Beside League Galas where swimmers compete as teams there are a number of competitions throughout the year where swimmers swim as individuals in their desired stroke(s). There is a national programme of competitions promoted by Swim England and British Swimming whereby swimmers may compete at local County level, Regional level and National level, subject to meeting the qualifying entry times and conditions. These competitions are organised into two championships based on age (although they may be run in the same competition):
- Age Groups – 10-14 year old
- Youth – 15+ year old
For Leicestershire swimmers the competitions are:
- Leicestershire Age Groups and County Championships (Known colloquially as “Counties”, “LRASAs”, “Age Groups” or “LrasaCats”.)
- Midland Youth & Age Groups Championship (Known as “Midlands” or “Regionals”.)
- British Swimming & Swim England National Championships (Known as “Nationals”.)
The Leicestershire Age Groups and County Championships, organised by Leicestershire & Rutland Amateur Swimming Association (LRASA), is one of the key competitions in the Leicestershire swimming calendar. The Championships are run over three weekends in January and February; dates vary depending on British Swimming Counties Window. Club training is geared to developing swimmers in preparation for these Championships and all eligible swimmers (based on qualifying times) are allowed and encouraged to enter.
ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY
The LRASA Age Groups & County Championships are open to all Leicestershire swimmers who are a member of a LRASA affilated Club and that they meet the relevant qualifying time cirteria for the event being entered. Where the Club is supporting Counties then entries are to be made via the club's Counties/Meet Coordinator, where clubs are not fully supporting or unable to support due to size of club then a manual entry form may be requested by clicking Request a manual entry form or query regarding manual entry. Any questions or queries rasied before November will be discussed at following LASA committee meeting.
The Age Group Championship is based on LRASACaTs (FINA points) as defined in the Licence and Conditions of Entry.
CLOSING DATE FOR 2020 LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND AGE GROUPS & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS has been set
CLOSING DATE is 27th DECEMBER 2019
LRASA AGE GROUPS
The LRASA Age Groups give swimmers an idea of where they stand in relation to other swimmers of their own age group in the county.
Application forms to swim in the LRASA Age Groups can be downloaded from this site (see specific year links above) or obtained from your club. To enter, swimmers need to qualify by having swum the event being entered within the period leading up to the competition as determined by LRASA. From 2014 all times will be taken directly from British Rankings although you will still need to select the events you wish to enter. This is why your Club Championships need to be licensed.
The age group in which the swimmer is placed is based on their age as on 31st December of that year of competition.
Events are swum at 50m Venues, such as Loughborough Universtity, and at 25m venues such as Hinckley LC & Braunstone LC. The Schedule of Events published each year will specify which events are at which venues.
Particularly for the under 15 year olds, the aim of each swimmer should be to enter enough events of the various strokes and distances so that the best from each category is counted towards their final LRASACaT points tally. This will then be a good indicator as to their ranking within the county. The number of events that a swimmer can enter is dependent on their age; the younger swimmers may not able to enter the 100m events for example. It is clear from the Qualification Times and/or Application form which events can/cannot be entered.
Remember when selecting swims bear in mind the LRASACaT Categories; don’t rely on entering a single event per category as illness or a DQ, for example, may result in no points at all. Also remember, if entering multiple events in a category, the best score is used for the overall LRASACaT total.
Medals are awarded to the top 3 in each HDW event. A trophy is awarded at the end of the last day to the swimmers who have gained the most LRASACaT points in each junior age group. The top 10 receive trophies.