Technical Regulations - World Deaf Short Course Swimming Championships

This competition will be conducted during the World Deaf Short Course Swimming Championships from 15 Nov 2021 to 20 Nov 2021 and will consist of the following 44 events (21 for men, 21 for women and 2 for mixed):

Swimming 50m freestyle
Swimming 100m freestyle
Swimming 200m freestyle
Swimming 400m freestyle
Swimming 800m freestyle
Swimming 1500m freestyle
Swimming 50m backstroke
Swimming 100m backstroke
Swimming 200m backstroke
Swimming 50m breaststroke
Swimming 100m breaststroke
Swimming 200m breaststroke
Swimming 50m butterfly
Swimming 100m butterfly
Swimming 200m butterfly
Swimming 100m individual medley
Swimming 200m individual medley
Swimming 400m individual medley
Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay
Swimming 4x50m Freestyle Relay
Swimming 4x50m Medley relay
Swimming 4x200m freestyle relay
Swimming 4x100m medley relay


2.1 Invitation to Participate
ICSD and the Organising Committee will invite all National Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF) members in good standing to participate in the competition.

2.2 Eligibility

2.2.1 Hearing Loss
Participation in the competition is restricted to athletes who are deaf and/or hard of hearing. Refer to the ICSD Audiogram Regulations for additional details on measurement of hearing loss.

2.2.2 Age
Athletes must meet the minimum age requirement for each event listed below:

EventMinimum AgeMaximum Age
Swimming 50m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 100m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 200m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 400m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 800m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 1500m freestyle--No restriction
Swimming 50m backstroke--No restriction
Swimming 100m backstroke--No restriction
Swimming 200m backstroke--No restriction
Swimming 50m breaststroke--No restriction
Swimming 100m breaststroke--No restriction
Swimming 200m breaststroke--No restriction
Swimming 50m butterfly--No restriction
Swimming 100m butterfly--No restriction
Swimming 200m butterfly--No restriction
Swimming 100m individual medley--No restriction
Swimming 200m individual medley--No restriction
Swimming 400m individual medley--No restriction
Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay--No restriction
Swimming 4x50m Freestyle Relay--No restriction
Swimming 4x50m Medley relay--No restriction
Swimming 4x200m freestyle relay--No restriction
Swimming 4x100m medley relay--No restriction

2.2.3 Compliance
Only athletes who comply with the Deaf World Championships Regulations are allowed to participate in the competition.

2.3 Number of Teams
Not Applicable

2.4 Qualified Teams
Not Applicable

2.5 Number of Athletes per Discipline
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each discipline listed below:


2.6 Number of Athletes per Event
A maximum number of athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

Swimming 50m freestyle44-
Swimming 100m freestyle44-
Swimming 200m freestyle44-
Swimming 400m freestyle44-
Swimming 800m freestyle-4-
Swimming 1500m freestyle4--
Swimming 50m backstroke44-
Swimming 100m backstroke44-
Swimming 200m backstroke44-
Swimming 50m breaststroke44-
Swimming 100m breaststroke44-
Swimming 200m breaststroke44-
Swimming 50m butterfly44-
Swimming 100m butterfly44-
Swimming 200m butterfly44-
Swimming 100m individual medley44-
Swimming 200m individual medley44-
Swimming 400m individual medley44-
Swimming 4x100m freestyle relay888
Swimming 4x50m Freestyle Relay88-
Swimming 4x50m Medley relay88-
Swimming 4x200m freestyle relay88-
Swimming 4x100m medley relay--8

2.7 Number of Reserves or Substitutes per Event
A maximum number of reserve/substitute athlete(s) per NDSF is allocated to each event listed below:

Swimming 50m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 100m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 200m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 400m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 800m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 1500m freestyleNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 50m backstrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 100m backstrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 200m backstrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 50m breaststrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 100m breaststrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 200m breaststrokeNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 50m butterflyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 100m butterflyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 200m butterflyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 100m individual medleyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 200m individual medleyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 400m individual medleyNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 4x100m freestyle relayNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 4x50m Freestyle RelayNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 4x50m Medley relayNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 4x200m freestyle relayNo reserves/substitutes
Swimming 4x100m medley relayNo reserves/substitutes

2.8 Competition Entry Standards
Not Applicable

2.9 Competition Entry Rules
Only an authorised representative of each NDSF is allowed to submit competition entries.

2.10 Non-Starting Athletes
A fine of USD$100.00 will be levied on each non-starting athlete unless he/she submits a doctor's declaration in writing English that he/she should not be allowed to start.

Please refer to the 13. Preliminary and Final Registrations in the Deaf World Championships - Regulations, for further details on registration.



4.1 Technical Organisation
ICSD is be responsible for the technical organisation of the competition in conjunction with the (FINA).

4.2 Committees

4.2.1 Technical Committee
The Technical Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Reed Gershwind - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)

4.2.2 Protest Committee
The Protest Committee is comprised of the ICSD Technical Director and other members nominated by the Organising Committee and approved by ICSD:

Reed Gershwind - ICSD Technical Director (Chair)

4.3 Competition Rules
The competitions will be conducted in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the FINA (version: 2017). In case of disagreement in the interpretation of the Rules and Regulations, the English text shall prevail. Unforeseen incidents not covered by the Rules and Regulations shall be dealt with as follow:

4.3.1 Cases of a general nature will be resolved in accordance with the Deaflympics Regulations, General Technical Rules - and this Technical Regulations.

4.3.2 Cases of a technical nature related to competition rules will be resolved in accordance with the FINA Rules and Regulations.

4.4 Competition Equipment

All equipment used during competition must comply with the FINA Rules and Regulations.

4.5 Competition Clothing

4.5.1 Participants must wear competitive uniforms representing their nationality, duly registered and published in accordance with the FINA Rules and Regulations.

4.5.2 Participants must observe the Deaf World Championships Regulations regarding advertisements on their uniforms and clothing worn in the competition area.

4.6 Draw
The draw for all events will be conducted under control of the Technical Committee and in accordance with the FINA Rules and Regulations.

4.7 Competition Plan
The competition plan will be conducted in accordance with the FINA Rules and Regulations.

4.8 Officials

4.8.1 Judge/Referee/Umpire
Allocation of the officials to conduct the events will be made by the Technical Committee. Wherever possible, officials will possess the FINA international license valid for 2021. However, officials with the highest level of national accreditation may be assigned.

4.8.2 Appointment
The Organising Committee, the Technical Director and an ICSD-designated Respresentative shall appoint a FINA representative and an appropriate number of officials to conduct each event.

4.9 Unforeseen Incidents
In the event of unforeseen incidents not covered by the rules and regulations, the Technical Committee will make a determination. In the absence of the Technical Committee, the ICSD Technical Director will make a determination.


5.1 Competition Venue
To be announced

5.2 Training Venue
To be announced


6.1 Competition Schedule
To be announced

6.2 Training Schedule
To be announced

6.3 Technical Meeting

6.3.1 Date and Location
To be announced

6.3.2 Attendance
Each participating NDSF may be represented by a maximum of two officials, of whom at least one must be deaf. The NDSF may also bring an interpreter if necessary.


7.1 Hearing Devices
The use of any hearing aid(s)/amplification or cochlear implant is not allowed in the restricted zone area.

7.1.1 Restricted Zone Area
The restricted zone area is in effect at the moment the athlete enters the competition area during the warm-up and competition periods.

7.1.2 Violation and Penalty
When this rule is violated, refer to ICSD Audiogram Regulations 8: Violations and Penalties.


8.1 Procedures for lodging a protest
All sport related protests will be resolved in accordance with the FINA Rules and Regulations and will be adjudicated by the Protest Committee.

8.1.1 Any protest must be written in English on the Official Protest Form. The form and a deposit USD$100.00 must be given to the ICSD Technical Director within 30 minutes after the official public posting of results.

8.1.2 The ICSD Technical Director will decide whether the protest is sport-related or eligibility-related. The Protest Committee will review all sport-related protests, and the ICSD Representative will review all eligibility-related protests.

8.1.3 The deposit of USD$100.00 will be returned to the applicant only if the protest is considered valid.

8.2 Procedure for reviewing a protest
The Protest Committee will meet in the competition venue or a designated office at a time decided upon by the ICSD Technical Director.

8.2.1 The ICSD Technical Director will chair of the Protest Committee.

8.2.2 The Sport Liaison Officer (SLO) will be responsible for booking a meeting room and interpreters.

8.2.3 The SLO will contact and inform all members of the Protest Committee of the meeting time and location.

8.2.4 The ICSD Technical Director will be responsible for liaising with the State Sports Association's Competition Manager.

8.2.5 After adjudication, the ICSD Technical Director will forward the original Official Protest Form (along with the protest fee if the protest was denied) to the ICSD Secretariat. The SLO will forward a copy of the form to the Deaf World Championships Headquarters.


9.1 Number of Athletes per Event (2.7)
Each NDSF may enter a maximum of four (4) competitors in each preliminary individual event with only the fastest two (2) competitors qualifying for the same final individual event.

9.2 Competition Equipment (4.4)
Starting strobe light system for all lanes.

9.3 Venue (5.1)
Visual boards for call of athletes, results, announcements, updates, emergency, etc.

Notice: this regulations are subject to change. Last updated on Sunday, 13-Jun-21 14:50:51 GMT.