SEA HARVEST GROMMET GAMES
Thursday March 26th @ 7pm sharp
Friday March 27th to Sunday March 29th
After being held as a single event in Port Elizabeth for the last 27 years, the 28th Grommet Games will take
place in Durban and Port Elizabeth.
The events will be held simultaneously with the KZN Districts competing in Durban and the Cape Districts
competing in Port Elizabeth.
The Grommet Games is Entry Level National Surfing Event for boys and girls in the Under 8, Under 10,
Under 12, under 14 and under 16 age groups.
The ABSOLUTE objective of the Grommet Games is to demonstrate Surfing South Africa’s continued
Commitment to the transformation & development of our sport at grass roots level.
Selections of teams must adhere to Surfing South Africa targets and selection criteria.
The most important and overriding focus of this event is on creating opportunities for young surfers
from disadvantaged backgrounds to represent their Districts in a regional tournament.
PARTICIPATION rather than COMPETITION is the major objective at the annual Grommet Games.
Participation and teamwork remain the focus for the Grommet Games.
The event consists of:
- INDIVIDUALSURFING HEATS IN EACH DIVISION.
- ALOHA CUP. (Tag Team competition)
- PADDLE BATTLE. (Girls & Boys)
- Beach Relay (Girls & Boys).
EVENTS at the CAPE GROMMET GAMES
The winners of the Tag Team (Aloha Cup) will receive the Sea Harvest Aloha Cup and
competing members of the top four teams will receive medals.
The top four girls & top four boys in the Paddle Battle will receive medals.
The top four girls & top four boys in the Beach Relay will receive medals.
The Team with the highest total points will receive the NELSON MANDELA BAY TROPHY.
The points for the NELSON MANDELA TROPHY will be determined from all the results of the
Surfing, Tag Team, Paddle Battle & Beach Relay.
The TEAM SPIRIT AWARD will go to the team that shows the best Team Spirit from the
Opening Function and on every day of the event right up to and including the Finals.
The winners are not necessarily the team with the best results but rather the team that actively
displays spirit and support, proudly wears their team kit supports the event sponsors & creates a
vibrant team area while displaying fair play and sportsmanship.
The TEAM SPIRIT AWARD will ONLY be made to a team that adheres to the required team
Teams that do not comply with the required transformation criteria will not be eligible for any
All these elements of the 2020 Sea Harvest Grommet Games will take place at Pollock Beach.
OPENING FUNCTION – Cape Grommet Games
The Opening Function will take place from 7pm to 9pm on WEDNESDAY MARCH 26th at the
Victoria Park Grey Primary School in Walmer (same venue as previous years).
All teams are expected to attend this compulsory function in their official team kit.
The Opening Function will get under way at 7pm sharp.
Team lists are required by no later than FRIDAY March 6th so that heats and formats can be
Please email these team names to the SSA offices at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no Entry Fee for this event.
TEAM TRANSFORMATION CRITERIA: SEA HARVEST SA GROMMET GAMES 2020
SSA remains committed to the transformation of surfing in South Africa.
In order to meet SSA transformation objectives, specific selection targets MUST be THE priority within the Districts when selecting their teams for the respective 2020 Sea Harvest Grommet Games.
Districts that are unable to full fill the required transformation numbers may not include non-transformation surfers to make up a full team.
All transformation surfers and officials must be indicated with an asterisk on team lists.
TEAM SELECTION CRITERIA
- The OVERIDING rule is that a surfer may not compete more than ONCE in the Grommet Games.
- The only exception to this rule applies to surfers who have competed previously in the U8 & U10 age groups at the Grommet Games. HOWEVER, they may ONLY represent their District at the Grommet Games for a second time if they have NOT surfed in any division at the SA Junior Championships.
- ANY surfer who has competed in the SA Junior Champs or SA Champs in any Division as a member of their District Team or as a member of the SA Development Academy Team may NOT compete in the Grommet Games again. This rule applies to both transformation and non-transformation surfers.
- Surfers who have competed in or even reached the final in the U12 Division at an SAST event MAY compete in the Grommet Games as long as they have only competed in the U8 or U10 Division of a previous Grommet Games. Surfers who have reached the Finals of a WSL or Inter Provincial event may NOT compete in the Grommet Games, even if they have never previously competed in the Grommet Games.
- The only exception to this rule applies to surfers who have competed in U8 or U10 Divisions at previous Grommet Games. ONLY these surfers may compete in the event for a second time.
- However if they have competed in U8 & U10 Divisions and then subsequently competed in the SA Junior Champs in the U12, U14, U16 or U18 Divisions they may NOT be selected to compete in the Grommet Games for a second time even if they are still U8 or U10. In summary, once a surfer has competed in the SA Junior Championships they may not compete in ANY Division at the Grommet Games
- Any surfer who has participated in a National Team selection camp or National
selection trial is no longer eligible to compete in the Grommet Games.
- Local surf clubs, surf schools and outreach projects that draw their members
from marginalised and previously disadvantaged communities, should be canvassed
and requested to enter their surfers in District trials held to choose teams for the
- Districts that do not comply with the transformation requirements may not fill these
places in their teams with non- transformation surfers.
- The SSA GM should be contacted if clarity is required regarding any Team
selection criteria. If there is any doubt regarding a selection please contact the SSA
GM for a definitive ruling before announcing the team.
- PLEASE NOTE: The onus is on the Districts to adhere to these rules when selecting teams and SSA is counting on Districts to ensure that the rules are adhered to. It is impossible for SSA or the SSA GM to monitor whether every surfer selected is within the rules.
- It is the District’s responsibility to ensure that the rules are adhered to and important that the Team Managers are aware of these rules.
If these rules are broken and it transpires that surfers are included in teams in breach of the criteria the infringing District will be fined R1000 per surfer in breach of the rules.
TEAM SIZES FOR THE 2020 GROMMET GAMES
ALL DISTRICTS MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATION TARGETS
AT LEAST 8 (EIGHT) TRANSFORMATION SURFERS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN EACH TEAM.
TEAMS THAT FAIL TO FULFILL THIS TARGET MAY NOT INCLUDE NON TRANSFORMATION
SURFERS AS REPLACEMENTS IN ORDER TO FILLTHEIR TEAMS.
TEAMS MUST NOMINATE ONE ACCREDITED TRANSFORMATION JUDGE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A JUDGE AT THE EVENT.
AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF MANAGEMENT WHO REPRESENTS THE SSA TRANSFORMATION PROCESS MUST BE INCLUDED IN EACH TEAM.
1 x U8 Boy (may not turn 9 in 2020)
1 x U8 Girl (may not turn 9 in 2020)
1 x U10 Girl (may not turn 11 in 2020)
2 x U10 Boys (may not turn 11 in 2020)
2 x U12 Boys (may not turn 13 in 2020)
2 x U12 Girls (may not turn 13 in 2020)
2 x U14 Boys (may not turn 15 in 2020)
2 x U14 Girls (may not turn 15 in 2020)
2 x U16 Boys (may not turn 17 in 2020)
2 x U16 Girls (may not turn 17 in 2020)
TEAM SIZE (excluding management) = 17
ID NUMBES OR COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH TEAM NAMES
TRANSFORMATION TEAM MEMBERS MUST BE INDICATED WITH AN ASTERISK
The Board of SSA has added a Flexibility Protocol which it is hoped will ensure that all Districts are able to attend the Grom Games with full teams that reflect the transformation targets. The Board believes that it would be irresponsible and unfair to force Districts to include u8 and u10 surfers in their teams, especially if these surfers are not able to attend the event with their parents. The Board does not wish to diminish the team numbers and transformation targets and with this in mind has come up with a policy where the inability or reluctance to bring U8 or U10 surfers can be mitigated by replacing these surfers with additional numbers in the U12 & U14 Divisions (not U16 Divisions). In order to maintain fairness when it comes to points allocation these additional/replacement surfers would participate but would have their points halved. This Protocol penalises the team for each division that is not aligned with the SSA target by halving scores, which means that there is an incentive to meet the published criteria. It also allows flexibility and allows Districts to select where they have talent and penalises districts who may try to load the higher scoring divisions and ignore the lower scoring divisions. Districts that can meet the criteria the closest earn the most points.
January 2020: Robin de Kock – GM Surfing South Africa