2024 dates

As you know, it’s difficult to get pool bookings so we have done this early.  2024 dates are Sundays:

14 April
26 May
23 June

Venues are:  Romford Sapphire, and Enfield Southbury Rd

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2023 AGM 6 Dec


The AGM for the forth-coming 2024 Season will be held on:

Wed. 6th December 2023
at 20.00 hours

An agenda with the online Zoom link has been sent out to all member clubs.

If you did not receive it (or if you are a lapsed member or a club who wishes to join), please email me: secretary at m11league.org

We welcome anybody to attend this meeting.  Potentially, we are down to just 9 clubs and we’d really rather not be fewer than 10.  So as far as we know, we currently have 7 vacancies on a first come first served basis.  But if any club who withdrew last year knows they wish to re-join please let me know immediately.

Thankyou

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2023 finals

The B final will take place at Freeport Braintree on Saturday 24th June
The A final will take place at Southbury Rd on Sunday 25th June
(Please see the lane draws, and hosts listed on our Fixtures page)

Results for round two are also now posted online

A word of note to clubs:
please be aware of the extra time it may take to travel and park at the venue.  When clubs are substantially delayed, it may not be possible for us to hold up the start.

We thank all our hosts and guest referees for the very successful work they have put in to make this League a success.  There are still several teams who could triumph.

Enjoy the finals!

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2023 Season begins

Welcome to the 2023 Season of competition

The draw for Round One has been made and can be seen on our Fixtures page.  Hosts are:

Harlow Penguins – at Sapphire Ice & Leisure, 15th April
Dunmow Atlantis – at Southbury Rd, 16th April

Clubs must email me their eligible (CAT 2 registered) swimmers by 31st March.
Clubs must also email me their teamsheets and DBS-registered coaches or managers before the gala

Entry for spectators is £4.  We aim to keep this at a fee that just covers the pool hire cost. So please do come along to support your swimmer.

Thank you

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No diving in shallow end

Swim England has issued a new safety edict with regard to diving during competition

Shallow diving is now no longer permitted in depths of less than 1.35m – which basically covers the shallow end of most 25m pools. It is neither permitted from the side nor from blocks.  Diving at the deep end requires a minimum depth of 1.5m.

Therefore M11 League requires that all relay takeovers at the shallow end and all 25m events (if they are started at the shallow end – you may choose to move the timekeepers) shall start “in the water”

DQ guidance for coaches and officials:
The starting position in the water is with one hand in contact with the starting platform or wall. That hand must not lose contact until the in-coming swimmer has touched. It is not sufficient for the swimmers feet to remain in contact with the wall.

Swim England Guidance on Water Depths

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2022 draw for finals

The results for round two are in, and posted on our Results page. The draw for the final round three is posted under our Fixtures page.

It really couldn’t be closer, with 4 large clubs all in with a chance to win.

Lanes draw for the Final, and B final are seeded, so you can see now which lanes you are in.  Hosts for the Final, at Southbury Rd, are Chelsea & Westminster.  Hosts for the B final at Braintree are Halstead.  As always, please reach out to the home clubs at these pools for advice and to other participants for officials and assistance.

So far, it has been a great success with everyone enjoying getting back into relay racing!

 

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2022 competing swimmers

Competing Clubs now need to send me their list of Competing Swimmers by 31 March 2022. Please use the Excel format sent out to you.

All swimmers must be CAT2 registered (because we have a National Final) and your club must be first-claim on the swimmer if any are dual club.  Swimmers must be 9 years old by the date of our last round, 26th June 2022.  Swimmers who are 13 or over on this date are not eligible.

However, we recognise the difficulty some clubs are having finding swimmers in all age groups.  We much prefer that you swim over-age swimmers (declare them and forgo the points) than that you withdraw from a race or round.  We need the spectator income, and swimmers of all ages need relay practice.

Please also send me your DBS declaration for your poolside coach before 10 April.

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2022 Season begins

Welcome to the 2022 Season!

The Competing Clubs, and Fixtures pages are now updated for 2022. We have 14 clubs in the League as of 2022, and the Round One draw has been published with host clubs notified.

All rounds will take place at Freeport Braintree and Southbury Rd, Enfield.  All bookings are 3pm warm-up for 3.30 start.

We strongly encourage spectators to return – this is how the we pay for the pools. An updated contacts sheet has been sent around to competing clubs.  Please respond promptly to your hosts and help them with officials.  Officials do not have to be qualified or licensed. We just ask that you provide someone who is used to operating a stop watch, and another person with a bit of judging experience.

We hope you all have a fantastic competition and enjoy the relays.  It’s good to be back!

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2020 Covid-19 statement

We hope that you are all keeping well in these difficult times and have plans for getting your club through the isolation period.

Plans for the Junior Inter-League and the M11 League are obviously up in the air right now.  The M11 League has taken SEER advice and cancelled our April and May dates. For now, we are retaining the June date and we have a reserve date of 26 July booked with another possible option of a date in September.

However the likelihood is that if we are able to go ahead at all, we will be reduced to a single round competition. Once I have any confirmation of a certain date then I will inform everyone a month in advance.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their eligible swimmers list. I do realise that some clubs may not even be able to pay their coaches right now and that we cannot expect normal service from you at this time. You will have an opportunity to re-submit your eligible swimmers 1 month before the event and if the date is not 21 June, add more 9 year olds. Inevitably there will be some clubs who won’t be able to take part so this may affect the draw.

All previous statements about the draws and the hosts are to be ignored, these will change.

There is a ZOOM meeting planned by the Junior Inter-League committee for 2 April. We hope to learn more about what other Leagues are planning and what might be the impact for the Area and Grand finals.

Best Regards
Jonathan

 

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2020 Round One draw

Dear members,
competing teams have been confirmed for the 2020 Season of M11 Junior League.  The draw for round one, 19th April, can be seen on our Fixtures page.

Div 1
Gala 1 at Barnet – Chelmsford host
Gala 2 at Basildon – Hackney Aquatic host
Div 2
Gala 1 at Enfield – NUEL host
Gala 2 at Braintree – Halstead host

The next milestone: member clubs need to submit their eligible swimmers lists to me, using the spreadsheet provided, by 31 March 2020. All competing swimmers must be named by that date and must be Swim England Cat2 registered.

Thank you

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