QUALIFYING TIMES & MUNSTER GALA STRUCTURE

Swim Ireland Competition Pathway

This document Competition Pathway explains the pathway from the time a swimmer begins their competitive career until they reach National level competition.

Munster Swimming –General Gala Structure 2019/20

Aim: To provide the Munster Region with a clear development pathway from entry into the Regional programme to Regional Championships and thereafter to National Championships.

Types of Competition:
(a) Intra-Club meets
(b) Inter-Club and Open Meets
(c) Regional Development and Regional Qualifying Meets (these replace Graded Galas; with Regional Development replacing Grade 2&3, and Regional Qualifying replacing Grade 1)
(d) Regional Championship and National Division 2 Meets
(e) National Meets and National Championship

Intra-Club Meets:
These are defined as meets which are confined to swimmers from within the host club. Swimmers must be 8 years of age in the year of the competition to compete in these. Times achieved at these meets can be used for entry to Inter-Club meets and Club Open meets.
Qualification standard: None

Inter-Club and Club Open Meets
Swimmers must be at least 9 years of age to compete in these meets. Times achieved at these meets may be used for entry into Regional Development and Regional Qualifying meets, specific Club Open meets may be used for Regional LC Championships.
Qualification Standard: Defined by Club

Regional Development and Regional Qualifying Meets

Development Meets:

Swimmers must be at least 10 years of age to compete at these meets. In Development meets there will be no qualifying times but cut off times will be in force i.e. if a swimmer is faster than a cut off time they will not be eligible to compete in that event. All development meets will include 100m Ind. Medley. Times achieved at Development meets may be used for entry to Regional Qualifying Meets.
Qualification standard: Cut off times
Development 1:
To participate in Development 1 Galas, swimmers must have a time in the 100m IM. Entry times to participate in other events must be provided.
The 100IM time and other consideration times can be gained at official club or inter club time trials and/or galas. NTs will be allowed.
To progress from Development 1 to Development 2 standard, swimmers must achieve all of the stated qualification times in the 100m IM + 100 Front Crawl, and two 50m times from the Fly, Back or Breaststrokes.

Development 2:

Once qualified, swimmers may enter any event on the Development 2 programme. However, to swim in any 100m event, swimmers must already have an official 50m time in that particular event from any Swim Ireland-licensed gala within the last 15 months.
To progress from Development 2 to Regional Qualifier standard, swimmers must achieve all of the stated qualification times in the 200IM + 200 Front Crawl, and two 100m times from the Fly, Back or Breaststrokes.

Regional Qualifying Meets:

The stated qualification times for progression from Development 2 standard to Regional Qualifying standard in the 200 IM, 200 FC and all 100m events will apply. Entry times for all events must have been recorded electronically at a licensed event.
Once qualified, swimmers may enter any event on the Regional Qualifier programme. However, to swim in any 200m event, swimmers must already have an official 100m time in that particular event from any Swim Ireland-licensed gala within the last 15 months.
The guideline regarding swimmers aged 16yrs plus will apply to RQ events.
Munster Championships:
Stated qualification standards and criteria will apply throughout.
Swimmers may enter any event for which they have an electronically recorded official qualification time.

Competing at different levels:

In previous seasons, swimmers achieving a QT in certain events may have been permitted to swim in that event at a Regional Qualifier meet e.g. a Development 2 standard swimmer achieving a Regional Qualifying standard time in the 100 Fly would have been permitted to swim in that event at a Regional Qualifying meet but was still able to compete in all their other events at a Development 2 meet.
This will no longer be the case and swimmers will compete at one level only until they have achieved all of the relevant standard qualifying criteria.
These rules apply to Munster Development 1 & 2 meets, and Munster Regional Qualifying meets only. Club Invitation galas, club Open meets, National Championships, etc. will have separate meet conditions, QTs and criteria applied.

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