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Handicapping in LOS Races

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Created on 23 May 2019 Last Updated on 24 May 2019
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Handicapping in LOS Races 

  • Could you imagine the mayhem if our races had a mass start?
  • Could you imagine races where the same subset of participants, based on fitness or ability, always won?

Handicappers encourage participation by giving all swimmers an equal chance of winning or placing in a race; they play a vital role in our enjoyment of the Summer swim season, and as a club we support them in their endeavours. 

As such, we have developed the following communications procedure for interactions with LOS around handicapping; please study this procedure carefully, as any gross deviations will entail sanctions.

Handicapping changes

Please consider an increased handicap as a compliment; it means that your fitness, swimming ability, or both, have improved.

Consider your changed handicap with these statements in mind:

  • mistakes can be made,
  • handicaps are not permanent,
  • we are participating in an amateur sport, run by volunteers.

Handicapping complaints

In the light of the above, if you feel that you have been handicapped unfairly please limit your discussions to those in person with your team mates; please refrain from doing so on any medium with a potentially permanent record, including, but not limited to WhatsApp and Twitter.

If a number of your team mates consider your handicap unfair, you may have grounds to petition. If this is the case, please follow our club's handicapping petitioning procedure:

  1. Please discuss your handicap with your (men's or women's) team captain.
    • please supply as much background information as possible, including not just your last handicap, but some historical background, especially with regard to previous seasons.
  2. If, in the captain's opinion, the change in handicap seems disproportionate or punitive, they may query the handicap with race officials on the day,
  3. If the captain's query does not provide an adequate explanation for your change in handicap, or the captain declines to query on your behalf, you can request an official explanation from LOS only via our club secretary:
    • you must request this in writing, via an email (preferred) or letter,
    • as before, please supply as much background information as possible, including your interactions with your team captain.

Under no circumstances should you contact the Leinster Open Sea organisation or individual Leinster Open Sea officials with regard to complaints about handicaps.

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