What you need to know

There are numerous external galas held across the region in which the swimmers can compete throughout the year. Entry requirements for each event will be posted on the notice board at Leyland Leisure Centre. External events have entry time requirements so you need to keep a record of your swimmer’s PBs as they will be needed when completing entry forms.

WHAT TO WEAR FOR EXTERNAL COMPETITIONS

Club costumes/jammers and team hats MUST be worn for all team events. For individual events swimmers can wear their preferred costumes/jammers but MUST wear a team hat.

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

Teams travel to most fixtures on a coach provided by the club. The cost for each swimmer is £4 payable upon boarding. Parents travelling on the team bus pay £2. Parents of 9 year olds will be given priority. Swimmers are expected to observe the club’s code of conduct at all times. Poor behaviour may result in exclusion from the club transport and exclusion from further matches. Transport to individual external events is not usually provided.

POOLSIDE

Swimmers on poolside will need:

  • t shirt
  • extra towel
  • drink & light snack

Only bring small bags on the poolside, please. Some swimmers bring something to keep them occupied e.g. a book, but electronic gadgets are not recommended. Swimmers MUST NOT leave the poolside until given permission to do so. This includes toilet breaks – you must get your team marshall’s permission to leave the poolside.

WHAT ARE LICENSED MEETS?

Licensed Meets are swimming events licensed by Swim England. This means they have to meet certain standards to ensure fair competition.

The English swimming licensed meets calendar contains a range of ‘open’ meets, designed to give all competitive swimmers in England the chance to achieve their true potential.

Guide to the four levels of licensed meets

All licensed meets are subject to ASA laws and regulations and the ASA Technical Rules of Racing. They are graded into four levels.

  1. Level 1 Meets are long course (50m) only and cover National, Regional and County Championships. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve qualifying times for entry into National, Regional and County Championships.
  2. Level 2 Meets are short course (25m) only and cover National, Regional and County Championships. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve qualifying times for entry into National, Regional and County Championships in short course.
  3. Level 3 Meets are long and short course events. Their purpose is to enable athletes to achieve times for entry into Regional and County Championships and other Meets at Level 1 or Level 2.
  4. Level 4 Meets are entry level events in pools 25m or greater. Borough Championships are an example. They are for inexperienced athletes and swimmers seeking to compete outside their club environment. If times are good athletes progress to Level 3 Meets.
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