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BCN 2013 - Water Polo Info Bulletin

Please find below instructions and procedures to be followed in respect to the Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Tournaments for the 15th FINA World Championships Barcelona 2013.

We would like in particular to draw your attention to Section 4.2 titled "Pool Deck Equipment" and request adherence to all clauses therein.

1. SWIMSUITS/COSTUMES

1.1 Women’s Water Polo Competition

All participants must wear swimsuits/costumes (wide straps, high legs, zip back) with underwear beneath the suit (see Appendix). No other swimsuits/costumes will be permitted to be worn. Before taking part in the game, players shall remove any articles likely to cause injury.

All participants must wear swimsuits/costumes of the same colour and design.

1.2 Men’s Water Polo Competition

Players shall wear non-transparent costumes or costumes with a separate undergarment and before taking part in a game shall remove any articles likely to cause injury.

All participants must wear swimsuits/costumes of the same colour and design.

2. WATER POLO CAPS

All manufacturers sponsoring and/or supplying swimwear equipment to FINA National Member Federations should produce the caps for the respective Federation in accordance with the design template attached and the specifications set out below. These rules are based on the FINA Rule WP4 (caps) as per the FINA Handbook 2009 – 2013, revised version of January 2012:

2.1 Colour

Caps shall be of contrasting colour, other than solid red, as approved by the referees, but also to contrast with the colour of the ball. A team may be required by the referees to wear white or blue caps. The goalkeepers shall wear red caps. Caps shall be fastened under the chin. If a player loses the cap during play, the player shall replace it at the next appropriate stoppage of the game when the player’s team is in possession of the ball. Caps shall be worn throughout the entire game.

2.2 Caps – Design and Advertising Rules (see illustration below)

(1) One (1) country code of a maximum height of 4 cm on the front side of the cap.
(2) One (1) manufacturer’s logo of a maximum size of 6cm2 on the front, back or side.
(3) One (1) player number of a maximum height of 10 cm on both sides of the cap.
(4) One (1) country flag of a maximum height of 4 cm on the back side of the cap.
(5) One (1) sponsor logo of a maximum size of 6cm2 on the back side


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2.3 Set of caps

All participating teams are required to have available one or two additional sets of water polo caps, to be the same as one used in the competition.

3. TEAM BENCH

3.1 Number on bench

A total of nine (9) persons only will be allowed on the team bench, namely three (3) officials and six (6) substitutes.

Please note that no other persons will be allowed on the pool deck.

3.2 Dress on bench

All officials must be attired similarly in official team uniform. Please note that shorts and/or sport uniforms will not be allowed.

4. ADVERTISING

4.1 Costumes (see illustration below)

(A) One (1) manufacturer’s logo of a maximum size of 30 square centimetres when worn.
(B) One (1) flag and one (1) country name or code of a maximum of 30 square centimetres when worn.
(C) One (1) sponsor’s logo of a maximum of 30 square centimetres when worn.


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4.2 Pool Deck Equipment

Two (2) advertising identifications of which one shall be of the manufacturer logo and the other one of the sponsor logo are permitted, with a maximum size of 40 square centimetres each when worn for any of the clothing items listed below, and a maximum size of 6 square centimetres each for any of the accessories and equipment items listed below.

For upper-body clothing items only, the manufacturer’s logo (being a design mark of maximum of 8cm in width) may additionally be displayed in the form of a strip in one of the following positions:

a) Around the bottom of both sleeves; or
b) Centred down the outer seam of both sleeves (from the collar across the top of the shoulders down to the bottom of the sleeve).

For lower-body clothing items only, the manufacturer’s logo (being a design mark of maximum of 8cm in width) may additionally be displayed in the form of a strip centred down the outer seam of both legs (from the waistband down to the bottom of the leg).

- T-Shirt (40 square centimetres)
- Polo Shirt (40 square centimetres)
- Casual Shirt (40 square centimetres)
- Sweat Shirt (40 square centimetres)
- Bath Robe (40 square centimetres)
- Tracksuit Top (40 square centimetres)
- Pants (40 square centimetres)
- Shorts (40 square centimetres)
- Skirts (40 square centimetres)
- Windbreaker (40 square centimetres)
- Towels (6 square centimetres)
- Baseball Caps (6 square centimetres)
- Hats (6 square centimetres)
- Socks (6 square centimetres)
- Footwear (6 square centimetres)
- Bags (not greater than 10% of the surface area of the item, to a maximum size of 60 square centimetres)

4.3 Body Advertisement

Body advertisement is not allowed in any way whatsoever.

4.4 Bibs

Each competitor at World Championships and FINA competitions must wear on the chest over their tracksuit such advertising as supplied by FINA when being introduced prior to the start of each event and during the victory ceremony.

Identification on clothing must be placed on the top breast side so that Bibs requested by FINA may be worn well visible below.

We kindly remind you that any advertising identifications which are not indicated in these regulations are not permitted. In the event that any clothing contravenes these regulations, the competitor must immediately remove the offending item(s) and replace it/them with clothing that complies with FINA rules (BL 7.1.6).

After the experience of the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, where many teams where not following the FINA rules on clothing, we would like to draw your attention to the fact, that there will be strict checking made before each game during these Championships.

5. KINESIOLOGY TAPE

The usage of Kinesiology Tape to assist and support musculoskeletal conditions is permitted, however to avoid the usage of different colour tapes only nude (skin-tone) colour tape is sanctioned.


FINA reserves the right to request National Member Federations taking part in FINA Championships and Competitions to present any clothing item to be used at the competition venue for examination and approval of FINA prior to the event in question (BL 7.1.7.).

Checks will be done in the call room before each game.

Please take the necessary steps to produce the official water polo caps for the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona 2013, in accordance with the FINA Rules set out above.

We would appreciate receiving layouts of your Federation’s/Supplier’s application of this design template for review at your earliest opportunity but no later than 19 June, 2013.

To have the water polo caps layouts pre-reviewed and should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the FINA Marketing Department (contact info in the pdf below).

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