Internal and External Competitions
Internal competition refers to participation at club night and season club championships meets. External competition refers to participation at meets hosted by other clubs, area meets, and metropolitan, state and national competition. Mount Annan's annual 12 years and under meet and state qualifying time trial are considered external competitions.
School swimming is considered to be outside competition and swimmers are not able to use times swum at school meets within club's internal and external framework (unless they are 'official times' and submitted to Swimming Australia).
Many swimmers choose to train in a squad and compete in external competition however this is not a pre-requisite. Please speak to a member of the committee or the club head coach if you would like to begin competing externally. The annual MASCA (Macarthur Area Swim Clubs Association) is a great inter-club meet suitable for swimmers new to competition. This is held in November of each year.
Keeping a record of a swimmer's personal best times (Pb's) is a great way to show progress and improvement.
When recording swim times, note the official time as posted at the swim meet or time trial and be sure to record where the time was achieved (name of swim meet) and the date.
Remember that all times used for entering a swim carnival must be able to be verified by the race secretary or officials. If a swimmer is attempting an event at a carnival for the first time, the abbreviation NT for 'no time' is used.
Club Relay Selection Procedures
Relay teams are decided by the Committee. The Committee delegates this responsibility to an elected Sub Committee (Race Committee) in all instances. The Race Committee will determine the most current competitive relay for any available competition.
The Race Committee may use varying forms of criteria, such as:
• Current seasonal times
• Last season’s times
• “In form” swimmers
The Race committee will consist of 3 members; they are the External Race Secretary, Internal Race Secretary and the Club Coach.
It is the club preference to have the most relay teams entered.
It is the club preference to have the most competitive teams entered.
A relay team will consist of four (4) swimmers and preferably one (1) reserve swimmer.
The Race Committee will display selections for the upcoming relays approx. 1 week from competition day and it will also be emailed to all Club Members. If a swimmer is unavailable to fulfil their commitment to the Relay team they are required to discuss this matter as soon as possible with the race committee.
Any questions regarding the Relay Policy or the Relay Team once posted should speak only with our Club President.