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Rulebook - Swimming Freestyle 25

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 14: Swimming

Event 14-A Swimming - Freestyle Ambulatory 25 Yards or Meters

Event 14-B: Swimming - Freestyle 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, drinking water, score/timer sheets, starter gun or simi­lar device, first aid kit, stop watch­es, ten flags (white on one side, red on opposite side), whistles, and a portable 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 into the pool.


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 freestyle compe­tition, any stroke may be used and swimmers may switch strokes whenever they wish. 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 best times re­gardless of place­ment in the heat. 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 with an in-water start. In all "in-water" starts, the competitors must keep 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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