ASA Swimming Competition Pathway

ASA Swimming Competition Pathway

asalogoThe ASA has released details of a new swimming competition structure that will allow a greater number of swimmers the opportunity to compete at a national level.

Developed as part of a broader British Swimming Performance Pathway Strategy, the new structure includes an ASA Summer Nationals (50m) and a new ASA Short Course Winter Nationals (25m).

The aim of the changes is to provide greater opportunities for swimmers to experience national competitions, and to create an aligned competition calendar across England, Scotland and Wales to help coaches support developing athletes within a defined period of training and competition phases.

A further addition to the competition structure will be an end of season British Summer Championships, scheduled to take place from 28 July – 2 August. This will provide up to 24 top ranked swimmers in each age group and event the opportunity to compete at the highest level.

Those that finish outside of the top ranked places will have the opportunity to compete at the ASA Summer Nationals scheduled from 4-9 August.

All Championship Meets will also adopt the use of age at 31st December to realign with LEN/FINA.

Seen as one of the most important changes to English swimming for over a decade, the new competition structure has been endorsed by British Swimming and all of the home nations.

Chair of the ASA Sport Governing Board, Chris Bostock, said:

The new competition structure offers more swimmers the opportunity to experience National competitions and gives coaches a more structured calendar around which to plan their programmes. Both of these are important in helping talented young swimmers to develop and we look forward to introducing our new competitions in the new year.

The changes come into effect from 2015 and follow a period of consultation with Clubs and Coaches across the home nations, as well as wider discussions within the swimming community.


Dates for the diary

British Championships Trials (50m): 14th-18th April, London Aquatic Centre
British Summer Championships (50m): 28th July – 2nd August, Ponds Forge, Sheffield
ASA Summer Nationals (50m): 4th – 9th August, Ponds Forge, Sheffield
ASA Winter Nationals (25m): 17th – 20th December, Ponds Forge, Sheffield

British Championships Trials

EVENT LEVEL: British Championships / Trials
TIME FRAME: To be confirmed on an annual basis, however nominally planned for week 2 or 3 of April each year to 2020
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long Course
LICENSING DETAILS: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition

The format of all Trial events will be decided upon by the National Performance Director and GB Head Coach to provide the most appropriate and optimal selection competition as a precursor to the end-of-season benchmark international competitions.

British Championships

EVENT LEVEL: British Summer Championships
TIME FRAME: Calendar weeks 30 -> 31 (inclusive)
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long Course
LICENSING DETAILS: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition
MINIMUM AGE: 13 years of age in the year of competition (via 13/14 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 13/14 years; 15 years; 16 years; 17 years; 18 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Entry drawn from the British Rankings database Top 24 ranked individual British swimmers per event and age band identified from British ranking list from the specified qualifying window. Top 20 relays teams in the specified age groupings invited based on the specific relay qualifying competitions.

EVENT / AGE13/14 Years15 Years16 Years17 Years18 & Over
50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle
200m Freestyle
400m Freestyle
800m/1500m Freestyle
50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Butterfly
200m Individual Medley
400m Individual Medley
           
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay     14 -16 Years 17+ years
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay     14 -16 Years 17+ years
4 x 100m Medley Relay     14 -16 Years 17+ years

Essential:

  • 50m - 400m events to follow a Heat-Final format
  • Separate morning Heat and late afternoon Finals sessions
  • Combined age Heats and specific age finals
  • The last 3 heats (up to 200m events), or 2 heats (400m events) with Finals to be cyclically seeded, other heats and HDW events to be spearhead seeded.
  • Home Nation discretion to combine Ages at heat and/or final level in accordance with level and number of entrants available
  • 800/1500m events as Heat Declared Winner, with the fastest heat in a finals session

ASA Summer Nationals

EVENT LEVEL: Home Nation Summer Meets
TIME FRAME: Calendar weeks 29 -> 33 (inclusive)
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long Course
LICENSING DETAILS: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition
MINIMUM AGE: 12 years of age in the year of competition (via 12/13 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 12/13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 years; 17 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Entry drawn from the British Rankings database Individuals identified from English/Welsh/Scottish ranking list from the specified qualifying window, who have not qualified in that event for British Summer Championships. The number of individuals invited to be set by the individual Home Nation. Relay qualification as set by the individual Home Nation. Further qualification methods are at the discretion of the individual Home Nation based on the specific competition format, while must maintain the integrity of the qualification window principle.

EVENT / AGE12/13 Years14 Years15 Years16 Years17 & Over
50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle
200m Freestyle
400m Freestyle
800m/1500m Freestyle
50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Butterfly
200m Individual Medley
400m Individual Medley
           
Relay Events As appropriate to the specification event

Essential:

  • 50m - 400m events to follow a Heat-Final format
  • Separate Heat and Finals sessions
  • The last 3 heats (up to 200m events), or 2 heats (400m events) with Finals to be cyclically seeded, other heats and HDW events to be spearhead seeded.
  • Home Nation discretion to combine Ages at heat and/or final level in accordance with level and number of entrants available
  • 800/1500m events as Heat Declared Winner

Desirable:

  • Fastest heat of 800/1500m within a finals session

Regional

EVENT LEVEL: English Regional, Scottish NAGs and Welsh NAGs
TIME FRAME: Calendar weeks 14 -> 22 (inclusive)
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long Course
LICENSING DETAILS: Level 1
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition
MINIMUM AGE: 11 years of age in the year of competition (via 11/12 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 11/12 years; 13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 years; 17 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Qualification process and standards set by each home nation

EVENT / AGE11/12 Years13 Years14 Years15 Years16 Years17 & Over
50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle
200m Freestyle
400m Freestyle
800m/1500m Freestyle
50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Butterfly
200m Individual Medley
400m Individual Medley
             
4 x 100m Freestyle Relay      14 -16 Years 17+ years
4 x 200m Freestyle Relay      14 -16 Years 17+ years
4 x 100m Medley Relay      14 -16 Years 17+ years

Essential:

  • 50m , 100m and 200m events Heats and Finals.
  • 400m events as Heat Declared Winner as a minimum.
  • 800/1500m events as Heat Declared Winner.
  • The last 3 heats of (up to 200m) events with Finals to be cyclically seeded, other heats and HDW events to be spearhead seeded.
  • Qualification event for relays at British Summer Nationals: 14-16 years and 17+ in the following events: 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay / 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay / 4 x 100m Medley Relay

Desirable:

  • 400m events Heats and Finals
  • The last 2 heats of (400m) events with Finals to be cyclically seeded, other heats to be spearhead seeded.
  • Consideration to be given to individual or sub groups of Ages in heats, eg separate events for 11/12-13; 14-16; 17+ rather than 11-20 year olds in the same set of heats, which would not be considered an optimal format

County

EVENT LEVEL: English County, Scottish District and Welsh Regional
TIME FRAME: Calendar weeks 2 -> 9 (inclusive)
POOL SPECIFICATION: Long or Short Course
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition
MINIMUM AGE: 10 years of age in the year of competition (via 10/11 rankings)
AGE BANDINGS: 10/11 years; 12 years; 13 years; 14 years; 15 years; 16 years & over
QUALIFICATION: Open Entry - Qualification process and standards set by County/District/Region

EVENT / AGE10/11 Years12 Years13 Years14 Years15 Years16 & Over
50m Freestyle
100m Freestyle
200m Freestyle
400m Freestyle
800m/1500m Freestyle N/A
50m Backstroke
100m Backstroke
200m Backstroke
50m Breaststroke
100m Breaststroke
200m Breaststroke
50m Butterfly
100m Butterfly
200m Butterfly
200m Individual Medley
400m Individual Medley
             
Relay Events As appropriate to the specification event. No specific requirement.

Essential:

  • 50m & 100m events Heats and Finals.
  • 200m events as Heat Declared Winner as a minimum.
  • 400m+ events as Heat Declared Winner
  • The last 3 heats of events with Finals to be cyclically seeded, other heats and HDW events to be spearhead seeded.

Desirable:

  • 200m events Heats and Finals
  • Consideration to be given to individual or sub groups of Ages in heats, eg separate events for 10/11-12; 13-15; 16+ rather than 10-20 year olds in the same set of heats, which would not be considered an optimal format.

ASA Winter Meet

EVENT LEVEL: ASA Winter Meet (also SASA & WASA Meets)
TIME FRAME: Calendar week 51
POOL SPECIFICATION: Short Course
LICENSING DETAIL: Level 2
AGE BASED ON: 31st December in year of competition
QUALIFICATION: Entry by the achievement of the Qualifying standard, in a short course pool, at a meet licensed at Level 2 in the year of the competition. No converted times accepted. Full Programme of Events and Qualifying Standards to be released in due course.

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