Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is LASC or Limavady Amateur Swimming Club and why would I want my child to participate?

It's fun. It's great exercise. It builds confidence. It's a great way for your child to meet other kids. It's a great way for you to meet other parents.


2. Who can answer my questions about the swim team?

Hopefully, most of your questions can be answered here or on Facebook.  If not, contact our Coaches or a Committee Member.


3. What strokes do the swimmers use in competition?

Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.


4. What swimming strokes does my child need to know to join the team?

If your child is 5 to 18 and can swim a length of the pool, then they should fill out the online application form to get a trial.  This happens 2 to 3 times per year.  Younger children do not necessarily have to be proficient in the breast stroke or butterfly in order to participate, but it is desirable to attempt.


5. I just want my child to learn how to swim better. Do they have to swim in competition?

You should discuss this with the coach.


6. What kind of pool does LASC have?

The length of our pool is 25 meters.  We swim out of Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Limavady.



7. How often and when is practice?

Monday 6:30pm to 10pm

Thursday 8pm to 10pm

Saturday 4pm to 6pm


8. Should I stay and watch a swim practice?

You're welcome to watch. Please refrain from talking with the coach during practice. Practice is when the coach spends time with the swimmers. Please keep your questions for the coach until before or after practice.  We suggest that you sit in the viewing area during the practice.


9. What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice?

Please contact the Coaches, if possible.


10. Does a child have to swim in a particular number of practices during the week in order to swim in a gala?

Please contact the Coaches regarding this question.

Galas / Meets / Time Trials


11. What are PTL and Aquasprint and what other kinds of competitions are there?

Provincial Town League



12. How long does a Gala / Meet last?

These events can range from 3 to 6 hours.


13. Where are the Galas and how do we get there?

For away meets, the team will usually travel together in a bus.  Home Galas will be in Roe Valley Leisure Centre.


14. What teams will we swim against?

It depends on the division. The teams in each division will be listed on the Swim Ulster Website.


15. What can I do to help prepare my child for a meet?

Have your swimmer eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, bring a water bottle to the meet, and get them to the meet on time.  Advise them to listen to the coach and to have fun!  Cheer them on too!


16. What is a "heat"?

An event may be divided into multiple "heats." Usually there will only be one heat in each event with 2 to 6 swimmers depending on the number of swimmers and the size of the pool.


17. What is a relay? And what stroke(s) do the swimmers use?

Relays consist of four "legs" with a different child swimming each leg. The distance varies with the age group.


18. How is it determined what swimmers will be on a relay?

The coach makes this decision. There are a variety of factors involved.


19. How is the winner determined?

The fastest swimmers in each event earn points for their team.  Team with the most points win.


20. What does DQ mean?

Disqualification - this can happen for a variety of reasons including starting early (false start), leaving the diving block early in a relay, performing an illegal stroke, performing an illegal turn, not touching the wall with two hands during a breaststroke turn, etc


21. Are kids DQed a lot?

No.  Officials tend to be lenient with the younger swimmers.  In the championship meets, the officials are much stricter.  However, you'll see a DQ from time to time in every age group.

If your child is disqualified, try not to get upset about it. Your swimmer will be unhappy enough about it without having your emotions adding to the situation. If you think there was an error made, then discuss it calmly with the coach. Do NOT discuss it with the officials. Let the coach do that if it is appropriate.


22. Does my child have to participate in every gala? What happens if my child can’t make it?

Without consistent participation, the team will have a poor season but conflicts do happen. Let the coach know as soon as possible if your swimmer will not be able to attend a meet.


23. How are the results of the gala posted?

The team results will be announced at the end of the meet and posted on this website in the secure logon section.


24. How can I best help the team?

Support your child by bringing them to practice, preparing them for the galas and cheering for them and the team at the meets.

Volunteer to help out at club events or with other swim team duties. It's an all-volunteer effort and there is always something more that can be done.

Swim Officials


25. I see some parents timing the events. Can I do that too?

Yes.  There are at least two timers required on each lane.   Please speak to the Committee or Coaches.


26. Why do the timers have to go to the other end of the pool for some events?

Aquasprints have 25 meter events. They dive off the blocks (or start from the wall for backstroke) and swim one length of the pool. The timers have to see them touch the wall so they are located at the opposite end of the pool from the starting blocks.


27. Hey, my kid was just DQed! What can I do about it?

Talk to your coach. Do NOT talk to the officials.


28. I'm sure that kid just did an illegal turn on his backstroke, but he wasn't called for it. Who do I complain to?

It's not really a parent's place to find fault with the officiating. If you feel strongly that there is a problem with the officiating then you should talk with one of the swim team representatives or the coach. They can best decide how to proceed, but the officiating is really under the direction of the hosting club's referee.


29. That's a strange looking freestyle stroke. Is that legal?

Almost anything except a clear breaststroke, backstroke, or butterfly can be a legal freestyle stroke.


30. I noticed on the website that there is an error in the time that my child swam in a recent gala. How do I get that corrected?

Talk to a coach. They will know best how to get the situation corrected.


31. It looks like there is a lot to do to run a gala. Can I help?

Yes! See a coach or committee member for ideas.

Coaches, Parents, Kids


32. Who are the coaches?

All the coaches are listed on the Personnel Section of this website


33. How can I best help the coach help my child?

Bring them to practices regularly, prepared and on time. Be supportive and let them enjoy the sport.  Let the coaches do the coaching.


34. How do I let a coach know when we can't attend practice? or be at a gala?

Please let the coach know as soon as possible. It's helpful to put it in writing since the coaches are trying to coordinate a lot of swimmers on the team and a verbal notice is more likely to be forgotten.


35. What if I have an important message to tell the coach during a swim meet?

Wait until the coach is not busy and then briefly tell them your message. The coaching staff is focused on supporting the swimmers during the meet so please leave them free to do that as much as possible.




6:30pm to 10pm



7:30pm to 10pm



4pm to 6pm


Roe Valley Leisure Centre

9 Greystone Road


BT49 0ND

Northern Ireland


Tel 028 7776 4009