This page contains a list of changes made to the rules governing Officials within ASSA and changes to the following governance documents of the ASSA:
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March 20, 2011 - New Bylaws were approved by the membership at the Spring General meeting.
Updated Revisions 2018
Revision: 6 Approved: March 17, 2018
a) assignment of lanes shall be number 1 lane being on the right side of the pool (0 when using pools with 10 lanes) when facing the course from the starting end by placing the fastest swimmer or team in the center lane in a pool with an odd number of lanes, or in lane 3 or 4 respectively in pools having 6 or 8 lanes. In pools using 10 lanes the fastest swimmer shall be placed in lane 4. The swimmer having the next fastest time is to be placed on his left, then alternating the others to right and left in accordance with the submitted times.
b) Swimmers who do not have official recorded times shall be considered the slowest and shall be placed at the end of the list with a ‘no time’.
c) For Regional and Provincials Championship meets that are time-finals, are those in which each swimmer swims only once for time. The final placing of all swimmers is determined by their times and age group.
1.3.12 Definition of Year Round Clubs
An organized body corporate swimming club/association or organized group of persons consisting of Swimmer Members whose main objective is the instruction and/or participation in competitive swimming, who has applied for membership, has agreed to abide by the Association’s bylaws, policies, rules and regulations and is registered with the Association.
4.2 ASSA Standard Events and Age Groups
4.2.3 No swimmer shall be entered into a swim meet unless they are able to swim 25M unassisted
4.2.4 Swimmers in the 6 and under, and 7/8 age groups without an official ASSA time must successfully complete the 25m Free individual event at a sanctioned event before being allowed to enter other races at a future sanctioned event.
4.2.4 Wording of Mixed Relays
4.2.4 ASSA standard individual and relay events are run at the Regional and Provincial Championship Meets, except 6 & U events which will only be run at Regional Championship Meets. Mixed Relay events are offered at Regional or Provincial Championship.
4.2.9 Time Standard for 7/8 Butterfly, IM Long Breaststroke
4.2.9 Entry in to the 6 & U and 7 & 8 50 m Breaststroke shall be permitted once a qualification time in the 25 m Breaststroke of 45.00 seconds is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet
4.2.10 Entry in to the 7 & 8 25 m Butterfly shall be permitted once a qualification time in the 25 m Backstroke or Freestyle of 45.00 seconds is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet.
4.2.11 Entry in to the 7 & 8 25 m Individual medley shall be permitted once a qualification time in the 25 m Backstroke, Freestyle, Butterfly and breaststroke of 45.00 seconds is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet
Review Section 4.2.9 to 4.2.11 (rules reference number change due to additions)
4.2.12 Entry in to the 400 m Freestyle shall be permitted once a qualification time of 4:00.00 in the 200 m Freestyle and/or 8:00.00 in the 400 m freestyle is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet.
4.2.13 Entry in to the 800 m Freestyle shall be permitted once a qualification time of 8:00.00 in the 400 m Freestyle and/or 16:00.00 in the 800 m freestyle is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet.
4.2.14 Entry in to the 1500 m Freestyle shall be permitted once a qualification time of 8:00.00 in the 400 m Freestyle and/or 16:00.00 in the 800 m freestyle and/or 30:00.00 in the 1500 m freestyle is achieved at an ASSA sanctioned meet
4.4.1 List 25m Sprint as a non-standard event
4.4.1 Additional non-standard ASSA events are supported by the ASSA website meet entry program and results database, these events include:
a) 6 and under Flutter board event
b) 25m sprint
** 7/8 Kickboard event will be removed from event listing
5.3 Application of Rules
5.3.4 Special Events Revision
5.3.4 “Un-Official” or “Fun” events hosted upon completion of a meet must adhere to Swim Alberta Event Sanctioning Policy. Participation in such events is limited to registered swimmers only.
Updated revisions 2015 * Important Changes through the section*
Updated Revisions 2014 *Important Change with off season swimming*
March 23, 2013
October 27, 2012
November 20, 2011
August 12, 2011 - eligibility for Masters swimming was changed with the removal of Unattached Masters. All Masters (18&Over) swimmers must be a member of an ASSA swim club beginning the 2012 season. 17&O Relay Records were also retired.
March 20, 2011 - Revised Rules and Regulations were approved by the Board at the ASSA Board meeting. The following is a brief overview of the major changes that were made:
November 6, 2010 - Changes to Standard ASSA Swimming Events were approved. A survey was completed in October 2010 to review the implementation of the new events during the 2010 season - as a result of feedback received (450 responses) from the survey the following changes were approved for events starting with the 2011 season:
Approved: March 17, 2018
15. Swimmers previously registered with an ASSA club registering in a different club require a transfer.
16. The swimmer transfer process includes the following:
a) The Club Registrar from the Club registering the swimmer will be prompted to confirm the swimmer’s information. Following confirmation, a transfer will be completed automatically by the registration program.
b) The Club Registrar and Region Reps of the swimmer’s previous club will be notified of the transfer via email.
17. Swimmers registered for the current season shall not be permitted to transfer after July 15th of the current season.
March 21, 2015 - Multiple Policies were revised:
March 23, 2013 - Multiple policies were revised:
March 19, 2011 - A complete set of new Policies and Procedures were approved by the Board at the ASSA Board meeting. The new Policies and Procedures replace and supersede all previous Policies and Procedures.