FAQ - Associations and Affiliated Bodies
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Q. What are the different types of Association?
A. County Associations defined as an association of clubs each of which is affiliated to the Association through any Region, all with headquarters within the same swimming County which operates in one or more Regions (Law 8.1.1) Local Associations defined as an association of clubs each of which is affiliated to the Association through any Region, all with headquarters within an area agreed by the region to which the Local Association is affiliated, which must be the one in which the majority of its clubs are situated (Law 8.1.2)
Q. What is a League?
A. A league in any discipline of the sport, other than one promoted by a Region, County or Local Association and confined to the members thereof, shall affiliate to the Region in which its headquarters is situated or to which the majority of its clubs are affiliated, except that if the scope of its activities makes affiliation to a Region inappropriate a League may apply to affiliate direct to the ASA (Law 8.1.3).
Q. What is an affiliated body?
A. When the scope of its activities make affiliation to a region inappropriate, a body may apply to affiliate direct to the ASA. An affiliated body shall, as part of its affiliation, accept and incorporate in its rules that its individual members whilst engaged in any swimming related activities shall be subject to the Code of Ethics, the laws relating to Child Protection and those parts of the Judicial Laws 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 Laws but other than those for whom the appropriate ASA membership fee has been paid shall not receive any other benefit of ASA membership. An affiliated body may not have any form of individual membership which includes membership of the ASA except as provided under Law 11.4 – see question below (Law 11.1).
Q. How does an individual register with the ASA?
A. Individual members can only join the ASA by joining a club affiliated to The ASA. An individual will need to complete the appropriate registration form. For affiliated bodies, Law 11.4 states that their individual members may be permitted to compete in Masters events and/or concurrent senior age group events always provided that the appropriate ASA membership fee as a competitor has been paid for each one competing. Therefore if Masters Swimmers wish to compete but do not wish to join a swimming club they can become members through an ASA affiliated body, which has been approved to join as a national club.