HOW DIGGERS WORK - LOGISTICS
Every new swimmer needs to swim a time trial in each event in order to establish a time. Handicaps are then revised weekly, and your starting time is based on these results.
We run a handicapped points score and championship competitions and award prizes. For adults, the weekly handicap wins are based on the ‘money swim’ awarding first and second place (must be within two seconds of your time to have a chance) and closest to time.
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As the Club has a large number of members early nomination are required to assist with handicapping.
Handicappers manually write up the races, so if you are late, so show your appreciation for their work by being timely and careful with your nominations.
Please nominate prior to leaving the previous Sunday, go online or phone David on 0402 766529 by 6pm Saturday (not after). If you submit an online nominations after this time, it will be considered as NOT lodged and WILL NOT make it to the race book. David and Natalie spend some of Saturday evening preparing for Sunday event (they don't want to do it all night!)
While it is not preferable and rather discouraged; the Handicappers will accept in-person nominations at the pool up until 8am Sunday - this includes checking that you filled out and submitted the nomination correctly (you can call David or Catherine anytime before Saturday to confirm).
The race books will close at 8.05am Sunday and there will be no further acceptance/amendment of nominations.
The penalty for late or amended nominations - you/child will miss out on the race; and you will sit with the Handicappers and learn how the process works.
Once you have nominated, please assist with setup— we need your help to time clock, mostly this is something that is rotated ad-hoc through the morning as competitors are called to marshalling.
The get through the program quickly, please go the blocks when your name is called for your race. Parents—please ensure your children are mindful of this as we will run the race without them.
The program begins with either 200m or 100m swims first—alternating between adult and child races. Followed by the ‘money swim’ $$, then the rest of the program.
Junior Swimming Categories
Children are placed into swimming categories based on age and ability.
Intermediates—13-18 year olds
Mini’s— 6-13 year olds and swimmers that can confidently swim 50m freestyle and complete 30m in other swimming strokes.
Tadpoles—encouraging the youngest members of the Club to participate in swimming. Noodles or kickboards are permitted. Parents can swim behind Tadpoles but can not physically assist in any way. When nominating, Tadpoles can either do 25m or 30m (with the idea that your child starts at 25m and graduates to 30m). Tadpoles will advance to Mini’s at age six (depending on ability).
We encourage everyone to purchase a Diggers Shirt and wear for sun protection but also as a way of promoting the Club. Shirts, shorts and hats are available for purchase at cost price.
The BBQ is organised by different members who volunteer each month. These are followed by a Club meeting where any issues are raised and ideas are discussed. Everyone is encouraged to participate.
Entry to Pool
Entry to the Moree Artesian Aquatics Centre is just $3 per Diggers member (if you don't already have a pool membership). Pool memberships are available at the MAAC front counter
Diggers Annual Membership
$50 per family
$15 per single
No charge for Life Members
No charge for Armed Forces Service Members