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November Invitational (AMBU, KATY, MAC, SHRK)

Nov 9, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019
October, 27 2019



November Invitational

A Short Course Yards Timed Finals Meet

November 9-10, 2019




FOR LJAC to Coach Tammie:  Sunday, October 27, 2019



PLEASE READ:  Unknown at this time (AMBU, KATY, MAC, SHRK).  Gulf will choose pool based on participation signup.  Closest pool is SHRK, which is in Friendswood.  This will most likely be the pool we are slotted in.  That location is:

Friendswood ISD Natatorium

1115 Falling Leaf Drive

Friendswood, TX 77546


Going South on I-45 towards Galveston from Downtown Houston: Take Exit 29 FM 2351/Friendswood/Clear Lake City Blvd. Take a right onto FM 2351. Travel 4.1 miles. Turn left onto Sunset Dr. After 0.7 miles on Sunset Dr., turn right on Falling Leaf Drive. After 0.7 miles, you will see the Friendswood Natatorium on the left. There is limited parking in the natatorium lot and ample parking in the stadium lot.

Do not park on side roads or in the grass on residential streets.



There is parking directly in front of the facility. There is additional parking directly across from the facility parking lot next to the AISD Junior High as well as parking next to the football stadium. SPECTATOR SET UP AREAS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE POOL DECK! Pop Up tents are welcome on the outside of the facility behind the bleacher side of the pool. Coaches (ONLY) may set up team tents on the coaches’ side of the pool next to the building. Coaches please do not block the view of the starting end of the pool.


This is a six session, two day, timed finals meet. The meet host reserves the right to add breaks as needed throughout the meet.  LJAC WILL COMPETE ON SATURDAY ONLY!

Session 1:

Saturday AM

November 9, 2019

Age groups: Girls 11 & Over, Boys 13 & Over

Warm-up: 7:30am – 8:45am    Meet starts at 9:00am

Session 2:

Saturday PM

November 9, 2019

Age groups: Girls 10 & Under, Boys 12 & Under

Warm-up: Host team will publish PM session warm-up and start times with warm-up/timing assignments on Gulf Swimming webpage

Session 3:

Saturday PM following Session 2

November 9, 2019

Age groups: Girls 10 & Under, Boys 12 & Under



This meet will be run utilizing the “Flyover Starts” procedures unless a waiver is received from the Technical Planning Committee Chair. At the conclusion of each heat, the swimmers shall remain in the water until after the next heat is started. Coaches, please remind your swimmers of the “Flyover Start” procedures.


The AM sessions (Session 1 and Session 4) on Saturday and Sunday will be deck seeded for all events. Positive check-in will be required.

The PM sessions (Session 2, Session 3, Session 5 and Session 6) will be pre-seeded for events of 200 yards or shorter. The 500, 1000, and 1650 Free will be deck seeded events. Coaches please inform your swimmers of pre-seeded and deck seeded rules. All events will be seeded with heats in the order of fastest to slowest. As a courtesy to the host, coaches should inform the clerk of course of swimmers not attending the meet. Empty lanes will be used for deck entries.


Circle-in is required for all events in the AM sessions in addition to the 500, 1000, and 1650 Free and will close forty-five (45) minutes before the start of the session in which the event is scheduled to be swum. After the events are officially closed, no one may check-in or scratch. After checking-in, failure to appear at the starting blocks will result in the swimmer being assessed a $5.00 fine, payable to Gulf Swimming, Administrative Vice-Chair, Charlie Fry, for each event in which he/she fails to appear.


Late entries will be accepted each day up to 45 minutes before the start of each session. Those swimmers missing the MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019 deadline may enter the meet on-deck in the following manner:

  1. Swimmers must pay double the entry fee at the time of entry.

  2. Swimmers must supply completed entry forms. The swimmers will be seeded into open lanes in the pre-seeded events and according to their best times in deck seeded events.

  3. Swimmers must enter all events for the session forty-five (45) minutes prior to the start of the session's first event.

  4. Swimmers must be qualified to swim the event entered.

  5. Swimmers must not exceed the allotted number of events allowed each day.

  6. Swimmers that on-deck enter to change their entry time in a deck seeded event,

    1. must circle-in on the posted circle-in sheets,

    2. the on-deck entry time will be used for seeding, and

    3. the on-deck entry fees still apply to these swimmers.

  7. On-deck entries will only be permitted if space is available. Heats will NOT be added


Entry Times: Swimmers must enter at their best time. Entry times must be submitted in the course at which the best time was achieved – short course yards (Y), short course meters (S), or long course meters (L). Do not convert meter (yard) times to yard (meter) times. If entries are made by paper (not using HY-TEK), swimmers should indicate on their entry the course at which the entry time was made (i.e., Y, S, or L). If swimmers have never competed in a USA Swimming meet before, put NT where a seed time is requested. Times must be from USA Swimming meets.

Age: As of November 9, 2019.

Number of Events: Swimmers may compete in up to four (4) individual events per day.

Eligible Teams: Selected teams as determined by SHARKS Swim Club. Only swimmers attached to a registered Gulf Swimming team or swimmers in the documented process of transferring to a Gulf Swimming team may participate in this invitational meet.

Fees:    Individual Event:     $6.00

Swimmer Surcharge Fee (per swimmer):  $5.50 ($3.50 + $2.00 electronic heat sheet)

CUT-OFF TIMES:         None



Individual events: ribbons 1st - 8th place: girls/boys events 8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15 & over


Because of USA Swimming Insurance Safety Regulations, the swimming pool deck, during the operation of all Gulf Swimming sanctioned meets, is closed to all persons except swimmers, coaches, marshals, officials, meet personnel, and timers. All registered non-athletes are required to display their current USA Swimming registration card. If you are asked to leave the deck by any registered personnel, please do so. It is for your safety.

Coaches and Officials must present their membership cards in order to receive complimentary Heat Sheets and for admission to the Hospitality Room. Coaches must supervise their swimmers.

No food is allowed on deck. Please have swimmers go outside to eat.


Use of audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in the area behind the starting blocks, in changing areas, restrooms, showers or locker rooms. Violators may be reported to law enforcement or other governmental authorities and/or may be barred from the facility during the sanctioned event.


Operation of a drone, or any other flying apparatus, is prohibited over the venue (pools, athlete/coach areas, spectator areas and open ceiling locker rooms) any time athletes, coaches, officials and/or spectators are present. Exceptions may be granted with prior written approval by the Vice President of Program Operations.


Coaches and/or swimmers are responsible for notifying the Meet Referee of any disability prior to the competition and for providing their own assistant or equipment. However, Coaches/Swimmers may contact the Meet Director at least two weeks in advance of the meet to reserve Gulf Swimming equipment (remote strobe).


Meet results will be posted on the Gulf Swimming Web Page (, within three days after the conclusion of the meet.  Unofficial real-time results will be available on MEET MOBILE provided we have a reliable Wi-Fi connection.


Concessions will be available.


Swim Shops of the Southwest will be at the meet selling swim apparel and swim gear.


The building will open to coaches and swimmers at 7:15 am.

No food is allowed on deck. 

No set up will be allowed in the bleachers or roped off areas. Spectators need to watch their swimmers and then return outside to allow everyone the opportunity to watch their swimmers race. Swimmers and spectators should follow instructions by the Safety Marshall(s) and police officer(s) including their enforcing the prohibition of spectators standing along the rail or in the walkways of bleachers. Anyone failing to comply may be removed and barred from the facility or school property.