(a) Judging is sectionalised and provision should be made for the appointment of the necessary judges as detailed in each of the following sections:
Section No of Judges Judges’ Designation
Section 1 – Time and Step 3 1A, 1B, 1C
Section 2 – Arm Swing 3 2A, 2B, 2C
Section 3 – Wheeling 3 3A, 3B, 3C
Section 4 – Leg Action 3 4A, 4B, 4C
Section 5 -Spacing and Dressing 3 5A, 5B, 5C
Section 6- Covering 3 6A, 6B, 6C
Section 7 – Body carriage/Presentation 3 7A, 7B, 7C
Section 8 – Length of Pace 3 8A, 8B, 8C
Total 24

(b) In the event of a shortage of judges, the following shall apply:

  • (i) Sections 1,2 and 3 shall be judged, thereby requiring a minimum of nine judges. With this method judges shall be allocated to other sections provided that Section 1, 2 and 3 are judged.
  • (ii) Alternatively, a Sectional Referee may utilise only one judge on each section thereby requiring a total of only eight judges. In his situation, the “middle mark” system would be inoperable and each judge’s deductions are utilised to determine a result. Under this method judges may also be allocated to more than one section at the discretion of the Referee thereby further reducing the number of individual judges required.

(c) Judges shall be allocated to their section or sections prior to the competition as determined by the Referee.judging positions indicated in the diagram must apply at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and other competitions when a full complement of judges is available.

(d) At the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, the maximum number of judges shall be appointed.

(e) cards for the recording of faults shall be issued tojudges. The card, either on its face or reverse, shall provide the faults applicable to each section.

(f) Judges must indicate a mark – either a zero or number – in the points allotted column immediately after each team has passed the judging point. Where the judging card provides a facility the judge should endeavour to indicate the respective fault by placing a tick in the area provided for each team.

(g) March Past judges in any position shall have the power to impose a penalty of one fault per person (maximum twelve per team) for any incorrect behaviour during the competition.

Deductions for this purpose shall be included in the total number of faults recorded by that judge for that team and the letter “D” and the number of“D” deductions shall be recorded on thejudge’ s card next to the section where they occurred.

(h) Judges shall indicate incomplete or non-competitive teams by means of a cross (X).

(i) Team names shall be entered in positional sequence on the Master card by the Referee Steward just prior to, or as the teams enter the arena or after the march up the beach.

(j) If a judge’s card shows a deduction of more than the maximum fault for a Section, the judge’s card is to be withdrawn. Further, in Section 8, if other than zero or the maximum deduction is shown, the judge’s card is also to be withdrawn.

(k) Results are determined by recording each judge’s points allotted in the left hand column for each team on the Master Card and then applying the following procedure:

  • (i) For all sections the highest and lowest allotments shall be disregarded and the remaining allotment shall be entered in the right hand column for each team on the Master Card.
  • (ii) Points allotments in the right hand column are then added and the results are determined with the winner having the lowest total.

(I) It is necessary for at least two (2) judges to properly complete their cards with no irregularities (10.4. 1 (b) excepted) otherwise that Section will be disregarded on the Master Card. The remaining two judge’s cards are then averaged to achieve a result for that Section.
Note: No points are to be shown on the MasterCard of withdrawn cards, or disregarded Sections. These are to be indicated by a cross (X) being placed in the relevant position for every team in the left hand column. Where a Section is disregarded, a zero (0) is recorded in the right hand column of the Master Card.

(m) In the case of equal points being recorded by any teams, the lowest allotments in the right hand column in each section of the MasterCard progressively in the following Section order shall decide the result:

  • Section 3 – Wheeling
  • Section 1 – Time and step
  • Section 2-Arm swing
  • Section 4- Leg action
  • Section 5 -Spacing
  • Section 6 -Covering
  • Section 7 – Body carriage and presentation
  • Section 8 – Length of pace

(n) Should sub-clause (m) not provide an outright result, the lowest cumulative deduction of all judges’ allotments in the left hand column of the MasterCard for each Section progressively in the following order shall decide the result:

  • Section 3 – Wheeling
  • Section 1 – Time and step
  • Section 2-Arm swing
  • Section 4- Leg action
  • Section 5 -Spacing
  • Section 6 -Covering
  • Section 7 – Body carriage and presentation
  • Section 8 – Length of pace
  • shall be used until a result is decided.

(o) If placings cannot be further split by the method of calculation in sub-clauses (m) and (n), then a dead heat shall be declared as provided for under Section 2 Dead Heats.

(p) The placings decided by count back methods will be represented bythe addition of 0.01 cumulatively for each team to their total score recorded prior to determination of placings bythe count back methods e.g. if three teams score zero and a result can be determined by a count back, the first team’s score will be recorded on the result sheet as 0.00, the second team as 0.01, the third team as 0.02etc.