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Rules and Regulation

MASTERS SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING RULES (MSS)

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

MSS 1 Age Groups

MSS 1.1 Solo: 25 - 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 - 69, 70-79, 80 and over

MSS 1.2 Duet: 25 -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 1.3 Team: 25 -34, 35-49, 50-64, 65 and over with age determined by the average age of the competitors.

MSS 1.4 Free Combination 25 - 39; 40 – 64, 65 and over with age determined by the average age of the competitors.

MSS 1.5 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 Team is 49.833, they would swim in the 35-49 age group).

MSS 1.6 At competitions until the end of year 2014 swimmers with an age of 22 to 24 can be part of a team in the team and free combination event if the average age of the team is at least 25 years.

MSS 2 Events

MSS 2.1 The events of Masters Synchronised Swimming are Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination. Technical and Free Solos together constitute one event. Similarly, the Technical and Free Duets together is one event, and the Technical and Free Team is one event. The Combination by itself is one event.

MSS 2.2 The programme for a Masters Event shall be Technical Routines, Free Routines and Free Combination.

MSS 2.2.1 Technical Routine
The Technical Routines shall be performed for Solos, Duets and Teams with the required elements selected by FINA Masters Committee every four (4) year, 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.

MSS 2.2.2 Free Routine
The Free Routine shall consist of Solo, Duets, and Teams and Free Combination. There are no restrictions as to choice of music, content or choreography.

MSS 3 Competitors

MSS 3.1 Competitors in Duet, Team and Free Combination shall represent the same club.

MSS 3.2 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 4 Masters Synchronised Swimming Technical Rules

MSS 4.1 Time Limits for Routines

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

MSS 4.1.1 Technical Routines: Solo – 1 minute 30 seconds
Free Routines Solo – 2 minutes 30 seconds

MSS 4.1.2 Technical Routines: Duet - 1 minute 40 seconds
Free Routines: Duet - 3 minutes

MSS 4.1.3 Technical Routines: Teams - 1 minute 50 seconds Free Routines: Teams - 4 minutes

MSS 4.1.4 Free Combinations – 4 minutes 30 seconds

MSS 4.1.5 There shall be no minimum time limit

MSS 4.1.6 Maximum Time Limits:
There shall be an allowance of fifteen (15) seconds plus the allotted time for Technical Routines, Free Routines and Combination.

MSS 4.2 The size of the competition pool shall be 25x20 metres and minimum 2.5 metres deep.

MSS 4.3 Goggles may be worn.

MSS 4.4 Judging and scoring

MSS 4.4.1 For judging Free Routines each judge shall award three scores, 0 to 10 points each.
a) The Technical Merit judges shall awards scores for Execution, Synchronisation and Difficulty.
b) The Artistic Impression judges shall award scores for Choreography, Music Interpretation and Manner of Presentation.

MSS 4.4.2
To score Free Routines where judges are giving 3 scores each:
a) For each of the six (6) components of the Free Routines, the scorer shall cancel the highest and lowest (one each) for each set of awards.
b) The remaining awards are added, and the sum is divided by the number of judges less two (2).
c) For the Technical Merit score, the Execution score is multiplied by 40%, the Synchronisation score by 30%, and the Difficulty Score b 30%. The Technical Merit score shall be the sum of these three results.
d) For the Artistic Impression score, the Choreography Score is multiplied by 50%, the Music Interpretation Score by 30%, and the Manner of Presentation Score by 20%. The Artistic Impression Score shall be the sum of these results.
e) The Technical Merit Score shall be the sum of the Execution, Synchronisation and Difficulty scores. The Artistic Impression Score shall be the sum of the Choreography, Music Interpretation and Manner of Presentation Scores.
f) The Free Routine Score shall be the sum of 50% of the Technical Merit Score and 50% of the Artistic Impression score, less any penalty deductions.

MSS 4.4.3 For Technical Routines, each judge shall award a single for Execution or Overall Impression, from 0 to 10 points each. The panels will each be 50% of the routine score.

MSS 4.4.4 To score Technical Routines:
a) The scorer shall cancel the highest and lowest award (one each) for each set of awards, Execution and Overall Impression.
b) The remaining awards are added, the sum is divided by the number of judges less two (2) and the result is multiplied by 5 for a maximum of 50 points.
c) The Technical Routine shall be the sum of the Execution score and the Overall Impression Score, less any penalty deductions.

MSS 4.4.5 The final result is determined by adding the results of the Technical Routine and Free Routine – for a maximum of 200 points.

MSS 4.4.6