Types of Swim Meet Explained?

 

Club Champs

Open Meets

Team Events

Who decides who can go?

Swimmer

Swimmer
Some events have qualifying times

Coach

Who decides what stroke I can swim?

Swimmer

Swimmer

Coach

Is there a cost?

Small charge for each event entered

Charge for each event entered

No

How many events do I have to enter.

As many or as few as you like.  Your coach will help you decide if you are not sure.

As many or as few as you like.  Your coach will help you decide if you are not sure.

Your coach will decide who to enter in which event to give the team the best chance overall.

Who will I swim against?

Boys and girls have separate events.

You will swim against the other swimmers in your age group.

Boys and girls have separate events for each age group.

Each age group is grades with cut off times so you may be in A, B or C grade according to your personal best times - Club swimmers may be in different grades.

If you don’t have a time you will swim ASA C grade.

Usually swimmers in your age group. 

Sometimes you may be asked to swim up an age group to give the team the chance of a better over all score.

How do I know which age group I am in?

Age on the day of the event.

These may be age on the day or age on 31st December in the year of the event. 

Your coach will tell you.

Can I earn Gala Points?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can I earn Sprint Ladder Points?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Does the club get points for me swimming?

No

Yes

Yes

Can I win medals?

Yes

Yes.  If you swim faster than the cut off time you won’t win a medal but may be given a speeding ticket - awesome - you move up to the next grade!

Not individually but you can earn points to win something for  the Club.

Where do I find out about  the meets?

Fixtures list on the web site or the notice board.  The list on the notice board also states who the meet is aimed at and if it is team selection and has cut off times or qualifying times.

Any thing else?

Each Gala has an information pack which is put on the Sharks notice board.  This will tell you all of the information you need for that date.

 

Happy Swimming!