ONK kortebaan late October (update 16-5-2012)
On the KNZB site is the fixture of next season appeared with one very striking fact.
Unlike previous years, the Dutch Open Championship Short Course in 2012 did not take place in early December but already late October.
The tournament which probably also will serve as a qualifying tournament for the European and World Championships Short Course, which are both held in December, is scheduled for the weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th of October.
It may be called at least remarkable that the KNZB has taken this decision. In a post-Olympic season is the motivation of top swimmers to take part in the European and World Championships Short Course often limited. If they keep after the Olympics acts as nice vacation, a qualifier comes late October further very early.
If the tournament is intended for swimmers who do not appear at the start in London, then the impact of the shift is very large for a very small group with realistic qualification chances.
For swimmers who are motivated / promising, even a World Cup game can be classified as qualifier. These are scheduled for 13/14 of October (Stockholm), 17-18 October (Moscow) and 20/12 of October (Berlin).
For North Netherlands means the new date of the ONC also that it will fall into the second weekend of the autumn, for central and southern Netherlands falls on the weekend after the autumn.
Update (25-4-2012): Partly in response to the comments below, we have contacted the KNZB and laid there the following mail:
The new calendar of 2012-2013 is the Dutch Open Short Course scheduled for late October, is this correct?
As a trainer, this seems a very undesirable situation.
By abolishing the 25m pool limits for summer NK are clubs / swimmers 'forced' to starting February / March as possible to swim their matches in a 50m pool. This means that there is less of a 25m pool and swam so swimmers will have to get their limits for the ONK kortebaan even after the summer holidays. With a limit period that closes the beginning of October that is virtually impossible.
Furthermore, according to me also against the regulations of the KNZB itself:
"Dutch Winter Swimming Championships.
a. The Dutch Winter Swimming Championships every year between December 1 and 30
April organized "
In this email we received the following response:
ONK kb is indeed scheduled for late October.
Your mail, telling us they would have a trainer worth, I also sent to Titus Mennen.
The limit shall be extended from next season for all NC programs. This will mean that the deadline to register will be placed on 15 Oct and one t / m Oct 14. can reach the limits.
There is also an amendment of the regulations in the making, which we modify the rules at that point
Obviously we have here again responded, this time with the question of why this rather radical change of course.
From the KNZB indicated that they will provide only information through official channels and knzb.nl zwemkroniek.com.
If there are trainers who are interested in the motivations of the KNZB for decisions taken, then she is always able to contact the KNZB. For more information about the movement of the ONC Short Course until October Titus Mennen is the right contact person.