SW Level Meets – supporting info

Here’s some information explaining our different Meet levels.  The purpose of these levels is to provide –

  • the right type of competitive opportunities for all our swimmers
  • at the right time of their season

Our calendars are developed with significant input from our senior coaching group and we’re confident that this format will ensure better competitive opportunities for our swimmers and greater support of our locally hosted meets.  We’re also confident that this is format will provide consistency in our calendar and our coaches will be able to plan target meets with their swimmers over the next few years.

Meet Levels –

XLR8 focus for all our swimmers aged 16/U.  Our coaches have identified the importance of ensuring our swimmers do not specialise on one or two strokes too early in their swimming careers, and having an XLR8 focus will ensure our swimmers compete over a broader range of strokes.  Once a swimmer reaches the age of 17, he/she will be encouraged to focus on their key event(s).  The Take Your Marks database allows swimmers in the 16/U age group to track their XLR8 points.

The new meet format includes three tiers of club hosted Waikato meets which provide a development pathway for swimmers from their first experience of racing right through to top level competition.

  • Carnival Meets – entry level meets for our junior swimmers.  No officials / no DQ’s / just an opportunity to get a taste for racing.
  • Festival Meets – the first ‘approved’ racing opportunity for our junior swimmers.  Plus an additional competitive opportunity for senior swimmers who are missing that one National qualifying time.  No entry times needed and these meets will provide swimmers with qualifying times to enable them to enter meets where approved times are a requirement.
  • XLR8 Meets – competitive meets for our senior swimmers and our top juniors.

To help explain these levels of meets, we’ve prepared a ‘Competitive Calendar Structure’ document which you can find below.  This document provides a summary of each type of meet that appears on our calendar and we’re confident that our coaches and swimmers (and their families) will be able to clearly understand which meets are at the right level for them.