Junior XLR8 Program
A program specifically designed for 12/u swimmers to
promote and recognise swimmer event versatility and ability.
WHAT IS THE JUNIOR XLR8 PROGRAM?
Our Junior XLR8 Program is for our junior competitive and club swimmers (aged 12 and under). The program is designed to encourage swimmers to focus on acquiring skills across all the competitive strokes and distances, thus providing a balanced foundation for our young swimmers. The program is about ensuring diversity of competitive swimming and providing a balanced and long term attitude to our sport.
HOW IT WORKS
The XLR8 points system was created up by Clive Rushton when he was head coach at SNZ many years ago. It’s based heavily on the UK “Bagcats” system. The XLR8 points formula is 10 to the power of (4 – ($time / $base_time)) The base times change every year (like FINA base times) and are recompiled from the TYM NZ results database. They are the average of the top 10 times for each age group, sex, stroke, and distance covering the last 10 years’ results. Base times are for LC only – SC times were converted to LC before sorting and averaging. So in the XLR8 points formula above, it is necessary to first convert any swimmer time from SC to LC using the standard SNZ conversions.
JUNIOR XLR8 BADGES
There are three stages to the Swimming Waikato Junior XLR8 Program (below). Once each stage has been achieved, the swimmer will automatically receive the appropriate stage badge, sent out every two months, to celebrate their individual success.
Badge Holders as at 7 September 2023
HOW DO I START?
- Ensure you are a registered, competitive or club swimmer with Swimming Waikato.
- Swim at any meet in the four event combination below and you will gain XLR8 Points. These events can be swum over a number of meets within the year
- XLR8 points are automatically calculated once the competition results are uploaded
- All results and rankings are available exclusively on the Swimming Waikato website
WHERE DO I COLLECT MY POINTS FROM?
Swimmers can gain points from competing at any registered swim meet, both within and outside of the Swimming Waikato region. Make sure to check out our competitive calendar for upcoming meets.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Sport Waikato Office
Brian Perry Sports House
Wintec Rotokauri Campus
51 Akoranga Road, Hamilton 3200
PO Box 46, Hamilton 3240
(+64) 27 776 6684
Phone Hours 9am - 3pm