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Rule Changes


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:

  • Bylaws - the governing bylaws of the organization as filed with Corporate Registries in Alberta
  • Rules and Regulations - the rules and regulations governing swimming and swim meets within ASSA
  • Policies and Procedures - the policies and procedures in effect supporting all the administrative functions within ASSA


 Rule Changes for Officials

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Bylaw Changes

March 20, 2011 - New Bylaws were approved by the membership at  the Spring General meeting. 





Rules and Regulation Changes

Updated revisions 2015         * Important Changes through the section*

Updated Revisions 2014        *Important Change with off season swimming*

  • Under section 2.3.2; out of season training has been removed.  Children 8 and under cannot swim in     winter swim club and then switch over to summer, they will follow the same rules as all age group  swimmers.
  • Mixed Relays (2 boys and 2 girls) can be offered at sanctioned invitational meets in all age categories and will not be offered at Provincial Championships.
  • In order to enter a swim meet, that swimmer must be able to swim at least 25m of the pool
  • Children cannot be assisted in the pool to swim their event
  • For the purposes of calculating provincial awards; 6 and Under swimmers are excluded from this calculation.
  • 8.3.4 Each pol hosting at the Provincial Championships should have two session referees
  • 8.7.1a.  The Provincial Meet Managment team shall consist of; ASSA Coach's Representaive, ASSA Official's Chair, ASSA Vice President and up to two other ASSA Board Members, not to exceed a total of five members.


March 23, 2013

  • Eligibility:
    • Eligibility age date defined; clarifications to the 15-17 age group swimmer added.
    • 15-17 eligibility age changed from15th birthday to Age of 15 based on new age date definition.
  • Revision to events:
    • Addition of 6&U events, revision of 8&U age group to 7&8
    • Revision to eligible ages for 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events, and
    • Addition of qualification times for 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle events.
  • Regional Championships:
    • Entry deadline and Procedure revised – creation of a two-round system.
    • Clarification and additional detail to Relay Changes section.
    • Seeding format for Preliminaries (Heats) session modified to combined and senior seeded.
  • Provincial Records:
    • Addition of Records keeping for Open Relays. Revision to records application process.
  • Various grammatical and semantic corrections made as well as some re-wording for clarification on numerous clauses throughout.
  • Addition of Revision Record.

October 27, 2012

  • 3.4.1 Region assignment review was changed from annually to every winter Olympic year; timeline of changes further detailed.
  • Section 5 Para Swimming was removed and its content integrated into other existing sections.
  • Details on Invitational Meet warm-ups and club scores added
  • Clarification and detail added to deck entries section for Regional Meets. Entry Deadline and Entry Procedures added to Regional Meets section.
  • Various grammatical and semantic corrections made as well as some re-wording for clarification on numerous clauses throughout.

November 20, 2011

  • R&R 8.4.1 was revised to include the requirement to participate in one meet during the current season, prior to the Regional Championship, to qualify for the Regional Championship Meet.
  • R&R 8.1.2 was revised from 6 lanes to 5 lanes as a minimum pool requirement to host Regional Championship Meets.


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:

  • Swimmer Eligibility
    • 4 classifications for swimmers
    • Reduced restriction on 8&U swimmers
    • Addtional detailing on off-season training allowances/restrictions
  • Regions
    • Guidelines for Region assignment added
  • Regular Season Swim Meets
    • Additional requirements detailed
    • Meet Pacakge requirements
    • Regulations on entry fees
  • Regional Championship Meets
    • Increased standardization
    • minimum 6 lane pool requirement
    • Standard meet format, scoring and awards
  • Provincial Championship meet
    • Standardized event order and format
    • Removal of Regional Relays
    • Additional team and individual awards
  • Para-Swimming Events
    • Revised from mixed to separate gender: required by IPC.
    • 25 Fly changed to 50 Fly: 50 Fly is the minimum recognized event for para-swimming by IPC.
  • Provincial Records
    • records representing age groups 15&16, 15&O and 17&O were retired and the most current record was transferred into the 15-17 age group
    • All retired records will continue to be displayed on the ASSA web site
    • ASSA will not maintain records for the 18&O age group as records for this age group are maintained by the Alberta Masters Swimming (Swim Alberta)


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:

  • new distances for backstroke, breaststroke and fly will be retained
  • new age categories in distance freestyle (200, 400 and 800 metres) will be retained
  • 200 and 400 freestyle events will return to the two heat format (2 qualifiers per region) at Provincials
  • the 15&Over age category will be replaced with 15-17 and 18&Over age categories
  • all swimmers in the the 18&Over age category will be considered competitive - the eligibility restrictions have been removed for this age category
  • the 18&Over category has been introduced to match the entry age level for Masters swimming in Canada and will be promoted as a place for life long summer swimming
  • para-swimming events have been changed to Mixed 25 Fly, 50 Breast, 50 Back, 50 Free and 100 Free
  • the age groups for relays have been changed to 8&U, 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, 17&U and Open. This allows relays to be formed using the age of the oldest swimmer removing the need for relays to swim in the Open category if they only had one swimmer in an age group



Policy and Procedure Changes

March 21, 2015 - Multiple Policies were revised:

 March 23, 2013 - Multiple policies were revised:

  • Membership Policy was revised in the Clubs and Coaches section. Specifically, around coach compliance and timelines for completion of coach registration and memberships.
  • ASSA Fees Policy was updated: Membership fess in all categories now approved at the fall board meeting.
  • Appendix A: Club Affiliation amount payable to Swim Alberta removed.

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.



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