WINTER SUBURBAN LEAGUE RULES

 

Meet Manager:

  1. First heat is 3 swimmers from each team, rest of the heats are seeded by time. All heats are to be figured into scoring.
  2. USB thumb drive and both home and away team computers must be  brought to the meet by start of warm up including team roster and lineup
  3. Meet should be brought in meet manager 6.0/team manager 8.0. The latest version must be purchased by each team in the league.
  4. NO ADD ONS to lineup once thumb drive is given to home team. Substitutions of swimmer are allowed for relays that are on the thumb drive. If additions are made and not neutrally agreed upon by both coaches the swimmer does not get credit.

Consequences: 

  • Warning-submitted to coach
  • Coach is suspended on meet
  • Coach to meet with League Board and can be expelled from coaching.
  1. At least 10 copies of heat sheets will be printed- 3 for each team and 3 for bullpen (one each team) and one for the starter. Stroke & Turn get 2 extra copies.
  2. Relay swimmers must participate in an individual event and swim it.
  3. Consequence: No credit for meet.
  4. TEAM ROSTERS MUST HAVE FIRST, LAST, DOB, AGE and GENDER.
  5. Before the meet begins 1 copy of the meet program needs to be signed by both coaches

and sent to president. Snail mail or scan to League President. Any neutrally agreed changes in a meet must be signed by both coaches. MEET PROGRAM MUST INCLUDE RELAY NAMES.

 

GENERAL:

  1. Rule changes will be made at the end of the season wrap up meeting and adhered to during the next season.
  2. All Stroke and turn judges will turn in DQ slips or meet program to the scorers’ table. Stroke and turn judge will have heat sheet to mark down DQ’s and be picked up for score table. All DQ slips must be kept for the entire season. Meet manager has the DQ Codes. DESCRIPTION OF DQ MUST BE WRITTEN AND MAY ADD THE CODE NUMBER. THE TABLE WILL ADD CODE AT THE TABLE IF NOT WRITTEN.
  3. Each team will supply one stroke and turn judge for each Meet. ONE STROKE AND TURN PER TEAM. IF CHANGE OF STROKE AND TURN DURING THE MEET, OPPOSING COACH MUST BE NOTIFIED BEFORE THE CHANGE IS MADE. Each must know the WSSL rules and the stroke and turn judge must Either be certified by USS Swimming or have attended a WSSL approved clinic once every other year. A Copy of outside certification is required to be given to League President before the first meet. League President will hand out names of the people who are already certified by USS swimming. A list of attendees that went to the WSSL clinics will be sent to all teams. Team loses the right to have a stroke and turn if stroke and turn on the list Everyone must go for 2017/2018.
  4. Visiting team must supply one timer for each lane and home team supply two timers. All times will be recorded even DQ times. Three timing units equal three timers or two timers and a touch pad. If three watches are used all three times must be recorded and the middle time of three watches is the final time. ONLY SWIMMERS CAN ASK TIMERS FOR THEIR TIMES. POINTS ARE SPLIT FOR A TIE. In the case of electronic timing the touch pad, backup button then the watch time are the order of recording times at the scorer’s table. SCORING IS DONE BY TIME ONLY.
  5. Meet Manager back up file MUST INCLUDE FIRST/LAST NAME and be sent to the WSSL President E-mail address by the both teams no later than WEDNESDAY following the meet. NO UNOFFICIAL/EXHIBITION SWIMMERS allowed more than two individual events in the meet unless mutually agreed by both coaches. Only two individual events per meet. Visiting Team must receive electronic copy of meet results at completion of the meet. SCORING WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOME TEAM AND THE VISITORS MUST BE AT THE TABLE ALSO. Scorers must know how to score and know the WSSL rules.  Home and Visiting team coaches must send meet back up file to the League President for each meet. Manual score sheets are for back up only. Timer sheets must be kept till the end of the current season.
  • Consequence: Host team does not get credit for meet participation if not received by that following Wednesday of the meet.
  • Consequence: Visiting team does not get credit for meet participation if not received by that following Wednesday of the meet.
  1. Swimmers participating in the WSSL are required to be a paid member of their team and practice with their team. If a swimmer wants to swim for another town in the league that already is an established team, the other team should be notified as a courtesy. No High School Graduates allowed to swim in the WSSL League. There is a team cap of 225 swimmers per team.
  2. All meets will run in accordance with US Swimming Technical Rules, except where  indicated in these rules. All swimmers will be disqualified according to these rules. Stroke and turn will be aware of any new rules that occur once the season starts. Some part of both arms must break the surface on 8 & u Butterfly.
  3. The WSSL will abide by the two false start rule. Swimmers on relays must exit the pool before next swimmer hits the other end of the pool. If the pool is not 4feet deep at the shallow end, swimmers must start in the water. At shallow end, some part of body must be touching the wall on relay start.
  4. Team roster must be put into team manager, and a team roster must be sent to the WSSL President by December 15th of the current season. The roster must contain the SWIMMERS NAME, DATE OF BIRTH AND SEX. RESUBMIT ONLY NEW SWIMMERS BY JANUARY 1st. Swimmers can be added with the consent of the WSSL Board only. Swimmers may not swim in meets unless their name is on the roster or the League President has been contacted.
  • Consequence: No Roster by December 15th or until roster is received no credit for those meets swum.
  1. Dues must be sent to the WSSL Treasurer by January 15th, Dues for the 2018-2019 season will be $15.00 for each child participating. League will send invoice electronically and bring copy to the start up meeting.
  • Consequence: If not received by January 15th $350.00 LATE FEE
  1. Swimmers may not display logos or apparel from USS teams while on deck in the WSSL a warning first, followed by disqualification of the swimmer.
  2. A phone call to the League President immediately following the meet, as well as a written email protest must be filed within 48 hours of the end of the meet in question to all members of the WSSL Board. The protesting team must send a copy of the email to the team they are protesting against. The board should handle protest within 48 hours of filing. Only Coaches Can File a Complaint or Protest. Refer to the CONDUCT RULE.
  3. A designated head coach must be on deck at all times during dual and championship meets. Designated coaches make the final decision on discrepancies.
  4. Whistle sequence prior to start 4 short whistles to announce the event, 1 long whistle to get them on the block or in the water then the starter will start. For the backstroke an extra short whistle to be blown after they enter the water to place the swimmer’s feet, then the starter to start. Fly overs should be used as best you can.

 

AGE GROUPS:

 

  1. A swimmers age as of November 1st of the current season determines his or her age group. Swimmers cannot swim events unofficially, unless agreed upon by two coaches.
  2. Age group breakdown: 8 & under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, and 15 – 18.
  3. A swimmer may not be moved up more than two age groups to swim an individual event and may return to his/her age group for other events in dual meets only.

 

EVENTS:

  1. A swimmer is permitted to enter a maximum of three events, no more than two of which may be individual events. No Unofficial/Exhibition swimmers allowed in more than 2 individual events unless mutually agreed by both coaches.
  2. Girls must swim in girls’ events; boys must swim in boys’ events. Transgender: Whatever gender they start the season in they must complete the season in that gender.
  3. Teams may add events to the order, but may not subtract events and must be agreed upon prior to loading the thumb drive. Unless agreed upon by both coaches. Events added will be exhibition only. This does not allow swimmers to use exhibition events as counting as a meet if that is all they swim in.
  4. Coaches should agree about adding extra IM heats prior to meet day. Home teams have the right to allow or disallow extra heats. One heat of IM and relays unless agreed in advance by both coaches.
  5. Graduated medley relay consists of one swimmer from each of the following Age groups: 8 & Under, 9 & 10 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 – 18. These are single sex relays only. Rule #3 under AGE GROUPS will apply here. For B Championships Graduated Relay should be the following age groups: 8 & U, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15-18 in “B” Championship Medley relay. Swim Ups of one age group are allowed for dual meets and championships and four age groups must be represented. No more than one 15-18 and no swimmer may move up more than one age group.  15 - 18 free is now 50yds. 15-18 50yd free will remain a 50 free. 15-18 year old swimmers must qualify for “A” Championships.
  6. No hands, feet or any device may be used to stop a competing backstroker.

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SCORING:

 

  1. Individual events: 6,4,3,2,1     Relays: 7,4
  2. Sweeps are allowed for a 1, 2, 3 finish in individual events NO sweep in relays.
  3. Time will determine the finish of each race.
  4. If one team can field swimmers and the other cannot, the event will be held for points.
  5. All heats are to be figured into scoring.

 

MEET PRE-ARRANGEMENTS:

  1. It is the responsibility of the home team to contact the visiting team four Days prior to the meet date to work out the details, if within 2 days the visiting team has not heard from the home team email or call them. If no response contact the League President.

Details to be agreed upon:

  1.  Establish official lanes, Home team must choose lanes because of any obstruction in pool. Confirm warm-up and start time.
  2. Make decisions on what, if any, events or heats are to be added.
  3. Meet start time and warm-up time must be specified. Teams must show up within 20 minutes of start time or forfeit the meet.
  4. Note whether there is a bullpen and what kind of bullpen is being used. All swimmers must be in the bullpen to swim.
  5. Coaches can only contact coaches. No parents can initiate contact with coaches.
  6. If meet does not start 30 minutes from meet start time, the home team forfeits.
  7. Facility rules emailed to League President by November 1st of current season.
  8. Host team is responsible to make sure swimmers are lined up behind the blocks and on the blocks at correct time.
  1. The home team has the right to cancel a meet due to weather or pool problems. The home team must offer the visitors three alternate dates to make up the meet within 3 days of the cancelled meet. Either team may cancel because of snow. It is the responsibility of both teams to work together to hold the meet. If meet cannot be held, League President has final say. Every coach should have every head coaches telephone number in their cell phone. There is an option to do a tri-meet in a cancellation or pool issue. If opposing team has an open date and home team cannot supply the pool, home team must travel.
  2. Once the meet has been scheduled at the coaches meeting, the meet must

be swum at the scheduled time. League President must be notified of any rescheduled date immediately.

 

LEAGUE:

 

  1. Division of the league will be done at the conclusion of each season. This will be determined from the scores taken from “A” Championship Meet and dividing by alternating even finishes and odd finishes at “A” Championship meets.
  2. The league will be as follows for the 2018-2019 season.

SOUTH

Dedham

Framingham

Natick

Norwood

Westboro

Weston

Westwood

 

NORTH

Acton

Belmont

Brookline

Newton

Milford

Sudbury

Wellesely

 

  1. Each team must swim 9 dual meets during the season. Every team will swim every team in their division plus 2 from the other division to get the required number of meets. In order to get credit for swimming in a meet, a swimmer must swim at least ONE INDIVIVDUAL event. A Tri-meet counts as two meets. Every swimmers must participate in 5 dual meets to participate in championships. A team can only participate in one tri-meet per season unless weather or pool problems occur and can happen at the end of the season only with the approval of the League President.
  2. Plaques will be awarded at the championships to the first place teams and runner up in each division. Only wins and losses within your scheduled division meets will count toward trophy decision

 

CONDUCT RULE:

 

  1. Teams and parents should be aware that before, during and after a WSSL meet unsportsman like conduct is not be tolerated. The Board of Directors will decide what disciplinary action will be taken as a result of such behavior. The head coaches have the final say in all rulings on meet day. A phone call to the League President immediately following the meet as well as a email protest must be submitted to the Board of Directors within 48 hours of the completion of a league meet to dispute any ruling or conduct issue.
  2. Any swimmer demonstrating improper conduct or vandalizing will be disqualified from the meet and points from previously swum events will be deleted from the score.
  3. Any Parent or Coach demonstrating improper behavior will be asked to leave the facility. Coaches, parents and swimmers sign off and send to League President by JANUARY 1st.
  4. Consequence: If not received by January 1st then any previously swum meets do not count until received by League President

 

WSSL BOARD of DIRECTORS:

 

President

Ann Boudrot

 

Treasurer

JuJu Mucciaccio

 

Vice President

Arnie Cohen

 

Secretary

Mary Pohlman

 

 

BOARD OFFICERS:

 

Megan Olowinski

Jen Scalise-Marinofsky

Karen Terry

 

WSSL CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. To participate in the championship meet a swimmer must be a member of their team and have participated in a minimum of five league meets. A note from a Doctors office verifying that a child was too ill or injured to participate for an extended period of time in the required five of the nine meets is mandatory with the Championship entry. NOTE MUST STATE PERIOD OF TIME AND REASON FOR BEING OUT UPON RETURN.
  2. Each team must swim a minimum of nine official league meets.
  3. A coach must be present at the Championships and must be listed on the coach’s roster as well as high school coaches for a team to participate in the Championships. (Depends on the location of Championships).
  4. All team fees must be paid to participate in Championships
  5. Anyone demonstrating improper conduct or vandalizing will be disqualified from the meet and points from previously swum events will be deleted from the score.
  6. Any Parent or Coach demonstrating improper behavior one time will be asked to leave the facility immediately.
  7. All 8 & U, 9 & 10 girls and boys graduated and free relays must start in the water.

 

ENTRIES:

  1. Entries will be made by meet or team manager made available to the league.  Absolutely no changes are to be made to times or events after seed entries are due, Unless it is to update a time swum in a dual meet after submitted deadline.
  2. entries must include the following:
    1. Championship entry sheet in Meet or Team Manager (export file from meet manager) League President to send team manager event file.
    2. Team roster- list of team members and meets they participated in during the season.
    3. Season record- this includes results from your division of the league only.
    4. List of EXPERIENCED workers for all meets- this list includes the name of the worker your team is planning to use during the entire day for each meet. Jobs will be designated by the President and assigned accordingly. Parent volunteers must have worked at least 2 dual meets during the season to be able to volunteer at championships. Coaches set the tone for meets and must teach sportsmanship to swimmers and parents.
  3. A swimmer is permitted to enter a maximum of three events, no more than two of which may be individual events. Medley relays are to be declared by the scratch meeting. Free changes to relays are due by the end of Freestyle. If you are entering a swimmer from “B” only for an “A” relay they must be entered on the team roster as a swimmer on the “A” entry sheet as a relay entry only. All relays are to be declared at the scratch meeting.
  4. One relay team, per team, per event may be entered.
  5. Boys must swim in boy’s events and girls must swim in girl’s events. Transgender: Whatever gender they start the season in they must complete the season in that gender.
  6. A swimmer may swim up to two age groups for free relays, but not for individual events. For individual events a swimmer may only swim in the age group designated by their age on November 1st of the current season.
  7. All entry times entered for individual events for championships must have been swum in a WSSL dual meet.
  8. A and B meets are combined for entries, a total of three events no more than two relays or two individual events. Individual events must be in either the A or B meet but not both and you cannot duplicate events.
  9. Cut off times will be determined by taking the average of the sixteenth time from the previous three years of the “A” Championship meet. 15 - 18 free 16th place time of 100 free and divided in half.
  10. Only a swimmer that has qualified for an “A” time must swim in that event  in the “A” Championships. They may choose their second event. An “A” swimmer cannot participate in ANY event in the “B” Championships. Change Medley age groups for “B” Championships to 8 & Under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15-18. Must represent 3 age groups.
  11. Coaches have the responsibility to prove that individual swimmers have swum in five meets before the Championship meet.

 

SCRATCHES

 

  1. Scratches are due at the computer on the designated team entry report sheets according to championship packet requirement. Coaches are not allowed to request heat sheets.
  2. No swimmer may be added on meet day unless approved by League President before league championships.
  3. A scratched swimmer can be reentered if the event has not been swum and there is an open lane.
  4. All medley relays are due at the same time as scratches.
  5. Only a designated head coach may scratch a swimmer.

 

PROTESTS:

 

1          Protest must be reported to the League President at the time of the protest.

 

AWARDS:

 

INDIVIDUAL

 

Medals 1-8

Ribbons 9-16

Participants 17-finish

 

Relays

Medals 1-8

Ribbons 9-16

Participants 17-finish

Team

League Division Winner 2

A Championship Winner 1

A Championship Runner up 1

B Championship Winner 2

B Championship Runner up 2

A and B age group girls and boys winners will be presented with medals. Participant ribbons will be given to all individual swimmers not placing 1-16 in the meet.

 

SCORING:

Score first sixteen places:

Place

Individual

Relay

1

20

40

2

17

34

3

16

32

4

15

30

5

14

28

6

13

26

7

12

24

8

11

22

9

9

18

10

7

14

11

6

12

12

5

10

13

4

8

14

3

6

15

2

4

16

1

2

 

OFFICIALS:

  1. Hire six certified officials for rotation: One Starter (Meet Referee), and Four Stroke and Turn Judges (One for Rotation).
  2. Three EXPERIENCED timers per lane are required. Volunteers had to have volunteered in at least 2 dual meets as a timer before championships.
  3. The head official will be designated before meet day.
  4. All officials will be supplied a copy of the meet rules before the meet starts.

MEET DAY:

 

  1. No one, except the swimmer is allowed to get times from the timers only immediately following their swim.
  2. No spectators are allowed on deck. (Police detail will be hired for the stands)
  3. Any swimmers demonstrating improper conduct or vandalizing will be disqualified from the meet and points from any previously swum events will be deleted from the meet score.
  4. Each team is responsible for their area and should make sure it is clean at the end of the meet.
  5. Swimmers are not allowed on the deck during the meet or after their events.
  6. No body art allowed. A. Consequence: Swimmer cannot swim in the event.
  7. No flash photography allowed or photographers allowed on deck.