The Handbook containing the current rules of the Association is posted out to the provided contacts. Below are the General Rules and the Rules for the various competitions.

GENERAL RULES

1. The Annual Subscription shall be set at the Annual General Meeting for the ensuing year and is currently £30. This is payable by 14th January each year.

2. The fee includes four handbooks to each club.

3. Ordinary meetings of the Council shall be held on the third Monday in each month.

4. Subject to the consent of Council, any persons may attend meetings, but only elected members and delegates may take part in business. Notice of any change in delegate for a club must be given to the Hon Secretary prior to the meeting.

5. Voting shall be by a show of hands, but any member can demand a recount when tellers will be appointed by the chairman of the meeting.

6. Changes to general and competition rules will be made at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting called after at least 10 days notice of the proposed change has been circulated. Approval of new rules by simple majority of all those voting.

7. The Council shall have the power to fine, suspend, expel or set any other reasonable punishment on or any such combination of punishments on any member, competitor or club who infringes any rule of the Association or whose conduct shall, in the opinion of two thirds of those present and voting be deemed unacceptable to those council members. At least seven days notice shall be given by the secretary, to the person[s] or the club[s] being summoned before the council and such notice shall contain the statement [redacted if deemed necessary by the council] of complaint[s] brought against the person[s] or club[s]. The decision of the council in such matters is final. The council may set up a tribunal council of a minimum of three persons to deal with such matters if it so wishes.

8. Where a club, officer or delegate provides an e-mail address, it shall be acceptable for communication to be made (although not exclusively) by e-mail rather than post.

9. Any matter not provided for in these rules shall be dealt with at any meeting of the Council with a two thirds majority necessary for approval.


COMPETITION RULES: All Competitions

1. All competitions are open to any club affiliated to the Association. All competitions are under the sole control of the Association

1.1 No club may take part in any competition gala or water polo match if they have not paid their affiliation and competition fees for that year

2. A swimmer may represent ONLY ONE CLUB throughout a competition.

3. Official entry forms sent out by the Hon Secretary for Swimming and Water Polo competitions must be returned, duly completed by 14th January or, for swimming leagues the date of the January fixtures meeting. Late entries will not be accepted. Clubs having entered a competition will be liable for the entrance fee or fees if the draw has been made.

4. Each club must provide a venue and time at which they intend to fulfil fixtures.

5. Any club failing to fulfil a league fixture or final in any discipline shall be fined £25 plus any reasonable costs incurred by the home club or the Association, unless the reason for the non-fulfilment is regarded as unavoidable and justified as determined by the Council. Fines must be paid within 21 days of the meeting failing which, the club will take no further part in the competition.

6. No club shall be allowed to alter the dates of its galas without the consent of the Association. This may be given by the Organiser of the League, on behalf of the Association. The alteration should be not less than eight days prior to the fixture and be agreed by all the competing clubs.

7. Any protest against the eligibility of a competitor must be lodged with the Hon Secretary. Any club found guilty of including an ineligible competitor shall forfeit the events (in swimming contests) and the match (in water polo contests) in which such a competitor has taken part with the points being awarded to the opposing team, in the case, water polo the game recorded as 5-0 to the non offending team and in addition be fined an amount up to and include but not exceed £25 for each offence.

8. Cases arising out of breaches of the Rules of the Association or in connection with the fixtures, will be dealt with at the next meeting of the Council, given that seven days notice can be given, otherwise they will be dealt with at the following meeting in the presence or absence of those concerned. Penalties arising must be paid within 21 days of the meeting failing which, the club will take no further part in the competition. No exceptions from this rule to be allowed unless, after 7 days notice of exception to all delegates, a three fourths majority of those present and voting support the application.

9. At the beginning of each gala/match each club shall provide the referee/starter with the names of the competitors taking part on behalf of the club along with any other information required by the competition rules. These will be forwarded to the Organiser of the competition for his records.

10. The home team will pay referees expenses as defined by ASA law.

11. A list of persons qualified to act as officials shall be adopted at the Annual General Meeting, but additions may be made at any general meeting all officials for Association events will be on the NWASA regional list of qualified officials.

12. In the event of a club withdrawing or being suspended from a competition during the season, their record of points shall be expunged from the league table.

13. A Supreme Championship Trophy will be awarded in each discipline, Swimming and Water Polo, each year to the club gaining most points in all Association competitions. The points to be awarded for the top six positions in each competition, as 6,5,4,3,2,1.

14. Trophies for all competitions shall be held by the winning club/clubs/swimmer until requested to be returned and shall always remain the property of the association.

15. Any matter or thing not provided for in these rules shall be dealt with by the Council where practicable under the rules of the ASA.

Association Age Groups

1. The competition shall be held annually and be open to swimmers who are members of affiliated clubs, provided that they come within the defined Age Groups laid down.

2. 2 Competitors shall be allowed to enter all individual events in their own age group. Competitors shall NOT be allowed to compete in any other age group in any one year.

3. The age of swimmers is age on the last day of competition, which shall be advised by the promoter.

4. Age groups of competitors shall be: age10 and under**, age 11, age 12, age 13, age 14, age 15, age 16 years and over.

** There may be dispensation in the promotion conditions for swimmers aged 10 years on the last date of the Inter Association Galas to swim in the Age Groups, BUT no swimmer under the age of 10 on the end date specified in the gala conditions to be allowed to compete.

5. Events 50m all four individual strokes

100m all four individual strokes plus individual medley

200m all four individual strokes plus individual medley

400m freestyle and individual medley only

All events open to both males and females at all ages.

All events will be heat declared winners, no finals.

6. Competitors aged 10 to 14 on the specified date shall be eligible for nomination by the Bolton and Manchester Districts for the Inter Association Competition, if they have not swim in another Local Association’s Age Group Competition in that year and subject to the rules relating to eligibility to the Inter Association Competitions.

7. All finalists in individual events, provided they are not disqualified, shall receive awards. The Joint Arrangements Committee will suggest the awards and the Council will be asked to ratify the decision.

8. All entries shall be made on the official entry form provided and accompanied by the entry fee, to reach the Entries Secretary not later than the date in December specified on the entry form each year.

9. Entry fee per event will be suggested by the Joint Arrangements Committee and authorised by the Council at the July Council Meeting

10. Individual Age Group Trophies shall be awarded annually to the clubs gaining most points in each Age Group. The Tillotson Trophy shall be awarded annually to the club gaining most points in all Age Groups. The trophies shall be held by the winning clubs until requested to be returned and shall always remain the property of the Association.

11. All events are eligible for points which shall be awarded as follows:

1st 6 points

2nd 5 points

3rd 4 points

4th 3 points

5th 2 points

6th 1 point

12. The competitions shall be under the sole control of the Bolton and Manchester Associations who shall publish full details of the competitions and galas. The Age Group Conditions in rules 4, 5 and 6 may be altered, added to or deleted at the discretion of the Council, in the light of any alterations at District and /or National level. Any such additions, alterations or deletions will take effect immediately. In the case of additional events, awards will be given.

13. Competing clubs are restricted to having a maximum of three officials, including one lady chaperone, on the poolside at each gala.

14. Each club having swimmers competing in an Age Group Gala is to provide one person to carry out any duty required of them by the Organising Committee. Duties for such persons to be arranged prior to the galas.

15. Any dispute or question arising that the foregoing rules do not provide for, shall be determined by the Council.

Association Championships

1. The Championships to be held annually under the control of the Championships Committee.

2. The Championships to be:

a. Open: Mens and Ladies

100m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly & 200m Individual Medley. Plus 800m mens and ladies and 1500m mens and ladies freestyle

At the discretion of the Council, the 800m and 1500m Championship events may take place at the Age Group Galas with the points being credited to the Championship trophy.

b. 10, 11 and 12 years Boys and Girls

50m Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly & 100m Individual Medley.

13 and over mens and ladies 50m backstroke, breaststroke butterfly and freestyle.

Qualifying times for entry as specified in promoters conditions

c. Team Championships

Mens and Ladies 4x50m Freestyle team and Medley team.

Team ages: 11 /12 years, 13/14 years, 15 years and over.

Clubs may enter two girls teams & two boys teams in each of the above events. At the discretion of the Council, the Team Championships may be held as a separate event.

All ages on the date specified in promoters literature.

3. All races shall be confined to members of each affiliated club.

4. The 100m events will be used to determine the Senior and Junior Champions for the year

5. The Senior Champion will be the swimmer placed first in the final of the event. The Junior Champion shall be the fastest placed Junior in the final or, failing a Junior being in the final the fastest Junior in the heats, the runner up and third placed Junior being adjudged on the same principal. Competitors for the Junior Championships shall be under 17 years of age on the date specified in the promoter’s literature.

6. Competitors gaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in individual finals and team finals, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fastest swimmers in the DHW events shall be awarded medals.

6.1 All entries shall be made on the official entry form provided and accompanied by the entry fee, to reach the Entries Secretary not later than the date specified on the entry form each year.

6.2 Entry fee per event will be suggested by the Organising Committee and authorised by the Council at a Council Meeting.

7. The Speedo Top Club Trophy shall be awarded to the club gaining the most points in the Championships. Points to be awarded on the following basis: Individual events: 6,5,4,3,2,1 and Team events: 7,5,4,3,2,1. Highest number for the winners, the rest in sequence.

Inter Club Mini League Galas

1. Entry fee for the competition £25 per club. Closing date for entry is the date of the January fixtures meeting and all clubs who wish to enter MUST have a representative at the meeting to arrange their fixtures.

2. The competing clubs will be formed into groups as may be necessary to form a manageable competition and the members of each group will swim preliminary galas against each other on a group basis.

3. The number of galas in a group will be the same as the number of clubs in a group, with each club being responsible for organising its own gala i.e. booking the pool and arranging the date and time of gala. Clubs MUST confirm all dates and times of start in writing to other clubs in their group and the Mini Gala Organiser within 14 days of the January Fixtures Meeting.

4. The home club shall be entitled to any profits resulting from gate receipts, draws etc and any loss incurred must be covered by the home club alone.

5. Preliminary galas must be completed by 31st May and semi-finals completed by 31st July each year.

6. On completion of the preliminary rounds, the leading club from each group will qualify to swim in the ‘A’ final gala, along with the two clubs winning the semi finals. There will be a ‘B’ final gala for clubs not qualifying for the ‘A’ gala. Entry to the ‘B’ final being by coming in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place in either of the semi finals.

6.1 If, after the preliminary rounds, there is a tie between two or more clubs then the positions between those clubs shall be decided by the number of galas won during the rounds. If there is still a tie between clubs then it will be decided by the number of first places achieved during the rounds.

7. Trophies will be awarded to the top boys and top girls teams in each group and in the event of a tie after the preliminary rounds have been completed, then each team will hold the trophy for an equal number of months in the year of competition.

8. Swimmers may compete in TWO events plus event 29/30 and event 31 if required.

9. Minimum age of competitors in team events to be 9 years on 31st December in year of competition, minimum age of a competitor in an individual event to be 10 years on 31st December in year of competition. Age groups to be 9 years and under, 10 years and under, 11 years and under and 12 years and under ON THE DATE OF THE GALAS. Clubs must hand a list of competitors with dates of birth to the referee at the beginning of each gala. Clubs failing to do this will not be allowed to compete further in the competition. The Home Club is responsible for sending team sheets and match result sheets to the League Organiser not less than 7 days after the event, failure to do so being liable to a fine.

10. Each club must provide at least two officials

11. The points system for all events will be allocated according to the number of clubs in the gala, i.e. 5 club gala points awarded 5, 4,3,2,1. Points gained in the preliminary rounds will not be carried over to the finals.

12. The total accrued points for boys and girls in the preliminary galas shall be combined to determine the qualifying club from each group for the final ‘A’ gala.

13. Trophies for the final ‘A’ and ‘B’ galas will be awarded to the clubs gaining the highest combined points for boys and girls.

14. In the event of a tie for qualifying places in the semi-finals and first place in the ‘A’ or ‘B’ finals, a swim off will be held where of one girl and one boy from each age group will swim an 8 x 1 length freestyle team event.

15. All events start at the same end of the pool. There will be no diving in at the turning end of the pool.

16. Programme of events:

Event 1 11 and under girls 2 length freestyle

Event 2 11 and under boys 2 length freestyle

Event 3 9 year girls 4x1length freestyle team

Event 4 9 year boys 4x1length freestyle team

Event 5 10 and under girls 2 length backstroke

Event 6 10 and under boys 2 length backstroke

Event 7 12 and under girls 3 length breaststroke

Event 8 12 and under boys 3 length breaststroke

Event 9 11 and under girls 2 length backstroke

Event 10 11 and under boys 2 length backstroke

Event 11 10 and under girls 2 length freestyle

Event 12 10 and under boys 2 length freestyle

Event 13 12 and under girls 3 length backstroke

Event 14 12 and under boys 3 length backstroke

Event 15 11 and under girls 2 length breaststroke

Event 16 11 and under boy girls 2 length breaststroke

Event 17 9 year girls 4x1length medley team

Event 18 9 year boys 4x1length medley team

Event 19 10 and under girls 2 length breaststroke

Event 20 10 and under boys 2 length breaststroke

Event 21 12 and under girls 3 length freestyle

Event 22 12 and under boys 3 length freestyle

Event 23 11 and under girls 2 length butterfly

Event 24 11 and under boys 2 length butterfly

Event 25 10 and under girls 2 length butterfly

Event 26 10 and under boys 2 length butterfly

Event 27 12 and under girls 3 length butterfly

Event 28 12 and under boys 3 length butterfly

Event 29 1 girl from each age group 4 x 1 length medley

Event 30 1 boy from each age group 4 x 1 length medley

Event 31 (ONLY IF REQUIRED) 1 girl and 1 boy from each age group, 8 x 1 length freestyle team (girl/boy in any age order)

Inter Club Swimming League

1. Entry fee £15 per club

2. Closing date for entry is the date of the January fixtures meeting and all clubs who wish to enter are recommended to have a representative at the meeting to arrange their fixtures.

3. All fixtures to be completed by 1st October in the year

4. No swimmer may swim more than 2 individual events & 1 team event in any one gala.

5. The home club is responsible for organising its own gala, booking pool, date and gala start time and for engaging an independent referee and starter. All teams to provide two officials for poolside duties. The home club to keep any profits resulting from staging the gala and any loss incurred to be covered by them.

6. When less than 12 clubs enter, they shall be divided into two semi-finals by draw. These semi-finals to be organised by the Association, with the top three teams (boys and girls combined) going forward to the final. When more than 12 clubs enter, they shall be formed into groups by draw, these groups to be a maximum of 4 clubs and equal where possible. Each club will swim against each other home and away. The total accrued points (boys and girls) in the preliminary round shall be combined to determine the six clubs qualifying for the final.

7. The points system will be according to the number of clubs in the group i.e. for 4 teams, 4,3,2,1 for individual events and 8,6,4,2 for team events.

8. A team sheet should be handed to the referee prior to the first event at all galas. Failure to do so will disqualify the team in the appropriate event. The Home Club is responsible for sending team sheets and match result sheets to the League Organiser not less than 7 days after the event, failure to do so being liable to a fine.

9. The Bolton and District S&WPA will be responsible for staging the final consisting of the leading six teams on points. Trophies will be awarded for the overall winners and the best girls team and best boys team based on points gained In the FINAL.

10. The competition will consist of the following age groups and events:

Individual events

Boys and Girls 13 and under, 15 and under and open age - age on the date of the final of the competition.

100m backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly and individual medley

Team events (one girls event, one boys event) –

Two swimmers from each age group to compete a 6 x 2 length freestyle relay. 13 and under swimmers to swim lengths 1 and 2, 15 and under to swim lengths 3 and 4 and open age swimmers to swim lengths 5 and 6.

Mini league Teams 2017

Group A Atherton & Leigh, Swinton, Ashton Central, Ramsbottom

Group B Warrington, Warriors, Horwich, Bolton

Group C Worsley, Hindley, Wigan, Pioneer 79

The top 2 teams from each group will go through to the A final. The rest will take part in the B final

Finals Saturday 9th September 2017, Broughton Pool, Salford.

Interclub Competition 2017

Teams Horwich, Pioneer 79, Swinton, Wigan, Worsley

Final Saturday 1st July, Horwich LC, 4.30pm

Water Polo Competitions

1. Entry fee £15 for EACH competition per club. Closing date for entries 14th January in year of competition.

2. Water Polo competitions will be held provided that the Council consider there are sufficient entries. These competitions to be, Senior, Youth, Junior, Under 14 and Under 12s League and Senior, Youth(U16), Junior, Under 14 and Under 12s knock out.

3. The Water Polo competitions will be conducted annually between 1st February and 31st October. An extension to the competition period may be granted at the discretion of the Council or such person(s) as the Council shall authorize to make the decision, but approval shall only be given in exceptional circumstances. In general authorization will

not normally be given retrospectively.

4. The Water Polo Secretary shall be given the authority to set the date of any matches in a league or KO competition should the teams not be able to mutually agree on a date for the match, subject to the home club having offered the visiting club at least two dates. If a fixture cannot be agreed between the two clubs and the Water Polo Secretary, than the Water Polo Secretary shall have the authority to award the match and the points to the none offending club and the score will be recorded 5 – nil to the teams accordingly. If a team concedes the fixture, the match points will be awarded to the non conceding team and the score will be recorded as 5- nil accordingly

5. All matches shall be conducted in accordance with the FINA rules of water polo except where varied by the Competition conditions. In league competitions, two points shall be awarded for a win and one point for a draw. If two teams have equal points, precedence shall be given to the point results between the teams. If the results are equal then the highest away goals, lowest away goal difference between the teams in that order will decide the order. If the teams are still equal the total league away goals shall decide the result order.

6. The Bolton and District Council, or such person(s) as the Council shall authorise to make the decision, shall fix the dates, start times and venues of the final of any knock out competition or the matches within a knock out competition as appropriate. Finals of water polo competitions shall be held within a 20 mile radius of Bolton Town Hall.

7. Each club shall pay its own travelling expenses to all matches, including the final of a KO competition. Each club shall be responsible for the cost of staging the home match in each league and KO competition. The cost of staging the final of a KO championship shall be borne by the club hosting the final. If the away team cancels a game at late notice and the home team incurs costs, then the matter shall be referred to the Committee for consideration of the offending team covering the said costs.

8. For all matches played as part of a league programme each team shall play each other team twice, once at home and once away. For all KO Competitions each team shall play each other team once.

8.1 All games played at senior and junior level should whenever possible have two referees officiating.

8.2 All referees appointed by a club to officiate at Junior and Senior games should not, except in an emergency, have:

Membership, past membership or a family member as a club member of the home competing teams. Unless agreed by both teams prior to the date of the fixture, preferably on the date of the fixture being arranged and noted on the team sheet. Not be a person who attends a competing club except when carrying out duties of an official nature such as refereeing or officiating in some way. Unless agreed by both teams prior to the fixture, preferably on the date of the fixture being arranged and noted on the team sheet.

8.3 The home club must supply a copy of the Water Polo rules as laid out by Bolton & District Water Polo Association to the referee.

9. Fully completed team sheets must be sent to the water polo organiser by the home team within 7 days of midnight of the day of the game. Electronic copies are acceptable. ALL team sheets MUST be dated or they will be treated as invalid.

If competent WP secretaries do not officiate at the game, then:

• A sheet with all the team names on must be returned with the best attempt of a correct sheet.

• This sheet must also contain the date of the game and whether it is a league or KO fixture.

• The opposing captain must sign it.

Away teams are still obliged to contact the WP organiser with score details.

If neither team informs the organiser within the required time of the result of a match then the game is void in the league stage, or the next available team will be put through to the next stage in the Knock Out stages including directly to the final if appropriate. A report will be made available to the next committee meeting for confirmation or reversal of this decision.

10. For a club with more than one team in League or Cup Competition the following conditions shall apply

1. Each team entered shall be identified individually.

2. A list of players shall be registered to play exclusively for each team entered

3. Any player registered for a particular team shall not be allowed to play in a second or subsequent team in the same competition in the same year.

11. Each player can only play for one team in any competition in any one year. All players must be nationally registered with the club they represent in accordance with ASA Law.

12. All teams to submit a full list of players they intend to play in the league and knock out [if different] which will include ASA registration numbers prior to the start of the competition. If a new player joins the club at any stage, then the organiser must be informed of the required details at least 7 days before that player can represent the club. Rule 10, condition player in the competition will be fined £10 and the tie awarded to their opponents.

13. Players in Youth Water Polo competition shall be 16 and under at midnight on 31st December in year of competition. Under 14 Competition: Players shall be Under 14 at midnight on 31st December in year of competition. Any club playing an over-age player will be fined £10 and the match awarded to their opponents.

14. Under 12 water polo.

Players should be 12yrs or under on the last day of the year of competition. All team members must be a member of the ASA. There shall be 10 players per team. There will be 6 players per team in the water at any one time, one of which shall be a goalkeeper wearing a distinctive cap [red]. The pitch and goals will be of reduced size and the home team will use the same size pitch and goals for all their home fixtures. The ball used shall be size 3. There will be four (4) quarters of 5 minutes actual playing time. The rules of senior Water Polo shall apply AND WILL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO by the referee, teams and Officials. Home referees may be used but a neutral referee is recommended.

15. Any club wishing to affiliate to the B and D to play water polo from outside the defined geographical area of the Association will only have their application considered if ALL the clubs currently affiliated to play water polo agree to the application.

15.1 Clubs affiliating from outside the defined geographical area of the Association will only be eligible to play in the Senior Competitions unless the Council agrees otherwise.

WATER POLO COMPETITIONS 2017

Clubs taking part in this year’s competitions:

Senior League: Bridgefield, Bury, City of Chester, Liverpool, Manchester Sharks, Radcliffe, Salford City, Stretford, Tyldesley, Warrington

Senior Knock Out: Bridgefield, City of Chester, Radcliffe, Salford City, Stretford.

Junior League: ORCA, Stretford, Warrington

Junior Knock Out: ORCA, Radcliffe, Warrington

Mini Polo League: Bridgefield, City of Chester, ORCA, Radcliffe, Stretford, Tyldesley, Warrington

Mini Polo Knock Out: Bridgefield, City of Chester, ORCA, Radcliffe, Warrington

Officials of Competing Clubs are requested to give every consideration to appointed referees, particularly in the expeditious completion of their programme, so the referee can make his journey home at a reasonable hour.

Referees unable to fulfil any of their appointments are kindly requested to inform the Hon Water Polo Organiser, Mr G Holme, 34 Iona Way, Davyhulme, Manchester M41 7EY. Tel 0778 819 6406 at least 7 days prior to the fixture.