ONK kortebaan late October (update 16-5-2012)
The KNZB site is the fixture list for next season appeared with one very striking fact.
Unlike previous years, the Open Dutch Championships Short Course in 2012 will not take place in early December but already late October.
The tournament which probably also will serve as a qualifying tournament for the European Championships and World Short Course, both of which find place in December, is scheduled for the weekend of 26, 27 and 28th of October.
It may be mentioned at least noteworthy that the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation has taken this decision. In a post-Olympic season is the motivation of top swimmers to take part in the European Championships and World Short Course often limited. If they keep after the Olympics conclude equally tasty holiday, 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 considered 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 in the second weekend of the autumn, for middle 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 limits 25m pool for the 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 to swim and so swimmers will have to get their limits for the Dutch Open short course even after the summer holidays. With a limit period of time that closes the beginning of October is believed that virtually impossible.
Furthermore, I think it is also against the regulations of the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation itself:
"Dutch Winter Swimming Championships.
a. The Dutch Winter Swimming Championships every year between December 1 and 30
April organized "
In this mail we received the following response:
The ONK kb is indeed scheduled for late October.
Your mail, telling us they would have a trainer like it, I have forwarded to Titus Mennen.
The limit period is extended from next season for all National Championships. 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 to the rules in the making, in which we modify the rules at that point
Of course, we here again responded, this time with the question of why this rather radical change.
From the KNZB indicated that they will provide only the information through official channels knzb.nl and zwemkroniek.com.
If there are trainers who are interested in the motives of the KNZB for decisions taken, they themselves can always contact the KNZB. For more information about the movement of the Dutch Open Short Course in October Titus Mennen is the right contact person.