NDLSC Team ND Zones Selection Process

Bret Haglund

To NDLSC Board of Directors, Club Presidents, Club Coaches, and Club Secretaries,

Reminder of Central Zones qualifications and selection per North Dakota Swimming policy:

8.2 - 14 & UNDER ZONE MEET(S)

A. Athlete Qualification and Selection

(1) Athletes must be registered as regular (not Flex or Seasonal) with ND Swimming.

(2) Athletes attending Zone meets are required to swim at least one ND LSC sanctioned meet (not time trials)

during that season to receive funding from ND LSC.

(3) Qualification for Zone meets will be dictated by the official Zone Meet entry information, which will override any conflicting ND LSC policy.

(4) Athlete selection conforming to the Zone Meet Qualification Standards is the responsibility of the ND LSC.

(5) Athlete Selection Policy:

a. All athletes with a AAA time for an event may participate in that event.

b. If an event has two or more athletes qualified with a “AAA” time, then no additional athletes with

non-qualifying times may attend.

c. Athletes with AAA qualifying times prior to the ND LSC State Championship Meet are asked to declare

their intent to participate in the Zone Championship Meet with the Zone head coach, prior to the first

day of the ND LSC State Championship Meet, but no later than one hour past the conclusion of the ND

LSC State Championship Meet. A sign-up form will be provided by the Zone head coach the first day of

the ND LSC State Championship Meet. All club coaches will be provided with these forms to disperse

accordingly to their club.

d. For events that do not have two AAA participants signed up: intent must be declared by 8pm central

time Sunday night of the ND LSC Long Course State Championship to be available for participation based

on order of finish from the ND LSC Long Course State Championship. Following the 8pm deadline, the

head coach will approve the entry of up to 2 swimmers to fill any open events without “AAA” qualifiers

as policy allows. The head coach will notify parents ASAP but no later than noon on Monday following

the ND LSC Long Course State Championship of those athletes selected to represent ND LSC at Zones.

Information will also be posted via the Zone website. This assumes that the LSC is allowed to enter 2

individuals per event (currently the policy for the Central Zone Meet).

e. Team members with, if allowed by the meet information, will be selected to fill open team positions

by the following criteria:

i. Qualified swimmer (AAA Swimmer) is automatically selected for the team, if

commitment has been declared.

ii. Remaining spots (up to two positions per event/age group depending on results of

above selection step) will be filled based on the following qualifications:

a. Swimmers must have swum a minimum of an A time in their associated age

group the first day of competition on the start of the Central Zones competition.

A swimmer with a time slower than an A time, will not be eligible to fill a spot

on the team.

b. The next fastest swimmer during the current long course season, including

results of the State Long Course Championships, would be eligible to fill the


iii. “Time trial” times will not qualify a swimmer for one of the top two spots unless that

time a AAA qualifying time. A time trial during the Long Course Championships, resulting

in a time lower than a AAA time does not qualify for consideration for Zone selection.

f. Athletes may attend the Zone meet as a “relay only swimmer” under the following conditions:

i. If there is an open spot.

ii. The meet information allows.

iii. At the discretion of the Senior Vice-Chair and Head Coach.


Bret Haglund

NDLSC Admin Vice Chair