Gala Information

A Brief Guide To Swimming Galas

League Galas

The league we compete in at the moment is the Barnsley Minors League, where swimmers selected compete in a team to gain valuable points towards a club total. Please see the “Leagues” section for further details.

Championship Galas (DMASA: John Harrimans, Bridon Shield & Individual Championships)

Are where swimmers are selected to compete for a team (Bridon Shield) against other clubs in the area to become the top club in that area or selected to compete individually (John Harrimans, Individual Championships) against other swimmers within the area to become the top swimmer.

Invitational Galas

Are where clubs have been invited to compete as a team against other clubs in the area e.g. friendly galas.

Open Galas

Are where everyone swims as an individual while representing Edlington ASC. These galas are good fun days out gaining valuable experience. To win medals or trophies you will need to be among the fastest in your group or grade.

A, B or C Grade Galas

Swimmers are graded A, B, C or novice depending on their age and swimming ability. Any mixture of grades could swim alongside others, as events are seeded according to entry times. Entry Times are the times at which a swimmer is entered into a chosen gala. Cut-off Times are times for which a swimmer must not exceed (slower than). Qualifying Times are times set at galas of which a swimmer must achieve to be able to enter (quicker than). If in doubt as to which gala or grade your swimmer is able to enter or compete please speak to their coach. Paul Storey (Head Coach)

What To Do On The Day Of A Gala

On the day of the gala the swimmers should report to the Team Managers or Coach on arrival at the venue. They must get there early and be ready for the warm-up, this is important. On poolside swimmers will need with them….

  • Drinks (not fizzy)
  • Light snacks (cereal bars, fruit or wine gums)
  • Spare towel
  • T-shirt (club one preferably)
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap (club one preferably)

The swimmers will be supervised during the gala by the Coach, Team Managers and Assistants and should not leave the poolside without permission. These simple rules will ensure everyone has an enjoyable day.

Club Championships

These are an annual event and take place across 3 evenings. Swimmers compete in their own age groups and against one another. Points are gained as follows: 1st – 4 points 2nd – 3 points 3rd – 2 points 4th – 1 point Once the competitons have finished all points are totaled up and the overall boy/girl winner in each age group recieves a trophy which is presented at our annual presentation evening. On the night of the individual events medals are awarded to the top 4 in each event. For the younger aged swimmers we have races where everyone who competes is given a certificate. There are a variety of other awards given out on the presentation night, some include:

  • Fastest girl under 10 (fly) 25m
  • Fastest boy under 10 (fly) 25m
  • One to Watch award
  • Chief Coach award
  • Fastest 50m freestyle

Club Championships dates

Teaching/Mini SquadTBC
Squads Gala 1TBC
Squads Gala 2TBC
Squads Gala 3TBC
George LewisTBC
Presentation EveningTBC
The warm up for the teaching and squad galas will commence at 6:30pm.

Edlington ASC – Annual Club Championship Rules.

Click here to download the Swimming Club Championship Rules.

George Lewis Handicap

The George Lewis Handicap Trophy was introduced to commemorate the memory of Mr George Lewis and to recognise the valuable contribution he made to Doncaster swimming and Edlington ASC in particular. He was the Chairman and Chief Coach of Edlington ASC from 1972 until his death in 1980. During this period he taught numerous children to swim and coached a very successful competitive squad. In 1975 he was one of the founder members of the Doncaster Metropolitan Swimming Association and served as its Treasurer from 1975 to 1980. When DMASA obtained some water time for additional training for Doncaster swimmers at the old Greyfriars pool on a Sunday morning, George was the coach who led the session. This session was the initial start to the DMASA training scheme, which eventually led to the formation of Doncaster DARTES ASC. This trophy recognises the outstanding commitment George made to swimming and Edlington ASC. The George Lewis Handicap is a one day event, of 50m front crawl, that gives all swimmers in the club an equal opportunity to win. The difference in times from the fastest to the slowest are calculated so that everyone sets off at the same time. George Lewis

Sprint Ladder

The Sprint Ladder is based on Edlington ASC events throughout the year. These include Sprint Nights & Club Championships.

There will be an end of year trophy for TOP BOY and TOP GIRL. These will be awarded at the annual Presentation Night.

Points will be awarded on entry and performance.

POINTS: 10 points on entering and racing in an event. 5 points for every PB (Personal Best) improvement. Swimmers with no previous time (NPT) for an event will be classed as achieving a PB the first time an event time is recorded.

Please note this type of event is usually won by a swimmer who consistently improves, not the fastest swimmer!

Drinks Advice

Which is the most suitable drink?

Isotonic – quickly replaces fluids lost by sweating and supplies a boost of carbohydrate. This drink is the choice for most athletes – middle and long distance running or team sports. Glucose is the body’s preferred source of energy therefore it may be appropriate to consume Isotonic drinks where the carbohydrate source is glucose in a concentration of 6% to 8% – e.g. High Five, SiS Go, Boots Isotonic, Lucozade Sport. Hypotonic – quickly replaces fluids lost by sweating. Suitable for athletes who need fluid without the boost of carbohydrate e.g. jockeys and gymnasts. Hypertonic – used to supplement daily carbohydrate intake normally after exercise to top up muscle glycogen stores. In ultra distance events, high levels of energy are required and Hypertonic drinks can be taken during exercise to meet the energy requirements. If used during exercise Hypertonic drinks need to be used in conjunction with Isotonic drinks to replace fluids.

Want to make your own?

Isotonic – 200ml of orange squash (concentrated orange), 1 litre of water and a pinch of salt (1g). Mix all the ingredients together and keep chilled Hypotonic – 100ml of orange squash (concentrated orange), 1 litre of water and a pinch of salt (1g). Mix all the ingredients together and keep chilled. Hypertonic – 400ml of orange squash (concentrated orange), 1 litre of water and a pinch of salt (1g). Mix all the ingredients together and keep chilled.

Dental Health

Sports drinks commonly contain citric acid. All acids have an erosive potential but the method of drinking will influence whether or not those acids affect the teeth. Sports drinks should be consumed as quickly as possible, preferably with a straw and not be held or swished around the mouth. Retaining drinks in the mouth will only increase the risk of erosion. Refrigerated drinks will have a reduced erosive potential, as the acid dissolution constant is temperature dependant.

Food for thought

In a trial conducted by scientists in the city of Aberdeen it was determined that a 2% carbohydrate-electrolyte drink provided a more effective combat to exercise fatigue in a hot climate when compared to a 15% carbohydrate-electrolyte mixture. Reference: Galloway SDR & Maughan RJ, The effects of substrate and fluid provision on thermoregulatory and metabolic responses to prolonged exercise in a hot environment. Journal of Sports Sciences, Vol 18, No5, pp339-351

Seven Rules of Hydration

  1. The rate of passage of water from your stomach into your small intestine depends on how much fluid is actually in your stomach. If there is lots of water there, fluid flow from stomach to intestine is like a springtime flood; if there is little water, the movement resembles a lightly dripping tap. Therefore, to increase stomach-intestinal flow (and overall absorption of water) you need to deposit a fair amount of liquid in your stomach just before you begin your exercise. In fact, 10-12 ounces of fluid is a good start. This will feel uncomfortable at first, so practice funneling this amount of beverage into your “tank” several times before an actual competition.
  2. To sustain a rapid movement of fluid into your small intestine during your exertions, take three to four sips of beverage every 10 minutes if possible, or five to six swallows every 15 minutes.
  3. If you are going to be exercising for less than 60 minutes, do not worry about including carbohydrate in your drink; plain water is fine. For exercise that is more prolonged you will want the carbohydrate.
  4. Years of research have suggested that the correct concentration of carbohydrate in your drink is about 5 to 7%. Most commercial sports drinks fall within this range, and you can make your own 6% drink by mixing five tablespoons of table sugar with each litre of water that you use. A bit of sodium boosts absorption; one-third teaspoon of salt per litre of water is about right. Although 5 to 7% carbohydrate solutions seem to work best for most individuals, there is evidence that some endurance athletes can fare better with higher concentrations. In research carried out at Liverpool John Moores University, for example, cyclists who ingested a 15% maltodextrin solution improved their endurance by 30 per cent compared to individuals who used a 5% glucose drink. The 15% drink also drained from the stomach as quickly as the 5% one, though many other studies have linked such concentrated drinks with a slowdown in water movement.
  5. A 6% “simple sugar” drink will empty from your stomach at about the same rate as a fancy 6% “glucose polymer” beverage, so do not fall for the idea that the latter can boost water absorption or enhance your performance more than the former, and don’t pay more for the glucose-polymer concoction.
  6. Contrary to what you have heard, cold drinks are not absorbed into your body more quickly than warm ones. However, cold drinks are often more palatable than warm ones during exercise, so if coldness helps you to drink large quantities of fluid while you exert yourself, then keep your drinks cool.
  7. Swilling drinks during exercise does NOT increase your risk of digestive-system problems. In actuality, most gut disorders that arise during exercise are caused by dehydration, not from taking in fluid. Dehydration induces nausea and discomfort by reducing blood flow to the digestive system, so keep drinking!
Pool Locations
Time Standards

Click here to view and download the Time Standards A

Click here to view and download the Time Standards B

Swimmers are graded from C, B, A, AA, AAA. Triple A being the fastest, basically International/Olympic class. We are only concerned at club level with A, B and C.

Swimming Time Converter
Click here to access a Swimming Time Converter. This converter will allow you to convert times achieved in a 25-metre or 50-metre pool to an equivalent time for a 25-yard pool, or vice-versa. It will also convert between long and short course pools.