Q We frequently use the transport provided by the club, are there rules regarding the wearing of seatbelts?
Children and young persons must wear seat belts on coaches and buses whilst the vehicle is in motion. It is a traffic offence if they fail to do so. The guilty party is the driver who could be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act. If the children refuse to wear the seatbelts he is still liable and should not convey them. Adults who do not wear the seatbelts commit the offence themselves and can be prosecuted rather than the driver. So clearly children are deemed to be less responsible!!!
The insurance covers you if any accident happens and the club or club member is sued for damages. However the insurance would not cover the driver, and maybe not the club, if the incident/accident was a criminal offence i.e. causing death by dangerous driving. Driver could be imprisoned and fined under these circustances and the insurance would not cover.
Q I have got to a gala and discovered that my cards are at home, What do I do?
Go and find the Gala organiser, they will have a record of your entry and will be able to get you new cards.
Q I am ambitious and want to move through the squads, what do I have to do?
It depends on the squad you are in and hence the squad you would move to. The coaching team are here to help you. If you have any questions regarding your swimming the person to ask is your coach. If they are not available please speak to one of the Committee members who will ensure you question is passed on. In all cases there are the three A's, Attitude, Attendance and Achievement.
Is about your conduct within the training sessions, your approach to the partnership you have with your coach and how you act and represent the club at galas.
Is your ability to attend the training sessions required. They are designed to improve your swimming ability for both yourself and the club. Don't forget that if you do not attend the training sessions you are taking a space that someone else could make better use of.
In each of the squads your are being trained for certain levels of swimming. You have to be able to demonstrate your ability to that level to remain in the squad.For example, those swimmers in A Squad should be swimming at Midland District level.In all cases however it is at the discretion of the Coaches who moves between squads and there may be individual reasons for swimmers not moving .
Q How do I enter for gala's?
I can think of a number of ways to enter for a gala.
Representing the Club.
If you are chosen to represent the club in a gala your name will appear on a team list on the club notice board situated at the deep end of Crown Pools.
If you are able to attend the gala you should tick your name off on the list.
If you are not able to go to the gala tell the person whose name appears on the notice, they might need to get a replacement.
If there is a team coach going you should also indicate that you will travel with the team or in your own transport.
If you take the coach make sure you turn up on time, the team cannot wait for you to arrive.
If you use your own transport make sure you get to the gala in plenty of time. Someone not turning up means that the team will be under strength and may not be able to compete in a relay event.
Other Club entered Galas
There will be other galas that the club will go to. These will be posted on the notice board as before. In this case it is up to you whether you enter. You must however consider two things.
The club goes to galas to compete to the very best level they can, if you can help to achieve that aim then you should seriously consider going.
One of the ways to improve yourself as a swimmer is to mix with other swimmers that are equal to and better than yourself.
Whether you intend to enter or not you will receive an entry slip from your coach, you have to fill in the slip with the events you would like to enter. You should fill in the times on the slip and return it to your coach, the slip will be signed by your coach before being sent on to the gala organiser.
Remember to include a cheque for the events you have entered, it should be made payable to the relevant club, not to Ipswich.
You may want to enter galas for yourself, this will probably happen when you are looking to get times for specific swimming meets like the Midlands and Nationals.
If they are not covered by the club then you should request an entry form from the gala organiser. The times you enter have to be ratified by one of the team coaches, remember to leave plenty of time for the entry form to get to its destination.