U6s and U7s have no formal competition aspect to Nippers. They will be learning traditional surf lifesaving events and skills and participate in fun activities that further these skills. U6s and U7s still attend Nippers on Championship Days but participate in their regular activities and no results are recorded. They are not involved in the Waverley Shield, Branch or State Carnivals and there are no Sunday nippers held on these days. Each Nipper will receive a medal for participation on the last day of the season.
Club Championships are held for U8 – U14 Nippers only. North Bondi usually holds four Club Championship Days whereby the results will be recorded and the best 3 out of 4 results for each event are counted toward the final tally. These are the only days where results will go towards the end-of-season trophies.
To be eligible for an award, all competitors must have attended a minimum of half the Sunday morning activities between the date of registration and the last championship day. If a child was representing North Bondi at any carnival or participating in surf lifesaving training or activities held on a Sunday, this can also be counted towards their attendance.
For each of the Wade/Swim, Board, Ironman / Ironwoman, Beach Sprint and Flags events the top three results are tallied to produce the final total. E.g: if a nipper competed on four days then the top three results for that particular event are counted, but if they only competed on three days then those three results will be used to calculate the final total for that event.
This is based on the cumulative total of the best three of each of the individual events for each nipper across all championship days attended, i.e. top three swim +board+ Ironman / Ironwoman (for U11-14s) + flags+sprint = overall point score for age champion (or for U8s only the top three wade + flags + sprint = overall point score).
NB: If in calculating the individual event award there is a tie for a placing, those nippers will share that placing i.e. equal first. If in calculating the age champion there is a tie for a placing, there will be a count back (based on number of 1sts, 2nd and 3rd placings) to determine definitive overall placing for 1st in Age Champion category.
During Club Championships NO water safety officer or official shall interfere or assist competitors. The club championship referee shall be the sole person to determine either a re-run or disqualification of either an event or competitor.
In addition to the Championship Day Awards there are several other discretionary awards with nippers nominated for these by their age manager and their nominations reviewed by North Bondi Nippers’ Selection Committee. These are traditionally awarded to those nippers who are not otherwise receiving a Championship Day Award. The following awards are given for each male and female age group (U8-U14):
Finally, there is the Most Outstanding Nipper Award. This is awarded by the Selection Committee (nominations from age managers and any others) and is traditionally awarded to 1 male and 1 female nipper in the more senior age groups ie U12-14 and based on the following criteria:
The Most Outstanding Competitor is awarded to the Nipper who has performed above all others at carnivals throughout the season. This Nipper will have exhibited perseverance and dedication in training, in addition to podium finishes at external Nipper carnivals, in particular, Sydney Branch and NSW State Championships.