Competition rules

Rules Upstream Valentine Tournament 2020

  1. The meet will be held according to international standards for Masters and Koninklijke Nederlandse Zwembond (KNZB) rules. KNZB is affiliated with the Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA).

  2. Every participant is required to have a valid swimming license from a FINA-affiliated swimming-federation.

  3. The meet is open to all swimmers aged 20 years and over as of 31 December 2020. Age on 31 December 2020 will determine age groups. Individual event age groups are in five-year increments: 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, etc.

  4. Relay event age groups are as follows: under 99, 100-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, etc.

  5. Swimmers may enter up to 3 individual events and all relays.

  6. All team members for the relays (4x50m medley, 4x50m free style) must be from the same team. Mixed relay teams must have two women and two men. All relay swimmers must register individually for the meet.

  7. Heats will be seeded from slowest to fastest, regardless of age groups and sex. Swimmers who have not registered an entry time will swim in the first heats.

  8. A one-start procedure will be used; a false start charge will automatically disqualify the swimmer from the event.

  9. The heat-declared winner will be decided on that time and place. There are no finals. Medals will be awarded to individuals and teams placed first, second and third in each age group and sex.

  10. Timekeeping will be done electronically.

  11. The competition is held in a 25 meter swimming pool.

  12. Protests should be submitted in writing to the Meet Director.

  13. Registration of individuals ends on 29 January 2020; registration of relay teams ends 6 February 2020. Changes in the relay teams may be made until 1 hour before the start of the competition.

  14. The maximum number of participants is set at 225. If more than 225 swimmers, the date of registration and time of payment will decide which swimmers may participate.

  15. Registration fees are to be paid by bank or postal transfer before 29 January 2020 to IBAN: NL73 INGB 0004 7861 41; BIC: INGBNL2A on behalf of Upstream Amsterdam, with reference to the Valentine Tournament 2020 and your registration number.

  16. Be aware that returns and refunds of registration fees are only possible if you cancel your participation before February 3rd 2020!

  17. The organisation committee accepts no liability for any damage or theft during the meet.