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Development meets

Development meets

We host a number of Development Meets each year for junior and beginning swimmers. These take place at Ainslie Park every 5-6 weeks throughout the season (Sept to June)

The idea of the Development Meet is to introduce new swimmers to the competitive swimming environment. For many this will be there first time racing against others. Swimmers will race against others both from their own squads but also other squads from within Warrender.

At the Development Meets we grade each event into heats by the swimmers entry time with the slowest entrants taking part in the first heat and the fastest swimmers going in the final heat. This means they may actually compete in the same heat as swimmers of a different age group. We do this for two main reasons: (1) it hopefully allows for a close and exciting race in each heat whereby swimmers can race hard against others who are close to them in terms of time regardless of age; and, (2) events can be completed more quickly with this method.

For many swimmers this will be an opportunity to improve times for other competitions or to gain 'PBs'. Development meets are designed to offer the right balance of fun and competitive racing. Swimmers new to the Club will usually swim 50 metres on all strokes. Those who have been in Warrender a little longer may swim longer lengths if their coach thinks they are ready.

Graded Meets

Graded Meets

If every event was an Open Meet then potentially the same children from the same clubs would go the rounds on Saturdays and Sundays scooping up all the medals. In order for that NOT to be the case, certain clubs and organisations run Graded Meets instead. Here the host Club will determine the age groups and events they want to run, and will then establish and publicise the “Not faster than” times for each event. Other Clubs then make their entries based on those times. On the day there is normally a small percentage allowance for small improvements to have taken place since the entries were made about a month previously.

If all Meets were Open Meets very many of our Development squad children would not get accepted as standards are very high. All of our swimmers need to get opportunities to race and improve – not just at Development Meets but also outside of our own Club environment.

For this reason we will continue to enter appropriate Graded Meets as a stepping stone to higher level events but will endeavour to make it clear to everyone, prior to entry.

The official British Swimming statement on this issued describes:
"Our sport offers great opportunities to the most successful, with the chance of competing in foreign countries for club or even country. But competitive swimming is for all levels of ability. Graded Swimming was introduced in its present form in 1980 in order to provide incentive to ALL of the swimmers in the sport. Graded Swimming gives all swimmers the means to measure their own personal progress and also to compete in open competitions against swimmers of similar ability".

Lothian Leagues

Lothian Leagues

The Lothian Leagues is a competition which runs throughtout the year and is contested by swim clubs in the Lothian region

The Lothian Leagues is a competition that is run over a number of saturdays during the year. Swimmers compete not for themselves but their club. Swimmers can gain points for their club by achieving a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd position. The points are totalled during the final Saturday of the League, and the Club with the most points is awarded a shield.

Warrender JAGs meet

Warrender JAGs meet

Warrender Baths Club hosts an annual junior age group meet every March for swimmers aged 9 to 12 years old.

Young age group swimmers from all over Scotland come to take part in an exciting competition held across two days.

Warrender Club Championships

Warrender Club Championships

Warrender runs its internal championship every year in September. The championships involves swimmers from all levels of the club and takes place at Ainslie Park & Glenrothes.

East District Age Group (EDAG)

East District Age Group (EDAG)

The East District Age Group Championships is one of the key events targeted by Warrender swimmers. It is an event where swimmers have had much success in the past.

The East District Age Group Championships are normally held over three weekends from November through to February.

Scottish National Age Groups (SNAGS)

Scottish National Age Groups (SNAGS)