ASA Handbook 2016

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ASA Regulations

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Changes to ASA Regulations

Regulation 46.2 Membership

It shall be the responsibility of every club to ensure that:

  • 46.2.1 - All its members are bound by the ASA’s Code of Ethics.
  • 46.2.2 - All its paid instructors or coaches, who are not members of the club, whether employed by the club or any other body or organisation or self employed, are members of a body or association which accepts that its members are bound by the ASA’s Code of Ethics, the Regulations relating to Child Safeguarding and those parts of the Judicial Regulations and procedures necessary for their implementation and whilst engaged in activities under the jurisdiction of the ASA shall be subject to all the constraints and privileges of the Judicial Regulations.

Regulation 47.1.3 Annual Return of Club Membership and Registrations

  • 47.1.3 - Category Three shall include all members of any age who are not in Categories One or Two including, but not being limited to, a parent of or a person with parental responsibility for a member in Categories One or Two; administrators; associate members; coaches; helpers; honorary members; life members; officers; presidents; qualified officials of any discipline; patrons; teachers; temporary members; vice presidents and verifiers or tutors of the ASA’s educational certificates.

Regulation 50.3 Eligibility

The Sport Governing Board has determined that regulation 50.2 does not apply to:

  • Events formally supported by the ASA by use of the ASA name or sponsorship,
  • Bona fide Swimfit events.

Anyone seeking clarification as to whether an event is proscribed by regulation 50.2 should contact the Swimming Management Committee, through whom this list is managed.

Regulations 61.1, 61.2 and 62.1

  • 61.1 - The Chairman of the Group Board and Chairman of the Sport Governing Board will share the Chairman’s role at Council meetings. Based upon the remit of each Board, and any potential conflict of interest they will determine who is appropriate to chair each item on the agenda.
  • 61.2 - In the absence of either Chairman the other will chair the whole meeting. If both are absent, or both have conflicts of interest, or they cannot agree who shall chair individual agenda items, the meeting shall elect a Chairman for the whole of or part of the meeting.
  • 62.1 - The agenda of the Annual Council Meeting and audited financial statement for the year last past, together with the Annual Report, which shall be presented at the Annual Council Meeting and which shall include a list of both Boards’ rulings, recommendations and every change which has been made to Laws, Regulations or Rules in the period covered by the report, shall be forwarded to the Regional Administrator or his equivalent of each Region and directly affiliated body not later than the 14 August. These documents shall also be sent to each affiliated club by that date.

Regulation 160.1 Procedure to Deal with a Complaint or Protest Appeal

160.1 - The Commissioner (or his nominee) shall as soon as reasonably practicable, and normally within five working days of receiving a complaint or protest appeal, decide if the complaint or protest appeal should be allowed to proceed. If declined reasons shall be given in writing to the complainant or respondent where they have been previously notified of the complaint from the office of Judicial Administration. Reasons for declining to allow a complaint or protest appeal to proceed shall include that it:

  • 160.1.1 - does not meet the criteria for a complaint or protest appeal in that, for example, it was submitted late;
  • 160.1.2 - does not have enough evidence to warrant further action being taken;
  • 160.1.3 - is not serious enough to warrant further involvement by the ASA. The commissioner may nevertheless decide that no further action is required and/or decide to deal with the complaint informally by way of advice or information.
  • 160.1.4 - raises an allegation which is unreasonable or vexatious or which is one which is not of concern to the ASA as the National Governing Body of the sport of swimming;
  • 160.1.5 - raises an allegation which is not appropriate to be dealt with by the ASA Judicial System and/or which the Commissioner believes should be referred to an outside body;
  • 160.1.6 - raises an allegation which is not appropriate to be dealt with by the ASA Judicial System and/or which the Commissioner believes should be dealt with under other ASA procedures, such as the ASA Protocols for Child Safeguarding Investigations.
  • 160.1.7 - raises matters against which there can be no protest.

Regulation 502

502 - A permanently disabled swimmer shall not be disqualified in a competition in a case where his disability prevents him from complying with the rules of a particular stroke if:

  • 502.1 - he has a recorded British Swimming Classification; or
  • 502.2 - he has a recorded IPC Para-Swimming Classification; or
  • 502.3 - he has shown a Certificate of Swimming Disability issued by the ASA Medical Advisor to the referee prior to the race (see statement on Certificate of Swimming Disability).
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