What does it all mean (Glossary)

Age Groups An abbreviation of Age Group Competitions, which are competitions organised within specific age groupings
Competition Card System A system of entering events by filling in a card which is then used by the competitors stewards, timekeepers and recorders at the event, though most competitions are now fully cardless
Disqualification A swimmer may be disqualified for various reasons i.e. faulty stroke (if the stroke does not comply with ASA Law), faulty takeover (in a relay where one swimmer goes off before the incoming swimmer has touched the end of the pool), faulty turn, false-start etc.
False Start When a competitor dives or falls into the water before the starting signal is given. When this happens, the Starter will re-call the swimmers. At some venues, a rope is dropped across the pool to stop the swimmer(s) from continuing the race
First Claim Refers to the Club of which the swimmer has the longest, unbroken membership
Heat Declared Winner An event (usually 200 metres or more) where there are too many swimmers for a straight final and the winner is decided on the times achieved in the heats
Heats and Finals When there are too many swimmers in an event for them to compete in one race, that event is divided into heats or qualifying races and then the fastest swimmers go forward to the final
Junior In ASA promoted competitions and championships a junior swimmer is one who is under 17 years of age on the 31st December in the year of competition
Junior Record For District and National records a junior is a swimmer under 16 years of age on the day of the swim
Long Course Events Any competition held in a pool of 50 metres
Nationals An abbreviation term used to describe all National Events
Open Events or Open Meets Events which are open to swimmers of any affiliated Club
P.B. Abbreviation for Personal Best, referring to a swimmer's best time to date
Qualifying/Consideration Times A time required by some competition organisers in order to enter an event
Seeding The method of arranging swimmers who have entered in an event according to their submitted time
Submitted Time A time previously recorded on a stroke and distance which is submitted with an entry to enable meet organisers to “seed” the events
Swim Off When the number of finalists exceeds the number of lanes available by way of a dead heat or identical times. A swim off usually takes place between the competitors concerned to determine who swims in the final

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The object of the Pointscore competition is for swimmers to compete against their own times on a regular basis under competition conditions. This will allow them to challenge for places in teams and prepare them for competition. They will be gaining experience of racing. Points are scored for any improvements gained and are aggregated for the purpose of making periodic and annual awards. The competition is open to all members of the club.

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