Tulip meet 2016 Esther Skells Sainsburys Luke Elliott Pool at Tulip Daisy or Millie Sam Fovargue Anya

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COMPETITIONS EXPLAINED

Getting involved in competitive swimming can be an unfamiliar process for young swimmers and parents.  Below is a guide to the different types of competitions.

LEAGUE GALAS

Our club is part of the Junior Lincs League, Senior Lincs League and National Arena Swimming League.  More information can be found on this website under the heading ‘Competitions’.

INTERNAL CLUB GALAS

These are ‘closed competitions’ as only members of our club can enter them.  At present we have Club Championships (Club Champs) and Mini Club Championships.  There may also be time trials which are held throughout the year to enable the younger swimmers to familiarise themselves with taking part in a competition and/or enable older swimmers to gain personal best times for certain events.

Mini Club Champs

These are held 3 times a year (Winter, Easter and Summer) and are for those in learner squads, D1 and D2.  There are competitive fun and games for the littlest ones in the learner pool and 10 metre events in all four strokes held in the main pool.   There may also be 25m events held for those that

are uncertain about swimming this distant.  This gives our younger swimmers their first steps into competition.

Club Champs

Club Champs are for those that that can swim 25m and over and open to any age group.  It provides an ideal opportunity for younger swimmers to get experience of competing and registering official times.  Each of the strokes are swum in all distances.  We would expect the majority of our swimmers to enter.  Details are given nearer the time of the competition.  Winners of each event are presented with a trophy.  Swimmers who attain 1st, 2nd or 3rd are presented with a plaque and all swimmers who partake are presented with a certificate showing the times they achieved at our Club Champs for each event.  These are all presented at our annual presentation evening.

We licence our Club Champs so times achieved will go on the ASA database and can be used to enter Open Meet Competitions.

Your age group is determined by the age you are at 31st December in that particular year.

Currently the main events are held in July with long course events currently being held in September/October.

If you are unsure of what events your child should enter then please have a word with your child’s coach who can advise you.

Mini Club Champs

These are held 3 times a year (Winter, Easter and Summer) and are for those in learner squads, D1 and D2.  There are competitive fun and games for the littlest ones in the learner pool and 10 metre events in all four strokes held in the main pool.   There may also be 25m events held for those that are uncertain about swimming this distant.  This gives our younger swimmers their first steps into competition.

OPEN MEETS

  • An Open meet is a competition where swimmers enter as individuals via the club to compete against others of the same age group. Swimmers enter these meets to achieve times, usually for qualification for other events (for example Counties or Regional Championships) or just to track their progress and aim for a personal best time.

 Characteristics of an open meet are:

  • They are open to all swimmers who meet the criteria of the host club. 
  • usually held over a day or weekend
  • normally have qualifying times which restrict who enters by setting a time that the swimmer must have achieved to be permitted to compete (just one of the reasons we encourage all our swimmers to enter as many events as possible in our Club Champs).  Others have upper limits so that very fast swimmers cannot enter and others have a chance.
  • You can enter open meets once you are 9 years old unless the competition states age as at 31st December and you are 9 during that year or the competition is specified as a mini meet to include younger children or a specific age group.
  • Open meets need to be licensed by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and adhere to its rules when running the meet so that there is parity amongst all open meets of the same level.

There are four different levels of Open Meet:

Level 4 – This is a lower level competition mainly held for the development of inexperienced swimmers and those seeking to compete outside their own club environment.  Times recorded are suitable for entry into County Championships and meets at Level 3.

Level 3 – These meets can be swum in long course or short course pools and are for all swimmers that meet the qualifying conditions.  The promotor will state upper time limits which swimmers’ entry times cannot be faster than.  Often there are also lower time limits (swimmer must be able to swim faster than those times).

Level 2 – These meets are swum in short course (25m pools) and are aimed at National, Regional and County level swimmers.  There are lower time limits (swimmer must be able to swim faster than those times).  The minimum age to compete at this level meet is 10 years of age as at 31st December, or 9 years of age on the last day of the competition.

Level 1 - These meets are swum in long course (50m pools) and are generally aimed at National and Regional level swimmers.  There are lower time limits (as above).   The minimum age to compete in this level meet is 10 years of age as at 31st December, or 9 years of age on the last day of the competition.

Championships:

Championships at County, Regional and National level have a lower cut off time but no upper limit; all times have to be achieved at a licensed event. All swimmers aim to qualify for these events as they are prestigious events and a tremendous achievement. As you progress from Counties to Regionals the times will become harder to achieve.

Counties:

  • This competition happens once a year, over 3 weekends, in January and February.
  • Entrance to the Championships is through qualifying times.
  • Swimmers can start competing at County level from the year that they turn 10 as long as they have gained the qualifying standard.
  • Counties are the first stepping stone for swimmers in championship standards.

Regionals:

  • Regionals have three competitions per year, the Youth Championships for swimmers aged 14 to 19 & over , Age Group Championships for swimmers aged 11 to 13 years, the Winter Championships (25m facility) for Senior (aged 17 years & over), and Junior (aged 16 years and under) swimmers.
  • The Youth Championships and the Age Group Champs are held in May and the Winter Champs in November.
  • All the competitions are Long Course (except winter), which means they take place in a 50m pool. Swimmers have to gain qualifying times from licensed meets in order to compete at these championships.

Nationals:

There are four different levels of Open Meet:

Level 4 – This is a lower level competition mainly held for the development of inexperienced swimmers and those seeking to compete outside their own club environment.  Times recorded are suitable for entry into County Championships and meets at Level 3.

Level 3 – These meets can be swum in long course or short course pools and are for all swimmers that meet the qualifying conditions.  The promotor will state upper time limits which swimmers’ entry times cannot be faster than.  Often there are also lower time limits (swimmer must be able to swim faster than those times).

Level 2 – These meets are swum in short course (25m pools) and are aimed at National, Regional and County level swimmers.  There are lower time limits (swimmer must be able to swim faster than those times).  The minimum age to compete at this level meet is 10 years of age as at 31st December, or 9 years of age on the last day of the competition.

Level 1 - These meets are swum in long course (50m pools) and are generally aimed at National and Regional level swimmers.  There are lower time limits (as above).   The minimum age to compete in this level meet is 10 years of age as at 31st December, or 9 years of age on the last day of the competition.