LEAGUES & OPEN MEETS
As a club, we compete in the Staffordshire (Potteries) Swimming League known as Crusader, built up of 3 Divisions, each containing 4 teams with 3 galas in each division.
Age groups allowed to compete are:
- 10 Years and Under (Must be 9 by the final gala of the season)
- 12 Years and Under
- 14 Years and Under
- Open (15 Years plus)
This is a fun, popular swimming competition due it’s team based nature, and our swimmers really enjoy these events.
For 2019 we are also competing in the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Junior Swimming League.
This is also a 3 round league, with clubs drawn out at random for each round and a host club chosen. This is aimed at swimmers of 9-12yrs who will swim 2 or 3 races. Again, a team event where swimmers are racing for points.
What are Open Meets?
These are galas designed for the individual swimmer, although they will still swim under their club’s name. There is a fee payable (by the swimmer) for each event entered – around £3.50 to £6.00 per event.
Open meets have four tiers of structured competition and are licensed according to the purpose of their competition as Level 1, 2, 3 and 4.
- Level 1 is aimed at National qualifiers, or swimmers close to National qualification, looking for opportunities to achieve National qualifying times.
- Level 2 is aimed at Midland District qualifiers.
- Level 3 is for Club swimmers who are looking for County qualifying times.
- Level 4 is for Club swimmers who are just beginning competition.
Each level has ‘qualifying times’ – which may include an upper limit (a swimmer cannot have produced a time faster than this) and/or a lower limit (a swimmer’s qualifying time cannot be slower than this)
Swimmers are ‘seeded’ according to their entry times – which means they will swim against others of the same ability regardless of age.
Results are determined either by finals (in age groups) or by the fastest swims in the heats (called heat declared).
There are usually trophies and/or medals for the top three or six in each age group.
Note: – each age group could be, for example, 14/U, i.e. not necessarily single age groups.
The events the swimmer competes in will be chosen by themselves with guidance from the coach.
Also the Open Meets the swimmer competes at will be chosen by their coach judged on their ability.