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Tech Talk v.2

Jan. 29, 2014, 4:47 p.m. (ET)

The following information is a follow-up to the Tech Talk previously distributed and found on the USA Synchro website.  Tech Talks summarize rule changes / updates that were made during the 2013 USA Synchro Convention held Sept. 11-15 in Anaheim, CA.  The summaries do not replace the rules that will be updated in the 2014 rulebook and posted on the Members Only page of the usasynchro.org website.

Figures Subcommittee Prepares “Quad” Figure Sheets for Reference

The Figures Subcommittee prepared for USA Synchro members figures reference sheets that can be used by coaches and officials.  Since the figure groups are set for four years, the reference sheets are often referred to as “QFS”—quad figure sheets.  The new ones are now available and are posted online in the Members Only Section under Coaching Materials.

Qualifying for U.S. National, U.S. Junior and U.S. 13-15 Championships

•  For U.S. National Championship, the top four solos, duets and teams determined by the combined free and technical routine score in the most recent Senior Zone Championships shall qualify.  The top eight solos, duets and teams including exhibition routines from the most recent U.S. Collegiate Championships Preliminary Competition shall qualify.  Each zone shall receive one additional solo, duet and team that it placed in finals at the previous U.S. National Championship.  (Reference chart below.) Combination event is open .

•  For U.S. Junior Championships, in 2014 the top four solos, duets and teams determined by the combined free routine and figure score in the most recent Junior Zone Championships shall qualify.  In 2014 only, competitors obtaining U.S. Junior Championship qualifying scores in 2013 or 2014 shall be qualified for the U.S. Junior  Championship. Those competitors entering the 2014 U.S. Junior Championship must compete in their respective Junior Zone Championship.   Beginning in 2015, the top six solos, duets and teams in each Junior Zone Championship shall qualify for the U.S. Junior Championship and no qualifying scores will be used.  Each zone shall receive one additional solo, duet and team that it placed in finals at the previous U.S. Junior Championship.  (Reference chart below.)  Combination event is open.

•  For the new 13-15 U.S. Championship to be hosted April 8 – 12 in Oro Valley, AZ, the top four solos, duets and teams determined by the combined free routine and figure scores in the most recent 13-15 Zone Championships shall qualify.   Each zone shall receive on additional solo, duet and team that it placed in finals at the previous U.S. Age Group Championship.  (Reference chart below.) Combination event is open. 

2013 U.S. Senior National Finalists for 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship

Event

West

East

Solo

3

1

4 collegiate finalists do not add to zone qualification

Duet

4

3 collegiate finalists do not add to zone qualification

Team

2

3 collegiate finalists do not add to zone qualification

2013 Age Group Finalists for

2014 13-15 Championship

2013 Junior Finalists for

2014 Junior Championship

West

North

East

Event

West

North

East

7

1

Solo

7

1

7

1

Duet

7

1

7

1

Team

5

2

1


Pre-meet Announcements for Collegiates, U.S. Championships, U.S. Age Groups Now Online

The pre-meet announcements for the first three 2014 national events are online on the Events page.  Please note the incentive to book early at the host hotel for the U.S. National, U.S. Junior and U.S. 13-15 Championships.  You could win a free room or pizza party for your team. 

U.S. Collegiate Championships Final Meet Announcement is posted and online registration will open soon.

Scoring Program Available for Competitions

Colorado Timing Systems is the new provider of synchronized swimming scoring software.  All qualifying competitions for national championships must use the new scoring software.  Results from the qualifying competitions are to be emailed to Vice President of Competitive Operations Denise Shively (denshively@gmail.com) for verification purposes.

 Colorado Time has suggested as a best practice, that the license be registered to the club or association in case there is a change in personnel or issue that requires transferring the program to another computer.  The club representative would be able to contact CTS who would assist in deactivating the license and reactivating it on a new device.  Comments from those who have used the program have been positive and we are excited to provide this updated resource for our members.

For more details about the scoring program, go to usasynchro.org/programs/scoring-resources.

Rulebook to be Posted on Members Only

With significant changes in rules this year, the rulebook revision is nearing completion.  The revisions will be posted on the Members Only section soon.  Our apologies for the delay, but we found inconsistencies throughout the review that needed additional verification from actions taken at Convention.  Special thanks to the Rules Committee and to Betty Hazle who served as editor of the revision.
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