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Team Selection

Blythe Barracudas participates in many team galas including both friendly and league galas. The league galas are an important part of the club and currently we participate in three main leagues:

   • Mercian League
   • Nuneaton Junior League
   • National Arena League

For the last 2 years Blythe has had 2 teams in both the Nuneaton Junior League and the National Arena League, competing in Division 1 of the NJL.  This is  a great achievement and as such, to be selected as part of the team for one of these galas is something to be very proud of.

Team selection is generally based upon rankings, however coaches discretion is applied to ensure we field the strongest team for each event. We try to ensure every swimmer selected has at least two swims, but in some cases children may only be picked for a single event where it makes a significant advantage.

Any swimmer that is selected to represent the club in a team gala will be expected to stay and support their team mates until the last race.

What do I do if I’m selected and I’m not available?

Mark yourself as unavailable on the team sheet as soon as possible and inform your coach the reason why. Being unavailable for one of the league galas has a significant impact, not only to the club but also to every other member of the team and swimmers should do their utmost to be available for these leagues. As the league galas have such a high importance for the club, failure to be available will be taken into consideration when making future team selections, squad movements and selection for additional sessions for the rest of that swimming season. There can always be exceptional circumstances why a swimmer is unavailable to represent their club, therefore it is important to inform the coach of the reason for your unavailability.