The Rules

1. Introduction:
1.1 Winter Swimming World Cup – a series of major international competitions in male and female winter swimming with championships appointed as stages of the World Cup are approved by the annual International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) calendar.
1.2 For every individual timed distance completed by the Competitor at a World Cup Event, the Competitor receives a specific amount of points depending on how he/she is placed. These points are added both to the stage of World Cup in appropriate distance, and the overall standings of the World Cup.
1.3 Point accounting is conducted from 1st to 15th place in 13 age groups (А1, A2, В, С, D, Е, F, G, Н, I, J, J1, J2).
1.4 In each age group between men and women a winner is determined according to total result amount in 3 best events of the World Cup.
1.5 The winner, who collected the most points between men and women categories according to total result amount from 3 best events will be awarded with the World Cup.

2. Aims and objectives:
2.1.   Promoting a healthy lifestyle.
2.2.  The active participation of organisations, clubs, officials and approved individuals in any member country who help promote the further development of winter swimming throughout the world.
2.3.  Identifying the best age group winter swimmers.
2.4. Improving the organisation and implementation of advanced technology in major international winter swimming competitions.
2.5.  Exchange of experience, advice and support for all future events in winter swimming with international organisations and members of the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA), clubs, coaches and athletes.

3. The organizers and the host organization:
3.1.  General administration of the competition is provided by the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA).
3.2.  Direct competition management relies on federations, cities and clubs conducting the stages of the Winter Swimming World Cup as approved and sanctioned by the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA).

4. The World Cup competitions in the winter swimming season of 2016-2017 (updated 01 August 2016)
To participate in competitions of men and women in the following 13 age Groups:

Category Birth years Age, years
A1 2003 and later < 15
A2 2002-1998 15 – 19
B 1997-1988 20 – 29
C 1987-1978 30 – 39
D 1977-1973 40 – 44
E 1972-1968 45 – 49
F 1967-1963 50 – 54
G 1962-1958 55 – 59
H 1957-1953 60 – 64
I 1952-1948 65 – 69
J 1947-1943 70 – 74
J1 1942-1938 75 – 79
J2 1937 and earlier 80 and older


The Organizer of the World Cup stage may include to the competition any IWSA Standard Races (by the event plan, according signed IWSA application):

* 25 metre “Head up” breast stroke in 13 different age groups female and male;

* 50 metre “Head up” breast stroke in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* 100 metre “Head up” breast stroke in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* 25 metre freestyle stroke in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* 50 metre freestyle stroke in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* 100 metre freestyle stroke in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* 200 metre freestyle stroke in 9 different age groups[1], female and male (alowed in A,B,C water categories);

* 450 metre freestyle stroke in 9 different age groups[1], female and male (alowed in the B,C water categories);

* 1000 metre freestyle stroke in 9 different age groups[1], female and male (alowed in the C water category);

* 25 metre Ice-Butterfly in 13 different age groups, female and male;

* Seals (25m), Polar Bears (50m) swimming without time control;

* Young Seals (dipping in the cold water);

* International “Head up” breaststroke relay 4 x 25 metres[2] in 4 different age groups;

 * International freestyle relay 4 x 25 metres[2] in 4 different age groups.


[1]         Shall be organised in 9 age groups: B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J. 

[2]         Shall be organised in 4 age groups: over 251 years, 201-250 years, 151-200 years, under 150 years.


4.1 Winter swimming season

The season starts on November 1 of the 2016 year and lasts till October 31 of the 2017 year. The age groups for events of the season of 2016/2017 are determined by the swimmer’s age on October 31, 2017 the last day of the season.


5. Time and place of the World Cup in the winter swimming season 2016-2017 

Stage 1:

“The 8th Jelgavas Roņi Cup”
4th – 5th November 2016
Jelgava, Latvia
www.jelgavasroni.lv

Stage 2:

“1st Russian Pacific Winter Swimming Open Cup”
18th – 20th November 2016
Vladivostok, Russia
www.russkygrandprix.ru

Stage 3:

“The 5th Big Chill Swim” 

10th – 11th December 2016
Windermere, United Kingdom
www.chillswim.com

Stage 4:

“The 6th International Festival For Winter Swimming in Springs”
14th – 16th January 2017
Taierzhuang, China
www.swimming.org.cn/winterswimming

Stage 5:

“The 6th Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championships”
10th – 12th February 2017
Skellefteå, Sweden
www.darkandcold.com

Stage 6:

“The 8th Pirita Open”
4th March 2017
Tallinn, Estonia
piritaopen.blogspot.com

 

6. Terms of the competition:
6.1.  Competitions at the stages of Winter Swimming World Cup 2016-2017 are conducted according to the Rules of Winter Swimming and the current regulations of the Cup, while the organizers of separete Winter Swimming World Cup stages use the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) qualifier which determines the category of medium and long distances, depending on the water temperature.
Example: If the water temperature is +2C degrees or less, in the program of the World Cup competition the longest distance should not exceed 200m.
6.2. One stage of the World Cup maybe held from 1 to 5 days, according on the importance of competition and the capabilities of the Organizer.
6.3.  At each stage of the World Cup, the number of race distances is determined by the Event Organizer and any swimmer may select their events from the list of available distances.

7. The program of events and conditions on scoring in the World Cup year 2016-2017.
7.1. The program of the World Cup year 2016-2017 is determined by the competition organizers in their event venue and coordinated with the President of the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA), based on all agreed terms and conditions.
7.2. Points that are allocated for all competitors taking part in a World Cup event are based upon the approved Category Tables as sanctioned by the President of IWSA.  The categories are a) Category A; b) Category B; c) Category C
7.3. In the standings of the World Cup, all competitors are awarded points if the age group on 25, 50, 100 and 200 meter distances consists of at least three (3) competitors. Age groups A, I, J, J1 are allowed to consist of at least two (2) competitors.  In the 450 and 1,000 meter distances, there must be at least one (1) competitor in the women age groups and at least two (2) competitors in men age groups. Age groups A, I, J, J1 are allowed to consist of at least one (1) competitor in the women age groups and at least one (1) competitor in men age groups.

8. Ensuring the safety of participants
8.1.  In order to ensure the safety of participants, competitions are held in sports facilities approved by the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA).
8.2.  The Chief Judge is responsible for compliance with the requirements of the competitors safety.  This must conform to the rules of the International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) and include all necessary medical backup facilities to ensure that all competitors are treated immediately and with the appropriate care.
8.3.  The Organizing Committee and/or the Race Director takes all legal responsibility for safety of all participants, the accuracy of the information gained and stored about each Participant including their level of training, as well as for the behavior of members of the delegation at the event.

9. Award
9.1.  Participants who took 1, 2, 3 place in every form of the program will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
9.2.  An absolute winner between men is determined and awarded with the Winter Swimming World Cup.*
9.3.  An absolute winner between women is determined and awarded with the Winter Swimming World Cup.*
* If 2 competitors earn an equal amount of points, the competitor who earned points in a top-rank championship has the advantage. If rankings are equal, the competitor with who placed higher in the last championship has the advantage

10. Applications for participation
Applications for participation should be submitted under the rules of registrations in each stage of the World Cup.

11. Point system for different water categories