Team Galas

  • Saturday 23rd September 2017 – Rother League Rd 2 – TEAM SELECTION
  • Saturday 14th October 2017 – National Swim League Rd 1 – TEAM SELECTION

A Swimmers’ (and Parent’s) Guide to Team Galas

What are these events?
We take part in a number of leagues including Rother League, Minor League and the highly prestigious National Swimming League plus some single round team galas. Further details are available on our website www.altonswimmingclub.com .These galas offer the chance to compete in individual sprint events and relays as part of a team. Events take place at a variety of pools throughout the South

Before the event:
You may receive your selection to represent Alton and District Swimming Club via email or paper handout. This selection is to be part of a team and like any team sport it is essential that the full team turn up to compete. Please confirm your place immediately. If you are genuinely unable to attend you must notify the organiser immediately to give them time to call up a reserve. We expect you to consider representing your club as an honour and these events should be a priority.

You will not be told what events you will be swimming in advance. The team organisers cannot finalise this until they know who will be available and can work out the best way to allocate events. Individual events will be of 50 or 100m with relays 4 x 25 or 50m. You will only be asked to swim events that your coaches feel you are capable of.

At the event:
Ensure you have eaten a nutritious light meal or snack 1 – 2 hours before the event. You should NOT eat a heavy meal.

Ensure you have checked where you are swimming and know how to find the pool. Contact the organiser in plenty of time if you need a lift. Please also be prepared to offer other team members a lift when required.

On arrival at the event venue swimmers should change and report to poolside where they will be met by Coaches and/or Team Managers from Alton & District Swimming Club. Look out for other Alton swimmers as you arrive and introduce yourself. Remember that they are probably as nervous as you are and will be grateful to have someone to talk to. Please follow any instructions from the pool staff regarding when and where to get changed. Parents can help younger swimmers to get changed and then watch the event from the spectator area. Parents are not allowed on poolside unless they are acting as Officials or Team Managers.

Arrive at the event in plenty of time to be changed, on poolside and report to your team manager before the scheduled warm up time. You should be able to find out what events you are swimming although this may still change if someone doesn’t turn up.

You need to bring well fitting swimwear, Alton club hat and goggles that won’t fall off. It is good practice to always carry a spare hat and goggles in case of breakages. You will also need a T shirt (club shirt if you have one), a drink in a plastic sports bottle, nutritious snacks, tracksuit trousers and jacket (if you have one) and clean poolside shoes to all competitions

You must stay with your team managers for the whole event. They will tell you when you need to prepare for a race and remind you what you are swimming next. Tell them if you need to leave poolside, even for the toilet. You should cheer on your team when you are not swimming.

Team galas usually last between two and two and a half hour from the end of the warm up. You are expected to stay with your team until the end of the whole competition and wait to hear where your team has finished. PARENTS please ensure someone is there for your child at the end of the event. The team managers cannot be responsible for children in the changing rooms.

All officials and team managers give up their time on a voluntary basis to help at these events. It is a challenging but rewarding experience! If you feel able to get involved in any capacity please speak to a member of the committee or coaching staff.

And After:
Results including your times should be on the club website www.altonswimmingclub.com a few days after the event. Make a note of your times and try to improve them next time.

THERE IS NO FAILURE EXCEPT THE FAILURE TO TRY YOUR BEST