The purpose of this is to help make clear the competitive structure of the club, from Club Championships and Club Time Trials through to Inter Club/Team Galas, Medway A.S.A Championships, Kent County Championships, South East Regional Championships and National Championships.
All of which are run under ASA Laws and ASA Technical Rules except the time trials, which are run on an informal basis and are used to assess the progress of your child throughout the year.
The majority of Galas are licensed and require competitors to be ‘ASA Category 2’ registered. The exceptions to this are our Club Championships and Medway A.S.A Championships; for these Galas competitors can be ‘ASA Category 1’ registered.
Galas are licensed at 4 levels. License level 3 & 4 galas will have slower or no entry time requirements than the licensed level 1 & 2 galas. Swimmers need to achieve qualifying times at the correct licence level galas to enter Kent, Regional and National Championships.
Swimmers times from all licensed gala results will be published on the ASA rankings.
A full list of club supported galas and closing dates for entries can be found on the BLSC Club Website, on the notice boards at Strood Leisure Centre and the Maths School.
Our full events calendar, the programme of events, entry forms and closing date for all events will also be in the Black Lion Google Drive
The fixture list with recommended open meets is regularly updated. Keep an eye out for gala information emails from your squad reps / gala secretaries as well.
Entries to all galas need to be made by individual swimmers to the gala team firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees must be paid when entries are submitted. Alternatively your entry can be emailed directly to the gala administrator - make sure you include your ASA number, date of birth and entry times (these should normally all agree with the British Swimming website). Any problems - speak to your squad coach!
Swimmers are selected by the coaches for inter club and team galas and notification of selection will be received from your squad rep via email. Times achieved at these galas will not be available on ASA rankings but will be available by logging into Swim Club Manager.
Full details for each type of gala are detailed below.