There are many away galas each year, as indicated in the calendar. Galas may either be:
- Trophy Galas, where teams compete for a trophy or cup; or
- League Galas, where clubs compete against each other in series of galas (normally three to six rounds) to determine the league champions and positions.
DDSC competes in a number of leagues:
Six rounds from January to July. This is a C Grade League and aims to give our younger swimmers competitive experience.
Six rounds from January to July swum at Eltham Pool (unless otherwise indicated). This is a B Grade League.
Kent Junior League
This is an A Grade League for swimmers up to 13 years of age (at the 31 December).
National Arena Swimming League
Three rounds from October to December. This is an A Grade League.
Team lists and events are posted on the notice board and/or emailed. Please advise the Team Manager if your child is/is not able to compete. The full address and time of gala will be indicated on the Notice Board/email.
These galas are for swimmers who either compete in a stroke that is not their first stroke or for swimmers who do not swim in the ‘A’ team (or only occasionally). Often these events are time-banded and the Team Manager selects swimmers who he expects to swim within the time. Sometimes swimmers go faster than the time permitted, in which case they receive a time fault. Swimmers should not worry about this as it probably means that they have swum really well and obtained a good personal best!
Open Meets and Licensed Open Meets
This is a gala organised by a Club and is open to registered swimmers from any Club. Age groups are determined by the organising club and there may be qualifying times to be achieved. The has an Open Meets Policy with a four tier structure of competitions to provide for the needs of all levels of swimmer – from local to National standards.
Open Meets may, therefore, advertise that they have been ‘licensed’ by the ASA at a particular level of competition. Swimmers aiming to obtain qualifying times for:
- County Championships must have obtained their times, within the designated qualifying period, at either the County Championships or a Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 Licensed Open Meet.
- Regional championships must have obtained their times, within the designated qualifying period, at either the County Championships or a Level 1, 2 or 3 Licensed Open Meet.
- National Championships must have obtained their times at County or Regional Championships or at a Level 1 or 2 Licensed Open Meet.
If an Open Meet is not licensed it means that the times achieved will not be eligible for County, Regional or National Competitions. Such Open Meets are often time-banded and are not aimed at swimmers capable of achieving Regional or National times. The four levels of Licensed Meet are summarised below. Further information can be obtained from the ASA website.
Open Meets are held under ASA Law and Technical regulations. Copies of official results sheets must be obtained if you wish any PBs to be recorded officially by the IT Manager. Generally, swimmers are responsible for making their own arrangements to enter Open Meets, including entries, travel arrangements etc. However, for a few local Open Meets only, the Club organises entries on behalf of swimmers. These Meets will be displayed on the notice board, website and /or emailed, together with entry forms. Entry forms and cheques (made payable to DDSC) should be returned by the stated deadline to the Opens Secretary, who will then organise a single submission to the hosting club. Signing in on the day and travel arrangements are entirely the responsibility of the swimmer although the Club endeavours to provide stewards to help on poolside.
DDSC organises its own time banded Open Meet each year. All DDSC swimmers are encouraged to enter and the gala is the major fund raising event of the year.
Kent County Championships: Main Championships
DDSC is affiliated to the Kent County ASA, who organise the County Championships and Age Group Competitions each year usually in February to March. The County website publishes the dates in Sept/Oct of the preceding year. The County ASA publish qualifying times that must be met in order to compete. The qualifying times must have been achieved since August 31st the preceding year. DDSC gives swimmers a number of opportunities to gain qualifying times including time trials, Club championships and galas. Swimmers may also enter Open Meets. The swimmers log book should have all the information needed to complete the County application form. All times are verified by the Club Secretary. At the present time the age groups for the ‘Kents’ are determined as ‘age at the last day of the competition’ and this is strictly adhered to. The full competition is open to girls aged 10/over and boys aged 11/over. There is also a more limited competition for 9 year olds and 10 year old boys (these do not enter 100m stroke events or 400m events). This information is subject to change by the County ASA and therefore parents and swimmers are advised to look at the Kent County ASA website for more information about these Championships.
DDSC Relay Teams
Swimmers may be selected to represent DDSC in the County Age Group relay events. The age group relays include 4 x 50m Freestyle and 4 x 50m Medley for boys and girls. The age groups are set by the Kent County ASA. Teams are also entered for the 4 x 50 and 4 x 100m Freestyle and Medley events for older swimmers. All relay events have finals for the fastest teams from the heats and each team is selected by the Head Coach.
Regional and National Competitions
Swimmers achieving the required qualifying times in the Kents or Licensed competitions are encouraged to compete at Regional and/or National level. Details of qualifying times are on the web site and if you think you have the required times, speak to the Opens Secretary. Full details of Regional and National events can be found on the ASA website. Details of Regional competitions and events can be found at ASA Swim South East.
The Club holds a number of championships each year. They are banded into the following age groups: 9/u, 10/11, 12/13, 14/15, 16/17 and Open. All competitors are automatically considered for the Open age group. The points gained from these championships go towards who will be Club Champion in each age group. There is an entry price per event for swimmers and an entrance fee per adult to watch. This is charged to cover set up and administration costs. Advance notice for Club Championships is posted on the website. Closing dates will be advised on all entry forms. Entry forms for all Club Champs can be obtained from the website. All swimmers are expected to enter Club Championships. The younger swimmers should check with their coaches with regard to longer distances and Butterfly events. There is a separate document explaining Club Champs in full on the website.
We are fortunate in having a large number of trophies which members are eligible to win. Medals and trophies are presented at our Club presentation disco in January. Parents are responsible for returning trophies clean and polished by the deadline for the next year’s championships.