What is a swim meet?
Our regular season meets consist of competition between the Marlins and one other team from the MCSSL. The MCSSL consists of 11 teams that are either have 25 meters or 25 yards in length. Each pool has either 5, 6, or 8 lanes. At a 5 lane pool there are 4 “official” (scoring) lanes with 1 “unofficial” lane that is rotated between teams. At a 6 and 8 lane pool each team gets equal amount of lanes so they are all “official”. The first heat of each event is able to score. For relays, first place receives 7 points. For individual events, first place receives 5 points, second receives, 3 points and third receives one point for their team. At the end of the meet all scores are tallied.
At the end of the season, the league holds a Championship meet known as the Meet of Champions (MOC). At this meet, the top swimmers from each team compete against on another for best times. This is not a scoring meet. Swimmers must compete in THREE dual meets to be eligible for the MOC. The league sets limitations on how many swimmers may compete per events.
How many events can my swimmer participate in during a dual meet?
The league limit is 3 official events per swimmer.
What happens during inclement weather?
Practice: We swim rain or shine. Practices may be cancelled or postponed due to harsh rain or thunderstorms. E-mails will be sent from the coaches as soon as any decisions are made. If you see the weather is questionable, check your e-mail before you leave the house.
Meets: The decision to swim is made by the home pool (coaches or managing staff). Meets may also be cancelled or postponed due to harsh rain or thunderstorms. E-mails will be sent from the coaches as soon as any decisions are made. If you see the weather is questionable, check your e-mail before you leave the house.
What should my swimmer bring to practice?
What to wear: Swimmers should not wear their team suit to practice. It is recommended that girls wear a one-piece suit and boys can wear any swim trunks or jammers. Swimmers can wear multiple suits at once to create “drag” (more resistance in the water).
- Fluids: All swimmers should have a water bottle on deck at all times
- Goggles, an extra pair always comes in handy!
- Cap (for swimmers with long hair, do not use team cap for practice)
- Sports socks (some swimmers find it more comfortable to wear socks when training with fins)
What should we pack to bring to a meet?
- Team Swim Suit
- Team Cap
- A towel (or two)
- Water Replacement fluids are important!
- Snacks At most meets, there are concession stands that have drinks, bagels/pizza, and other snacks. Be aware that sometimes there is a line for these food items, and your swimmer doesn’t want to miss their next event by waiting in the concessions line. If you are looking for ideas to pack your own snacks, granola, a sandwich, fruit, nuts, or dried cereal work well. Your swimmer will get hungry!
Other Some swimmers like to bring a collapsible chair to sit on in between events, or a pad or sleeping bag to lay on. Some swimmers bring a book or cards to play to pass the time, but the best activity is to watch and cheer for your team mates.
What is a heat sheet?
The heat sheet is hung up at the beginning of the meet. At home meets, the sheets will be hung on the baby pool fence. It contains the order of events, as well as dividing the swimmers into different “heats” or groups.
The number of extra heats per event is decided by the home pool. At home meets, we try to get all swimmers in at least one event, hopefully two. At away meets, we cannot guarantee any number of swims, but we do out best to make sure all swimmers are in one event.
The major divisions of a heat sheet are; EVENT HEAT LANE
The EVENT will have a number, a stroke title, and an age demarcation. For example; “EVENT 3- Girls 8 and under – 25Y Freestyle.”
The HEAT will be which group of swimmers go first, second, third etc. These groups or heats are often grouped from fastest times (heat 1) to slowest times (last heat).
The LANE will be assigned to each swimmer, so that they know which set of blocks to get up on, and where to swim. You can write this information down on a piece of paper, copied from the wall where the hosting team has posted the sheet. Often for younger or new swimmers, we write on their hands to remind them when they are swimming. (it doesn’t have to be a “sharpie” or water proof ink, just a regular pen will work.)
You can write something like this on the back of their hand:
- E H L
- 3 3 7
- 7 4 4
- 11 2 8
Meaning, their first event is event 3, in heat 3, in lane 7.
Their second event is event 7, in heat 4, and in lane 4.
Final event is event 11, heat 2, and lane 8.
How do we know which event we are on?
The starter will announce each event. Teach your swimmers from the beginning to know what events they are swimming, to check the heat sheets to know where they are in the meet. It seems overwhelming at first, but it is one of the great things that kids in swimming learn, is how to be responsible for where they need to go, and how to monitor the meet progress. Until that time though, there will be plenty of help from coaches and the volunteer Marshalls to help your swimmers.
What is the order of races?
Medley Relays (girls then boys)
100 IM 12 & Under (girls then boys)
100 IM 13 & Over (girls then boys)
ALL FREE 8 & Under Girls/Boys, 9-10 Girls/Boys, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19
ALL BREAST ” ”
ALL BACK ” ”
ALL FLY ” ”
Step up Relays (girls then boy)
What is a DQ?
It is a disqualification from an official, indicating that there was some element of the swim that did not meet the USA swimming rules for that given stroke. It means that the time your swimmer got in that event will not count, as the swim is invalidated. DQ’s are a learning tool, and designed to help all swimmers become proficient in their sport. There is not a swimmer anywhere that has not had many DQ’s! It helps swimmers know what they need to work on, and should be viewed in an entirely positive light. You can still focus on the good things your swimmer did even if they got DQ’d. Help your swimmer to be proud of their new accomplishments! Starts off the blocks, turns, mastering new strokes like butterfly and breaststroke, maintaining consistent kicking and breathing, cheering for a team member, getting to the blocks on time…….there are many things to be proud of and to support your child in.