The International Swimming League is unveiling the lists of ‘protected’ athletes before the upcoming ISL Draft begins on 29 June 2021.
Starting today, and each day of this week, two of the ten ISL Clubs will be announcing the names of their respective ‘protected’ athletes. ‘Protected’ athletes are the ISL Swimmers who have confirmed their commitment to remain on their current team if selected by the team’s General Manager, or if elected by the fans online, during the ISL Draft.
The first clubs to announce their lists are Cali Condors and Energy Standard. They will be followed by London Roar and LA Current tomorrow, Tuesday 8 June. After that, Team Iron and Tokyo Frog Kings will make their announcements on Wednesday 9 June, with Toronto Titans and NY Breakers on Thursday 10 June, concluding with DC Trident and Aqua Centurions on Friday 11 June.
Any registered athlete who has not committed to remain on their current team will enter the ISL Draft Pool as an ISL Rookie Swimmer, while any ISL Swimmer who has confirmed their commitment to their current ISL Team, but has not been retained, will enter the ISL Draft Pool as an ISL Veteran Swimmer.
ISL Teams will be able to retain up to a maximum of 15 ‘protected’ athletes from their Season 1 and Season 2 rosters, plus an additional ‘protected’ athlete elected via an interactive online fan vote. Teams will then be able to select 11 additional swimmers from the ISL Draft Pool during the ISL Draft, to a maximum total of 27 swimmers.
The ISL Draft is scheduled to take place on 29-30 June 2021. One week prior, on 22 June, each of the 10 ISL Clubs will announce the first 5 swimmers from the 15 that they can ultimately retain.
Once the ISL Draft has concluded, Clubs’ General Managers will finalize their respective teams’ rosters, to a maximum of 36 swimmers each, through direct negotiations with the remaining swimmers from the ISL Draft Pool only.
You can find the full draft rules here.
The ‘protected’ athletes of Cali Condors and Energy Standard are as follows:
Chad Le Clos
Tamara van Vliet
ABOUT THE ISL: The International Swimming League is a global professional swimming competition with competing teams from Europe (Italy-based Aqua Centurions, France-based Energy Standard, Hungary-based Iron, and London Roar), North America (Cali Condors, DC Trident, LA Current, NY Breakers and Toronto Titans), and Asia (Tokyo Frog Kings).
ISL Season 3 will take place in three phases, with Naples, Italy, first playing host to the 10 ISL clubs in a five-week regular season from 26 August to 30 September. This will be followed by a Play-off phase of three weeks in November, which will bring together the top eight ISL Clubs to compete for a spot in the ISL Final. The ISL Grand Final is set to take place at the end of December or early January 2022, when the ISL Champions will be crowned.
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