Lyme Splash Sea Water Polo Championship 2023 - 5/6 Aug

Please share within your water polo Clubs and networks the following information from Karen Durham-Diggins, Director of Lyme Splash Ltd ( who writes:

We are holding the fourth Lyme Splash Sea Water Polo Championship this year on August Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August!

1. There is availability for  a maximum of 18 teams  - as we are tide dependent - so please book early. We may have time for younger members to play in short exhibition matches - please contact us if you are interested. We will not charge for these junior teams (under 14)

2. There will be camping at Hayes Farm Holidays again from Friday 4 Aug through to Monday 7 Aug,  and on Sat 5 August a BBQ  and social evening, again at The Power Boat Club on Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis, for teams and supporters.

3. Having run three tournaments now, the last in 2019, and with inflation - to break even and be able to contribute to our charities we have had to increase costs. We hope you understand and we have tried to be as careful as possible.

4. This year you need only sign up and pay for your team and in due course we will send a form for you to fill in all team members and substitutes to make registration and check in easier on the day as we have an early start - 8.30 in the water.

On the day team leaders will check in and et us know if there are any changes.

You will need to make sure that all team members and supporters prebook their camping and the BBQ. Bookings will close on 1 Aug 2023.

5. Each team will need to supply  time keepers - we’ll issue a schedule in due course.

6. At the last Lyme Splash Sea Water Polo Championship a number of issues were raised that need to be addressed and this included future use of the pontoons.
So in conjunction with the Harbour Master and the Lyme Splash committee the following code of conduct must be agreed by anyone attending the championship.
Code of Conduct for Lyme Splash Sea Water Polo Championship:
Our championship takes place in Lyme Regis Harbour with kind permission of Dorset Council. It is a working harbour and we share it with local businesses, local harbour users and tourists.
All behaviour should respect other users, the safety of all and be a testament to Water Polo. This is an opportunity be ambassadors and to attract more people, especially young people, to the game.
1. Any request should be asked politely and if there are any access issues, they should go through a member of the Lyme Splash Crew.
2. No one is allowed on the pontoons except time keepers, referees for each game, one coach per team and substitutes must stay within the designated area until called.
3. No clothing allowed on the pontoons - there will be a designated area for clothing of those in the water nearby. Substitutes can bring a dry robe / towel and water bottle, and kept tidy within their designated area.
4. No swearing - either at players, or players at each other, crew or officials- in or out of the water.
5. Referees need to respect and be respected, and represent and ensure others adhere to the rules of the game and every team and its members are treated, and treat each other, fairly and without prejudice or bias. 
6. All of the rules that apply to the championship need to be communicated at least 4 weeks prior to the games to team captains via Lyme Splash and confirmed that this has also been communicated to the referees themselves.
We want to be able to come back next year and encourage others to join this great sport, by agreeing to the above, we will ensure this happens.

If you take part in any capacity in the Lyme Splash Sea Waterpolo Championship it will be assumed and expected that you agree to this code of conduct. All team leaders, referees and officials need to share this information.

We are really looking forward to a great weekend in Lyme Regis. Do contact us if you have any questions.

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19:42:00 08.02.2023
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