October 08, 2020

Swim Ireland's 2020-2021 Pool Competition Season has opened, but in light of changing restrictions throughout the island of Ireland, we have made some amendments. Please read this update carefully and download the Swim Ireland Domestic Competition Plan Update.

Republic of Ireland Level 3 Status

As the Republic of Ireland has moved into Level 3 status for all counties during October, these counties/areas are no longer able to run Virtual Meets this month. Clubs within these locations should now run Club-Based Time Trials (see below) within their training sessions as a replacement for the Virtual Meets.

Northern Ireland Locations Without Additional Restrictions

For those counties/local areas in Northern Ireland that do not have Additional Restrictions placed upon them in October, the Virtual Meets planned for the October 2020 period can go ahead as per the documentation recently distributed to clubs.

Northern Ireland Locations With Additional Restrictions

As some Northern Ireland areas now fall under Additional Restrictions during October, these counties/areas are no longer able to run Virtual Meets this month and at this moment in time are also unable to run Club-Based Time Trials. We are working closely with Swim Ulster to be able to get clubs within these locations to be able to run Club-Based Time Trials within their training sessions similar to that described for Republic of Ireland Level 3 counties.

New Plan for October to December:

Swim Ireland’s current intention (which is subject to Government of Ireland/Northern Ireland Executive directives announced during October, November and December 2020) is as follows:

October 2020 – Will fall under one of two categories as detailed above:

  • Virtual Meet (Development & Qualifying Meet combined) for Northern Ireland locations that do not have Additional Restrictions
  • Club-Based Time Trials for all Republic of Ireland counties
  • No possibilities as yet for Northern Ireland locations that do have Additional Restrictions in place, but Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster are endeavouring to progress this favourably for such clubs

November 2020 – Will fall under one of two categories, dependant on regionally-different circumstances in place at that time:

  • Actual Meet (Senior National SC Qualifying Meets organised/hosted by the Regions, and incorporating 2020 Regional SC Championship awards) for Northern Ireland locations that do have Additional Restrictions and Level 3 areas of the Republic of Ireland – and for athletes 16 years of age & over only
  • Actual Meet (National SC Qualifying Meets organised/hosted by the Regions and incorporating 2020 Regional SC Championship awards) for Northern Ireland locations that do not have Additional Restrictions and Level 2 areas of the Republic of Ireland

- December 2020 – Actual Meet (Swim Ireland National Winter Championships) to be held in Dublin

Swim Ireland Domestic Competition Plan September to December 2020

The aforementioned Club-Based Time Trials in October 2020 will provide athletes with an opportunity to qualify for their respective National SC Qualifying Meet within their Region.

The format of the National SC Qualifying Meet in 2020 will be reformatted to become a Heat Declared Winner competition across all events, with the government directives and Swim Ireland guidelines that are in place at that time dictating the numbers allowed into the facility at any one time.

Athletes will be able to enter this meet using times achieved in Level 3 Meets since 1st July 2019 (SC times and converted LC times) as well as being able to qualify from times achieved in the October Club-Based Time Trials.

Times recorded in the Time Trials will not be used for selection to Regional Squads and cannot be used to set Regional or National Records. Clubs will make their own judgements and decisions as to whether times at their Time Trials can be used to set new Club Records.

Club-Based Time Trials (Combined) October 2020

The Club-Based Time Trials in October will replace both the Regional Development Meet and Regional Qualifying Meets scheduled for October 2020.

These will provide a combined in-house opportunity for athletes to be timed in their training environment and to benchmark where their performances currently stand in an attempt to qualify for the 2020 National SC Qualifying Meets within their own Regions in November.

There will be no qualifying times in place for this in-house competition and it should open to all club athletes aged 10 years and over who are registered as competitive members.

For more information and to download the full brief, please see Swim Ireland's updated Competition Season 2020-2021 plan.