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Rules and Regulation

SS 13 ROUTINE SESSIONS


SS 13.1 A mixed duet shall consist of one female and one male.

SS 13.2 A team shall consist of at least four (4) but not more than eight (8) competitors (for the exceptions, see SS 6.2). The number of team competitors may not change between Preliminary and Finals or Technical and Free Routines.

SS 13.3 In Free Combination, at least two (2) parts must have fewer than three (3) competitors and at least two (2) parts must have eight (8) to ten (10) competitors. Start of the first part of the routine may be on the deck or in the water. All of the following parts must start in the water. A new part begins in very close proximity to the previous part.

SS 13.4 A highlight routine shall consist of at least eight (8) but not more than ten (10) competitors.

SS 13.5 In a Free Combination and a Highlight routine, the number of competitors may not change between Preliminary and Finals.

SS 13.6 In Duet, Team, Free Combination and Highlight Routine events competitors who are listed on the entry according to rule

SS 13.6.1 Any changes of the names of the competitors from the most recent entry lists must be handed to the referee in writing at least two hours prior to the published start time of routine number one. This time must be published in the official competition schedule. Changes after this can only be made in case of sudden illness or accident of a competitor and if the reserve is ready to compete without delaying the competition. The final decision in such a situation shall be made by the referee.

SS 13.6.2 If the lack of the reserve reduces the Team, Free Combination or Highlight Routine size to less than that defined in SS 4.4, SS 4.5, SS 6.2, SS 13.2 or SS 13.4 the team shall be disqualified.

SS 13.6.3 Failure to notify the Referee of substitution and / or scratching according the rule

SS 13.7 The order of appearance for Technical Routines, Free Routines Preliminaries, Free Combination Preliminaries or Highlight Routine Preliminaries shall be decided by lot. The draw shall take place at least eighteen (18) hours before the first part of the competition and shall be public. Place and time shall be announced at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.

SS 13.7.1 The order of the draw shall be Teams, Free Combination, Highlight Routine, Duets and Solos Preliminaries. For competitions involving both Technical and Free Routines, the draw for the event’s Technical Routine shall first be held followed by the Free Routine Draw (Team Technical, Team Free Preliminary, Free Combination Preliminary, Highlight Routine Preliminary, Duet Technical, Duet Free Preliminary, Mixed Duet Technical, Mixed Duet Free Preliminary, Solo Technical, Solo Free Preliminary).

SS 13.7.2 When a Federation draws start number one (1) in a Technical Routine or Free Routine Preliminary, Free Combination Preliminary or Highlight Routine Preliminary, this Federation shall be exempted from start number one (1) in all remaining preliminary sessions.

SS 13.7.3 For FINA competitions pre-swimmers are recommended for Technical Routines, Free Routines, Free Combination and Highlight Routine.

SS 13.8 After the Figures and/or Technical Routines and Free routines Preliminaries and Combination Preliminary the first twelve (12) by total score (see 20.2) shall compete in the finals.
Exception: In World Championships: After each Technical / Free Routine / Free Combination the twelve best will compete in the respective Final.

SS 13.8.1 The order of appearance in the finals shall be determined by lot in groups of six competitors. Those who placed 1-6 per SS 13.8 shall draw for start numbers 7 – 12; those who placed 7 – 12 per SS 13.8 shall draw for start numbers 1-6. If the number of the competitors is not divisible by six (6), the smallest group must start first.
At the Olympic Games the draw for order of appearance for the Team Free Routine shall be in two (2) groups of four (4).

SS 13.8.2 For the final draw: the highest qualifier in each group shall draw first, with the next qualifiers drawing in order of placement. If there is a tie for the placement within the same group of six, the names of the tied competitors shall be drawn by lot to determine the competitor to draw first for order of swim. If there is a tie for places 6 and 7 (different groups), those routines will form their own group in the draw (1-5, 6-7, 8-12).

SS 13.9 Theatrical make-up shall not be worn. Straight makeup that provides a natural, clean and healthy glow is acceptable.

SS 13.10 The use of accessory equipment, goggles or additional clothing is not permitted unless required by medical reasons.

SS 13.11 Nose clips or plugs may be worn.
SS 13.12 Jewellery may not be worn in Figures or Routines. For FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy, see BL 10.4.2
SS 13.13 In routines, during the deck movements, competitor(s) shall not execute stacks, towers or human pyramids.

SS 13.12 Jewellery may not be worn in Figures or Routines. For FINA Synchronized Swimming World Trophy, see BL 10.4.2

SS 13.13 In routines, during the deck movements, competitor(s) shall not executestacks, towers or human pyramids.

SS 13.14 In routines the swimwear must conform to GR 5 and SS 13.9.-13.13. In the event that the referee thinks the competitor(s) swimwear does not conform, the competitor will not be permitted to compete until changing into appropriate swimwear.