13th SABIS® Global Sports Tournament Sharjah & Ajman 2023


Rules and Regulations

  1. All swimmers, boys and girls of both age groups, must wear swimming caps. Girls MUST wear a one-piece swimsuit.
  2. Each school team should consist of 2 boys and 2 girls for the Under 12 age group and 2 boys and 2 girls for the Under 16 age group (8 swimmers in total).
  3. All swimmers must abide by the FINA rules and regulations
  4. The qualifying heats and the finals will happen on different days of the tournament.
  5. Distances for both boys and girls are:
    Under 12
    • 25m Freestyle
    • 25m Backstroke
    • 25m Breaststroke
    Under 16
    • 50m Freestyle
    • 25m Backstroke
    • 25m Breaststroke
  6. Each school can participate with 2 swimmers from each age group and gender (8 swimmers in total). Each swimmer will compete in the Freestyle race, and then compete in either the Backstroke or Breaststroke race. Two swimmers from the same age group and gender cannot compete in the same additional race (Backstroke or Breaststroke). Participation should follow the table below:
    Group Gender Participants Freestyle Backstroke Breaststroke
    Under 12 Boys Swimmer 1 X X  
    Swimmer 2 X   X
    Girls Swimmer 3 X X  
    Swimmer 4 X   X
    Under 16 Boys Swimmer 5 X X  
    Swimmer 6 X   X
    Girls Swimmer 7 X X  
    Swimmer 8 X   X
  7. The same swimmers will also compete in a 4x25m Freestyle relay. Order for the relay is: U12, U12, U16, and U16. As shown in the table above, the boys’ relay team will consist of swimmers 1, 2, 5, and 6, while the girls’ relay team will consist of swimmers 3, 4, 7, and 8.

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DID You Know?


The first swimming races of which there is a record were held in Japan in 36BC, but England was the first modern society to develop swimming as a competitive sport. In the nineteenth century, the British competed in the breaststroke and the sidestroke. They were generally more interested in endurance than speed, and viewed swimming the English Channel as the supreme test.