Practice and Competition Rules

Practice for ALL NEW SWIMMERS to the team begins on June 5, 2017 at 8:30 am. The required safety assessment will be done at this practice. A parent meeting will be held during the practice. All returning swimmers, along with eligible new swimmers will then begin regular practice on June 6, 2017.

Practices are held:

  • 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.     Swimmers age 11 and over, as of June 1
  • 8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.     Swimmers under the age of 11, as of June 1
  • 6:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M.     Swimmers 11 and over may also attend practices on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (starting date TBA)

Parents must pick up their swimmer(s) within 15 minutes of practice. In case of inclement weather, a “PRACTICE CANCELLED” sign will be posted at the pool. There will also be an announcement post here under Announcements and on Facebook.

THE MEET SCHEDULE BEGINS WITH THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  • For HOME meets, swimmers should arrive at Maude Neiding by 4:15 p.m. 

    For AWAY meets, swimmers should arrive by 4:45 p.m.

  • Meets typically start at 5:30 and last approximately 3 hours depending on number of kids participating, number of lanes at each pool, etc.
  • All swimmers wishing to participate in a dual meet must have attended at least TWO practices in the previous week, although more are strongly suggested.
  • Sign up for a Thursday dual meet MUST occur by 9:30 AM on Tuesday of the week before the meet, and the sign-up link will be sent through email.  On this link, please declare YES or NO if you can attend.
  • Sign up for a Tuesday dual meet MUST occur on the Friday of the week before the meet, and the and the sign-up link will be sent through email.  On this link, please declare YES or NO if you can attend.
  • All swimmers wishing to participate in the CHAMPIONSHIP meet MUST compete in TWO dual meets. (not including invitationals)
  • Swimmers who sign-up promise to show-up, unless there is an illness or emergency and the coach has been notified as early as possible prior to the meet.

HOW SWIM MEET LINEUPS ARE PREPARED

A dual, championship or invitational swim meet has 36 events for girls and 36 events for boys (see the competitive events list). Swimmers compete in a maximum of 4 events per meet. The coaches determine the lineup for these events with fairness, competitiveness and championship preparation in mind. The first priority is fairness. Swimmers are placed by their swimming strength. The use of exhibition heats provides more opportunities to swim.

An exhibition heat is not scored, but often the competition is strong, providing swimmers with the chance to improve their times. Swimmers are also asked to improve their abilities by swimming less favored strokes. The coaches will be responsible for assessing each swimmer’s ability.

The CHAMPIONSHIP lineup is determined after results for each swimmer, for all scored events and exhibition events are combined to form a depth chart. Fastest swimmers are chosen for each event, including A, B, and C relay teams. Every effort is made to provide each swimmer an equal opportunity to compete on the CHAMPIONSHIP team.

Meet Awards (ribbons):

The first heat of each event is the scoring heat. Scoring ribbons will only be awarded to swimmers in that heat. Additional heats will be given Exhibition ribbons.

Individual Events:

12 and Under – Ribbons are awarded for first through sixth place

13 and Over – Ribbons are awarded for first through third place

Relay Events: All Age Groups – Ribbons are awarded for first through third place

Exhibition Events: All Age Groups – Ribbons are awarded to all participants