1. How does handicapping work for Weekly Races?
The first time a swimmer competes in a race for a specific stroke and distance (eg. 50m freestyle), it is called a Time Trial. Their time is recorded and will be used for future race handicapping.
Then, each time the swimmer competes in this specific event (ie. 50m freestyle) a handicapped time is calculated, based on the FASC handicapping rules.
The aim of handicapping is to ensure all swimmers have an equal chance to win.
2. How do Weekly Race Points work?
FASC uses a point system to encourage participation and reward results.
All swimmers are allocated points each week for their race, as follows -
• First place – 4 points
• Second place – 3 points
• Third place – 2 points
• Swim (non place getters) – 1 point
• Time Trial – 2 points (ie. first time swimming the stroke or distance, regardless of place)
These points are accumulated throughout the season and may result in prizes at the End of Season Presentation Night. The point score is split into four prize categories.
The more races you swim, the more points you accumulate, the higher the prize category!
3. What are the Championship Races?
Championship racing starts at the end of January. Races are run for 7 weeks, during the weekly race schedule. These races are age and gender based, and times are not handicapped. Swimmers earn points for each championship race that they swim, and the swimmer with the most points will be awarded the Age Champion Award (Male & Female).
The tally for Age Champion Points are separate to the tally for Weekly Race Points.
To be eligible to compete for Championship racing you must have competed in one-third of the weekly handicapped races. Check the Club Calendar for dates.
4. What are the WASA Events?
The Warringah Amateur Swimming Association (WASA) holds four (4) swim meets throughout the season. This is a chance for our kids to represent FASC, and race against other local swimming clubs. It is also a great opportunity to practice for school carnivals as meets follow the FINA rules.
All FASC members are welcome to race. An email will be sent closer to each meet for entries. This season, WASA meets will have a flat rate entry fee of $15/swimmer, plus pool entry fee if needed. Check the Club Calendar for dates.