Long course (LC) events are held in a 50m pool and short course (SC) is held in a 25m pool. The Olympic Games is always held in a 50m pool but there are international competitions in both LC and SC. The major difference is that a swimmer will turn more often in SC competitions and can therefore create more momentum from powering off the wall of the pool.
There are a range of events in the swimming programme. Typically this will be 50m, 100m and 200m races in each of the strokes (breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle). With freestyle there is also the 400m event and for women the 800m, and for men the 1,500m freestyle. 100m single stroke events are usually not recommended for swimmers 10 and under.
There are also 100m (SC only), 200m and 400m individual medley races for both men and women, where they will complete lengths using breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle strokes. Plus there are male and female relays swum over 4x200m (freestyle only), 4x100m and in SC meets 4x50m and 4x25m. Junior swimmers all aim to peak at the British Gas ASA National Youth and Age Group Championships. (Courtesy of ASA).
Hart Swim Club has a number of in-house club competitions throughout the year swum in our 25m (SC) pool at Hart Leisure Centre – all swimmers are encouraged to enter. While it can seem a little daunting, these events are great fun and a way to meet swimmers in other squads and to learn the format of a swimming meet - this FAQ sheet will answer many of your questions, otherwise speak to any of our coaches or committee members. It is also a way for parents to meet other parents and also to get involved by volunteering.
Following on from these club competitions are the Open Meets – competitions run by other swimming clubs. There are 4 levels of licences a meet can have: Level 4 being the lowest and 1 the highest. If a meet is licenced, times obtained will be registered with ASA rankings.
All our club meets are licenced at level 4 and open to all age swimmers in our club. Open meets are only open to swimmers 9 or over. They will be licenced at level 1–3, the higher the level the faster the swimmers it is aimed at. Swimmers from different clubs compete as individuals.
At a Gala clubs compete against each other with a team of swimmers. These tend to be unlicensed so times do not get posted to ASA rankings. Swimmers are selected by the coaches. The club competes in 2 leagues: