Following a meeting held on 18th June, Life Saving Victoria (LSV) has made significant changes to the way carnivals will be conducted moving forward. A major change that will affect our families of Under 14’s is that they will no longer be part of Nipper Carnivals.
We have summarised the changes below, with further information available on LSV's website.
Qualifying Events for Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships 2019
The following summarises the re-structure of qualifying events and subsequent process for State Titles.
Qualification Events: Only the events in the table below require qualification. All other events are open to all competitors.
Qualification Process: Taking the qualification events into account, the following is an overview of the qualification process:
We propose to revert to a single qualification model. This model is aligned to previous approaches where a single opportunity was available to qualify at states, albeit at a regional level.
We propose to use Junior Carnivals 4 & 5 to qualify the events.
The format would be: Two specified qualifying events for each age group at each carnival and Carnival 6 would act as a contingency to complete qualifications if they do not get completed during Carnivals 4 and 5.
2018/2019 Combined Club Junior Policy (CCJT)
This is a summary of the policy for teams with a combination of athletes from different clubs.
Competitors from clubs that had an aggregate score of 50 or more from the 2018 State Championships are ineligible to create combined teams at the 2019 Victorian Junior Lifesaving Championships. Anglesea achieved greater than 50 points and therefore we will be unable to create combined teams.
Competitors from all other clubs that are unable to field at least one team in an age group will be able to combine with other competitors from clubs in the same position.
Restructure of U14/U15 competition for the 2018-19 season
The following is a summary of the changes; which will significantly impact the way competition is conducted for Under 14’s. Life Saving Victoria has decided:
That U14’s are going to be removed from Junior Competition and attend only senior carnivals.
That all senior carnivals run an U14/U15 program mirroring the Aussies Youth formula so that individual events run separately as U14 and U15 and that all team events run as U15 only.
If possible that U14 and U15 beach events are conducted before or after water events for that program (tide dependent) to allow that age group to compete on the beach; this is obviously time dependent and may not be possible.
That Victorian Senior Championships are conducted in the same manner.
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