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  1. General

    1. Swimmers must be currently registered and in good standing as a year-round swimmer with Central California Swimming.

    2. Swimmers must be United States citizens or hold a permanent resident visa (except high school foreign exchange students).

    3. Funding by Central California Swimming for both the Zone and All-Star meets will be determined annually by the House of Delegates.

  1. All-Star

    1. For the annual CCS All-Star Team, eight females and eight males will be selected in each age group by the CCS All-Star coaching staff. A minimum of six swimmers in each gender/age group will be selected strictly by lowest point totals based on place in their top three events at the All-Star Selection Meet. Only events contested at the All-Star Meet will be considered. In a very limited number of cases, national level CCS athletes will be considered for the All-Star Team based on results from out-of-area competitions. Two swimmers in each gender/age group may be selected as "wild cards" by a consensus vote of the CCS All-Star coaching staff.

    2. The coaching staff will be selected by the head coach who is appointed by the Age Group Vice-Chair.

    3. Ten and under swimmers will be encouraged to travel with the team, but may travel with a parent or other designated adult.

    4. For out of LSC meets, all team members, except ten and under swimmers who are traveling with a parent or other adult, shall travel and be housed together as a team, under coach and chaperone supervision and be bound by team rules and the CCS Code of Conduct.

    5. Travel to meets within the LSC will be determined based on the location of the meet.

  1. Zone Team Selection

    1. The CCS Western Zone team will be comprised of All-Star swimmers from age 8 to 18 on the first day of the Zone meet.

    2. The team will consist of a maximum of 80 swimmers.

    3. The age groups are determined by the Western Zone and currently include 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.

    4. Male and female swimmers in each age group will be selected by the Zone coaching staff based on CCS Zone qualifying standards. Qualifying times shall be the swimmer's best time from the first day of competition of the prior year Western Zone Swimming Championship to the entry deadline of the current year and be listed as officially verified times in the USA Swimming database.

    5. Swimmers with 6 Zone times will be selected first. If there are more than 80 swimmers with 6 qualifying times, the final team will be selected by the Zone coaching staff, with preference given to those swimmers most likely to make finals. If there are not enough swimmers to complete the team, then:

    6. Swimmers with 5, 4, 3 and then 2 Zone qualifying times will be selected in that order until the team is filled. In the case of a tie, the swimmer, who in the opinion of the Zone coaching staff, with the greatest chance to make finals will be given priority.

    7. Swimmers with less than 2 Zone times will be considered on a case by case basis only if the team is not filled and:

      1. Their single Zone time is in an event that, based on the coaches opinion of the previous years final times, the swimmer has a chance to make finals, OR:

      2. If they are needed to complete a relay team for any sex and age group where less that 4 swimmers were selected as above, OR:

      3. If they are needed to complete a relay team for any sex and age group where 7 swimmers were selected as above.

    8. Application for the CCS Zone team will be due in the first week of July each year. Individuals with less than 2 Zone qualifying times, but expect that they may achieve the times by the completion of LC-JO’s, are encouraged to apply.

    9. Individuals achieving 2 Zone qualifying times by the completion of LC-JO’s will be considered if less than 80 swimmers have been selected as above.

    10. The swimmer’s share of funds, as defined by the House of Delegates, shall be due and payable at a time and manner established by the CCS House of Delegates.

    11. Scholarship Fund:

      1. Requests for need based financial assistance for athletes selected to participate in the Western Zone Swimming Championship will be considered on a case by case basis by an Age Group Committee of 3 indivuduals chosen by the CCS House of Delegates.

      2. Application to be submitted by the athlete’s club coach.

      3. Criteria for financial hardship include but are not limited to:

        1. Family absence of funds due to death of parent or guardian

        2. Parent recalled to active duty in the U.S. Military

        3. Recipient of school lunch program

        4. Recipient of need based club team scholarship

  1. Coach Selection for Zone Teams

    1. A Minimum of 6 coaches will be selected, one of which will be the head coach. Coaches will be selected for each age group- 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18.

    2. The head coach will be selected by the CCS Age Group Vice-Chair.

    3. The head coach will coordinate and organize all activities related to the Zone meet competition.

    4. The coaching staff will be selected by the head coach based on experience, attitude and the number of swimmers they are expected to place on the Zone team.

    5. Coaches will be responsible for supervision of their swimmers, along with chaperone(s), both during and after competition.

    6. Zone coaches will receive a stipend of $200 each.

  1. Conduct at the Meet

    1. Team meetings will be conducted daily and attendance by all swimmers is mandatory.

    2. Attendance at both preliminaries and finals is required of all swimmers 11 and over.

    3. Swimmers must be accompanied by and adult (coach or chaperone) at all times when not on the pool deck or in the team hotel.

    4. Swimmers will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the CCS code of conduct at all times.

  1. Zone Travel

    1. All swimmers 10 and under will be required to travel with a parent or other designated adult. They may travel with the team or separately. If they travel with the team, the parent is responsible for their portion of transportation costs.

    2. All swimmers 11 and over will travel with the team.

    3. Individual exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis only.

    4. There will be at least one adult present (coach or chaperone) for every 8 swimmers aged 11 and over.

  1. Zone Team Housing

    1. All team members, except ten and under swimmers, shall be housed together as a team, under controlled situations and shall conform to team rules and the CCS Code of Conduct.

    2. Ten and under swimmers will be housed with a parent or designated adult. The adult will be responsible for their own portion of the room and board.