Each year the Tornadoes enter the Dorset Novice League and Southern Junior League. League galas are a series of three, one per month for three consecutive months. The Novice League is normally held Jan/Feb/March and Southern Junior League April /May/June. The Club sometimes hold specific training for selected SJL swimmers. If you are selected for the teams we will notify you by email and through posting on the noticeboard (which is at the end of the corridor on the right hand side). If you are selected you are expected to swim for your club.
If you achieve Dorset County Championship time(s), or County Development time(s) then the Club expects you to enter and swim. Qualifying times and consideration times can be found laminated on the noticeboard or through the Dorset ASA website. Invitation packs will be issued for both events. You can consider yourself a really good swimmer if you achieve a County time but on from this is the Regional competition and then the Nationals …so keep training! The County competition and County Development competition are held at the Littledown Centre in Bournemouth. You will have to make your own way to Littledown. There may be a requirement for you to provide a volunteer helper in order to be able to enter on certain days but your entry pack will contain more information about this. From the 2017 season, you must be 10 years of age to swim at a County competition.
We will also be encouraging your entries into Open Meets. Please see the noticeboard for information and entry packs. You have to enter yourself with our help. If you do not fill the form in, you will not swim so if you want to enter a competition, you have to be a little bit proactive!
Open meets are other approved and licensed Swim England competitions, usually organised by a swimming club. An example might be the Tiverton Sparkler but there are lots out there. There is a fee charged per swim that you enter and meets are classified as a Level 1, 2 or 3. Level one meets have the fastest entry times and are usually only for County level or faster swimmers. Some are Long Course. This means they are swum in a 50m pool. Our nearest 50m pool is at Millfield. If you see LC , this means long course. SC means short course, e.g a 25m pool. Regional and National competitions are always swum long course.
Entry into competitions will always require you to know your times, otherwise known as your PB’s (personal bests). Tornadoes should always be able to find these for you but check out the Swim England rankings page and ask your mum or dad to keep a list / record of your PB’s as you achieve them. After every gala that you swim in for Tornadoes, a list of all the personal best times achieved will be put up on the noticeboard.
Finally, your development in swimming can only be achieved by working with the coach(es) and support by your parents. To achieve great results, be it your individual goals or in team events takes hours and hours of practice so don’t waste it! Have fun whilst doing all this training, but keep in-mind that results come from dedicated hard training and a resolve to be the best you can be!
If a gala is outside of Dorset, then the Club will provide a subsidised coach for transport. Club hats and t-shirts are required to be worn when representing the club. Don’t have them? Hats can be ordered through the club and t-shirts through DEP.
It is crucial that you and your parents keep an eye on the notice board. Please just check it for new notices at the start of each session.
If you or your parents have any questions at all, please just speak to your squad coach or come along to one of the Committee Open meetings (see noticeboard for dates / times).