Club - Race Nights
Club - Encouragement or Novice
Club - Interclub
Club Race Nights
These are run by the club. Everyone in the club is able to participate from the Development Squad to the National Squad. For younger swimmers these nights are an excellent introduction to racing, where coaches are at hand to offer advice and there is a "no-pressure" fun atmosphere.
Club racing begins with a short warm-up. There are normally at least 3 strokes swum each club night and distances are up to the individual. Generally Development Squad swimmers should race 25m or 50m, Junior Squad should race 50m or 100m, and State/National swimmers should be racing 100m in each stroke and 200 Fs, IM, 400 Fs when available.
There is no need to nominate for club nights but to be eligible to compete at the end of season Club Championships a swimmer must attend a minimum of 4 club nights during the year. End of year awards for age champion, most improved, encouragement, etc, are presented at the end of season awards night.
Encouragement or Novice Meets
These are locally hosted meets and are the first level of inter-club competition. Swimmers must fill in an entry form which can be found on the hosting clubs website and pay a small entry fee per event. Swimmers do not have to be registered with Swimming Victoria e.g. recreational swimmers. Swimmers who have won medals at a State level are usually not eligible to compete so this is an ideal stepping stone for most Development and some Junior Squad swimmers to gain valuable competition experience. These meets do not have any qualification standards and swim times gained from these meets can not be used as qualifying times for State Championships or other qualifying interclub meets.
These meets are hosted throughout Victoria and some take place at MSAC. The majority of these meets are 'qualifying meets' and enable swimmers to gain their times for entry into State and National level meets. Swimmers must be registered swimmers with Swimming Victoria to attend these meets. Meet entry is normally done online and meet flyers are found on the hosts website or on the SV website under the Calendar tab. These meets give the swimmers the opportunity to meet new friends from other clubs as they tend to meet up with them during the year.
These competitions may or may not have qualifying standards and are generally a much higher level of competition and competency. The Flyers Swim Team are part of the Metropolitan South Region and compete at Metro South swim meets. Depending on the swim meet, all squads usually attend these competitions. These meets can be used to achieve State qualifying times making the swimmer eligible to compete at the next level of competition.
There are some District meets specifically for 7-10 age group and All Juniors (7-14yrs0 - these are great fun for the younger or newer swimmers; they are able to progress through to championship events held at MSAC.
State Competitions and Championships
At the end of each summer and winter season a State Championship event is run. Qualifying times are needed to compete. Swimmers from all over Victoria attend and the competition level is more representative of what to expect from serious swimming clubs. There are also State Sprint and Distance Meets. Most of the State Squad, all of the National Squad and some Junior Squad swimmers compete at these competitions. Age group and Open level competition is normally separated.
Age National Championships and Open National Championships are hosted once per year toward the end of the summer season. Age National qualifying times are designed to restrict the number of athletes competing and generally mean the swimmer is in the top 50 in Australia for that age group. Multiple Age National qualifying times and finals is one of the goals of all National Squad swimmers.
Based on performances at the National level swimmers may be eligible for selection to an Australian Junior team or Open team to compete internationally.