MASTERS SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING RULES (MSS)

Masters Rules 2009-2013

MSS 1 The Synchronised Swimming Rules in Part VII of this Handbook shall apply to all Masters Synchronised Swimming except for the following:

MSS 2 Competitors shall be registered with their Federations. Duet, Trio and Team and Combination competitors shall represent the same club.

MSS 3 Competitions

MSS 3.1 The events of Masters Synchronised Swimming are Solo, Duet, Trio, Team and Combination. Technical and Free Solos together constitute one event. Similarly, the Technical and Free Duets together is one event, the Technical and Free Trio together is one event and the Technical and Free Team is one event. The Combination by itself is one event.

MSS 3.2 The programme for the Masters World Championships shall be Technical Routines, Free Routines and Combination.

MSS 3.2.1 Technical Routine
The Technical Routine shall be performed for Solos, Duets, Trios and Teams, to music as described in Appendix 1 of the MSS Rules, with the required elements selected by the Masters Technical Committee every four (4) years, subject to approval by the FINA Bureau. Technical Routines have to include all required elements. Music selection is optional and may be the same as the music used in the Free Routine. Required elements for Technical Routines may be changed every four (4) years.

MSS 3.2.2 Free Routine
The Free Routine shall consist of Solo, Duets, Trios and Teams and Combination. There are no restrictions as to choice of music, content or choreography.

MSS 3.3 Teams shall consist of a minimum of four (4) members and a maximum of eight (8) members. Combination shall consist of a minimum of four (4) members and a maximum of ten (10) members.

MSS 3.4 Each competitor shall be permitted to swim three (3) routine events (Solo, Duet, Trio, Team) and one (1) Combination.

MSS 3.4.1 A competitor shall be permitted to swim a routine (Solo, Duet, Trio, Team and Combination) in only one age group, unless otherwise specified.

MSS 3.5 Up to five (5) routine entries per age group per event may be accepted from any club.

MSS 3.5.1 In Masters World Championships, a club may enter up to five (5) routines in solo, duet, trio and team in each age group in each event, and one (1) Combination in each age group.

MSS 3.5.2 Entry forms for the Masters World Championships must be received by the organising committee no later than the published entry deadline.

MSS 3.5.3 Changes in names of competitors for a routine must be received by the Synchronised Swimming Chief Recorder at least 14 days prior to the first event of the Synchronised Swimming competition. The new competitor must have already registered for the competition with the organising committee.

MSS 3.5.4 Once the first event of the Synchronised Swimming competition has begun, the reserves listed on a routine must be of an age that any combination of the listed competitors would result in swimming in the same age group.

MSS 3.5.5 A competitor may be listed as a reserve on more than one routine in an age group event. However, once a competitor swims in one routine, that competitor is ineligible to swim in another routine in the same age group event.

MSS 3.5.6 Any changes in reserves must be handed to the Synchronised Swimming Chief Recorder in writing at least two hours prior to the listed start time for that age group routine. Changes after this can only be made in the case of sudden illness of or an accident to a competitor and if the reserve is ready to compete without delaying the competition.

MSS 3.5.7 Failure to notify the Synchronised Swimming Chief Recorder of substitution and/or scratches according the MSS 3.5.5 shall result in disqualification of the routine.

MSS 3.6 Goggles may be worn.

MSS 4 Scoring will be calculated as in SS 19 and SS 20. Penalties will be as indicated in SS 18 except that there is no minimum routine time limit.

MSS 4.1 Reserves will receive medals only if they actually swim in the Technical and/or Free Routine.

MSS 5 Age Categories

MSS 5.1 Age shall be determined as of December 31 of the year of competition.

MSS 5.2 Solo: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 - 69, 70-79, 80 and over

MSS 5.3 Duet: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 - 69, 70-79, 80 and over with age determined by the average age of the competitors.

MSS 5.4 Trio/Team: 20-34, 35-49, 50-64, 65-79 and 80 and over with age determined by the average age of the competitors.

MSS 5.5 Combination 20 – 39; 40 – 64 and 65 and over with age determined by the average age of the competitors.

MSS 5.6 The average age of the competitors in a routine shall be determined by adding the ages of the actual swimmers, dividing by the number of swimmers (not including the reserves) and dropping any resulting fraction or decimal. (For example, if the average age of a Trio is 49.833, they would swim in the 35-49 age group).

MSS 6 Deductions in Routines

MSS 6.1 In Masters team competition, one half point penalty shall be deducted from the total final score for each member less than eight (8).

MSS 7 Order of Appearance

MSS 7.1 The order of draw for Masters Synchronised Swimming Competitions shall be Team, Combination, Trio, Duet and Solo.

MSS 7.2 For the Masters World Championships, a computer draw for the Technical Routines shall be done by the Synchronised Swimming Chief Recorder at least 24 hours before the first event of the Synchronised Swimming competition.

MSS 7.3 When a competitor(s) draws start number one (1) in a Technical Routine, she (they) will be exempted from drawing start number one (1) in another Technical Routine, if possible.

MSS 7.4 The order of appearance for the Free Routines in each age group shall be determined by the results of the Technical Routines for that age group event and shall be swum in groups of 6 competitors. If the number of competitors is not divisible by 6, the smallest group shall start first.

MSS 7.4.1 If there are fewer than 12 entries in an age group event, the draw will be in two equal groups. In the case of uneven groups, the smallest group shall start first.

MSS 7.4.2 If there is a tie in the placement in an age group event which overlaps two groups, those competitors shall form a group of their own and swim between their original groups.

MSS 7.4.3 For each age group event, the lowest scoring competitors in the Technical Routine will swim in the first group and the highest scoring competitors will swim in the last group.

MSS 7.4.4 Swimming number one (1) in a Technical Routine does not make a routine exempt from swimming number one (1) in the Free Routine of the same event.

MSS 7.4.5 Within each age group in each event, the highest scoring competitor in the Technical Routine for that age group and event shall draw first, with the next competitors drawing in the order of Technical Routine placement. In the case of ties, the order of draw shall be based on the Technical Routine start number, with the lowest start number drawing first.

MSS 8 Time Limits for Routines

MSS 8.1 Time limits for Technical Routines and Free Routines including ten (10) seconds for the deck movement.

MSS 8.1.1 Technical Routines: Solo -1 minute 30 seconds
Free Routines Solo - 3 minutes

MSS 8.1.2 Technical Routines: Duet/Trio - 1 minute 40 seconds
Free Routines: Duet/Trio - 3 minutes 30 seconds

MSS 8.1.3 Technical Routines: Teams - 1 minute 50 seconds
Free Routines: Teams - 4 minutes

MSS 8.1.4 Combinations - 5 minutes

MSS 8.1.5 There shall be no minimum time limit

MSS 8.1.6 Maximum Time Limits:
There shall be an allowance of fifteen (15) seconds plus the allotted time for Technical Routines, Free Routines and Combination.

MSS 8.1.7 In routine events, the walk-on of the athletes from the designated starting point to achievement of a stationery position(s) may not exceed 30 seconds. Timing shall commence when the first competitor passes the starting point and end when the last competitor become stationery.

MSS 8.1.8 Timing of the routines shall start and finish with the accompaniment. Timing of the deck movement shall end as the last competitor leaves the deck. Routines may start on the deck or in the water, but they must finish in the water.

MSS 8.1.9 The accompaniment and judging shall begin upon a signal from the referee or appointed official. After the signal the competitor (s) must perform the routine without interruption.

MSS 8.1.10 The timers shall check the overall time of the routine as well as that of the walk-on and deck movements. The times shall be recorded on the score sheet. If the time limit is exceeded for the deck work or there is deviation from the routine time limit allowance the timers shall advice the referee or the appointed official designated by the referee.

Appendix I FINA REQUIRED ELEMENTS FOR MASTERS TECHNICAL ROUTINES

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
1. Supplementary elements may be added
2. Unless otherwise specified in the description of an element:
• All figures or components thereof shall be executed according to the requirements described in Appendix II
• All elements shall be executed high and controlled, in uniform motion with each section clearly defined
3. Time limits as in MSS 8.1.1.1, MSS 8.1.2 & MSS 8.1.3
4. Swimwear shall be black and the competitor shall wear a white cap. Goggles may be worn.

SOLO

Elements 1 to 5 must be performed in the order listed.
Element 6 may be performed at any time during the routine.

1. FISHTAIL – from a Front Layout Position, a Front Pike Position is assumed; one leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, the second leg is lifted to a Vertical Position (ending is optional).
2. BODY BOOST – A rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface (arms optional) A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
3. BARRACUDA BENT KNEE –From the BACK PIKE POSITION with legs perpendicular and with the toes just below the surface, a Thrust is executed as one leg is drawn along the inside of the other extended leg to assume a BENT KNEE VERTICAL POSITION. A vertical Descent is executed in a Bend Knee Vertical Position at the same tempo as the Thrust.
4. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 2 of the following positions: Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo; Double Ballet Leg.
5. SPLIT POSITION followed by a walkout front or walkout back.
6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include Egg Beater travelling sideways &/or forward (arms optional)

DUET/TRIO


Elements 1- 5 MUST be performed in the order listed.
Elements 6- 7 may be executed at any time during the routine.

1. FISHTAIL – From a Front Layout Position, a Front Pike Position is assumed; one leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, the second leg is lifted to a Vertical Position (ending is optional)
2. BODY BOOST - A rapid head- first rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface (arms optional). A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
3. BARRACUDA BENT KNEE – From the Back Pike Position with legs perpendicular and with the toes just below the surface, a Thrust is executed as one leg is drawn along the inside of the other extended leg to assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position. A Vertical Descent is executed in a Bent Knee Vertical Position at the same tempo as the Thrust.
4. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – beginning in a Back Layout Position to include at least 2 of the following positions: Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo; Double Ballet Leg.
5. SPLIT POSITION –followed by a walkout front or walkout back.
6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include Egg Beater travelling sideways &/or forward (arms optional).
7. JOINED ACTION – Where the swimmers are connected (touching) in some manner to perform one of the following:
• A connected figure or a connected float or connected stroking.
• Action must be performed simultaneously. Mirror action is permitted.
• Stacks, lifts, platforms, throws are not permitted.

With the exception of the DECK WORK and ENTRY and as noted in the JOINED ACTION, all elements, required and supplementary, MUST be performed simultaneously and facing the same direction by all swimmers. Variation in propulsion and direction facing are permitted during pattern changes.

TEAM REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Elements 1-5 MUST be performed in the order listed.
Elements 6-9 may be performed at any time.

1. FISHTAIL - From a Front layout Position a Front Pike Position is assumed; one leg is lifted to a Fishtail Position, the second leg is lifted to a Vertical Position (ending is optional)
2. BODY BOOST – a rapid headfirst rise, with a maximum of the body above the surface (arms optional). A descent is executed until the swimmer is completely submerged.
3. BARRACUDA BENT KNEE –From the Back Pike Position with legs perpendicular and with the toes just below the surface, a Thrust is executed as one leg is drawn along the inside of the other extended leg to assume a Bent Knee Vertical Position. A vertical Descent is executed in a Bent Knee Vertical Position at the same tempo as the Thrust.
4. TRAVELLING BALLET LEG COMBINATION – Beginning in a BACK LAYOUT POSITION to include at least 2 of the following positions: Right Ballet Leg; Left Ballet Leg; Right Flamingo; Left Flamingo; Double Ballet Leg.
5. SPLIT POSITION followed by a walkout front or walkout back
6. TWO (2) FORMS OF PROPULSION – Must include Egg Beater travelling sideways &/or forward (arms optional).
7. JOINED ACTION – Where the swimmers are connected (touching) in some manner to perform one of the following:
• A connected figure or a connected float or connected stroking.
• Action must be performed simultaneously. Mirror action is permitted.
• Stacks, lifts, platforms, throws are not permitted.
8. CADENCE ACTION – Identical movements (s) performed sequentially, one by one, by all team members. When more than one cadence action is performed, they must be consecutive and not separated by other optional or required elements. A second cadence action may begin before the first cadence action is completed by all team members but each team member must do the action of each cadence.
9. PATTERNS – must show a circle and straight line. Elements may be performed when in the circle or the straight-line patterns.

With the exception of the DECKWORK, ENTRY, CADENCE and as noted in the JOINED ACTION, all elements, required and supplementary, MUST be performed simultaneously and facing the same direction by all swimmers, Swimmers need not face the same direction in the circle pattern. Variation in propulsion and direction facing are permitted during pattern changes. Mirror actions are not permitted except as specified in the description of the elements.