General Meet Information
YMCA vs. USA Competitions:
The YMCA offers a wide range of meets for our swimmers. These usually are small, 1-day dual meets which are great introductory meets for new swimmers. They also offer longer day and even multiple day meets. We participate in this championship series in the winter season competing in Jr. Districts, Districts, State and Nationals. In order to swim at these meets a swimmer must have competed in 3 YMCA meets during the course of the season and be registered with the team by December 1. If a high school swimmer is competing in their school’s organized team then the requirement is 2 meets. Athletes must be YMCA members to be eligible to swim in YMCA competitions.
USA Swimming is the governing body of swimming in the US and works very closely with the international federation for developing and supervising national and international competitions. This circuit usually involves multiple day meets divided into sessions where an athlete may swim 2-4 days, but will not need to stay all day. Our state is governed by Illinois Swimming, Inc. (ISI) and supervises the competitions in this state which also offers a championship season: Regionals (A times), Age Group State Championships (14 & U) and Senior State Championships (open). In cooperation with USA Swimming the series continues to Sectionals involving 5-7 different states, Jr. Nationals, Senior Nationals, US Open and Olympic Trials. There are also special meets during the year you can apply for that are great opportunities to swim with other states and competitors. These include: Zones, Mid-States, Select Camps, and Spirit Camps.
Short Course: This season lasts from September to April each year. Events are swum in a 25-yard pool. The short course yard time standards apply to all meets during this time.
Long Course:This season lasts from April through August each year. Events are swum in a 50-meter pool. The long course meter time standards apply to all meets during this time.
Signing Up for a Meet:
Our Meet Schedule can be found on our website. Swimmers should sign up for meets from the website. Generally, swimmers may choose which events they would like to swim. Coaches may also suggest events for swimmers to participate. Certain meets may require that the swimmer already have attained qualifying times in each event entered. If required, these qualifying times can be found in the meet information packet. Dates for entry deadlines are posted on the web and also emailed to families as meet information packets are received from host clubs. YMCA dual meets are free of charge. All other meets charge small meet fees per event and/or per swimmer.