Rules LAKE BLED 2019

Winter Swimming World Cup Lake Bled Slovenia 2019

(According to the rules IWSA – International Winter Swimming Association)

1. Purpose and mission

To gather together Slovenian and international swimmers and continue the winter swimming  tradition in Lake Bled. Advocacy for winter swimming, as a method of hardening of the human body. Improve collaboration between the clubs and groups both in Slovenia and internationally, collaboration with the local boards, public and commercial organizations. To further develope winter swimming events in Slovenia, especially Bled and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The World Cup is open for participation of athletes from any country.

2. Time and Place

The World cup will take place in Bled, Slovenia on January 31 to February 3, at Mala Zaka, in the lake Bled. The pontoon pool will be set up with 8 – 10 lines (length 25m) and the start and finish constructions.

Sport facility is approved by the IWSA (Rule 8.1).

3. Event organizers

The World Cup is organized by SI SPORT LTD in cooperation and support of the Tourist Board Bled and with support of International Winter Swimming Association.

During the event, the organizer will take pictures and video recording the event.

Participant consent to SI SPORT LTD using photographs and/or video recordings including images of them both internally and externally to promote Winter Swimming and another sport events. These images could be used in print and digital media formats including print publications, websites, e-marketing, posters banners, advertising, film, social media, teaching and research purposes.

4. Members and login

Participation is open to all interested persons, both Slovenian and foreign swimmers who complete and submit an application form online registration and consolidate it with signature that corresponds to the state of health of swimming in ice water (0.. +5 C) and for the state of health during the World Cup each is personally liable.

Participants under the age of 16 years requires the presence of the parents, who must also sign the application for the participation. Member who will be the first time to take part in the Winter Swimming World Cup can only complete one swim.

World Cup consists of 27 distances:

  1. distance. 25m freestyle with a time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  2. distance. 25m freestyle with a time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  3. distance. 25m ice-butterfly with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  4. distance. 25m ice-butterfly with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  5. distance. 25m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  6. distance. 25m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  7. distance. 50m freestyle with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  8. distance. 50m freestyle with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  9. distance. 50m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  10. distance. 50m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  11. distance. 100m freestyle with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  12. distance. 100m freestyle with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  13. distance. 100m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  14. distance. 100m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  15. distance. 200m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  16. distance. 200m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  17. distance. 200m breaststroke with time control (in 9 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  18. distance. 200m breaststroke with time control (in 9 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  19. distance. 450m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  20. distance. 450m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  21. distance. 1000m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for women) starting with the oldest women’s group;
  22. distance. 1000m freestyle with time control (in 9 age groups for men) starting with the oldest men’s group;
  23. distance. Relay 4 x 25m freestyle with time control (2 age groups: S1 – under 150, S2 – over 151);
  24. distance. Relay 4 x 25m breaststroke with time control (2 age groups: S1 – under 150, S2 – over 151);
  25. distance. “FOLK CLASS” – “Young Seals” – dipping in cold water;
  26. distance. “FOLK CLASS” – “Seals” – swimming up to 25m – freestyle, no time;
  27. distance. “FOLK CLASS” – “Polar Bears” – swimming up to 50m – freestyle without time control;

(Depending on weather conditions and the number of registered participants, the organizers have the right to make changes to the program preliminarily notifying participants of the World Cup).

Age groups

The age group Date of birth Years for women and men
A1 from 01.11.2004 and later up to 14 years old
A2 from 01.11.1999 to 31.10.2004 15 to 19 years old
B from 01.11.1989 to 31.10.1999 20 to 29 years
C from 01.11.1979 to 31.10.1989 30 to 39 years
D from 01.11.1974 to 31.10.1979 40 to 44 years
E from 01.11.1969 to 31.10.1974 45 to 49 years
F from 01.11.1964 to 31.10.1969 50 to 54 years
G from 01.11.1959 to 31.10.1964 55 to 59 years
H from 01.11.1954 to 31.10.1959 60 to 64 years
I from 01.11.1949 to 31.10.1954 65 to 69 years
J from 01.11.1944 to 31.10.1949 70 to 74 years
J1 from 01.11.1939 to 31.10.1944 75 to 79 years
J2 until 01.11.1939 and earlier 80 and over

 

To participate in competitions of men and women in the following 13 age groups: The age groups for events of the season of 2018/2019 are determined by the swimmer’s age on October 31, 2019 the last day of the season (in accordance with IWSA rules). IMPORTANT: who was born in November / December should be determinated by the full number of years.

“Folk Class” are winter swimmers both women and men of all the age categories (from A1 to J2) that will take part in “Young seals”, “Seals” and “Polar bears” races.

Team relay 4 x 25m freestyle, 2 age groups: «S1» 4 swimmer age sum ≤ 150 years and «S2» age sum ≥ 151 years.

Registration of competitors is online until January 30, 2019 at the www.winterswimming-bled.com.

Accreditation of participants will take place on January 31 to February 3, 2019, at the Infomation center in Mala Zaka, Bled.

5. Program

January 31 – Thursday

Arrival day

Get familiar with Bled

Test swimms

February 1 – Friday

1st and 2nd distances – 100m freestyle with time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

3rd and 4th distances – 25m ice-butterfly with time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

5th and 6th distances – 25m breaststroke with time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

7th and 8th distances – 50m breastroke with time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

9th and 10th distance – 450m freestyle with time controle (9 age groups for women and men, only from »B« to »J« age group, swimmers from 20 to 70 years old);

February 2 – Saturday

1st and 2nd distancess – 25m freestyle with a time control control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

3rd and 4th distance – 50m freestyle with a time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

5th and 6th distances – 100m breastroke with a time control (in 13 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

7th and 8th distances – 1000m freestyle with time controle (9 age groups for women and men, only from »B« to »J« age group, swimmers from 20 to 70 years old).

9th distance: »Folk Class« – »Young Seals« – dipping in cold water;

10th distance: »Folk Class« – »Seals« – swimming up to 25m – freestyle without time control;

11th distance: »Folk Class« – »Polar Bears« – swimming up to 50m – freestyle without time control;

February 3 – Sunday

1st and 2nd distances – 200m breaststroke with a time control (in 9 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

3rd and 4th distances – 200m freestyle with a time control (in 9 age groups for women and men) starting with the oldest women’s group;

5th distance – Relay 4 x 25m breastroke with time control (2 age groups: S1 – unders 150, S2 – over 151);

6th distance – Relay 4 x 25m freestyle with time control (2 age groups: S1 – unders 150, S2 – over 151);

6. Conditions on scoring in the World Cup year 2018/2019

6.1. Points that are allocated for all competitors taking part in a World Cup event are based upon the approved Category Tables as sanctioned by the President of IWSA. The categories are a) Category A; b) Category B; c) Category C

6.2.In the standings of the World Cup, all competitors are awarded points if the age group on 25, 50, 100 and 200 meter distances consists of at least three (3) competitors. Age groups A, I, J, J1 are allowed to consist of at least two (2) competitors. In the 450 and 1,000 meter distances, there must

be at least one (1) competitor in the women age groups and at least two (2) competitors in men age groups. Age groups A, I, J, J1 are allowed to consist of at least one (1) competitor in the women age groups and at least one (1) competitor in men age groups.

Special Decision of IWSA President on the Paragraph 6.2. of the World Cup rules.
IWSA World Cup main goals are to promote healthy lifestyle and develop winter swimming all around the world. The World Cup points system was designed to motivate swimmers to support the World Cup events, be active in choosing the distances they want to swim and be fast in their swims. The Rules have their value. But the biggest value for us are the people. We realized that the paragraph 6.2. of the World Cup Rules according to which the number of competitors in an age group determines whether the points to be rewarded or not, discriminates those active swimmers who may have travelled far to support an event and it was not their guilt that their age group was not full. This paragraph would punish the most respected swimmers from the oldest age groups and also the youngest ones.
Our goal is to reward those who worked hard for the World Cup points, we don’t want to save the medals by blindly following the rule of paragraph 6.2. Given that, my decision is to suspend the action of the paragraph 6.2. in the rules of the World Cup Season 2018/2019. Thank you for your understanding.
Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, President IWSA

7. Point system for different water categories

8. Ensuring the safety of participants

8.1. The Chief Judge is responsible for compliance with the requirements of the competitors safety. This must conform to the rules of the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) and include all necessary medical backup facilities to ensure that all competitors are treated immediately and with the appropriate care.

8.2. The Organizing Committee and/or the Race Director takes all legal responsibility for safety of all participants, the accuracy of the information gained and stored about each participant including their level of training, as well as for the behavior of members of the delegation at the event (A signed AFFIDAVIT form).

9. General Terms and Conditions

Swimmers outfit (see attachment Nr.1 “Swimsuit”) – the usual swimsuit, cap and swimming goggles.

Outfit of the swimmer should not be with a special technology of insulation Thermo and Neoprene.

No gloves, socks and/or shoes.

Before swimming stimulant drugs, alcohol, warming lubricants and ointment for the body cannot be used.

Start (see attachment Nr.2 “Start position”) – without jumping into the water, go in to the water to the bottom of the stairs or on the supporting step, hold on by one hand on the ladder. At the time of the start of the shoulders should be under water.

Finish – touching with the hand at the pool end wall (number board).

Races:

Swimming 25m, 50m breaststroke “Head-Up” (see attachment Nr.3 “Head-Up style”)  – The only permissible stroke is “Head-Up” breaststroke. The crown (the top) of the head must not be submerged during the race, except before the first stroke of the start or turns  (when water overflows through the head is permitted) – for all age groups, men-women, with time control. If the crown (the top) of the head submerges during the race, when it is not allowed, the swimmer will receive 5 second penalty that will be added to their race time.

Swimming 25 m Ice-Butterfly – for all age groups in the distance with time control, the swimming style is butterfly, the body should be kept on the chest, both hands simultaneously sliding forward above the water, both legs moving up and down at the same time.

Swimming 50m, 100m freestyle – for all age groups, men-women, with time control or without time control.

Swimming cap necessary! Tumble Turn is prohibited!


Relay swim – 4 x 25m freestyle and breaststroke – the team should be men-women (at least one woman or one men or 2+2). Swimming cap necessary!

Relay – the start (see attachment Nr.2 “Start position”) of each subsequent swimmer only after hand swimmer touches the wall of the pool.

To begin it is necessary to swim after immersion in water on the stairs with one hand, holding the handrail, the shoulders should be under water before the start.

Participants in the composition may vary rooms prioritization swim, team name does not change.

The endurance swim – 450m and 1000m freestyle with a time control (from 20 years old only – from B till  J age category), swimming style – freestyle, indispensable water-tight swimming cap necessary and swimming safety buoy »Tow Float Buoy« if the race is held in a pool, safety buoy is not a necessity, Tumble Turn is prohibited!

All participants in the endurance race must undergo a medical examination on the day of the swim according to the Competition Program. Medical examination includes, but is not limited to, blood pressure, alcohol and drug tests. The results of the medical examination are not discussed and with negative indicators are grounds for refusal to admit the swimmer on the swim.

The organizers reserve the right to reduce the distance or cancel the endurance race if weather conditions become unpredictable and increase the risk of danger for swimmers. The decision is final and can not be discussed.
Judges have the right to stop the Swimmer’s swim in case there is a suspicion that the Swimmer is behaving inadequately and the continuation of the swim threatens his life and health.

Only participants who have previously participated in winter swimming competition for long distances, or the degree of hardening can assure club leaders or doctor with signed affidavit and must be sent to Organizing Committee.

Participants must consult and comply with the competition rules of safety.

If the participant sees that it is someone breaks the rules, should notify the World Cup organizers or participants of the World Cup or the audience.

To avoid injury, it is necessary to comply with the rules to leave the pool or the hole immediately after the race.

“Folk Class” – no time control swims – “Young Seals” (quick dip), “Seals” (up to 25m swim) and “Polar Bears” (up to 50m swim).

If the water temperature is +2C degrees or less, in the program of the World Cup competition the longest distance should not exceed 200m.

Records – For the World records registering in all age groups and all distances, sanctioned by the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) the length of the pool will be equal to 25 meters with a blunder of ± 5 centimeters. The act of acceptance of the pool will be signed by the chief judge of the competition, members of the technical Committee and approved by the president or board members of IWSA

Protest

  • Protests can be filed against a decision of the referee or if an official fails to comply with the competition rules.
  • Protests must be supported by reasonable factual evidence and should not be vexatious or trivial.
  • All protests must be made in writing in English and must be delivered to the Race Office within 30 minutes of the decision or event.
  • The fee for submitting a protest is determined by the event organizer.
  • If the protest is upheld the fee will be refunded.
  • The competition director will be the final adjudicator of any protests and must provide reasons for his or her decision.
  • The swimmers and their teammates are expected to use their common sense if they wish to submit or make any protest.

 

10. Award

  • Participants who took 1, 2, 3 place in every form of the program will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively
  • An absolute winner between men is determined and awarded with the Winter Swimming World Cup Lake Bled.*
  • An absolute winner between women is determined and awarded with the Winter Swimming World Cup Lake Bled.*

*If 2 competitiors earn an equal amount of points, the competitor who earned points in a top-rank championship has the advantage. If rankings are equal, the competitor with who placed higher in the last championship has the advantage.

Each participant with a time control, included in the list of results from 1 to 15 places, will receive the corresponding number of points counted to the table of results of the Winter Swimming World Cup (according to the rules of the World Cup IWSA).

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(attachment Nr.1 “Swimsuit”)

(attachment Nr.2 “Start position”)

(attachment Nr.3 “Head-Up style”)

(attachment Nr.4 “The World Cup Location”)

 

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