GALA INFORMATION

Morpeth ASC is a competitive swimming club. Swimmers in Competitive squads are expected to compete regularly at targeted competitions.

(Please see squad criteria for more information)

Competitions are a key part of swimmers training programme. Swimmers learn through competing and get the chance to put what they have been working on in training into practice. They also allow the coaching team to assess progress and identity any areas that need to be worked on (group & individual).

Swimmers will be asked to compete at competitions appropriate to their level and stage of development.

(See squad criteria for more information about specific squad requirements). 

Swimmers will be advised via email which competitions and events to enter and an online entry form sent to you by email. 

Payment for events should be made at the time of submitting your entry.

Any rejected entries will be refunded.

 

Information about all galas will be published on the website (upcoming galas)

and sent out by email.

 
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Reasons To Enter A Gala
Morpeth ASC is a competitive swimming club and we encourage children to compete as we believe it is one of the key ways to help swimmers to become faster and better. It’s essential that swimmers make every effort to compete for several reasons:

To see how much progress you have made

To put your skills into practice.

To provide coaches with vital information to enable them to assist you to set goals and targets to work towards.

To improve your Personal Best (PB) times.

To stretch yourself to your limits 

To achieve qualifying times for other galas

To learn from experienced swimmers

To represent Morpeth ASC

To meet new people

To have fun

To win!

Attending A Gala

When attending a gala please arrive 30 minutes before scheduled warm up times. These can be found on the club website or on the host club’s website. 

Upon arrival, the swimmers go straight to the changing area whilst parents queue to enter the spectators’ area.

Swimmers stay with the team for the whole session (unless advised otherwise by a coach or team manager).

 

Parents should not go onto poolside at any point throughout competitions or enter the changing area (unless an absolute emergency e.g. illness).

 

Swimmers can leave poolside at the end of the session for lunch or to go home. 

Remember change for lockers (usually 20p, 50p or £1)

 

What you need to take with you on to poolside

Once changed swimmers should go and meet their team on poolside taking with them:

  • Warm Up costumes 

  • Racing Suit – if appropriate

  • Club swimming hat & spare

  • Goggles & spare

  • A towel to dry off after each race

  • Club T-shirt to wear in between races & shorts or leggings

  • Club hoodie / Zip up

  • Trainers & socks only used for poolside / Sliders or similar

  • Food and drink for each session 

Once the team is assembled the team manager or coach will provide all necessary instructions for your races.

Swimmers should know which events they are competing in.

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CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

This is a fun event and the only time that all squads attend the same gala. All swimmers are expected to attend.  The event is held over one or two short evening sessions and one full day.

Events are:

Boys/Girls 12yrs, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs+ 200m Freestyle

Boys/Girls 8 & U, 9yrs 25m Butterfly, 10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs 50m Butterfly, 13yrs, 14yrs,15yrs + 100m Butterfly

Boys/Girls 8 & U, 9yrs 25m Backstroke,10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs 50m Backstroke, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs + 100m Backstroke

Boys 12yrs & U Skins /Girls 12yrs & U Skins/ Boys 12yrs & O Skins / Girls 12yrs & O Skins

8 & U, 9yrs 25m Breaststroke, 10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs 50m Breaststroke, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs + 100m Breaststroke

8 & U 25m Freestyle, 9yrs,10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs 50m Freestyle, 13yrs, 14yrs, 15yrs +100m Freestyle

Handicap

What to bring to the Club Championships:

*Swimming costume/trunks

*Swimming Hat & spare (if you have them)

*Goggles & spare (if you have them)

*A towel to dry off after each race

*Club T-shirt (or other if you don’t have a club T-shirt yet) to wear in between races / shorts or leggings

*Club Hoodie (if you have one) or other warm hoodie.

*Sliders/ Flip flops or similar

*Food and drink for each session (flap jack/ cereal bars / fruit and 2 water bottles)

*Packed lunch

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During the Club Championships

*A coach or poolside helper will let you know when to you need to go to marshalling for your race

*If you need to go to the toilet, you must tell a coach or poolside helper

*Drink plenty of water

*Eat healthy snacks (not sweets)

*Support your team mates

*Parents must not go on poolside

 

PORTOBELLO GALA

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MORPETH v PORTOBELLO TO RETURN IN SEPT/OCT 2022

Morpeth ASC has a long standing fixture against Scottish based club Portobello, usually held in the early autumn. The gala is run annually alternating between the clubs and is a team competition. The Head Coach will make the team selection for the various individual and relay races which will be posted a couple of weeks prior to the competition. Points are awarded for each race and the team with the most points at the end of the gala wins the trophy. The gala usually last a couple of hours with tea provided by the host club afterwards. The club will provide transport when the venue is Portobello. 

This event was cancelled in 2020 & 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This event will return in 2022 (we hope)

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Mini Galas

 

Mini Galas are held 3 to 4 times per year and are an introduction to competitive swimming in a relaxed and fun environment.

It gives swimmers the chance to put their training into practice and parents and carers the chance to see how their child is progressing. It is a great opportunity for young swimmers to learn about competitive swimming and to prepare for graded meets. 

Medals are awarded to 1st to 6th place in each age group.

The competition lasts for approximately 2 hours 

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JUNIOR  LEAGUE

What is the Junior League?

Junior League is more commonly known as the Diddy League and is often the first gala where swimmers compete in individual and team events against other clubs. 

The competition is fun, exciting, very competitive and very, very loud with a mixture of individual and team relay events.

Points for each event are awarded to clubs based on the position they achieve in each race and these points contribute to an overall team score. 

Teams from all over the North East compete for the title of Junior League Champions.

The league consists of 3 divisions and teams are promoted and relegated between the divisions depending on where they finish.

Morpeth ASC are currently in Division 1.

The top six teams in each division get to swim in the finals which take place in September.

The Division 1 winner progresses to the Northern final and successful clubs at this event progress to the National final 

Each gala lasts about two and a half hours  and has around 50 races!

Swimmers will be selected to represent Morpeth ASC for each age group (9, 10, 11 and 12 year olds, boys and girls). Sometimes a swimmer may swim in older age group.

 

Each gala consists of 4 individual races (freestyle, back, breast ad fly) in each age group for boys and girls, 2 relay races freestyle and medley and the last swim is the Canon where 1 boy and 1 girl from each age group compete in an 8 person relay team.

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Team Selection

Team selection will be made by the Head Coach.

We try to include as many swimmers as possible in the heats but our aim is to have our fastest team swimming in the final in September.

Selection is based on swimmers attendance, attitude and performance in training, MASC Mini Gala's and other competitions.

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Morpeth Amateur Swimming Club at Junior League

2016 - 12th Diddy League Final

  • Division 3 - 5th place

2017 - 13th Diddy League Final

  • Division 3 Champions & winners of the 9,10,11 year olds and Cannon trophy.

2018 - 14th Diddy League Final

  • Division 2 - 2nd place & winners of  11,12 year olds and Cannon trophy

2019 - 15th Diddy League Final

  • Division 2 Champions & winners of the 9,10 years and cannon trophy

2020 - Division 1 

  • Cancelled after Round 1 due to COVID-19 pandemic

2022 - Division 1

 

GRADED MEETS

Graded meets are aimed at novice swimmers to introduce them to competitive swimming in individual events. These are hosted by a number of clubs throughout the year at different venues.

As these competitions are aimed at novice competitors, the organisers will enforce an upper entry time for each event. Swimmers who have surpassed the upper entry times for a specific event will not be allowed to compete in that event. The meets are usually open to competitors of all age groups, although some may be specific to swimmers of specific age groups.

OPEN MEETS

These are similar to graded meets in that swimmers will compete in individual events. However, there will be no upper entry time. This will allow swimmers of any standard to enter the meet. These are generally at a higher standard than graded meets. Some open meets may have a lower entry limit, restricting their entries to swimmers of a higher standard.

 

 NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP (‘N&D's)

This competition is aimed at the best swimmers across Northumberlnad, Tyne & Wear, Durham and  Tees Valley There are qualification times which swimmers must achieve prior to entering the event.

The championships run in February and March over two weekends  at Sunderland Aquatic Centre. 

NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM TEAMS DAY

This is an annual team swimming competition where clubs compete against each other across a range of relay events. The team is selected by the Head Coach

 

NORTH EAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (‘NER's’)

There are two North East Regional competitions aimed at the best swimmers in the North East region.

 

Short Course Championships

 AGE Group (11yrs/12yrs/13yrs) & Open (14yrs & Over)

Usually held in November at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

 

Long Course Championships

Age Group (11/12 yrs/ 13yrs/14yrs)

Usually held over two weekends in May at The John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds

Open (15yrs & Over)

Usually held in May at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. 

 Qualification times must be achieved prior to entering the event.

Qualification times are posted in Upcoming Galas when available

 
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Short Course NER Team 2021

 

ENGLISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
&
BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

These events are the highest standard of competition in the domestic calendar.

Qualification is via invitation based on ranking of swims achieved in long course competition within a defined qualification window.

 
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GALA LEVELS

Level 1 – is aimed at national qualifiers and swimmers close to national qualification looking for opportunities to achieve national qualifying times. These meets take place in 50m pools and have set minimum qualifying times for entry.

 

Level 2 – is also aimed at national and regional qualifiers and swimmers close to regional qualification. These meets take place in 25m pools and also have a set minimum time for entry.

 

Level 3 – is for club swimmers who are seeking regional and county qualifying times. These meets often have qualifying times and upper limit times set at an appropriate level and will provide a program throughout the year to support the requirements of swimmers below regional level.

 

Level 4 – is for club swimmers and those beginning to enter individual open competition. There is sometimes an upper limit time, but no lower qualifying standard, meaning that everyone with an entry time slower than the upper limit (or no time at all) can enter.

 

National Qualifying Times will be accepted from meets licensed at level 1 and 2 for entry to National Age Groups. Entry times for National Youth must have been achieved at a level 1 meet.

 

Regional Qualifying Times will be accepted from meets licensed at level 1, 2 and 3.

County Qualifying Times will be accepted from meets licensed at level 1, 2, 3 and 4

 

Long Course Vs Short Course Swimming.

The differences

50m pool (Long Course) Vs 25 m pool (Short Course)

Short course=more turns=more speed. 

Swimmers should be faster Short course than Long course due to the extra speed and swimming velocity they get pushing off the wall every 25m and if efficient, their underwater fly kick will be faster than all of their strokes (one exception to this is that 50m and some 100m events are similar in time for those young swimmers who have not fully developed their turns and underwater skills).

Swimming Long course is harder.

Studies have shown that swimmers' Heart Rates are significantly higher and lactate build up increases sooner when swimming Long Course, which affects performance, so swimming long course is significantly harder than swimming the ‘same event’ short course.

Number of strokes

Swimmers will take more strokes swimming Long course than Short course, less turns=less of the swim underwater=more strokes. For example on a 200 Back with 8 underwaters, 10m at start 5m each turn= around 45m will be underwaters. Long course this is 4 underwater, 10 m at starts, 5m each turn= around 25m underwater. So when swimming 200 back long course a swimmer could easily swim 20m further than they would swimming 200 back short course.

So, the events have the same name but they are not the same event when you break it down!

 

Swimmers should keep records of actual Short course and Long course Personal Bests.

Often the times on programmes you purchase at competitions are ‘converted times’. These times are NOT always your child’s Personal Best. Sometimes they might not even have done the event Long course before.

All swimmers should keep track of both Short Course and Long Course Personal Bests.

Obtain a copy of both before each meet

 https://www.swimmingresults.org/individualbest/ Converted times.

Your child’s short course time has been taken and around 2% 0.6-0.8 per 50m is added on (You can check this out for yourself to get an example at www.pullbuoy.co.uk). This is to give an estimate of what your child should be able to swim Long course(or vice versa) but it is an estimate and the same maths is applied to all swimmers regardless of their height, weight, stroke length, turn speed, underwater speed, swimming efficiency and experience of swimming long course.

 

To illustrate why it is important they keep track of their Long course PBS and sport course PBs separately:

The Short course world record for 400 Free is 3:32 which converted to Long course is 3:37, yet no man has EVER broken 3:40 Long course the Long course world record is ‘only’ 3:40! This however is a fully grown man..... Your swimmer is young, growing, fast improving so they are a lot more likely to beat their converted times or sometimes even their short course bests.