Backstroke Starting Ledges at East Swimming Championships

18 February 2016

The East Swimming Committee has purchased a set of Omega Backstroke Starting Ledges for use at ASA East Region Championships including both weekends of the East Swimming Long Course Championships 2016.

There will be specific lanes reserved during warm-up for those swimmers wishing to use the device prior to racing Backstroke in the competition. The ledge will also be used in medley relay events.


During the competition:

- The ledges will be installed and removed by the technical official working on that lane

- Use of the ledge is a personal choice- the swimmer can ask the official to remove it if they wish

- The ledge is pre-set at water level- zero on the dial in the picture to the left. The swimmer can adjust the ledge to 2 or 4cm above or below the water by using the dial on the side of the ledge

- Coaches. Team Managers and Swimmers are reminded of the FINA laws related to the use of ledges:

When using a backstroke ledge at the start, the toes of both feet must be in contact with the end wall or face of the touchpad. Bending the toes over the top of the touchpad/ ledge is prohibited.

The following video will be of use for those seeking further information:

Further particulars relating to the East Swimming Long Course Championships 2016 will be released in the next week. It should be noted that only minor revisions have been made to the entry conditions published for the 2015 Championships, with all qualifying times needing to be achieved at licence levels 1, 2 or 3.

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