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Rulebook - Swimming Backstroke 25

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 14-C: Swimming - Backstroke Ambulatory 25 Yards or Meters

Event 14-D: Swimming - Backstroke Wheelchair 25 Yards or Meters

Age Groups

  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-up


The National Veterans Golden Age Games host will provide towels. Competitors must use their own swimming suits.

Other Equipment: appropriate life guarding equipment, lane markers, score/timer sheets, starter gun or similar device, drinking water, first aid kit, stop watches, whistles, and a PA system or bull horn.


The swimming pool used should allow for a course of 25 yards (or as close to 25 yards as possible) without requiring the competitors to make a turn. The host is responsible for having an adequate number of staff or volunteers, who are certified in life guarding, present and alert during the competition. If possible, the facility's diving blocks should be removed to allow easier access to pool. Overhead markers or flags are necessary for the backstroke event.


The competition will be based on fastest time of each competitor. The number of racers in each heat will be determined by the event official based on the number of entries. In the backstroke competition, all strokes and kicks are acceptable. The opportunity to warm-up in the pool prior to the race will be given at the discretion of the National Official. The order of finish (First, Second and Third Places) will be determined by the best times regardless of placement in the heats. If a tie occurs, there will not be a race off but each competitor will receive a medal/award. All heats will begin with in-water starts.


Rule 1:00 The Race

Section 1
The race will be 25 yards in length (as set by the event official) and lanes will be clearly marked.
Section 2
All swimmers will begin an in-water start. They must keep at least one hand in contact with the wall prior to the start.
Section 3
Competitors will be disqualified on their second false start.
Section 4
The race is finished by a wall touch.
Section 5
Winners will be the competitors receiving the best times.

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