2022 OXFORDSHIRE & NORTH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIPS AND AGE GROUP COMPETITIONS
 
Update as at 6 Jan 2022
 
Note: This message contains essential updates on the Oxfordshire & North Buckinghamshire Counties Championships and Age Group Competitions 2022. 
 
 
Please find below links to all the necessary meet documentation, for example, relay declarations and withdrawal forms; please note that each club should print copies for their use as we want to minimise the traffic in the control room. Therefore, copies WILL NOT be available on the day.
 
Closed to Spectators
 
Unfortunately, in the absence of any clear guidance from the government, we have taken the difficult decision to close all long-distance events and age group relays at Blackbird Leys, Oxford, on the 8th & 15th January and now the 400's at Aquavale, Aylesbury on the 22nd January to spectators. So effectively, these events will be held behind closed doors. Below is a link to an update to the "promoters update" issued before Christmas, which provides more detail. Please note that we continue to consider our position concerning spectators for the remainder of the championships. 
 
Covid Measures
 
Aside from the meet being closed to spectators, all officials, coaches, volunteers, and swimmers must wear face masks (unless exempt) and take a lateral flow test on the day of the competition and before travelling to the venue. Should they register positive, they MUST NOT attend the event and book a PCR test without delay, or follow updated government guidance if it differs. See COVID Withdrawal Form for swimmers below. Volunteers and Officials testing positive should contact Felicity Govan (for volunteers) or Karen Underwood (for Officials) ASAP so they can make alternative arrangements. 
 
Aside from the above measures, you are reminded of the importance of washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes whilst understanding your personal risk. 
 
Car Parking for drop off and pickup
Parking charges will be suspended on the 8th,15th & 22nd January, and there will be no need to register cars on the payment machines; however, parking at this facility is limited. Please ensure that you are parked within a designated bay. If you are parked outside the centre, please consider residents and businesses and use appropriate facilities. 
 
We request that whoever drops/collects swimmers dOes not remain in the venue following swimmer drop off/collection. The foyers of the Blackbird Leys and Aquavale venues are congested at the best of times, so please exit the venue swiftly and do not wait in another part of the facility for your swimmer.
 
Officials Parking
As no spectators are attending this event, please park in any designated parking space in the facilities car park; we will not be marshalling the car park this year.
 
Volunteers
Those volunteering at the Counties are permitted to spectate for the session for which they have volunteered; however, they will be required to wear a face mask and collect and wear a wristband from admissions on the door.
 
Finally, we are still a couple of qualified officials short of meeting the licence requirements for 8th & 15th January; if you are available, please contact Felicity Govan at[email protected] 
 
Oliver Stockland
ONBCASA Swimming Secretary
 
 
Please find below the Promoter's Update, Revised Order of Events & Sessions and other important County Championship Documents.        
 
Closing date for entries is Tuesday 7th December 2021, ELECTRONIC ENTRY FILES, ENTRY SUMMARY FORM, RELAY ENTRY FORM, ENTRY DECLARATION must be with Oliver Stockland by midnight on that day. Due to the tight timescale regarding; processing entries and printing programs, failing to provide the Hy-Tek file on time could result in the promoter’s condition No. 8 being invoked.     Closing date for payment is one week from the 7th December, please email confirmation of payment including the amount to Oliver Stockland [email protected] by the closing deadline.
 
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDS QUALIFICATION TIMES.  
Due to the lack of competitive swimming, setting the qualifying times for this years championship has been extremely challenging. The times have been set with the following in mind; protecting the standard of competition whilst endeavouring to determine the impact that Covid-19 has had on the times attained by the swimmers, in a relatively short qualifying window. The qualifying criteria has be relaxed considerably to mitigate for this, however, it may result in more rejections than in previous years. Please note there are no automatic qualifying times this year.
 
All times submitted must be verified on British Swimming Rankings, i.e. times achieved at a licensed L4-L1 competition or British Swimming Level X Rankings, and must have been attained within the qualifying time period as per the promoters conditions.
 
All clubs must ensure that they are familiar with condition No. 28 of the Promoter’s Conditions to prevent fines and withdrawals of swimmers and relay teams who repeatedly fail to comply with this condition. 
 
Please also note: This year, once again the entry system will be paperless; please therefore, read the promoters conditions and entry documentation carefully.
 
The Hy-tek file will be issued in due course.
 
This year - in order to control the numbers of swimmer poolside and to prevent overcrowding - only one relay team entry per age group per event is permitted, please therefore do not submit additional relay entries.
 
Changes to the 2022 programme
You will note that we have increased the Para Swimming Programme.
 
We will not be issuing team manager packs at the 2022 Championships. Instead, team managers will be issued with; warm-up schedule, a programme, and poolside passes only; therefore, team managers will be required to bring Withdrawal and Relay Declaration Forms. 
 
All clubs are reminded that, for insurance purposes, all those volunteering on poolside at any competition must be registered members of an affiliated club or a member of the Institute of Swimming.
 

If you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact Oliver Stockland, Swim Sec via email at [email protected]