (2.1)

Routine Time limits:
Age Group 11-12 - solo 1:45, duet 2:15, team 2:45 - all times +/- 15 sec
Age Group 13-15 - solo 2:15, duet 2:45, team 3:30 - all times +/- 15 sec
Deck work for all routines shall not exceed 10 seconds

Penalties:
Penalties for Figures: A one point penalty shall be deducted from the total score for the figure after the degree of difficulty has been computed if:
- an athlete performs other than the figure posted for that panel and then performs the correct figure on the second attempt, after being informed of the nature of the error by the referee, or
- if an athlete stops during the figure and requests to do the figure again.

The judges shall award (but not flash) a zero if the athlete does not make a second attempt or if on the second attempt performs a wrong figure.

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.

Equipment:
Coaches will be required to provide MP3 songs via Drop Box 2 weeks prior to competition. A link to Drop Box will be provided 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 CD’s and iPods need to be at hand at any time by the Head Coach.
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 2017 Training Meets. 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 2018 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 15, 2018.

Zone Representatives must complete the Online Registration no later than June 13, 2018.
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.
Medals:

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, and when there are two competitors or teams only a Gold medal will be awarded. For more details about BC Games medals, review the BC Games General Rules.

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





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