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DEVELOPMENT OR DESIGNATED MEET- What is the difference?

DEVELOPMENT MEETS provide a racing opportunity for swimmers in a low pressure and fun-focused environment. There are no disqualifications at these meets however SCWC requires these meets to be run to the same standard as Tier 3 Meets (see below). Times from Development meets can be used to enter meets at club and Regional level. You cannot achieve a qualifying time for national championships at a Development meet. 

DESIGNATED MEETS provide the opportunity for swimmers to achieve qualifying times to attend national championships, with a greater emphasis given to performance. These meets are run to a minimum standard as detailed in SNZ Policy 007.

PLEASE NOTE- IRRESPECTIVE OF THE MEET STATUS OR TIER, MEETS MAY BE RUN WITH FULL OR SEMI-ELECTRONIC OR MANUAL TIMING: SCWC recommends a minimum of one timekeeper but preferably two timekeepers if using electronic timing. When using manual timing three timekeepers per lane MUST be used.

TIER SYSTEM

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.

MEET FLYER TEMPLATES ARE AVAILABLE USING THE LINKS BELOW

ALL MEETS ARE TO BE SENT TO admin@swimcanterbury.org.nz  FOR APPROVAL BEFORE BEING LOADED ON SWIM CENTRAL

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 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 included (usually as the middle session) of Tier 2/3 Club Meets as scheduled in the calendar 
  • Tier 3 meets are DEVELOPMENT meets. These meets are run without the need for the SNZ Meet Approval threshold of Technical Officials to be met
  • Requiremtns fro minimum number of officials are as per SNZ Policy 007 via the link above.
  • There will be no disqualifications for minor infringements but please note that although this meet may be running with a restricted number of Officials, as permitted by SNZ Event Policy 007 above, disqualifications for any serious infringement observed will stand.  Swimmers may be given a “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 a DESIGNATED meet level
  • Tier 3 meets must be loaded with a Meet Status of “DEVELOPMENT" 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, in the case of designated meets, 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 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 may be DESIGNATED OR DEVELOPMENT meets. Designated meets must meet the SNZ Meet Approval threshold of Technical Officials for approval by SNZ
  • Once approved, results from DESIGNATED Tier 2 meets may be used for entry to National competitions
  • All Tier 2 meets will allow unapproved results from DEVELOPMENT (gained at Tier 3 meets) for entry

CLICK HERE FOR THE MEET FLYER TEMPLATE FOR A TIER 2/TIER 3 MEET

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 TABLE
  • Tier 1 meets are to be run as “DESIGNATED” 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 National competitions
  • All Tier 1 meets will allow unapproved results from DEVELOPMENT (gained at Tier  2 or 3 meets) for entry

CLICK HERE FOR THE MEET FLYER TEMPLATE FOR A TIER 1 MEET

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 from DEVELOPMENT meets 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEMPLATE FOR A DEVELOPMENT OPEN MEET

CLICK HERE FOR THE TEMPLATE FOR A DESIGNATED OPEN MEET

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 DESIGNATED/DEVELOPMENT STATUS MUST BE CLEARLY STATED ON THE MEET FLYER.

The Tier system detailed above will be applied to all SCWC meets from 1st January 2019, with the DESIGNATED or DEVELOPMENT status coming into effect from the 1st  July 2021