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Knutsford Amateur Swimming Club (KASC)

Knutsford Leisure Centre, Westfield Drive, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BL


Levels of Open Meets in the Swim Briefs documents

There are four tiers of structured competition. Open Meets are licensed according to the purpose of their competition as Level 1, 2 ,3 or 4

Level 1:

is aimed at National qualifiers, or swimmers close to National qualification, looking for opportunities to achieve National qualifying times. These meets will have qualifying times for entry, which will be just below the national times. (see Section on Qualifying Times and Upper Limit Times)

Level 2:

is aimed at Regional qualifiers and will have qualifying times and upper limit times. Access to the ASA ranking information could be used to enable meet organisers to verify that entry times submitted by swimmers fall within the stated range. The Cheshire county Championships is an example of a level 2 meet.

Level 3:

is for Club swimmers who are looking for County qualifying times and again would have qualifying and upper limit times set at an appropriate level. These meets would provide a programme throughout the year to support the requirements of swimmers below Regional level. The North Midlands Championships are an example of a level 3 meet.

Level 4:

is for Club swimmers who have little experience of competition, these meets would generally not have qualifying times. Examples of level 4 meets are Club championships and time-trials. Examples include:

  • Winsford Summer Development meet
  • Biddulph Open Meeting

Qualifying Times and Upper Limit Times / Consideration Times

These are times set by meet organisers for each event in the programme in order to control the number of entries in a meet. A qualifying time is the time that a swimmer must have already achieved in order to enter the competition. However, some meets will also have an upper limit time for each event, which means that swimmers who have previously achieved times faster than the upper limit time are not eligible for this event.

The effect of having qualifying times and upper limit times for a meet is to target swimmers in a particular time range. Qualifying times are set for National, Regional and most County competitions and these also provide a standard which coaches can use to indicate the level of their swimmers. For example, within a club, swimmers may be selected for particular training groups if they have County, Regional or National qualifying times.

The requirement of having achieved a qualifying time in order to enter for an event relies significantly on the integrity of coaches, swimmers and parents to submit correct, truthful information. This is a clear expectation within the ASA Code of Conduct. However, with more times being submitted into the National Ranking system it is also possible for times to be checked.

You will be guided by your coach as to which level of meet you should be aiming for.

Levels of Open Meets last updated on 21-Sep-2011

Session Times

Day Start time End Allows Allocated Swimmers Costing
Sunday 16-30 UTC 17-30 UTC asa level 11 15
16-30 UTC 17-30 UTC asa level 7 asa level 8 13
17-30 UTC 19-00 UTC asa level 12 33
Tuesday 18-30 UTC 19-30 UTC asa level 7 asa level 8 11
18-30 UTC 19-30 UTC asa level 11 15
19-30 UTC 21-00 UTC asa level 12 asa level 12 32
Wednesday 19-00 UTC 21-00 UTC asa level 12 asa level 12 29
Thursday 20-00 UTC 21-30 UTC asa level 11 asa level 12 18
Friday 20-00 UTC 21-00 UTC asa level 12 11
Saturday 07-30 UTC 09-00 UTC asa level 12 asa level 12 35
09-00 UTC 10-00 UTC asa level 11 30
10-00 UTC 10-30 UTC asa level 8 24
10-30 UTC 11-00 UTC asa level 7 26
11-00 UTC 11-30 UTC asa level 6 30
11-30 UTC 12-00 UTC asa level 1 asa level 2 asa level 3 asa level 4 asa level 5 20
12-00 UTC 12-30 UTC asa level 1 asa level 2 asa level 3 asa level 4 asa level 5 18
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