WHAT IS A PB?
This refers to a Personal Best time. The goal of swimming is to become faster and improve PBs. A new Personal Best Time is way more important than winning, although that is also nice.
WHAT IS PB CHALLENGE?
Once per month the Club challenges the swimmers to improve their Personal Best times in a time trial or mock swim meet with Timekeepers, a Starter and Officials. Swimmers are encouraged to attend in order that they will know what to expect at a real meet and won’t be as nervous. Swimmers are also able to see their own progress as their times improve. Coaches are able to see what mistakes the swimmers make when under pressure so they can correct them in training. Parents are requested to attend to help with Timekeeping duties.
WHAT IS A ‘TARGETED MEET’?
This is a swimming competition/carnival/meet that our head coach has decided will be good for the Club to attend. The aim is to get a big group of swimmers to attend and cheer for each other and to be able to enter relays. Usually there will be a coach in attendance. It is recommended that swimmers choose a targeted meet for their first competition.
WHAT IS MEANT BY SHORT COURSE (SC) AND LONG COURSE (LC)?
This refers to the length of the swimming pool. Long course season takes place in summer and is swum in a 50m (Olympic) pool. Short course season is held over winter and is swum in a 25m pool.
Long Course times may be used to enter Short Course meets.
Short Course times may NOT be used to enter Long Course meets.
WHY DO I HAVE TO TIMEKEEP AT MEETS?
If your child swims, you will have timekeeping duties.
All officials at swim meets are Qualified VOLUNTEERS and clubs are requested to provide timekeepers on a pro-rata basis according to the number of swimmers they have entered. The Club will create a roster which will be available on the day of the meet.
The start is always automatic and the timekeepers only have to press the button at the finish.
WHAT IS MARSHALING?
At a swim meet, swimmers must report to an official at the ‘Marshaling Desk’ before their race so that the events can run smoothly. A board will display the event number being marshaled. (Sometimes they skip numbers, which means that they are calling for all the events up to and including the number being displayed.)
Parents may not go to the marshaling area unless their children are very young and it is their first meet. Failure to marshal on time may result in your child missing their race.
The swimmers will be asked to sit on a chair that corresponds with their allocated lane and heat for that race. As each heat leaves for their swim, the swimmers will move forward one row until they get to the front. From there, they will be led to their places behind the starting blocks.
WHAT IS A QUALIFYING TIME?
Some meets require Qualifying Times in order to enter. Only times obtained at an official swim meet can be used, i.e. not PB Challenge times. The swimmer needs to achieve the specified time or less in order to enter that event.
Sometimes the qualifying times will be listed next to the events on the Program of Events or there may be a reference to ‘AA Qualifying Times’ or ‘State Qualifying Times’ on the information page for the meet. These times can be found on the Swim Meets page of this website.
WHO IS FINA AND WHY DO I NEED FINA APPROVED BATHERS?
FINA stands for Federation International de Natation (which is French for Swimming.) They are the international governing body of the Sport of Swimming.
When swimming at State and National levels, swimmers are required to wear FINA approved racing bathers which will carry a small white FINA tag somewhere on them.
Normal, Speedo-type bathers are acceptable. However, girls knee-length suits and boys jammers are subject to FINA rules. Basically, they must be of woven material, not go past the knee, neck or shoulders for girls and not go past the knee or navel for boys. Furthermore, they must be in one piece and not have any fastenings other than a drawstring for the jammers. Simple really.
WHERE DO I BUY RACING BATHERS?
Claremont Sports in Perth sells a range of racing bathers and other swimming equipment. They are now offering a 20% discount on certain items to Busselton Swimming Club members. Their number is 9384-1991, address is 18 St Quentin’s Ave, Claremont WA 6010 (Next to the Claremont Quarter complex.)
Otherwise you will have to purchase online. Nova Swimwear is an Aussie brand that sells reasonably priced bathers or you could venture further afield to ProSwimwear or Wiggle.
Racing bathers should have a tight fit with no wrinkles but don’t need to be 3 sizes small unless you are an Olympian and really enjoy pain. Don’t bother buying a size up as they will wear out before you grow into them; they don’t often last more than about 6 months. The sizing chart for some brands is already two sizes smaller so check with the supplier when you place your order. Please note that there is a brand beginning with a “Y” that has a see-through strip over the bottom – and the swimmers bend on the blocks – you have been warned.
Recommended reading for all Swimmer’s Parents is SWIMMING FOR PARENTS, The Ultimate Education Guide for Swimming Parents By Gary Barclay
So, now you have a swimmer in the family and sometimes, after training, it seems like they can’t get enough to eat. On the other hand you are worried that they might eat too much and put on weight.
You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your car and expect it to work, so make sure you are putting the right fuel into your swimmer’s body. For good nutritional guidance, you can download the e-book ‘Nutrition for Swimmers’ by Gary Barclay on the following link. (It will only cost you $10.)