INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Frequently Asked Questions

A guide for parents and swimmers new to swimming competitions and racing v2

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Swimmers information

How can I keep a record of my swimming achievements?

Download a copy of the Junior Swimmers Log Book pop it in a folder and fill it in every time you have a swimming session!

What is ‘Masters’ swimming?

Masters swimming is basically swimming for adults.
Find out more here About Masters Swimming

What is meant by Level 1, 2, 3, 4 Meet?

Level 1

Meets at this level include long course National, Regional and County Championships.

Purpose: To enable athletes to achieve qualifying times suitable for entry into National, Regional and County Championships.

Pool Length – Long Course (50m) only. The pool measurement certificate has to be registered with the ASA.
Entry Criteria: A minimum qualifying time is required. Swimmers submitted entry time can be verified in Rankings and must be from level 1or 2 for National events and 1, 2 or 3 for Regional and County Championships.

County Championships and Open Meets may choose also to accept entry times from level 4 meets.

Events: Meets can be held at any time, subject to restrictions shown on the ASA Competition Calendar and below, and the programme must include at least one 400m event for each gender.

Meets in the qualifying period for the British Summer Championships must additionally include 800m and 1500m freestyle events on the programme.

Age Groups: Open Meets may choose as at 31st December in year of competition or age on the last day of the competition.

Minimum Age: 10 years if age as at 31st December, or 9 years if age on the last day of the competition.
Electronic Timing and anti-turbulence lane ropes are required.


Level 2

Meets at this level include short course National, Regional and County Championships.

Purpose: To enable athletes to achieve qualifying times suitable for entry into National, Regional and County Championships

Pool Length – Short Course (25m) only. The pool measurement certificate has to be registered with the ASA.

Entry Criteria: A minimum qualifying time is required. Swimmers submitted entry time can be verified in Rankings and must be from level 1or 2 for National events and 1, 2 or 3 for Regional and County Championships.

County Championships and Open Meets may choose also to accept entry times from level 4 meets.

Events: Meets can be held at any time, subject to restrictions shown on the ASA Competition Calendar and below, and the programme must include at least one 400m event for each gender.

Age Groups: Open Meets may choose as at 31st December in year of competition or age on the last day of the competition.
Minimum Age: 10 years if age as at 31st December, or 9 years if age on the last day of the competition.

Electronic Timing and anti-turbulence lane ropes are required.

Level 3

Purpose: To enable athletes to achieve times suitable for entry into Regional and County Championships and other Meets at Level 1 or Level 2.

Pool Length- Long Course (50m) or Short Course (25m)

Qualification Standards. Upper cut-off times are required for entry, and lower qualifying times may be set.

All entrants registered as Category Two members

Events: Varied range of Strokes and Distances is recommended
Age Groups: As at 31st December in year of competition or age on the last day of the competition.

Minimum Age: 10 years if age as at 31st December, or 9 years if age on the last day of the Competition, except for single club competitions, when ASA Law applies.

Electronic Timing is required.

Level 4

Exceptionally, Open Meets which are not Levels 1, 2 or 3, (e.g. Borough Championships), and events meeting the ASA criteria for a Low Level Competition which are:
A single club competition restricted to its members (as in Club Championships and Time Trials), or
Inter-club competitions providing:
 The event does not include more than eight clubs.
 The participating clubs must be invited by the promoter to take part in the event.
 The promoter has supplied the conditions for the event.
 The whole event takes place in one pool on one occasion and does not form a series of events, the results of which are aggregated or considered together to decide the eventual winner.

Purpose: For the development of inexperienced athletes and those seeking to compete outside their own club environment. Times recorded are suitable for entry into County Championships where acceptable to the County concerned, and Meets at Level 3.
 Level 4 times are not acceptable for entry into Regional and National Events.
Pool Length – Any pool length 25m or greater. Times will go into Rankings as Short Course for pools less than 50m

Open to Category One or Two swimmers as appropriate to the competition. Events: Varied Range of strokes and distances is recommended

Age Groups: As at 31st December in year of competition or age on the last day of the competition.

Minimum Age: as specified in ASA Law appropriate to the competition.

Electronic Timing recommended but not essential.
ASA LICENCING CRITERIA

What is DQ?

Unfortunately this means disqualified. At the end of a pool there are time keepers, recording a final time achieved by the swimmer, by the side of the pool walking up and down are Judges. If a Judge observes a swimming that has infringed the rules this will result in a DQ.

The Results Report will show a DQ when a swimmer has been disqualified and, where possible, includes details of the reason for disqualification. The fact of disqualification is usually indicated on results pages by annotating the result with ‘DQ’ or with a more specific disqualification code.

If a swimmer is disqualified then he will be given no time on the results. Any time recorded by the timekeeper will not be treated as an official time and cannot be used as a qualifying time for any event.

CHECK HERE FOR THE FINA SWIMMING RULES

 

 

What is PB?

PB – means your ‘Personal Best’ time for an event.

How can I find out my PB s?

Click here for a link to the ASA website, pop in your name and they have a record of all your PBs

British swimming Personal best times (Find your PB’s here)

What are all the kit items?

SWIMMING KIT

PULL BUOY

PULLBUOY
A pull buoy or leg float is a figure-eight shaped piece of closed-cell foam used in swim workouts. Swimmers place the buoy between the legs – between their thighs or their ankles – to provide support to the body without kicking the legs; this allows the swimmer to focus on training only their arms and developing both endurance and upper body strength.

SMALL KICK BOARD

KICKBOARD
Kick boards are a flotation aid used to develop a swimmer’s kicking action. They can be used on all strokes but are primarily used on Freestyle, Butterfly stroke and Breaststroke.

Swimmers of all ability can use them. Young swimmers can develop their kicking action while elite swimmers can refine their kick. They are also used to strengthen a swimmers legs.

FINS

FINSFins are used to develop leg strength, kicking with fins is like lifting weights: the added resistance of the water on the blade of the fin increases the workload on your leg muscles. They also increase ankle flexibility and help improve body position and technique.  Fins add extra propulsion to the stroke, which increases a swimmer’s speed through the water. Good swimmers tend to plane on top of the water while poor swimmers tend to drag their legs and swim in a more vertical position slowing them down

 

HAND PADDLES

HANDPADDLE
A hand paddle is a device worn by swimmers during training. It consists of a curved plastic plate worn over the swimmer’s palm and attached over the back of the swimmer’s hand with elastic cords. The plate is often perforated with a pattern of holes

 

FINGER PADDLESFINGERPADDLES

 

Finger paddles are designed to fit on your fingers and can be used for all strokes

FULCRUM
FULCRUM

The Fulcrum is a swim training aid that will teach an Early
Vertical Forearm (EVF) which improves your technique to develop a proper stroke
pull that will utilise your entire forearm. Using the fulcrum
increases muscle memory of the proper position for your hand, wrist and forearm
and will help your stroke to be more efficient from beginning to end.  Used for
all four competitive swim strokes.

 

SNORKEL

SNORKELThe training snorkel is used in swimming training to improve
their swim stroke technique and help them to correctly align their body and head
position in the water without having to worry about their breathing technique.

 

 

MESH EQUIPMENT BAG

MESH
Mesh equipment bags are used to transport and store all your swimming kit that gets used in the pool – the mesh helps with drainage as it can often get quite wet!

 

 

 

SWIMMING CAP

CLUB CAP

The Portsmouth Northsea swimming caps can be purchased from the club shop. There is a choice of standard cap or racing dome caps (for elite swimmers)
Club Shop

 

 

 

What qualifying times do I need to meet for County, Regional, National Championships?

QUALIFYING TIMES

 

COUNTY QUALIFYING TIMES 2019

SOUTH EAST REGIONAL QUALIFYING TIMES 2019

LATEST INFORMATION FOR COUNTIES OR REGIONALS CAN BE FOUND HERE

BRITISH NATIONAL QUALIFYING TIMES 2019

Summer Nationals are ‘invite only’ based on your position on rankings within the qualifying window. Please talk to your coach for further information.