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Junior Competitors

Thank you for your interest in Surf Sports with Thirroul!  Thirroul Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) has had a strong junior involvement at carnivals in recent years and we look forward to another great season.

For a child to compete at carnivals, they must be in the U8 age category and above.

It is important that you read this information sheet carefully. The number of Thirroul Nippers able to compete at each carnival will depend on the numbers and availability of Thirroul SLSC’s Surf Sports Officials, as well as Water Safety Officers. However, every reasonable effort will be made by all those involved to ensure that all Nippers who register to compete this season, can and do compete, in as many carnivals as possible, preferably all.

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Carnival Entries                                    Nicole Air

& enquiries                                    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

0425374205

 

This Information Sheet refers to a number of other information sheets and resources. These are all available for download from the Thirroul SLSC website.

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  1. 1.     Carnival entry & fee payment

Payment of the $70 competitor’s fee covers entry for six local carnivals – Sydney Water Premiership Series (four carnivals), Thirroul Carnival, Branch Championships  and the State NSW Age Championships.

It should be noted that the competitor’s fee is actually a levy as it does not cover the full competition fees for each entrant, which are subsidised by the Club.

Thirroul SLSC will be hosting 2 carnivals this season – final round of Sydney Water Series on 29 November 2014 & ex-McDonalds carnival in February 2015. We will need parents/ guardians of Junior competitors to help out (eg setting up beach, making and distributing lunches to Officials and Water Safety). Further information and requests for assistance to follow.

For other carnival dates see the TSLSC Junior Calendar.

For further information about the use of boards and board training, please see:

  • TSLSC Junior Paddle Board Information Sheet
  • TSLSC Junior Board Training Information Sheet
  • Your Coach, Gear Steward and/ or Age Manager

 

If you would like your child to compete, please fill in the competition list on Registration Day or email the Carnival Entries person, with your child’s name, date of birth, gender, discipline (water, sand, both, unsure) and the parent/ guardian’s Surf Life Saving qualifications by 30th September.

 

Other carnivalsThis information sheet is focussed on the local Illawarra carnivals and the State Championships.

For those who are interested in competing at other carnivals, please go to the 2014/15 Complete Surf Sports Calendar on the Surf Life Saving NSW website (SLSNSW), available at http://dev3.powerfront.com/surflifesaving/surf-calendar/w1/i1004824/.

If your child would like to enter one of these other events, you are responsible for getting, completing & submitting the application forms yourself, including having them signed off by TSLSC’s Head Coach (Troy Beaumont) and the Illawarra Branch (Surf House, Smith St, Wollongong (0419 240 496, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), as required.

 

  1. 2.     Officials & Water Safety at Local Carnivals

According to Surf Life Saving policy, each club competing at our local carnivals must fulfil a quota for Officials and Water Safety. Based on requirements for the 2012/13 season we expect the quotas will be:

  • Officials quota: 1 position for every 10 Nippers
  • Water Safety quota: 1 position for every 5 Nippers competing in water events,  or 1 for every 7 competitors (i.e. total sand + water competitors)

 

Officials: To be an Official at local carnivals you require Level 1 (or higher) Officials accreditation, or be a `Trainee Official’ (i.e. have completed the coursework for Level 1 Officials accreditation and be working toward completing the requirements by officiating at and being assessed at local carnivals).

 

Water Safety Officers: To be accredited to do Water Safety you need to have your Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion, and you must also be proficient.

At each carnival, generally two Officials and two Water Safety officers are rostered into each position required to be fulfilled by Thirroul SLSC (so that each person covers half a `day’ each, generally about 2-3 hours).

The Carnival Entries person will endeavour to organise and send out a roster to the Club’s Officials and Water Safety Officers, at least one week prior to each carnival, with the rostered days and times shared as fairly as possible between Nipper parents.

It is possible that more Nippers will want to compete at carnivals than Thirroul SLSC is allowed, according to the quota and our availability of accredited/ trainee Officials. If this is the case, then priority will need to be given to Nippers with parents who can fill the required positions (including Officials, Water Safety, Coaches, Carnival Entries, Carnival Manager). Other circumstances will also be taken into account, e.g. families with young children, single parents.

The Carnival Entries person, in conjunction with the Carnival Manager, will endeavour to determine maximum numbers of Thirroul Nippers able to compete at each carnival, and let families know if their children will not be able to compete, as far as possible in advance of each carnival. However, at times this may not be possible, and decisions may have to be made on the day of the carnivals.

  1. 3.     Officials & Water Safety at State Championships

Each Club competing at the State NSW Age State Championships must also fulfil a quota for Officials (Accredited, not Trainee) and Water Safety Officers. Based on requirements for the 2012/13 season we expect the quotas will be:

  • Officials quota: 2 positions per 10-19 competitors, 3 positions per 20-29 competitors, 4 Officials per 30-39 competitors etc.
  • Water Safety quota: 1 position per 20-29 competitors, 3  Water Safety per 30-59 competitors

 

  1. 4.     Competitor Proficiencies

All children who compete, on sand and or water, must be proficient. To be proficient they must have completed their Preliminary Skills Evaluation and, for U9 up, their Competition Skills Evaluation.

In addition, to be able to compete at Branch and State Championships, they must have obtained the appropriate Surf Education award for their age group.

Preliminary evaluations: These will be conducted on the first day of Nippers i.e. 20 October (and subsequent Nippers if required). For children doing board training before Nippers commences, these evaluations will also be conducted at training sessions as required.

Competition skills evaluations: For children doing board training before Nippers commences, these evaluations will be conducted at training sessions as required.

For further information see TSLSC Junior Assessment & Awards Information Sheet (an excerpt from SLS NSW Pre-season Information Pack 2013).

  1. 5.     Junior Surf Education Awards

All children need to attend Nippers regularly so that they learn about water and beach safety. Children who satisfy the criteria outlined in Surf Life Saving Australia’s Junior Development Resource Kit for their age group will receive their age group award.

For further information see TSLSC Junior Development Program Information Sheet and TSLSC Junior Assessment & Awards Information Sheet (an excerpt from SLS NSW Pre-season Information Pack 2012).

  1. 6.     Officials & Water Safety training & accreditation

Officials: If you would like to become an accredited Official, you need to attend a Level 1 Officials course (1 or 2 days), then officiate as a Trainee Official at two or more local carnivals.

 

Water Safety: To become a qualified Water Safety Officer you need to get your Surf Rescue Certificate or Bronze Medallion.

 

A Surf Rescue Certificate course & Bronze Medallion course will be held at Thirroul SLSC. For all training enquiries, please contact the Chief Training Officer, Tim Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  See Thirroul SLSC Training Calendar 2013/14 Season and/ or the Club website for further information.

 

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