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Peanut League and Peanut trials

Written by Andrew Farrow
Monday, 30 November 2009 at 16:47

The Peanuts League is one of the first competitive events in which many swimmers participate.  Two or three teams of swimmers aged 9 - 12 from HHSC compete against clubs from around Hertfordshire over three rounds in the Spring and Summer.

Peanuts is generally held on three Saturdays after Easter running into early summer and is divided into three divisions.  At the end of each year teams are relegated and promoted between the divisions.

As this can be the first competitive event for many swimmers we frequently don't have enough information to allocate them to the teams.  Accordingly we hold time trials around Easter (see the calendar for the next date) to see who will represent the club and in which team.

Because we believe in giving as many swimmers as possible a chance to compete, HHSC enters two or three teams in the competition, each requiring approximately 32 competitors.  This is a logistically challenging exercise for the coaches organising it and requires significant support from parents at each event.  However we think it's worth it, and the swimmers always enjoy themselves.

As for the event itself, we compete against teams from 5 other clubs (numbers can vary).  Each team comprises approximately 4 swimmers from each gender for each of 4 age groups (9, U11, U12, U13).  One swimmer of each gender in each age group competes in an individual race for each stroke (free, fly, breast back) together with 2 relay events, one with all 4 swimmers swimming freestyle, one a medley relay with each of the 4 swimmers swimming one stroke. The competition closes with the “squadron” relay – 1 swimmer of each gender from each age group in an 8-person relay.  That tends to be when the noise reaches its peak!

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 14:39)

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