|Policies and Procedures|
Competition Calender 2014
|26th-29th June 2014||Scottish National Age Groups||ScottishGasNationalAgeGroupSwimmingChampionships||25th May 2014|
|17th August 2014||Kilmarnock Centenary Gala||https://Kilmarnock Centenary Gala||Tbc|
|30th/31st August 2014||North Ayrshire Distance Meet||https:// North Ayrshire Distance Meet||3rd August 2014|
|6th/7th September 2014||West District Sprint & Relay Championships||https:// West District Sprint & Relay Championships||10th August 2014|
|20th & 21st September 2014||North Ayrshire Development Meet||https://North Ayrshire Development Meet||31st August 2014|
28th April 2014 - NationalSquadProgramme/SelectionPolicy&Times/2014-2015
2013 Club Championship Results
2013 Final Club Championship Points.pdf
2013 Club Championship Open Len points.pdf
IASC Club Championships 2013
IASC Championships Sprints Points 2013 2013 Points from Sprints.pdf
IASC Club Championships 2012
IASC Club Championships 2012 2012 Club Champs FINAL POINTS.pdf
IASC Club Championships 2011
IASC Club championships results please see links below.
session 1 results.pdf
session 2 results.pdf
session 3 results.pdf
final points age groups.pdf
Types of Swimming events
A) Open meets
Many clubs, hold open meets during the season. Age groups for these meets are usually from 11 years and upwards. A swimmers age is normally taken as the age on day of meet. The Clubs hosting the meet will normally publish consideration times for all events in each age group, and IASC will submit entries for swimmers based on the swimmers personal best times (PBs). The coaches have the final say as to which swimmers should be entered for any particular events, and may decide that, in certain circumstances, an entry may not be beneficial for a particular swimmer.
These are similar to Open Meets, but are for swimmers in the younger age groups, often from 8 and under to 12 years. Age groups for these meets are often based on 'age on the day',
These are meets, used to encourage swimmers of moderate ability, by ensuring that the standards of entry are similar. This is achieved by publishing time bands - swimmers entered must achieve times between the published maximum and minimum times for each event. Any entrant who swims more than 5% faster than the minimum time will be disqualified.
These could be run in the same way as graded meets, but are generally to help swimmers improve in a competitive situation.
The Club receives details of meets from other clubs and the coaches will decide whether the Club will attend. Entry forms which can be downloaded from the competitions page must be returned to Jennifer Garrity, the entries secretary by a specific date. Accepted entries will be emailed to swimmers. It can take up to three or four weeks for this information to get back to the Club.
For most invitational galas the entry fee is currently between £4and £6 per swim. Jennifer Garrity, the entries secretary should be paid before the meet. It is very important that anyone not available for a meet should inform the secretary as soon as possible.
Mostly a Swimmers age is taken as the age on the day of the meet
Personal Best times
A list of all swimmers current PB's is maintained and updated during the season, using times recorded at meets in which the club participates. Swimmers and parents should be aware of these times and discuss any discrepancies with the records convenor.
This is the maximum time for an event that will be considered by the organisers of a gala. However, achieving the consideration time does not guarantee acceptance of the entry. The number and quality of other entries will determine this.
West District Age Group Championships
These are held over several weekends between March and May at various pools in the District - usually Ayr, Bellshill, Larkhall and Cumbernauld. The organisation of the Championships may vary from year to year. The Club makes entries for all swimmers making the consideration times for each event. consideration times for that event. For the distance events the number of accepted entries may be reduced. The fastest 36 entries for each event will be accepted direct to the Championships, so swimmers who have made consideration times may not have their entries accepted. The Championship rules may change from year to year, as above. Swimmers should watch the notice boards for published consideration times. If they wish to ensure that they are entered (or not entered!) for a particular event, they should discuss it with their coach. Otherwise, the Club will make entries based on the coach's estimate of the swimmers abilities. The entry fees for the championships are normally £5 per event. If a swimmer is not on poolside when the 'posting box' for entries closes, his/her entry card will not be posted. If a card is posted and the swimmer does not swim, the Club is fined £10.00 and this fine will be passed on to the swimmer. The club is also fined if a swimmer does not make the consideration time in his/her event, but the Club pays this since the coaches are responsible for the entries.
Scottish Age Group Championship
This is normally swum over four days, from the last Thursday in June. It is a long course meet and age groups are from 12 years to Open (16 and over). Consideration times are published at the end of the preceding calendar year. Achieving these times should be the goal of every swimmer, but the times are hard and 'qualifying for the Scottish' is an achievement in itself. Please note that adjustments have to be made to times swum in 25 metre pools to give long course equivalent times. This is done using tables, and the long course times are slightly slower. The Club pays part of all Scottish entry fees. The Club does not normally organise transport to any of the above invitation/individual meets.
There are two leagues, the Clyde Coast Winter League and Mini League. The Club enters teams in each of these leagues each year. The leagues are of varying standard and cover an assortment of age groups. Team selection is based on the standard required for each league. The Mini League team will normally swim four matches in a season, one home and three away matches. For home matches parents are asked to provide cakes and sandwiches for the officials and coaches of visiting clubs. Swimmers are served juice and crisps, provided by the Club.
These are normally held over the months of June and December, and are open to all squad swimmers. Events are 'heat declared winner'.
Nutrition & Hydration
In the modern world of sport, if participants are to achieve their full potential it is no longer enough to rely on natural talent and fitness alone. Factors such as good parents, the right training, nutrition and hydration are part of the package. Here are some nutritional essentials you should adhere to.
Enjoy a variety of nutritious foods daily.
Decrease your saturated fat intake.
Maintain fluid balance before, during and after training and competition.
Focus on high carbohydrate foods.
Carbohydrates are the body’s main energy source and act as a protein sparer.. This means that available carbohydrates will be used as the fuel instead of muscle protein.
Complex carbohydrates provide sustained energy over long periods of time. (Breads, cereals, pasta fruit and vegetables)
Simple carbohydrates provide fast spurts of energy only. Once these sources are used feelings of tiredness may set in. (sugar rich processed food energy bars sports drinks)
Fats are used as an energy source for low intensity training. Most participants should have 20-25% dietary intake only. Good sources of essential fatty acids include fish, nuts and whole grains.
Protein builds and maintains body tissues. Animal products and nuts, legumes, beans and lentils are all rich sources of protein and are important for growth recovery of body systems between exercise bouts.
Things to think about
Are you eating 2-3 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day?
Did you eat any saturated fatty foods today?
Do you sometimes in the latter stages of a training session feel tired and lose concentration?
Good pre and post training nutrition is a very important factor in your training regime and should be included in an athlete’s overall training plan.
Always come to training with enough water to see you through the whole session.
Sporting participants usually only replace 30-70% of fluid lost during training.
A 1% loss in body weight through fluid loss brings about a deteriorating performance.
Make sure you are well hydrated before training/competition.
Ensure you have at least 500 mL of fluid pre-training/competition (1-2 hours prior)
Don’t rely on thirst to show dehydration. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated.
Aim to have 250 mL every 15 mins of high intensity exercise.
Avoid caffeine due to its dehydrating effects.
Avoid spas and hot environments where possible.
Try the fluid replacements methods during training first and then apply them during competition.
Competition day requires special preparation to make sure that you are ready to perform at your best. You train to win so now it’s time to ‘eat to win’.
Fuelling up body carbohydrate is a key part of preparing for competition.
This does not mean that you consume huge amounts of food over the days and nights before a competition. This type of preparation will leave you sluggish. Also if high fat foods have been consumed instead of complex carbohydrates muscle fuel stores may not fully benefit.
24 hrs. Of high carbohydrate foods will ensure well-stocked muscle fuel stores to help competition performance.
Examples of high Carbohydrate low fat pre-competition meals are
Cereal milk and fresh fruit
Muffins Crumpets with jam or honey
Toast and baked beans
Rolls or sandwiches and banana
Fruit + yoghurt
Pasta with tomato based sauces
Baked Potatoes with low fat fillings
Fruit smoothie (milk)
Eating and drinking after training/competition to recover quickly.
Re-hydrate steadily and remember that sports drinks provide carbohydrates as well as fluid. Carbohydrate snacks also include protein which may assist tissue damage repair as well as replace energy stores. Try to eat or drink within 20 mins of training/competition to replenish fluids and energy stores.