Once figure competition begins, practice and coaching ends. Swimmers are to enter and exit the water as quietly as possible without disturbing others. While waiting in the water to perform your next figure, remain quietly against the pool wall without disturbing the water. If it is necessary to talk to someone, keep voices as quiet as possible. Scorers and judges need to be able to hear the scores being announced.
During routine competition, there should be absolute quiet after the referee blows the whistle.
Swimmers and timers have to be able to hear when the music begins. Once swimmers are in the water, please clap and cheer as much as you like. No one except officials and workers should be walking around near the competitive area during the performance of a routine.
Other children attending the meet must be supervised by an adult at all times. Accidents can happen on deck or in the water.
Figure scores account for approximately 50%. The figure score or team’s average score account for approximately 50% of the total routine score. Each swimmer performs a total of four figures in front of a panel of judges in a white cap and plain black suit. The swimmer is encouraged to wear goggles and a nose clip. There is no music, and the figures are to be relatively stationary. Figures are judged in numbers from 0 to 10, with tenths of points. The judges look for height, control, proper design, and smooth and effortless performance.
There are four routine events: solo, duet, trio and team. Teams have from 4 to 8 swimmers. A swimmer is allowed to compete in three of the four routine events in any one competition. The routines are from two to five minutes in length.
Routines are judged in numbers from 0 to 10, with tenths of points, the same as figures.
The judges look for six different elements and give two scores, one for artistic impression and one for technical merit. Artistic Impression includes choreography, music interpretation and manner of presentation. Technical Merit includes execution, synchronization and difficulty.
Mix 2 packets of Knox to 2 ounces HOT water. Shake or stir vigorously to dissolve gelatin. Allow to stand to cool slightly. Knox which hardens in the bottle can be reconstituted by placing the bottle in the microwave for a few seconds on high.
Place hair in a ponytail even with the top of the ears. Hair should be completely wet as it will be much tighter this way. For short hair, place as much of the hair as possible in the ponytail.
Apply Knox mixture to completely coat the hair which is not in the ponytail. Do a section at a time. Comb the Knox through the pair with a fine-toothed comb to give it a finished look. Have the swimmer hold a small wet cloth to wipe up drips. If the hair is not tight, bobby pins should be put in close to the rubber band. Bobby pins will hold better if they are crisscrossed. Place bun form over the ponytail and comb or brush hair to cover the bun form. Place a rubber band over the bun form and hair to hold in place. Gently wrap and bobby pin excess hair in sections around the bun form, making sure there are enough bobby pins to securely hold the bun to the head. For swimmers with very long hair, the bun form can be omitted and the hair can be braided and wrapped around the rubber band and bobby pinned in place. Do not wrap the braid too tightly, as this causes the bun to be too tall. Place a hairnet over the bun to hold any loose hair. Pin into place. Two extra long crisscrossed bobby pins really help to secure the bun. Cover bun with knox.