From the Swim 4 Success right through to our Senior Group, our swimmers do not stop learning and improving. But with every sport, competition is usually the name of the game. As much as your child might want to compete with other swimmers in his or her group the best competition is always the clock. Beating a previous best time is the goal. There will always be someone faster or someone slower, so the focus should be on self-improvement. Improvements can happen suddenly, but it can also be a gradual climb. Every swimmer progresses at a different pace, which is why our coaches put so much emphasis on personal goals.
As your swimmer moves into the competitive stream, time standards play an important role in setting goals, not only to qualify for specific meets, but to also move up the group ladder. However time standards should not be the measure of a swimmer’s success. Success depends solely on self-improvement and hard work.
(St. Clair Erie Aquatic League) SEAL Disqualifying Times: These are developmental meets which have disqualifying times rather than qualifying times. Swimmers who are faster than the SEAL time must swim in the open category and are encouraged by coaches to participate in other competitive meets the club attends. SEAL disqualifying times are based on a “B” Swim Ontario Festival time.
Western Regional: WAC is situated within a geographic area of Ontario labeled the Western Region (WOSA) by Swim Ontario. The Western Regional Championships are close to the 'C'-standard and are held in February for the short course season and in June for the Long Course season.
Swim Ontario Provincial Standards: Swim Ontario also has specific standards for participation in province-wide meets for swimmers aged 13 and up. Qualifying swimmers from clubs throughout the province are invited to participate. Swim Meets with Qualifying Time Standards refer to the Provincial Age Group Chart that has a range of levels - Age Group, B,C,D,E.
Swim Ontario Festival Standards: Similar to the Provincial Age Group Championships, the Festivals are in place for provincial level meets for swimmers age 13 & under with their own set of standards.
Swim Canada Standards: Swimming Canada (SNC) sets standards for all SNC designated meets such as: Eastern/ Western Canadian Championships, Canadian Junior Championships (formerly Age Group Nationals, National Championships, and all International Games Trials (i.e. Olympic Trials). These standards change yearly based on the previous year’s performance.