A freediving competition in static breathholding is usually a tedious and boring affair - specially for an audinece. Team static is the opposite!
The rules (losely based on Aida principles)
1. A team of three, no coaches, no outside help. The team has to communicate witin themselves and solve the switches as best as they can. The team is also responsible for their own tapping and OK-signs.
2. All compeeting athletes must lie side by side - the closer the better.
3. Timing starts at top +10 no matter when each individual athlete starts.
4. Every late second in start or switches is penalized with -10 seconds on the overall result.
5. If there are many teams and not enough judges one can manage three teams at a time and let the two best times meet in a final after a short 10 minute rest.
6. Friendly splashing and gentle pushing in a crowded situation is OK. Verbal abuse between the teams is greatly appreciated. Also the audience is encuraged to voice their comments on the performances.
7. There has to be a commentator! His task is to constantly supply the audinece with background facts on what is happening. Comment on warm up proceedures, equipment use, signaling and give details on every athletes personal bests, their current shape.
Advice: One witty judge can handle three teams and commentate at the same time, but there has to be a very bright and quick assistant keeping track of times and another assistant writing down the times and quickly deducting penalty seconds so that the commentator can get that information. Every single athletes time can be displayed afterwards aswell. If there is an overlap it is easiest to count the switch time from tyhe starting athlete and not the finishing athlete (individual times will in this case not be totally accurate).