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ASA Swimming Pathway

ASA Swimming Pathway Implementation

View the presentation from Lindsey Dunn from the England Programs Team

Changes to competition structure

The documents published by the ASA represent a significant change to the competition calendar for those swimmers competing at a County, Regional & National Level. The highlights of the key changes are as follows:

- All Championship Competitions will be “ages as at” 31st December, each and every year moving forward, from 2015
- The swimming season will be split to a predominant Short Course racing focus from Sept to December and then a Long Course focus from January to August.
- The County Championships (from 2016 in the BSBASA County) will move to January & February – within the first 7 weeks of the year.
- The Regional Championships will have specific criteria to follow, such as different Age Groups and Events
- The removal of the BAGCAT system
- The removal of the Age & Youth Nationals and it being replaced with a “British Summer Championships” and an “English Summer Championships”, allowing for a greater number of swimmers to enter and compete
- The introduction of the NEW Winter National Short Course Championships in 2015
- The overall emphasis is about enabling our swimmers to have more opportunities as they get older, thus becoming successful Senior athletes, rather than early success at a young age.

Levels and Types of Meets

British Championships / Trials TIMEFRAME: To be confirmed on an annual basis, however nominally planned for week 2 or 3 of April each year to 2020

POOL SPECIFICATION: Long course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in the year of competition

The format of all Trial events will be decided upon by the National Performance Director and GB Head Coach to provide the most appropriate and optimal selection competition as a precursor to the end-of-season benchmark international competitions.

 

British Summer Championships

TIMEFRAME: Calendar weeks 30 31 (inclusive)

POOL SPECIFICATION: Long course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 1

MINIMUM AGE: 13 years of age in the year of competition (via 13/14 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 13/14 years; 15 years; 16 years; 17 years; 18 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Entry drawn from the British Rankings database
Top 24 ranked individual British swimmers per event and age band identified from British ranking list from the specified qualifying window. Top 20 relays teams in the specified age groupings invited based on the specific relay qualifying competitions.

 

Home Nation Summer Meets

TIMEFRAME: Calendar weeks 29 33 (inclusive)

POOL SPECIFICATION: Long course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in the year of competition

MINIMUM AGE: 12 years of age in the year of competition (via 12/13 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 12/13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 year; 17 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Entry drawn from the British Rankings database
Individuals identified from English/Welsh/Scottish ranking list from the specified qualifying window, who have not qualified in that event for British Summer Championships. The number of individuals invited to be set by the individual Home Nation. Relay qualification as set by the individual Home Nation.
Further qualification methods are at the discretion of the individual Home Nation based on the specific competition format, while must maintain the integrity of the qualification window principle.

English Regional, Scottish NAGS, and Welsh NAGS

TIMEFRAME: Calendar weeks 14 22 (inclusive)

POOL SPECIFICATION: Long course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in the year of competition

MINIMUM AGE: 11 years of age in the year of competition (via 11/12 qualifying time)
AGE BANDINGS: 11/12 years; 13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 years; 17 years & ove QUALIFICATION: Qualification process and standards set by each home nation

 

English County, Welsh Regional and Scottish District

TIMEFRAME: Calendar weeks 2 9 (inclusive)
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long or short course
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in the year of competition
MINIMUM AGE: 10 years of age in the year of competition (via 10/11 qualifying time)
AGE BANDINGS: 10/11 years; 12 years; 13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Open entry
Qualification standards set by County/Region/District.

 

ASA Winter Meet (Also SASA and WASA Meets)

TIMEFRAME: Calendar week 51

POOL SPECIFICATION: Short course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 2
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in the year of competition
Entry by the achievement of the Qualifying standard, in a short course pool, at a meet licensed at Level 2 in the year of the competition. No converted times accepted.
Full Programme of Events and Qualifying Standards to be released in due course


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