Hoylake Swimming Club Champs 2022

The Hoylake 2022 Club Competition will be held this year over 2 days. All galas are being held at Europa Pools. The dates are Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2022. The club competition will again this year be a Licenced Level 4 meet (NW221329) to enable swimmers to obtain qualifying times to enter higher level meets. All Bronze and Silver swimmers are invited to compete in five events only (all the 50m events and 100m IM) for the cost of £7.50. This will provide an excellent opportunity to experience a competitive gala but in a friendly environment. We would expect all Bronze and Silver swimmers to enter at least three of the five events. 

The cost for main club swimmers to enter the club competition is £20 regardless of the number of events entered. Entry forms will only be processed when payment has been received. 

In addition to the BAGCAT awards, Shields and Cups presented at the AGM. Medals will be presented on the day for 1st, 2nd and 3rd swimmers in all events for the 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13/14, 15/16, 17+ Open /Masters age groups. The awarding of medals to individual ages 12 and under in all events will ensure many more people can win medals at the Club Championships. 

The swimmers age for the club competition is determined by their age as at 31st December 2022. 

Under 10 year old swimmers are not eligible for 100m events except 100m IM, under 11 year old swimmers are not eligible for 400/800/1500 free or 400 IM. 

The programme of events has all the competitive distances and strokes and will again adopt the ASA competition rules for comparing relative performance of age group swimmers by using the BAGCAT FINA points. BAGCATs is a method of scoring points, similar to the Decathlon in Athletics, with swimmers awarded points based on their respective times. Using this system, it is possible to compare a breaststroke time against a backstroke time to find an overall winner of the category. The BAGCAT awards will be awarded to swimmers in each of 9/10, 11/12, 13/14, 15/16 and 17+ Open/ Masters age groups and in each of the five BAGCAT categories of events, for example, if a swimmer is 11 on 31 December 2022 they would swim in the 11/12 age group. 

These categories are:- 

1. Sprints i.e. the highest points awarded for any 50m swim 

2. 100’s i.e. the highest points awarded for any 100m swim 

3. Form i.e. the highest points awarded for either a 200m Back, Breast or Fly swim 

4. Distance i.e. the highest points awarded for a 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m Freestyle swim 

5. I.M. i.e. the highest points awarded for a 100m, 200m or 400m Individual Medley 

It is expected that all club swimmers will compete in at least two of the galas at the Club Championships this year. All Club swimmers can choose to swim in all eligible events in their relevant age group. The Club Competition provides an excellent opportunity to swim in a number of events for the first time. 

There are prizes awarded at the AGM to the first five in each age group for the Overall BAGCAT Award. In addition to the overall BAGCAT award there will also be cups awarded in each of the five BAGCAT Categories for each age group. Swimmers should select their favourite two BAGCAT Categories as points scored in these categories will count towards winning in the respective individual categories. 

In addition to the Club Championships there are two long standing competitions that we hold each year, The UDC and the Brian Parker Trophies. All Hoylake club swimmers who enter the relevant events will automatically be included, subject to the respective rules, for these trophies. 

Attached with this letter is a Programme of Events, a summary of the rules and entry conditions for the Club Championships, and an individual Entry Form. Please take time to complete the forms carefully as a lot of information is required. 

If a swimmer has not swum an event or a particular distance before enter NO TIME in that particular box. This will not prevent them from competing in that race. All club swimmers are reminded to ensure that two of the Sprint, 100’s, Form or Distance Categories are circled ‘yes’ to determine the BAGCAT Categories you will be competing for. In the event you do not select a BAGCAT Category a swimmer will be automatically entered in the Sprint and 100’s categories. 

As a note to Parents, there is no obligation on any swimmer to enter all of the events but it is important in a child’s swimming development to swim a range of distances across a variety of strokes. 

All completed Entry Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN 30th June 2022 

by email hasc@hoylakesc.co.uk (preferred option) or posted in the HASC postbox at West Kirby Concourse. 

Pay by bank transfer to HASC (Lloyds bank, 30-15-52, 02032239) but please state in the description ‘ccomp_swimmer name’ 

If you have any questions or issues with completing the entry forms or deciding which events to enter in the Hoylake Club Championships please contact your club coach who can help with this matter. 

We look forward to seeing all of our swimmers competing in this year’s Club Championships, hopefully setting new PB’s and possibly breaking some of the club records this year. 

Yours Sincerely 

Hoylake Team