Swimmers will be selected by the coaches to compete in these events. If you are asked to swim in a gala for the club you will be notified via email and should respond as soon as possible. Details will be given to you regarding venue, timings and transport.
It is possible that swimmers are selected to swim in just a relay race. So do not be disappointed if your swimmer only does one length in the evening - it is an honour to be chosen to swim for their club and without all of our selected relay swimmers, we are unable to field our strongest team.
Swimmers will be told which event they will be swimming once they have arrived at poolside.
The races are within age groups against five other clubs. The exact number of teams competing depends on the league and the number of lanes at the host pool.
For younger swimmers, the individual races are generally 25 or 50m (25m for the youngest age group) for each stroke and there is usually a Medley relay, a Freestyle relay for each age group as well as a Canon relay . Swimmers may swim up an age group but may not swim down.
If transport has been arranged then please arrive at the meeting point promptly. If you are making your own way to the venue then please arrive in good time, if you are late then the Coach/Team Manager will worry and may have to reallocate your swimmer's races.
Once on poolside (although sometimes after warm up) a team sheet will be available and your swimmer will be able to read this to see which events they are swimming. Swimmers swim the stroke and distance allocated to them. There is no discussion about this as in the weeks prior to the competition a great deal of thought has gone into what stroke each swimmer should do. Relays are always swum in the order stated.
All swimmers are expected to stay until the end of the event and to support their teammates and to congratulate the winning club and the other participating clubs.