Competitions

Inverkeithing Competitive Amateur Swimmers

 Galas/Competitions/Meets

 

Each competition is different, appealing to a certain age group or where particular distances of race are available.  Parents are able to spectate and cheer their child on.  Most meets will charge entry and will sell programmes and raffle tickets for a nominal fee.  If wishing to take photographs, it is essential that you gain permission from the organisers.

 

One of the earliest competition experiences for most swimmers is the Fife Novice Leagues and the Fife Leagues.  These offer swimmers the opportunity to swim in a free competition but spaces are limited.  If your child is selected to swim, please respond promptly to the email.  If your child doesn’t

 

Each competition is different, appealing to a certain age group or where particular distances of race are available.  Parents are able to spectate and cheer their child on.  Most meets will charge entry and will sell programmes and raffle tickets for a nominal fee.  If wishing to take photographs, it is essential that you gain permission from the organisers.

 

One of the earliest competition experiences for most swimmers is the Fife Novice Leagues and the Fife Leagues.  These offer swimmers the opportunity to swim in a free competition but spaces are limited.  If your child is selected to swim, please respond promptly to the email.  If your child doesn’t want to swim the space can be offered to someone else.  In these meets it is usual for each swimmer to only have one or two swims.  If swimmers do not turn up on the day it can prevent the club from entering a relay team and therefore affects their teammates.

 

The other type of competition we enter is one where you pay for each swim your child does.  Fraser and the coaching staff will identify appropriate competitions for the club to attend.  He will then identify eligible swimmers and select a variety of races they may wish to enter.  An email will be sent out with these suggested swims and a link to the swim meet details will be included.  This will be on www.swimscotland.co.uk which holds the information on all upcoming competitions and also has official results.  Once you go on the website and access the appropriate gala information you will have all the information about the gala.  This will include the date, time, location, cost and the running order of the swims.  You should then decide what swims your child would like to do and email back your confirmation/decision as soon as possible.  A delay in responding may mean your child misses gala entry.

 

Sometimes meets are oversubscribed, so you may not get all your swims accepted.  Therefore, don’t pay until you have received a confirmation email stating what swims your child has been accepted for.  Payment is made to the InCAS bank account with the competition details in the reference section.  Once you have paid, please email incaspayments@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Swimmers Gala Management Notes

 

Before the Gala - Check the time, date, location and what swims you have. - Plan your travel to arrive in good time.

 

Items to Take

 

- Costume

- Cap

- Goggles (including a spare set if you have them)

- Towels x 2

- Pool shoes, (flip flops/Crocs)

- T-Shirt (preferably club t-shirt)

- Bottle of water

- Snack or packed lunch depending on length of meet and preference

- Entertainment for between race

 

8) Process for Swimming meets and galas :

 

On Arrival

 

- Get changed and either take your belongings poolside with you or put them in a secure locker.

- Report to your Coach/Team Manager as soon as you are poolside.

- Check team sheet for events you will be competing in

- Take part in warm up

- Never leave poolside without informing the Coach/Team Manager.

- Do not litter

- Remember you are representing your club.

 

During the Gala

 

- Respect other swimmers

- You must be quiet when races are starting so that other swimmers can hear the start signal. - At the start of races people around the pool should be still so they don’t distract swimmers. - Do not walk in front of judges and referees during a race as you may block their view of the swimmers and adversely affect their ability to observe the race.

- Make your way to marshalling in good time following instruction by your coach.

- Obey instructions from referee and judges promptly.

- When you get to the starting blocks, check in with your timekeepers so they can verify you are in the right lane.

- Some galas have swimmers of varying ages all swimming at one time as it allows the meet to run more efficiently.  Don’t let this discourage you as your time will only be compared to others within your age group. - Result sheets should be displayed poolside and also in the viewing gallery.

 

After Gala

 

- Clear away all rubbish and collect your belongings.

- Ensure your coach has said you can go and your parent/guardian is there for you.

- Get changed and ensure you have everything with you.