1. All routines (with the exception of the Atlantic Provinces) must attend a Divisional meet (either Easterns or Westerns) and Nationals for all events, unless the league approves a special exception due to extenuating circumstances prohibiting participation.  In the event that a routine (athletes with a disability solo, novice tech solo, novice duet/trio, novice team, solo, duet/trio, team, combo) does not receive approval and does not compete in a Divisional meet, they will be ineligible to compete at Nationals.
  2. Nationals is the only meet that is compulsory for Atlantic Provinces; however these teams may feel free to swap routine videos with other clubs.
  3. To be eligible to compete in the league, a swimmer must be enrolled in an accredited university degree or university diploma program throughout the entire competitive season. For swimmers in a diploma program it may be necessary to get permission to swim in the league from your university.
  4. Each university bidding on hosting a meet should assure that the league coordinator has an up-to-date pool diagram including dimensions and depths by October 31st of each year.
  5. There shall be competition in athletes with a disability solo, novice technical solo, novice duet/trio, novice team, solo, duet/trio, combo and team routines.
  6. Each university may enter an unlimited number of entries in each category.
  7. If possible, the host university should provide spacing time of a maximum of five minutes per team and/or combo prior to the competition.  It is recommended that a minimum of ten minutes warm up time be provided prior to each routine and/or combo event. Added 2009: If possible, open pool time should be given on the day prior to National prelims (clubs from the West would be offered later spacing times.)

7a. Added 2013:

At Nationals, teams will be seeded into groupings of 3 or 4 teams per seed. For events with fewer than 6 competitors there will be a random draw for order of swim for Finals. Seeding will be divided into groups with the greater or equal part of teams from Preliminaries swimming last during Finals (see chart below). Seeding will be done such that those ranking lower in Preliminaries will draw for the earlier swim orders in Finals. A random draw to determine the order of swimming will be done within each seeding group. When there 16 or more teams in Finals, it is recommended that a 2-5 minute stretch break for judges be included at the halfway point. See chart for Seeding.

SEEDING CHART : Total Number of Teams in Each Seeding Group in Final Event (first seed to swim on left; last to swim on the right).

 6 3,3
7 3,4
8 4,4
9 3,3,3
10 3,3,4
 11 3,4,4
 12 3,3,3,3
 13 3,3,3,4
 14 3,3,4,4
 15 3,3,3,3,3
16 3,3,3,3,4
17 3,3,3,4,4 etc etc



  1. At any given meet, in drawing for a swimming position, a swimmer may draw first position only once in novice technical solo, solo, and duet/trio events; otherwise a new draw will have to be done.
  2. In routines, the swimwear must conform to FINA Rule GR5.  The use of accessory equipment or additional clothing is not permitted unless required for medical reasons.  Goggles may be worn. As per FINA Rule SS 13.8, CUSSL/LUCNS will not enforce the use of only natural-looking make-up.
  3. In the event that a referee thinks a competitor(s) swimwear does not conform to A9 or FINA Rule GR6, the competitor(s) will not be permitted to compete until changing into appropriate swimwear.
  4. Each team will be asked for the expected number of competing routines in each event for the season at the October 31st registration date. All registrations are due October 31st but late registrations, with explanation, will be accepted until January 1st (where the club will be fined a 35$ late registration fee per swimmer with a late registration). The number of competing routines for each team is subject to approval by the league due to scheduling limitations and a limit may be implemented.  In case of a problem number of extra routines (duets/trios, solos) registered in the league, the limiting number of extra routines per team per university will be determined by the league.
  5. It has been approved by Synchro Canada that “the top three University solos, duets and teams at the University Championships (Nationals) are eligible to compete at the Canadian Open in the Senior Free events without qualifying through the National Qualifying Meet. The athletes competing at the Canadian open must be registered athletes with Synchro Canada.”(wording from Synchro Canada’s motion).
  6. Nationals will be held in a Western province at least once every four (4) years if the pool time can be arranged.
  7. There is no penalty for teams competing with less than eight (8) swimmers.
  8. There will be a distinct category for swimmers with disabilities (intellectual and/or physical). All rules for these swimmers will be determined on a case by case basis (depending on the University rules and CUSSL rules, which still need to be established).
  9. New rule as of 2010 – TEAM SIZE: The maximum swimmers on a team will be set at 10 (plus the possibility of alternates).
  10. FINA rules will apply in all cases where no CUSSL rule or penalty is specified. Please consult link below for any additional rule/regulation and any further questions/concerns:
  11. Season timing : If it is possible to get a later pool booking , the season for university synchro would like to be extended to the end of February or beginning of March.


Two years after inception, joint team status will be evaluated at the CUSSL/LUCNS annual meeting.  At that time a decision will be made as to whether or not they can continue as a joint team.  If the joint status is renewed, they will then be revaluated annually.


A novice swimmer will be defined as:

  1. If you have ever swum competitively at the National level, you cannot be defined as a novice competitor.
  2. If you have swum competitively at the Provincial level after the age of 12, you cannot be defined as a novice competitor. If 1 or 2 do not apply, you would be eligible to be a novice swimmer with the exception of 3 below.
  3. Once a novice swimmer obtains a technical solo and/or duet/trio championship score of 60 or greater at a Divisional (Easterns/Westerns) and/or National meet, they are no longer eligible to compete in the novice category in subsequent seasons.
  4. NEW rule 2016-2017 The novice solo, novice duet/trio and novice team all have required elements as per the results of our voting for 2016-2017. Instead of using the Masters Tech elements the required elements will now be decided by a CUSSL committee. The novice required elements are listed on our website under ABOUT, Novice Required Elements.
  5. NEW RULE 2016-2017In the Novice Technical Solo, Duet/trio and team  category the penalty for a missed element is one (1) point per element.
  6. In order to be eligible to compete in the Novice Team category, a team must consist of swimmers the majority of whom, excluding alternates, are defined by rules C1 , C2 and C3. A team eligible to compete in the Novice Team category may choose not to compete in the Novice Team competition but rather in the main Team category.  Once a team has chosen to compete in the main Team category at a meet, they are ineligible to compete in the Novice Team category the rest of that competitive season.
  7. You can be a novice swimmer for up to 4 years.
  8. All swimmers who are competing in a novice duet or a novice trio must be a defined novice swimmer by rules C1 ,  C2 and C3.
  9.  NEW RULE 2016-2017: CUSSL will allow male swimmers to compete in any regular or novice event category and redefine a swimmer as : an individual of any gender.


The following times will apply to all teams (these times can be reviewed and changed at the annual conference/conference call):

  1. Team:  three minutes and forty five seconds (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  2. Novice team: two minutes and forty five seconds (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  3.  Combo: four minutes (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  4.  Duet/Trio:  three minutes (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  5. Novice duet/trio:  two minutes (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  6. Solo:  two minutes and forty five seconds (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  7.  Novice Technical Solo:  one minute and forty five seconds (plus or minus fifteen seconds)
  8.  Athlete with a Disability Solo: maximum time limit is two minutes and forty-five seconds (no minimum time)
  9. In all events deck time must not exceed ten (10) seconds.  The penalty for routines not complying with the deck time regulation will be 1.0 point.
  10. The penalty for routines not complying with the specified time regulations will be 1.0 point.



  1. At Nationals, an overall championship university shall be declared upon receiving the highest total point score.  The championship total points shall be determined by adding up all the place points won by a University Club in each event.  The remainder of the participating teams shall be recognized in descending order of place.
  2. The championship overall total points will only be determined from the results of the final (National) meet.
  3.   3 a : Motion 2013 re Novice Marks for championship score.

One routine from each novice category will count towards the overall standings. In the novice division only the top finishes for each university in the novice team, novice duet and novice technical solo competitions will count towards the championship total points. For example :  At nationals a university fields a novice team that places 1st, 2 novice tech solos that place 2nd and 3rd and a novice duet that finishes 4th.  The points from the 1st place team, 2nd place tech solo and 4th place novice duet count for overall championship points total. The third place technical solo receives a bronze medal but does not receive any points towards their university’s overall championship points total. The 3rd place novice team from another university receives 6 points for 3rd place.

3.b New motion for combo points for overall championship score.

Since at this time the number of combo teams is quite small the score will be based on the number of entries in combo.  If there are 4 combo entries the 1st place will receive 4 points, 2nd receive 3 points, 3rd receive 2 points etc.

The maximum score would be the same as novice teams ie 8 points.

If there are only 2 combos, first place would receive 2 marks and second would receive 1 point.

  1. Points allotment:

Novice Division Points:

Placement Technical Solos Points Duets/Trios Points   Teams Points
1 6 7   8
2 5 6   7
3 4 5   6
4 3 4   5
5 2 3   4
6 1 2   3
7 0 1   2
8 0 0   1

Experienced Division:

Placement Solos




  Teams Points
1 12 14   16
2 10 12   14
3 8 10   12
4 7 8   10
5 6 6   8
6 5 5   6
7 4 4   4
8 3 3   3
9 2 2   2
10 1 1   1


Athletes with a Disability Solo:

Placement Solo Points
1 6
2 5
3 4
4 3
5 2
6 1


  1. If, in any event, there is a tie, the higher technical (Execution + Difficulty) score will break the tie.


In regards to the Championship (National) meet, the following awards regulations will apply:

1.. The winner of the team event shall receive the CUSSL/LUCNS Championship (National) Team Trophy (The John Drake Trophy).

2..The winner of the novice team event shall receive the CUSSL/LUCNS Championship (National) Novice Team Trophy.

3.. The winner of each category event (novice team, team, combo, novice duet/trio, duet/trio, novice technical solo, solo, athletes with a disability solo) shall receive a CUSSL/LUCNS gold medal.

4. Individuals placing second in each category will receive the CUSSL/LUCNS silver medal.

5. Individuals placing third in each category will receive the CUSSL/LUCNS bronze medal.

6. The overall Championship University shall receive the designated CUSSL/LUCNS acknowledgement, the Gerry Dubrule Trophy.

7. In each category, only the top six finalists will be awarded a medal and/or ribbon.



  1. Where at all possible, judges and referees without conflicts shall be chosen from the list of Synchro Swim Canada rated officials.
  2. Where at all possible, no coach, assistant coach, swimmer or relation of a participating team shall be on a judging panel while his or her team is entered in the competition.  A rated coach, assistant coach, swimmer or relation could referee if necessary.



  1. Meet costs are to be shared equally by league registered swimmers.
  2. The Championship  and novice team will be responsible for the engraving and maintenance of the trophies.
  3. Ideally, admission revenue will be split 50/50 between the host club and the league based on league finances and participation of both bodies in the planning of the meet.


The CUSSL/LUCNS All Canadian

  1. The CUSSL/LUCNS All Canadian awards will be awarded to registered swimmers who compete in at least one league event with an annual average of 80% and above (or the equivalent of 3.4 GPA and above at your respective University). This award will be administered by the league vice president at the Nationals Banquet.

The Anne Smeeton Award

  1. The Anne Smeeton Award will be rewarded yearly to someone who contributes significantly to the league. Nominations can be sent in by each university and a winner will be chosen by the league executives. The award will be presented by Anne herself at the Nationals Banquet.


  1. Discipline and Complaints, Appeals, Privacy, and Conflict of Interest Policies adapted from Synchro Ontario. See full details in the Policy section at

K: Grants

  1. 1. Each eligible team will receive funds at a ratio of 60% (West) and 40% (East) per swimmer to a maximum per university that will follow the same 60% / 40% ratio.
  2. 2. In the year Nationals are held in the West, the above ratio will be reversed.

I.e.: 40% will be given to the Western Teams and 60% to the Eastern teams with a reduced amount given for travel only to the teams that normally do not qualify for this grant because they do not pay pool costs (20%).

L: Administrative Policies

1. CD administration – each music CD should have the following:

(a)   2 copies (a backup CD) of the same music CD .

(b)   Each routine CD must be in a separate protective case/envelope.

(c)However, the 2 copies of the same music CD can be placed in the same (or separate) protective case/envelope.

(d)Full university name must be used – no acronyms.

(e)Name of the event (novice solo, novice duet/trio, novice team, solo, duet/trio, team, combo, athlete(s) with a disability solo)

(f)Full name of swimmers (no initials) is needed with the exception of the novice team, team and combo events. IF THERE ARE MULTIPLE NOVICE TEAMS OR TEAMS FROM THE SAME UNIVERSITY, THE TEAM NAME MUST BE CLEARLY WRITTEN. (I.e. Queen’s Novice team – Blue Team)

**Failure to do any of the above will result in a fine of $20.

**Ipods should be used as a back-up by clubs (in case the CD’s are not working).

1.a. Electronic version submitted and named as follows: University Name_Event_Team Name_Swimmer’s Last Name. And/or back-up iPod as determined by the meet manager.

  1. Music – One person per university is to give ALL the club’s music at once AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to the club’s spacing time. For Nationals the music must be given at least 30 minutes before the team preliminary event. If this is not possible, the club must make arrangements with the meet manager prior to the meet. A 20$ fine will be given if the university fails to do so.
  2. Conference attendance – Each university must have a representative at the CUSSL annual Conference and conference call (the Conference is held every other year and the conference call/annual meeting the alternate year). Representatives must also be present during the seasonal conference calls that take place with the executive and club reps. Universities who do not have a representative at the CUSSL conference and conference call (and without a valid excuse) will be fined $50 (this fine will be paid with the university registration fees).

Note: University representatives located out of Ontario and Quebec have the option to phone-in to attend the CUSSL conference.