guide for the
Elizabeth Lofgren (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Catherine Swezey (email@example.com)
Sarah Thatch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alicia Green (email@example.com)
Caroline Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Swim Team Chair:
Susan Eagle (email@example.com)
INFO: Important dates & team
Differences between meets
RESPONSIBILITIES: Declare your swimmer &
RUNDOWN: Parent deadlines & weekly
MANIACS: One of six
teams in Division F of the
Montgomery County Swim League
DUES: Vary based
on pool membership (Equity or Summer Affiliate) and by age group.
Team registration and dues must be submitted before a swimmer may
participate in a meet. Dues go towards coach salaries, MCSL fees,
software, supplies, food, the awards banquet and more.
Unfortunately, we do not pro-rate for missed practices (i.e.
vacations) or provide sibling discounts.
TIME TRIALS & SWIM SUIT
FAIR: At the start of the season, Merrimack coaches
assess swimmers to determine their level and initial meet line ups.
Attendance is vital.
8U ASSESSMENTS: If your swimmer
is a new 8 & Under (8U), a 2018 Mini Maniac, or a 2018 Gold
swimmer, you must sign up HERE
for an assessment so coaches can appropriately place your
- Tuesday, May 21, 3:45 - 5 pm
- Friday, May 24 at 4:30 pm - 6 pm
- Monday, May 27 at 3 pm
- Tuesday, May 28 at 4:00 pm
Coaches will notify parents by MAY 30,
2019 indicating the appropriate group for your 8U swimmer.
PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER
FOR SWIM TEAM ON TEAM UNIFY UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED A
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COACHES. Registration fees
vary by group.
TIME TRIALS: Saturday, June 8,
2019 -- 8am-12pm. All swimmers are expected
to attend. Times will be used to determine initial meet
Fair” will be at Time Trials. “Sport Fair”
sells our team suits and swim accessories. The team suit is not
required (though strongly encouraged for A Meets) and suits from
previous seasons are welcome. You may also go directly to Sport
Fair to purchase your suit (5010 Lee Hwy,
Arlington, VA 22207).
PRACTICES & GROUPS for specifics. Please note: times
are subject to
AWARDS BANQUET: Sunday,
July 21, 2019
- Structured, competitive meets for the
fastest available swimmers.
- Consists of 50 events that include
freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and the individual
- Includes boys’ and girls’
medley and freestyle relays.
- Coaches build meet line-ups based on
swimmer’s fastest times and availability FAQ: How does a swimmer get
into an A-meet?
- MCSL rules limit swimmers to a maximum of
three individual events -- plus the IM and one relay
- Swimmers may not participate in the same
stroke in both an A-meet and the following B-meet.
- NOTE: Coaches will build a line up that
they believe will score the most points overall. In some
cases, swimmers will not swim their favorite or best
- At the end of the season, team results
determine division ranking.
- Only A-Meet times count towards All-Star
qualifying times and end-of-season qualifying meets such as
Divisionals and All-Stars.
- Inclusive meets giving swimmers an
opportunity to swim competitively, record official times, and win
- Coaches place swimmers in events when they
believe the swimmer is ready: a legal stroke is a big
- Because of wide participation, meets have
- Meets are not scored and do not include
- Swimmers may not participate in the same
stroke in both an A-meet and the following B-meet.
- Times do NOT count towards All-Star qualifying
times and end-of-season qualifying meets such as Divisionals and
MEETS: There are different
qualifying factors for each of these meets. See FAQ for further explanation of each of these
- Coaches Long Course Invitational: July 9,
- Division F Relay Carnival: July 7, 2019
- Divisionals: July 20, 2019
- All-Stars - Relay Carnival: July 27, 2019
- All-Stars - Individual: July 28, 2019
Our team is powered by
PARENTS. We ask that parents:
- Declare their swimmer’s
availability by midnight Sunday for that week's B&A
- Volunteer at least twice per
season for B-meets.
- Volunter at every meet A-meet in
which their child swims.
- Are familiar with the Weekly Rundown.
- Supervise their children
at meets. Coaches are not responsible for children
at meets. If parents cannot attend a meet, another caregiver must
MEETS: Esentially an RSVP.
- For all meets -- A & B --
parents must “commit” or "decline" their
- Please avoid last-minute
- If your swimmer can’t make it,
please give the coaches ample time to either find a substitute (for
A-meets) or streamline line-ups (for B-meets).
- While A-meets are for the fastest
swimmers, we encourage you to declare when your swimmer
is available for them: swimmer times and availability shift all
summer and, therefore, so do line-ups.
Save time! Sit down
with your summer calendar and
COMMIT or DECLINE for the season all at
once. You likely already know when you're going on vacation!
While you’re at it, sign up to meet your volunteer
requirements (details below).
HOW TO COMMIT OR DECLINE A
- Go to
COMMIT TO MEETS
- Select "EDIT COMMITMENT" for the
meet you want.
- Click your child's
- Pick "yes" or "no" from the drop
- IMPORTANT: SELECT DAY 1 / SESSION
- Click "Save Changes"
- You'll be asked "Do you really
want to save changes?" Click Yes
Most jobs do not require training, experience, or
For A Meets, the
expectation is that each family volunteers at each
meet their child swims, since there are fewer
families to fill needed roles.
For B Meets, the
expectation is that each family volunteers for at
least two meets.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
- Go to “
COMMIT TO MEETS”
- Select desired
- Select “JOB
- Sign up for your desired volunteer
Timers (always needed!), runners, ribbon writers, snack bar, ice
pick-up, Friday morning donut pick-up, A-meet coffee delivery, away
meet tent pick-up/set-up/return, pep rally help, awards banquet and
training is needed for clerk of course and automation. MCSL
requires certification for referees, starters, and stroke &
turn judges. All of these roles are designated before the meets and
must be filled to begin the meet. Teams that do not fill these
slots must withdraw.
Training occurs in the spring and is
posted on the MCSL
Swimmers must be aware of their
meet commitments (whether they or their parent has opted to
“attend” or “decline”) and change
commitments per the deadlines detailed in the Weekly Rundown. For
emergency last-minute changes, a swimmer must contact Coach
Elizabeth in a timely fashion.
- Get plenty of rest before
- Be prompt for pre-meet warm-ups (generally
an hour before home meets & 30 minutes before away
- Know every event you are swimming and the
event number. Pay attention to the Clerk of Course and report to
the Clerk of Course when your name or event is
- Stay in the team area, particularly
- Cheer for the team and support teammates.
- Do not jump in the pool at any time.
Swimmers who jump in before a race is finished or to stop a swimmer
who’s made a false start will result in
- Help clean up the team area after a meet.
SUNDAY: 11:59pm –
deadline to declare swimmer availability for the coming
week’s B & A meets.
- Weekly Pep Rallies at the pool - for
- B-meet line-up emailed to parents and
posted to Team Unify
- 6pm deadline for B-meet changes due to Coach
- Parents emailed A-meet
- 8pm: Deadline for A-meet changes due to Coach Elizabeth. Please avoid
last-minute changes! If your swimmer can’t make it, give the
coaches ample time to find a substitute. There’s always
another swimmer eager to swim in an A-meet.
- Team Lunches: Per tradition, parents and
swimmers gather for lunch after the meet. Location varies and is
announced at meet.
What kind of
A: The Maniac team is almost
entirely parent run, so we ask for a significant commitment from
each family. For specifics on parent and swimmer responsibilities,
please see above. If your child swims at both A- and B-Meets, you
are expected to help at both.
does a child
end up in
A: Coaches determine
A-Meet line-ups. Their decisions are based on a swimmer’s
availability and times in previous A- and B-Meets along with other
factors. The deciding factor between two swimmers can come down to
tenths or hundredths of a second.
sound like too
A: You know what’s
best for your child. Feel free to declare your swimmer available
only in B-meets and decline A-meets. At Merrimack, our primary goal
is to encourage a love of swimming. Discuss specifics with coaches
(just kindly do it before or after practice). And please consider
attending A meets for fun. Sometimes, kids want to swim in an
A meet after seeing one firsthand.
can I talk
A: For the safety of
all our swimmers, please do not talk to coaches during practice.
They’re always available before or after practice. You may
also email Coach
Elizabeth with swimmer specific swimming questions or your
reps (firstname.lastname@example.org) with all other
A: Each division has a
Relay Carnival in which all the teams in that division compete (for
2018, Merrimack is in Division F). In the Relay Carnival, there is
one team per lane and all events are relay races. Coaches put
together relay teams based on several factors including a
swimmer’s times and availability. If a Merrimack relay team
wins at the Relay Carnival, they qualify for All-Star Relays at the
end of the season (see next question).
Invitational Long Course
A: Invitations to the
meet -- held on July 9, 2019 -- are based on a swimmer’s best
time at the first three A meets. The eight fastest swimmers in the
league for each event compete against each other in an outdoor
50-meter (long course) pool
A: The Divisionals meet
is the championship meet for our division, Divison F (division
standings change each year). Coaches select the fastest
two swimmers – based on A-meet times -- in each event
in each age group to compete against the other teams in Division F.
Each swimmer may swim a maximum of 3 individual events, so the
third fastest swimmer may also be invited to swim. Divisionals are
July 20, 2019.
is an “
time and why
is it a
A: All-Star nominating
times are set by MCSL. To qualify, a swimmer’s time must be
recorded in an A-Meet. All- Star Swimmers are the fastest in
County. At the end of the season, MCSL hosts two All-Star meets:
Individual All-Stars and the All-Star Relay. The Individual
All-Star meet invites the fastest 16 swimmers in each event from
the County. The All-Star Relay is composed of relay teams who won
their division’s Relay Carnival. The All-Star Meets are July