Development Gala – Guide for Parents

Parents’ Guide to Competitions

The Swim Ulster Calendar can be found at the following link:

http://www.swimulster.net/getattachment/Competitions/Competition-Calendar-2015-2016/Competition-Calendar-2016-2017-28-11-16.pdf.aspx

Aqua sprints

The Aqua Sprint Junior Swimming League is an early introduction to competitive swimming. This league is both fun and competitive and has grown over the past number of years with the support of Forest Feast and will this year involve 25 Clubs from all over the province.

The Aqua Sprint League is divided into 4 divisions & is sponsored by Forest Feast. Information, results & fixtures can be found on the Aqua Sprint website.

http://www.aquasprint.co.uk/swim-ulster/

Aqua Sprint galas are usually held on Friday or Saturday evenings once a month (from January – May) and last for about an hour and a half. The end of the season final normally takes place at the beginning of June. A total of 40 events are swum, including individual and team relays. All races are 25m only.

This is aimed at the junior end of the club.

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with timed swims.

PTL: Provincial Towns League

PTLs are a friendly atmosphere of clubs competing against other clubs, within divisions to move up or down the overall league. These PTLs cover all ages of the club in 4 categories A, B, C, D. Each PTL consists of a 4x50m Medley relay, 50m of all 4 strokes, 100m Individual Medley and then finishes up with a 4x50m Freestyle relay.

The finishing position of each race is worth points which are tallied into a final score for each PTL match. The home teams provide hospitality where traditionally the girls bring cakes/buns and the boys bring sandwiches. This provides an opportunity to gather both teams to announce the result, give speeches and meet other swimmers from around NI.

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with timed swims.

Development Gala

These meets are the first introduction to open competition for the majority of club members therefore it is important that swimmers, coaches and parents have an enjoyable experience. Over the last few years the Development Meets have been very popular and sessions have become very long.

Swimmers are restricted to individual 4 events per meet plus relay events.

Swimmers who have 3 or more qualifying times for the winter, Spring & Summer Meets are not eligible to enter the Development Meets.

AIM

These are a stepping stone to make qualifying times to move on to Qualifying gala`s.

Swimmers wishing to qualify for the Qualifying Meets are required to achieve a qualifying time on Individual Medley (legal strokes and streamlining – hips past the flags) and two 50m (9/10yrs) or 100m (11&over) qualifying times.

i.e. 9/10yrs will only swim 50m events plus 100m Individual Medley and 11&over will swim 50m Butterfly; 100m Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle; and 200m Individual Medley.

A list of swimmers achieving the required streamlining standard will be circulated to clubs following each Development Meet.

Development galas are for ages 9 and over

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with timed swims.

Qualifying Gala

Having qualified from the Development meets swimmers as noted above, swimmers have the opportunity to compete in a  full Olympic Programme plus 50m Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly, 100 Individual Medley, Men’s 800 Freestyle and Women’s 1500m Freestyle.

From here they can achieve times to compete in Ulster / Irish age groups, Ulster/Irish Senior competitions.

Age 9 and over

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with having achieved the necessary qualifying times and standards.

Qualifying standards are available at the link below:

http://www.swimulster.net/getattachment/Competitions/Competitions-List/Spring-Qualifying-Gala/Qualifying-Meet-Information-2016-2017.pdf.aspx

 

 

 

Ulster Age Group & Youth Championships

Moving on from the Qualifying gala, swimmers progress to Ulster Age groups. Ulster age groups are usually held annually in April and held in Long course (50m) format in Bangor. This is a full Olympic programme whereby medals are awarded for the top 3 swimmers in each age category:

Male : 9-11yrs, 12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs, 16/17yrs

Female : 9-11yrs, 12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15/16yrs

 

Qualifying standards are available at the link below: P4

http://www.swimulster.net/getattachment/9dd2ae57-cf0e-4ed5-8ca8-d025bce60926/Ulster-Age-Group-Youth-Championships-2017-Meet-Conditions.pdf.aspx

Age 9-16

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with having achieved the necessary qualifying times and standards.

Ulster Short Course Championships & Ulster Long Course Championships

Both of these Championships are a progression of the Ulster Age Group championships, designed to progress age group swimmers into senior competitors.

This is a full Olympic programme where entries are based on achieving a qualifying time at previous meets.

Ulster Short Course (25m) Championships are held annually in December.

Ulster Long Course (50m) Championships: TBC

Qualifying times are published on the Swim Ulster website.

Team lists are determined by the coaches in line with having achieved the necessary qualifying times and standards.

Other Ulster based competitions

The above is not an exhaustive list, various clubs run meets and events run throughout the year for which the coaches will circulate the necessary information.

Furthermore we will run time trails throughout the season and include our own club gala in our programme.

 

Irish Age Group (Div. 2)

This is a 4 day meet, usually held during the 1st weekend of July in the UL arena, Limerick.

This is similar to the Ulster age groups but on a national scale. This is an excellent event to introduce younger age group swimmers to a larger scale of competition whilst still in an age group learning environment.

Irish Age Group Summer meets

This is a 5 day meet, usually held in the 3rd week of July in the NAC, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

This is similar to the Ulster senior championships but on a national scale. This is an excellent event to develop younger age group swimmers as they adjust to the bigger competitions and learn from more senior swimmers. For senior swimmers this provides an opportunity to race against swimmers that they wouldn’t meet on an Ulster level.

Other Irish / British based competitions

The above is not an exhaustive list, various clubs run meets and events run throughout the year for which the coaches will circulate the necessary information.

http://www.swimireland.ie/

 

 

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