Harpenden SC “Frantic Fifties”

Selection policy for Harpenden SC “Frantic Fifties”

Event: 17th of March 2018

Venue: Inspire Luton


  1. Purpose:

The purpose of this trip is provide the following components to aid the HST athletes in their development:

  • Provide a suitable replacement for the cancellation of ISM Berlin.
  • Provide an opportunity for swimmers to medal within events.
  • Develop on our mission to build a strong and sustainable HST team ethos.


  1. Athlete selection:

It is advised that the team consist of no more than 40 athletes and 6 staff members, one of which will be the PDC. The selected team will be published on November 20th 2017. Athletes will only be eligible for selection if they have met the following:

  • The athletes are registered both for HST and a club registered within HST at the commencement of the meet.1
  • Athletes have a signed copy of their agreement with HST, themselves, their parents and their home club.
  • The athlete’s monthly subscriptions are up to date and fully paid.
  • The athlete has a valid passport/ insurance and is able to travel within the given dates of the trip.
  • Athletes must a least 12 years of age by December 31st
  • The athlete has met the selection standard detailed in section Selection Process
  • The athlete is not eligible for deselection detailed in section Deselection Process

 1There will be allowance for an athlete or a group of athletes who wish to accompany HST from other clubs, should the PDC feels in will serve an a benefit to HST.


  1. Selection Process:

Selection times must have been made in the last 12 months and no later than the club’s closing date of  November 17th 2017. The process for selection will be broken into two phases. Phase one will be used as primary selection for individual places. Phase two will be used to fill any spaces still available after phase one.

Should there be spaces available after phase one and two, the PDC reserves the right to select any athletes to fill the remaining spaces based on the overall influence they will have in achieving the goal of the meet (stated in 1. Purpose). Higher preference will be given to those who have more “Qualifying times”. In the case of swimmers being on equal qualifying standard, preference will be those with the higher SNAG qualifying swims.

As stated in section 2. Athlete Selection, the athletes selected shall not exceed 40 swimmers. The PDC retains the right to leave spaces unfilled if the criteria is not met. All selections will be at the discretion of the HST PDC.


Phase One –

  • Achieve 3 or more “Qualifying Times” (identified in the table in Appendix 1).
  • Achieve 2 “Qualifying Times” and a further 2 “Consideration Times” (identified in the table in Appendix 1).
  • Had been selected for ISM Berlin.


Phase Two –

  • Achieve 1 “Qualifying Time” and a further 3 “Consideration Time” (identified in the table in Appendix 1).
  • Achieve 3 or more “Consideration Times” (identified in the table in Appendix 1).


  1. Deselection Process

If an athlete is selected for Harpenden Fifties by the closing date noted in section 3. Selection Process, then the athlete is expected to maintain a level and standard suitable to that of a HST performance athlete between that date and the commencing of the Harpenden Fifties meet. However, if an athlete is found guilty of the following they will forfeit their position on the team and any payment made towards the meet:

  • In violation of the code of conduct.
  • Shows actions or behaviour that is deemed in violation of the HST team ethos.
  • Suspension in any form either at a HST level or club level.
  • Poor attendance under that of the agreed 80% attendance rate without reason.
  • Removal of membership of HST.
  • Deemed unfit to travel or severe illness1

Any athlete who is injured, may maintain their position on the team but play an active role in helping with staff duties.

1 Any athlete is who is deemed unfit to travel or a severe illness may have some of their costs refunded.


  1. Appeals
  • Any parent, athlete or coach has the right to appeal the decision made. They should, in writing, state their justification, no later than 7 days from the closing date stated in section 3. Selection Process to PDC@highlandswimteam.co.uk.



Selection Criteria



Harpenden Frantic Fifties

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