ONK short course in late October (updated 16-5-2012)
The KNZB site is the fixture list next season appeared with one very striking fact.
Unlike previous years, the Dutch Open Championships Short Course in 2012 will not take place in early December, but already late October.
The tournament, which probably also will serve as qualifier for the European and World Championships Short Course, both of which take place in December, service is scheduled for the weekend of 26, 27 and October 28.
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 section often limited. If they decide to hold equally delicious holiday after the Olympics is a qualifier in late October on very early.
If the tournament meant for swimmers who do not show up at the start in London, then the impact of the shift very large for a very small group with realistic chances of qualifying.
For swimmers who are motivated / promising, would also be a World Cup race could be used as qualifier. Classified These are scheduled for 13/14 of October (Stockholm), 17/18 of October (Moscow) and 20/12 of October (Berlin).
For northern Netherlands the new date of the ONK also means that it will fall to the middle and south in the second weekend of the autumn Netherlands falls on the weekend after the autumn.
Update (25-4-2012): Partly in response to the comments below, we contacted the KNZB and put the following mail deposited:
The new calendar of 2012-2013 is the ONK 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 clubs / swimmers are 'forced' to since February / March their matches to swim in a 50m pool as possible. This means that there is less swum in a 25m pool is so swimmers will have their limits for the ONK short course should achieve. Still after the summer holidays With a limit period closes in early October that is virtually impossible.
Furthermore, I think it is also against the regulations of the KNZB itself:
"Dutch Winter Swimming Championships.
a The Dutch Winter Swimming Championships annually 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 there as a trainer along to have trouble, I also forwarded to Titus Mennen.
The limit shall be extended to all NK's next season. This will mean that the deadline to register is on Oct. 15 to stand up and be t / m Oct 14. The limits can be achieved.
There is also an amendment of the regulations in the making, which we modify the rules at that point
Obviously, we have once again responded here, this time with the question of why this rather radical change of course.
From the KNZB indicated that they will provide through official channels and knzb.nl zwemkroniek.com only. Information
If there are trainers who are interested in the motives of the KNZB decisions, for they can always contact the KNZB themselves. For more information about the movement of the ONK Short Course in October Titus Mennen the right contact person.