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The SCWC Tier System is designed to regulate swimmer numbers at events in a constructive fashion, aligning the criteria for each tier so that all swimmers will now have a well-structured calendar, with meets targeted for their age and ability which are mindfully placed within the calendar for optimum benefit.

Below is an explanation of the Tier system, and how the three tiers will work together: 

TIER 3

Meets falling into the Tier 3 category are primarily aimed at swimmers who are new to the sport and getting a feel for competitive swimming, and are swimming events for the first time.

 

  • Tier 3 meets will all be Not Faster Than meets with NFT times as detailed in the TIER 3 TABLE (please note all times are subject to periodic review by the SCWC Events Committee)
  • These meets are designed to cater for our swimmers who are new to competitive swimming and can include “Have a Go” events (Have a Go swimmers do not need to be SNZ registered). Meets currently falling into this category are the three SCWC Carnivals, but could potentially include individual Club competitions
  • Tier 3 meets may be run as “Unapproved”. Primarily this will allow these meets to be run without the need for the SNZ Meet Approval threshold of Technical Officials to be met
  • Results from these meets may ONLY be used to enter SCWC Club meets, and cannot be used outside of the SCWC Region. As such SCWC does require a minimum Regional standard to be upheld. The preferred SCWC minimum number of Officials for a Tier 3 meet is as follows:         1 x Regional Referee, 1 x Starter (can be a trainee), 1 x JOS, 4 x IOTs, 16 x Timekeepers. If it is not possible to attain these numbers, a Tier 3 meet may be run with a bare minimum of 1 x Regional Referee and 1 x Starter (can be a trainee), 16 x Timekeepers
  • THERE WILL BE NO DISQUALIFICATIONS AT TIER 3 MEETS, rather Clubs may elect to use the attached “Skills to work on” sheet, which can be handed to a swimmer’s coach or team manager to assist in identifying potential skills that might need some attention before competing at an approved meet level
  • Unapproved meets must be loaded with a Meet Status of “Not Approved” on the Competition Parameters section of the Settings page of the meet on the SNZ Database, with all entries for these meets (with the exception of the “Have a Go” events) done via the SNZ Database

TIER 2

Meets in this Tier are designed to allow swimmers, many of whom will have achieved times at the Tier 3 level, to step up to the next level of competition and striving for Regional and National qualifying times

  • All swimmers entering Tier 2 meets MUST be current, financial Club or Competitive registered members of SNZ
  • As is detailed in the TIER 2 TABLE table, most events have two sets of times each; a qualifying time (swimmers must swim at least this fast to enter) and a not faster than time (swimmer will not be able to enter this event if they swim faster than this time). Swimmers will therefore need to have met a minimum standard to qualify to swim in most events, with a view to improving on those times until they are eventually too fast to enter that particular event at a Tier 2 meet (please note all times are subject to periodic review by the SCWC Events Committee)
  • Tier 2 meets MUST be run as “Approved” meets to generate approved times, and must meet the SNZ Meet Approval threshold of Technical Officials for approval by SNZ
  • Once approved, results from Tier 2 meets may be used for entry to Regional and National competitions
  • All Tier 2 meets will allow unapproved results (gained at Tier 3 meets) for entry

TIER 1

Tier 1 meets will provide a stronger and more focused level of competition for our faster swimmers aiming for Regional or National qualifying times

  • All swimmers entering Tier 1 meets MUST be current, financial Club or Competitive registered members of SNZ
  • Tier 1 meets have qualifying times for most events, as detailed in the TIER 1 TABLE
  • Tier 1 meets MUST be run as “Approved” meets to generate approved times, and must meet the SNZ Meet Approval threshold of Technical Officials for approval by SNZ
  • Once approved, results from Tier 1 meets may be used for entry to Regional and National competitions
  • All Tier 1 meets will allow unapproved results (gained at Tier 3 meets) for entry

OPEN TIER

These meets have not had a particular Tier level applied to them and may be run at the listed Club’s discretion, with any criteria to be detailed in the Meet Flyer.  The open tier meets will have the potential to  allow for swimmers of all ages and abilities to compete together and MUST also allow “Unapproved” results for entry.

This Tier has been applied to meets which have historically not exceeded the number of swimmers which either the venue or timeline are able to accommodate.

NOTE: The tier system qualifying times will not be applied to para swimmers, however the “not faster than times” should be observed.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE MEET TIER LEVEL AND ITS APPROVED/ UNAPPROVED STATUS MUST BE CLEARLY STATED ON THE MEET FLYER (this includes Open Tier meets which may also run as unapproved meets, at the individual Club’s discretion).

The Tier system detailed above will be applied to all SCWC meets from 1st January 2019