Parents Info

Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t my child get selected for inter club galas?
As a competitive club we always base selections on our swimmers personal best times, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event. some age groups we have a wealth of talented swimmers, and unfortunately not all will get the chance to swim at every gala. Please don’t be disheartened if you don’t get picked. Continue to train hard and make sure that you enter the Club competitions in April and October/November so that you can improve on your personal bests. We do enter teams in the development galas which are specifically designed to provide a chance to compete.

Why hasn’t my child moved up a lane?

There are a number of factors we look at when deciding to move swimmers between lanes including training effort, personal bests, stroke technique, behaviour and attitude. It is important not to worry too much about which lane your child swims in, as you will usually find that several lanes are following the same training programme. Also, we may move swimmers up or down during a session in order to ‘balance’ out the numbers in each lane. Rest assured that we do regularly look at the performance of each swimmer and aim to make sure each is in an appropriate lane.

What are the County Championships?
In February and March each year the Cornwall ASA holds their County Championships. Swimmers who achieve qualifying times (see the CCASA web site) can enter these galas and compete against the best swimmers in Cornwall in a range of strokes/distances. Entries for all qualifying swimmers are submitted by the club in Late December/early January.

Competing in a Gala
Taking part in a Gala (either at the Club championships or inter club) is both exciting and fun. if it is your first one then there are a few things you might want to know:

  •  At the end of your race, always stay in the pool until the referee tells you to leave the water (basically after every swimmer has finished the race).

  •  If you have passed your competitive starts award you can dive in, if you haven’t passed, it is perfectly okay to start from in the water.

  •  The team manager will be on poolside and will let you know which events you are swimming in. a good idea to stay near to them. wander off without letting them know.

  •  Remember to take a water bottle, towel and t-shirt onto poolside so you can keep warm and refreshed between races.

Gala Selection Policy
Team is priority. Galas are about overall team results. Trying to get the best result for the team is priority. Therefore the swimmers with the best times will be selected (regardless of age).

We use novice galas as a way of introducing swimmers to competitive galas. Swimmers may be asked to swim only relays as practical way of introducing them to competitive swimming standards.
Gala squad swimmers will be expected to enter league galas and friendly galas when selected and encouraged to enter open galas and County championships.
If you are keen to swim in Galas, then you should:
Attend training regularly, listen to your coaches and train hard whilst in the pool.

What is the National Arena and Cornwall & West Devon Leagues ?
National Arena League
The National League is one of the most important swimming championships in the UK. 400 teams from
England and Wales, comprising more than 16,000 swimmers, compete each year in the League around the
country. The organisation, founded in the late sixties and licensed by the ASA for National Competitions and
Championships and is based on a league structure involving promotion and relegation.
Cornwall & West Devon League
The Cornwall & West league is a competitive league involving 16 competitive teams from the west of england area. The league held over 3 rounds culminates in a final round championship.

Which swimmers will get selected for the National Arena and Cornwall & West Devon Leagues ?
As a competitive swimming club we always base selections on swimmers personal best times, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event. However for the National Arena League where the coachs agree that Truro swimmers are unable to achieve competitive times in relation to that competition, swimmers who do not swim in the league from other clubs will on occoasion be invited to swim for Truro in this league.

Selection for the Cornwall and West Devon will be based on swimmers personal best times from within the Truro Club, and our policy is to select the strongest possible team for each event.

At some age groups we have a wealth of talented swimmers, and unfortunately not all will get the chance to swim at every gala. Please don’t be disheartened if you don’t get picked. Continue to train hard and make sure that you enter the Club competitions in April and October/November so that you can improve on your personal bests and batle to achieve selection

Members Charter
The committee is proud of Truro Swimming Club and wants all members and their families to be similarly proud. The main purpose of the club are:

  •  Teach members to swim

  •  Improve, learn new techniques

  •  Work towards representing the club competitively

  •  To make friends

  •  Enjoy time spent swimming

  •  Give support and commitment to Truro City Swimming Club and fellow members.

Code of Behaviour
At all times swimmers are expected to:

  •  Be polite and helpful to trainers, pool-side staff, parent helpers and fellow swimmers.

  •  Do as they are instructed first time and always behave sensibly

  •  Be kind to each other and encourage others to follow the code

  •  Look after their own belongings and respect others property

  •  Keep the pool-side and changing rooms tidy and litter free

Swimmers who do not observe the code may be:

  •  Reminded of the code by the trainer

  •  Asked to leave the pool for the rest of the session by the trainer and issues discussed with parents

  •  Be referred to the committee

  •  Receive a written warning from the committee

  •  In exceptional circumstances be suspended from the club for a specific period of time

  •  If there is no improvement in behaviour have their membership withdrawn

Truro Swimming Club will do all it can to:

  •  Safeguard and promote the interests and well being of children with whom it is working.

  •  Take all reasonable steps to protect them from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment.

  •  Respect members individual rights, wishes and feelings

  •  Protect members from bullying

Expectations of Parents
Parents are in partnership and an essential part of Truro City Swimming Club. Parents are expected to:

  •  Ensure their children are at the poolside in good time for their session.

  •  Be responsible for their children in the changing rooms

  •  Ensure they are ready to collect children as they leave the changing areas.

  •  Ensure the club and trainers are aware of any medical or health conditions, which may affect their child.

  •  Parents must provide an emergency contact number, be available at the pool or at the given number.

  •  Support the swimming club and encourage their children to follow the code of behaviour and assist in their understanding of the clubs anti bullying policy and child protection procedures.

  •  Support the swimming club at galas.



Partnership with Parents Policy
A Pledge to Parents:

  •  Parents are welcome at swimming club sessions at all times.

  •  We aim to keep all parents constantly informed of their child’s progress, training techniques, fees, fund raising events by various means of communication both verbal and written.

  •  We will ensure that all aspects of the child’s achievements, progress and experiences will be shared and discussed with parents. Under no circumstances will we release any personal information.

  •  Permission will be sort for Video or photographic opportunities.

  •  We will always be ready to listen to parents’ views and opinions to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of children and parents.

What are BAGCAT points?
Rather than specialize in one event, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) believes that each swimmer should compete in a number of events to help develop swimmers’ overall potential. It has always been that many young swimmers who may whilst young excel at a distance and stroke to later in their lives grow and to excel in events far removed from those when young. In the UK, events are divided into categories to encourage young age group swimmers to swim across all the many categories of swimming distances and strokes so not to miss any of these opportunities – 

The British Age Group Categories or Bagcat’s
When a swimmer competes in a Bagcat event, their time is converted into points taking into account a swimmer’s age and sex. A swimmer can take part in as many events in a competition as they choose to, but only their highest points score in each swimming category will count towards their final Bagcat total in that competition. The overall position of a swimmer is the sum of the BEST point score in each of the 5 categories (50m events, 100m, form stroke, distance and individual medley). It is therefore advisable to enter every event if you intend to compete for the top bagcat spot. (N.B boys under 12 and girls under 11 don’t usually swim the 100m individual events)

FORM stroke is one of the three strokes having specific requirements breaststroke, butterfly or backstroke). 
FREESTYLE is not a form stroke but is used for distance events, such as 200/400/800 or 1500m depending on the swimmer’s age and sex. 

The points are derived from the swimmer’s time, stroke, age, and correction factors. As each stroke correction factor is different, it may not be obvious which the swimmer’s best stroke is!

To help estimate points for a swimmers time there is a free download calculator from Sportsystems downloads at (This calculator may need to be updated each year)

Recommended reading on LTAD or long-term athletic development on the British website, to retrieve the document click HERE.

Types of Competition

Basically there are two types of competition:

These are competitions where Club swimmers enter individually using their previously achieved personal best time for each stroke and distance. The types of Open Meet vary according to the capabilities of the swimmers expected to attend and are now generally licensed to one of four categories (License Levels 1 to 4).

Levels of Open Meets
There will be four tiers of structured competition. Open Meets will be licensed according to the purpose of their competition as Level 1, 2, 3 or 4.

Level 1 (L1) is aimed at National qualifiers, or swimmers close to National qualification, looking for opportunities to achieve National qualifying times. These meets will have qualifying times for entry, which will be just below the national times. (see Section on Qualifying Times and Upper Limit Times)

Level 2 (L2) 
is aimed at District qualifiers and will have qualifying times and upper limit times. Access to the ASA ranking information could be used to enable meet organisers to verify that entry times submitted by swimmers fall within the stated range.

Level 3 (L3) is for Club swimmers who looking for county qualifying times and again would have qualifying and upper limit times set at an appropriate level. These meets would provide a programme throughout the year to support the requirements of swimmers below District level.

Level 4 (L4) 
is intended that the system of licensing may ultimately develop to include a fourth level for club swimmers and those beginning competition through initiatives such as Active Sports.

National qualifying times are accepted from meets licensed at Level 1 & 2 District qualifying times are accepted from meets licensed at Level 1, 2 & 3

Truro City currently competes in two league competitions – The National Speedo League and the West Devon and Cornwall league.

Truro City will sometimes have an invite from another club or put on a team gala to compete against other clubs. This is usually for the younger swimmers. You will be informed and teams are posted on the notice board so make sure your name is ticked if you wish to attend.

As with Open Meets, Galas can be aimed at swimmers of differing age groups and capabilities so the selection policy will vary accordingly.

However, competing for Truro City Swimming club should be seen as a privilege and so the Club expects swimmers to ensure they are available when selected.

Competition Day

When attending a competition don’t take your training equipment.

Swimmers must take their swimming kit – costumes, towels, hats, goggles and entry cards if the meet is run with cards. Plus club shirts, hats and tracksuits if you have them.

Always carry spare goggles and hats as they may be needed at the last minute – goggles break and hats tear.

Take a bag (to hold drinks, snacks, a towel and swimming gear) to be used on pool side. Space on the pool side is limited, so swimmers will not always be allowed to take large kit bags onto the pool side.

Swimmers will require food and drink for the period of time they are at the competition.

On arrival at the competition venue, swimmers must post their cards if the meet is run with cards./ If there are no cards the swimmer may have to sign in prior to warm up. Often the boxes (for posting the cards) are formally closed at the start of warm-up – please listen for announcements.

If the cards are not posted in time, swimmers may not be able to compete.

Having posted their cards, swimmers get changed and wait on poolside for warm-up.

For Open Meets that have been approved by the Club, a Team Manager/Coach will be present to supervise the event (subject to a minimum number of swimmers taking part), but he/she may not be your squad’s coach.

The Team Manager/Coach will advise the swimmer when it is time for their race.

Having completed a race the swimmers must report back to their Team Manager/Coach.

Swimmers should not leave the poolside until they have finished swimming their entered events during each session and then, they must check with the Team Manager/Coach before leaving.

When you arrive at a swim competition you will usually be asked for payment to enter and watch the races.

A program, listing the swimmers that have entered for each event, is usually available. The program may be included with the admission fee but is sometimes sold separately.

It is advisable to attend a competition with provisions for the day – some pools have a good cafeteria, but that can be expensive. Some pools have very limited eating and drinking facilities, so it is advisable to go prepared.

You should be prepared for a long wait! Often a session can be between 2-3 hours, during which your child may only be in the water for a couple of minutes.

You may be allowed to use a camera or video camera at galas; however, you will be expected to declare your intention to carry out any form of photography when you enter the pool and to provide your name and address. 

This includes using mobile phones with in-built cameras. This is primarily for Child Protection as well as Health and Safety reasons.