Advice for swimming parents: Swimming Competition
Age Group Swimming meets
2018 : British Swimming . ORG
What is a swimming fixtures calendar
The swimming meet or fixtures calendar as its know for the season is published on the swimming club websites, and is then updated monthly and is also on the swimming club notice board of most swimming clubs: It may, and is often subject to change through-out the course of the season but members will be kept generally informed most of the week or month, dependant on clubs. Not all swimming meets are relevant for all squads or all swimmers, usually they are L1 2, 3 or 4.. and it is the Head Coach’s decision as to who is entered for a particular meet, this will be noted.
The swimming clubs fixtures secretary
The swim club fixtures secretary plays a very important role within the swim club and is highly responsible for distributing swim meet entry forms, collecting them in, and for co::ordinating the club’s entry into the swim meets. They are also responsible for managing the entries for the Club Championships, these can be used every time =
Which Competition Types are found?
Swimming Competitions are classified as “Open” or “Closed” swim events. An open swimming competition, as the title implies, is open to all swimmers, whilst closed swimming competitions are for selected groups for example the North West Regional Age Groups, oxford or cornwall “”County Championships””
Staying together as a team:
For the majority of competitions, the club attends, and stays together as a team, but the swimmers will be competing as individuals against other individuals. Usually the top three positions in events receive a swimming award: Swimming Caps, and goggle are really important!
Quite often: there are overall competition awards for the top male and female swimmers, and these are called BAG CAT awards | and an award for the top club that swim the best.
There are also swim team “competitions” these consist of a set programme of swimming events, normally including some relays, and the coaches will select the fastest team to win each race. And so each swim will earn extra points depending upon finish position of the swimmer, and the team with the most points at the end wins. The club may travel as a team by using a coach to such an event , sometimes parents choose to travel on there own…
Swimming competitions are targeted at different standards of swimmers, and are designated a level of swimmer. A Level 1 is for national standard competitors,and these are a very high standard of swimming, and Level 3 for the slower or younger swimmer, usually a swimmers first meet: Convert your times:
Before a swimming meet.
Open Swim Meets are open to full swim club members who meet the relevant age and swim time qualifications…entry fees are payable by the swimmer. Therefore each swimmer competes for him or herself for medals, some ribbons, all colours and improved PB times, and our top swimmers for each event and age group earn mega points for working towards a nice looking Top Club trophy. The Swim club attends various Open swimming meets throughout the year, at different levels, of swimmer: or swimmers.
ASA Licensing, and marked Grading system.
Who makes the “”The Amateur Swimming Association: (ASA)RULES: license swim meets at levels 1…(highest) to 4… (lowest). A Top Level 1 meet will have minimum qualifying times ” and is broadly aimed at swimmers aiming for “National Qualifying “Times (NQTs). Level 2 meets have minimum qualifying times and upper limit times; these are aimed at those looking for District and good County qualifying times (QTs). Level 3 meets typically have upper limit Q.T.S and are aimed at County and Club swimmers. Level 4 swim meets may have Q.T.s in the same way as Level 3 swim meets, but they have much more freedom in terms of using electronic timing and qualified officials for the meet:
Its often the Swim Coaches, either the HEAD or Assistant Coach that will advise swimmers of suitable meets.Then.. If you have not been given details of a meet which you would like to enter then speak to your coach: this could then be the best bet.
Swim Club Entry Procedures
Mostly Swim Club Procedures for entry are similar..
- Start by Checking the information on the swimming website to ensure that the meet is suitable for your swimmer, and that you do not have any other commitments on the relevant weeks…
- Then simply decide which events you would like to enter. Bear in mind that entering too many events will be very tiring and may mean you do not swim at your best.
- Then sign the entry form and return it, with a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to “D.V.A.S.C”, to the general swimming club desk, if the desk is not manned then hand to your swim coach who will ensure this is passed to the correct official by the swim meet closing date.
- An then all the swimmers entries and send the information to the club hosting the meet.
- Once entries have closed its tricky to get in, but often a slim chance its fine.
- If there are any rejections , which is often the case: then details of any refunds available will also be given out.
Filling out the entry forms for swim races
Its mostly a simple procedure to get forms filled out:
Also mainly ensure you only enter events which are allowed for your age, and put down your personal best times (PBs) in the box provided, try not to cheat, or make up times…. You may have all have a record of PBs from the Club Championships you may have done…
Few Other Swimming Points
If entries are late then the date may be missed and all Woking entries would be rejected.
Some swimming meets operate on a first come, first served entry basis, and in these cases entries need to be in well in advance of the organisers…
Important part of swimming development
The swimming club will publish “Open Meets” they shall be attending visit the fixtures page regularly or if you have any questions please speak to your swimming coach.
Its always important to attend swim meets:
Personal Best Swimming Times
Swimmers are solely responsible for keeping a record of PB personal best times they achieve, for the events they swim in competitions are important. These are referred to as Personal Bests or PBs.
What are swim “Time Conversions“
Some Swimming Meets require times achieved in a 25m (short course) pool and others in a 50m (long course) pool.
There are tools available to convert between the two, in the event that the swimmer has only the “wrong” type of time. Traditional comparative performance tables are accessible on the British Swimming website. If you go to PullBouy.com you can find relevant info on covering swim times:
Age Groups and swimming events
Most swimming competitions will organise swimmers into age groups for awards…so sometimes these are single year age groups, sometimes double, with awards presented for the top age group swimmers in each event in each age group.
UK competitions run on a system called “Age on Day”, which means that the age group a swimmer enters is their age on the final day of competition. If a competition runs over several weekends, like the Cheshire County Championships, swimmers enter all events as age on the last day of the whole competition.
In addition to individual age groups, competitions may also be split into Age, Youth and Senior groups. Age is up to 13 for girls and 14 for boys. Youth is from these ages to 17 for females and 18 for males, and Senior is all ages above these.
Swim Meet Programmes
Swimming Meet Programmes are available for sale at swimming event venue, or leisure centre and listing all swimmers in each event in order of seed time, also providing general information about the swimming event.