Swimming Events & Rules

Event Type: Individual
Age Category:
Boys & Girls U/8 Over 6 1 length 25m Freestyle


Boys & Girls U/10 Over 8 1 length 25m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/10 Over 8 1 length 25m Backstroke


Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Breaststroke
Boys & Girls U/12 Over 10 2 lengths 50m Backstroke


Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Breaststroke
Boys & Girls U/14 Over 12 2 lengths 50m Butterfly


Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Freestyle
Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Backstroke
Boys & Girls U/16 Over 14 2 lengths 50m Butterfly

Panel Details: Boys & Girls
U8 competitors must be able to swim one length of the pool.
Note: At the National Festival the top 10 swimmers in each age group for each event will go forward to the final.

​Rules of Swim Ireland to apply except where amended by Community Games rules.

  1. Races will be judged on touching the finish wall.

  2. In the breaststroke & butterfly races, the touch must be with both hands.

  3. In the squad, the incoming swimmer must “Touch” before outgoing swimmer leaves the block.

  4. The start in Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley races at the National Festival shall be with a dive (U8 swimmers may take the option of starting in the water). After a short whistle- blow a number of times in quick succession (typically 3 times), swimmers must be ready for the swim. On the long whistle from the referee the swimmers shall step onto the blocks and remain there. On the starter's command "take your marks", they shall immediately take up a starting position with at least one foot at the front of the blocks. When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal and the starting signal will sound. This can be an electronic buzzer/beep or hand signal or whistle.

  5. The start in Backstroke and Medley Relay races shall be from the water. At the referee's first long whistle, the swimmers shall immediately enter the water. At the Referee's second long whistle the swimmers shall return without undue delay to the starting position. When all swimmers have assumed their starting positions, the starter shall give the command "take your marks". When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal.

  6. Swimmers must stay in the water at the end of a race until they are given official permission to leave.

  7. Technological equipment can be used at the National Festival to assist finish judges in the determination of placings at the finish of all swimming events.

  8. Any swimmer starting before the starting signal has been given, shall be disqualified. If the starting signal sounds before the disqualification is declared, the race shall continue and the swimmer or swimmers shall be disqualified upon completion of the race. If the disqualification is declared before the starting signal, the signal shall not be given, but the remaining swimmers shall be called back and start again. The Referee repeats the starting procedure beginning with the long whistle (the second one for backstroke) as per SW 2.1.5.

 

Event Type: Squad
Panel Details/Age Categories:
Boys U/13 over 10 (Squad) (Panel of 6) (four to swim and two subs) 4 x 25m length freestyle
Girls U/13 over 10 (Squad) (Panel of 6) (four to swim and two subs) 4 x 25m length freestyle
Boys U/16 over 13 (Squad) (Panel of 6) (Four to swim and two subs) 4 x 50m medley order:
Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle.
Girls U/16 over 13 (Squad) (Panel of 6) (Four to swim and two subs) 4 x 50m medley order:
Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle.

All panel members present at National Festival should participate.

Rules of Swim Ireland to apply except where amended by Community Games rules.
Races will be judged on touching the finish wall.
 
In the breaststroke races, the touch must be with both hands.
 
In the squad, the incoming swimmer must “Touch” before outgoing swimmer leaves the block.
 
The start in Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual races at the National Festival shall be with a dive. After a short whistle- blow a number of times in quick succession (typically 3 times), swimmers must be ready for the swim. On the long whistle from the referee the swimmers shall step onto the blocks and remain there. On the starter's command "take your marks", they shall immediately take up a starting position with at least one foot at the front of the blocks. When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal and the starting signal will sound. This can be an electronic buzzer/beep or hand signal or whistle.
 
The start in Backstroke and Medley Relay races shall be from the water. At the referee's first long whistle, the swimmers shall immediately enter the water. At the Referee's second long whistle the swimmers shall return without undue delay to the starting position. When all swimmers have assumed their starting positions, the starter shall give the command "take your marks". When all swimmers are stationary, the starter shall give the starting signal.
 
Swimmers must stay in the water at the end of a race until they are given official permission to leave.
Technological equipment can be used at the National Festival to assist finish judges in the determination of placings at the finish of all swimming events.
 
Any swimmer starting before the starting signal has been given, shall be disqualified. If the starting signal sounds before the disqualification is declared, the race shall continue and the swimmer or swimmers shall be disqualified upon completion of the race. If the disqualification is declared before the starting signal, the signal shall not be given, but the remaining swimmers shall be called back and start again. The Referee repeats the starting procedure beginning with the long whistle (the second one for backstroke) as per SW 2.1.5.
 
Once a panel has been submitted for a squad no alteration or addition can be made. A member of the panel may compete and swim any leg of the squad at any stage of the competition. No competitor may swim two legs of the squad.

 

 

 

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ADDRESS

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Thursday

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Saturday

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Limavady

BT49 0ND

Northern Ireland

 

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