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Rules and Regulation

MASTERS SWIMMING RULES (MSW)

The Swimming Rules in Part III of this Handbook shall apply to Masters with the following exceptions:

MSW 1 Age Groups

MSW 1.1 Individual Events: 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94 ... (five year age groups as high as is necessary).

MSW 1.2 Relays: To be conducted on the total age of team members in whole years. Age groups of relay events are as follows: 100 - 119, 120 - 159, 160 - 199, 200 - 239, 240 - 279, 280 -319, 320 - 359, and ...(forty year increments as high as is necessary).

MSW 1.3 For all purposes pertaining to Masters meet competition, the actual attained age of the competitor shall be determined as of December 31st of the year of competition.

MSW 2 Events
The following events may be conducted for each age group.

MSW 2.1 Short course (25 m)
50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 m Freestyle
50, 100, 200 m Backstroke
50, 100, 200 m Breaststroke
50, 100, 200 m Butterfly
100, 200, 400 m Individual Medley
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay
4 x 100m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 200m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)

MSW 2.2 Long course (50 m)
50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 m Freestyle
50, 100, 200 m Backstroke
50, 100, 200 m Breaststroke
50, 100, 200 m Butterfly
200, 400 m Individual Medley
4 x 50m Freestyle Relay
4 x 50m Medley Relay
4 x 50m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 50m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
4 x 100m Medley Relay
4 x 100m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 100m Mixed Medley Relay (2 women and 2 men)
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay
4 x 200m Mixed Freestyle Relay (2 women and 2 men)

MSW 3 Masters Swimming Technical Rules

MSW 3.1 Age groups and sexes may be combined so that no swimmer has to swim alone and lanes may be filled.

MSW 3.2 When using the forward start, the referee's whistle shall indicate that the swimmers may take their positions with at least one foot at the front of the starting platform or pool deck, or in the water with one hand having contact with the starting wall.

MSW 3.3 All Masters events shall be conducted on a timed final basis.

MSW 3.4 Swimmers may be allowed to remain in their lane while other swimmers are competing until directed by the referee to exit the pool.

MSW 3.5 The order of swimmers by gender is optional in mixed relays.

MSW 3.6 The Organising Committee may arrange 400 metre, 800 metre and 1500 metre Freestyle to be swum two (2) swimmers of the same sex in a lane. Separate timing will be required for each swimmer.

MSW 3.7 The Warm Up must be supervised.

MSW 3.8 A breaststroke kicking movement is permitted for butterfly. Only one breaststroke kick is permitted per arm pull except that a single breaststroke kick is permitted prior to the turn and the finish without an arm pull. After the start and after each turn, a single breaststroke kick is permitted prior to the first arm pull.

MSW 3.9 Swimmers who had to be disqualified must be listed with coded reason for disqualification in the results list.

MSW 4 Relays

MSW 4.1 Relays shall consist of four swimmers each registered with the same club. No swimmer is allowed to represent more than one club.

MSW 5 Records

MSW 5.1 Masters World Records for all events listed in MSW 2 for both sexes in each age group shall be recognised and maintained in 1/100 second time (2 decimal places) and according to the provisions listed on the application form. World Records may also be recorded with manual timing in 1/100 second time (2 decimal places in accordance with SW 11.3).

MSW 5.2 Applications for Masters World Records must be made on the FINA official forms (See next page) by the individual in question within 60 days from the end of the event.

MSW 5.3 World Records can only be established in a Masters meet:
a. formally sanctioned by a FINA Member Federation; and
b. organised for on behalf of a club or an organisation, which is a member of this FINA Member Federation or recognised by FINA; and
c. conducted under the rules of FINA (and specially those relevant to Masters Swimming); and
d. in which only swimmers registered in a club member of a FINA Member Federation participated.

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MSW 5.4 The first swimmer in mixed relays may apply for a Masters World Record.

Appendix 1

Ruling for Masters Top Ten tabulations.

Results that are valid for the FINA Masters Top Ten results can only be established in a Masters meet:

a) formally sanctioned by a FINA Member federation and
b) organised for or on behalf of a club or an organisation, which is a member of this FINA Member Federation or recognised by FINA and
c) conducted under the rules of FINA (and specially those relevant to Masters Swimming) and
d) in which only swimmers registered in a club member of a FINA Member Federation participated.