British Age Group Points System
A points scoring system developed to allow swimmers of all ages to compare performances across a range of events. At county champs and development meet (and other meets) they are used to calculate which swimmer has given an overall best performance. They usually include 200m free, another 200m race, 100m race (age 11 and above), 50m race and an IM race. If entering events with bagcat points being awarded you need to make you swim as a minimum all these events if possible, and more if wanted. Always check details on the entry forms and ask your coach if you are in doubt about which events or competitions to enter.
The Club Championships are an annual event now comprising four days of racing. Swimmers can choose to enter whichever races they like according to their age group. There are qualifying times on the longer distance events, such as 400m and over, as these events may not be appropriate for all swimmers. The Club Championships offer an opportunity to gain times which may enable swimmers to enter outside events such as the Hampshire County Championships or Open Meets run by other ASA clubs.
Competitive Development Continuum Project
An ASA initiative to change the way age group swimming is run in the UK.
An exercise aimed at improving a swimmer's technique for a particular stroke. Drills normally relate to a key aspect of the stroke concerned and are designed to improve the swimmer's technique or timing in order to correctly execute the stroke when competing. Drills may involve the use of the arms or legs in isolation, or may involve concentrating on a particular aspect, such as high elbow recovery on front crawl.
These are normally one off inter club competitions where there is an agreed programme of events covering the full range of strokes at agreed age levels. Galas will usually also include relay events at both freestyle and medley and are scored on a points basis for each event. The gala winners are the team who accumulate the highest points in the competition concerned.
There are a number of leagues that operate in our catchment area. Each league will normally consist of a series of galas where the accumulative points from the galas determine the league position. Most leagues will consist of more than one division and the final league positions from each series of competitions will determine promotions or relegations, when appropriate.
A long course is where an event takes place in a 50 metre pool. The distinction between a short course and a long course event is required, as the time taken to competitively swim, for example 50 metres in a 50 metre pool will be different to the event swum in a 25 metre pool due to the required turn.
The aim of the Mini Meets is to give our young swimmers an introduction to competition and to give them added incentive to attend their training sessions and to work hard, by providing an ideal competitive environment in which to develop their racing skills.
- To provide an early introduction to the ASA BAGCATs awards for swimmers, parents and club coaches
- Regular Mini Meet attendances will allow a coach to monitor each swimmer's progress
Parents are also to be actively encouraged to develop skills as officials and helpers in running the series.
An Open meet is a competition where swimmers can enter through a payment for each event they wish to/or they qualify to swim. These events are usually run by clubs or the county or district and are graded according to ability levels. Swimmers would normally enter an open meet under the direction of the club's coaches and the events would primarily be used to either gain qualification times for county/district/national championships.
A short course is normally when an event takes place in a pool of 25 metres, however any event in a pool of less than 50 metres is deemed to be short course. The distinction between a short course and a long course event is required, as the time taken to competitively swim, for example 50 metres in a 50 metre pool will be different to the event swum in a 25 metre pool due to the required turn.
These are galas internal to the club and an opportunity for swimmers to gain their first competitive experience and to obtain their competitive times for the club rankings. Swimmers will be notified of these galas either via their coaches, on notice boards at the various swimming pools or via the web site. These events will be swum under ASA rules.
The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) swimmer Development Programme for the 21st century.
Parent helpers who assist at swimming competitions by supervising the swimmers between events and ensuring that the swimmers are ready for the events in which they are swimming.