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Chilterns League

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Friday, 10 January 2014 at 10:54
Chilterns League involves teams from Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in a competition with “no faster than times” which allows swimmers who may not be selected for the more competitive leagues to have an opportunity to represent the Club and to gain experience of team competitions.
 

Swimmers are selected to represent the Club; this is not an event you can enter by yourself.  Generally you won’t know which events a swimmer will be entered for until the evening of the competition.  As with all team competitions we do expect swimmers to wear Club hats and ideally Club tops.
 
The competition is held over three rounds from January to April and is swum in 2 year age groups (9 – 10, 11 – 12, 13 – 14 and open).  A swimmers’ age is determined by their age as at the date of the last round of each year’s competition i.e. a swimmer who’s 11th birthday falls in February will swim as an 11 yr old even in January.

Each age group is split boys and girls.  For all but the open swimmers the competition comprises 50m individual races and 4 x 25m free and medley relays with the youngest age group swimming a “special” medley where fly is replaced with a second length of free.  The open age group swim some 100 individual events including an IM and 4 x 50m relays.

As with all team competitions there will be a team manager in overall charge of the event supported by competitor stewards (“whips”) who are responsible for getting the swimmers to the right end of the pool for their events and lane ends who make certain a swimmer knows what they should be doing before they enter the water.  There will also be timekeepers to ensure that everyone’s times are recorded on the Club database.

Points are awarded for the position achieved in each race but if a swimmer or relay team swims faster than the “no faster than” time for the event they receive no points – swimming too fast to win is a concept that can take some getting used to!
 
At the end of the season there are promotions and relegations between the two divisions of the League based on the points won during each round.
Last Updated (Friday, 10 January 2014 at 11:08)
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