Swimming competitions are usually broken down into four levels:
Other types of meet are:
Every swimmer from the age of 9 years is encouraged to enter the annual club championships. This is an opportunity to achieve times that swimmers need to enter Open Meets.
information on the club’s competition meets can be found under the competition section of the club website
The Club chooses a selection of different meets to ensure that all levels of age and ability within the Club can have the opportunity to enjoy competitive swimming. We take part in a number of team competitions and would ask swimmers to support these. For Arena League and Junior League swimmers selected to represent the club are expected to make themselves available.. The responsible coach will inform the swimmers selected in advance with all meet information.
Each meet info will have details on when the meet is, warm up times, events, qualifying times and a most importantly the closing date for entries. The closing date is very important as we need time to process the entries before sending them off to the meet organiser.
Please read the meet conditions carefully – this will help explain things you may later question.
All entries will be processed through the swimmer’s club organiser account
Meets will be displayed only to eligible swimmers. Swimmers will only able to enter events which they have a qualified time for.
You should first of all discuss which events you should enter with your coach to ensure that the right focus and balance of events are selected.
On The Day
Travel to Open Meets will be by personal means/arrangement. It is important to know what times the warm ups begin and aim to arrive half an hour before this time to get changed and find the rest of the team. There is usually limited space for swimmers so the earlier you arrive the better space you will have to sit in.
Make sure you are familiar of the building – swimmers will sit with the team and coaches and parents/spectators will usually sit in a different area. Make note of the catering facilities it can be a long day and both swimmers and parents will need to keep fuelled.
Swimmers are expected to stay with the team and follow directions of the coaches in attendance at all times. They must ask if they are going off to see parents/spectators.
There will be coaches and team managers in attendance at all club supported meets, they will prepare the swimmers for their warm ups and races.
What to bring:
Swimming meets can be long and hot for parents, so please make sure that you are also prepared correctly:
Where they are available, a results report will be posted on the gala report section of the website. In all cases the results will be uploaded to your club organiser account, which is the club’s recording system for all swimmers’ official times.
Official times from licensed meets are also uploaded onto Swim England web site under the Rankings and Results section. There is also a link from the club website to this location.
It is useful to keep a record of your child’s times as these will be needed to enter other meets – you need to have the most up to date record of your swimmers achievements.