Market Harborough Swimming Club is committed to developing all swimmers into the competitive arena of swimming. The club achieves this by entering a number of team events within the swimming associations that cater for varying standards of swimmers. This then gives the swimmers the experience so as to move onto individual competition in Open events with support from the club at poolside.
Below is the list of Team Galas that the club has entered for 2013 and team sheets can be found on the club's noticeboard. Swimmers are asked to inform the team managers of their availability as soon as possible after posting.
How the team is Selected
One of the things the club is asked is why a swimmer has, or has not, been selected for a particular event. The first thing to know is that, particularly in team events, age is calculated at dates specific to that League. For instance the Nuneaton & District Junior Swimming League, age is as at the date of the fourth qualifying round and this also applies to the National Arena League. The Leicester & District Winter and Autumn Leagues are age as at the 31st December.
Prior registration may also be necessary and this is not always possible within set timescales, or part way through a series of league events.
The second thing that the club considers is what is the level of that league? The club will select a team that is competitive at that league and also seek to introduce newer swimmers to competitions by doing this.
The Leicester & District Autumn League is used to assess swimmers and allow all appropriate swimmers to compete for the club. The club would class the teams selected for these galas to be the Market Harborough "B" team. All club training swimmers can represent the club at this level. Swimmers would be expected to train hard in an attempt to swim for the club "A" team. All club training swimmers are included in selection processes for the "A" team, but the fastest swimmers would be selected for this team where available.
The competitions that the "A" team will be selected for are the Leicester & District Winter League, the LASA Inter Clubs, the National Arena League and the LASA Young Teams.
In competition, swimmers may be asked to "swim up" in age groups or swim events that may be the swimmer's weaker stroke or event. When this is done, the club makes the selection in the best interests of the team and takes into account the swimmer's ability. The club believes it has a strong squad and part of the development of swimmers can be swimming against older swimmers, as in open competitions, entrants may well have to swim against older swimmers and we find the swimmers who the club select are competitive at the event.
The club also takes into account family members, but this is very much a secondary consideration to the best interests of the team.
Failure to attend galas when selected and not informing the team manager of your unavailability may be taken into account on future selections.
If you have any further questions please contact the Head Coach and we will seek to explain the rationale for selection. If you feel you (or your swimmer) have not been selected and want to represent the club competitively, again please Please always bear in mind that the selection of the team is a difficult task, may sometimes be subjective, and that it is not possible to please all of the people all of the time. We seek the support of swimmers, parents and carers at all times in this respect.
At team galas it is expected that all swimmers will either stay on poolside or return to poolside once they are changed for the end of the gala. This not only shows respect for swimmers in their team but also for the opposing teams.
Some of the galas can run quite late, and a few people can't stay until the very end, the Coaches and Team Managers need to be made aware of this before the start of the gala so that they are not left seeking to find swimmers for the bus who may have left early.
MHSC Team Selection Policy here.