Warm Up 8:30 --- Start
Time Trials are REQUIRED for all swim
What are Time Trials?
Time Trials is a "scrimmage" swim meet
(only Dolphin swimmers) that allows kids to get their
first official time of the new summer season in each
What is the purpose of Time Trials?
It allows the coaches to determine the
first Saturday "A" meet lineup. Lots of things change over the
summer (e.g., kids grow, start (or stop) winter swimming, age up
into longer events, etc.), so last year's times don't always tell
you how fast a kid will be this year. And, of course, if a child is
new to swim team or is swimming a 50 instead of a 25, there will
not be any times for them.
It gives the swimmer a starting time
that s/he can work to improve over the season.
It gives kids who are new to swimming
(and those who may have forgotten over the winter) the experience
of swimming in a meet. New swimmers learn how to report to the
Clerk of Course, how to line up for their events, what a starting
machine sounds like, and what it is like to race.
Time Trials are also great for
parents, giving them a chance to learn (or remember) what they need
to do at meets. It lets them brush off their rusty timing skills or
figure out where the team's coffee pot went over the winter. New
meet managers and team reps get a practice run, hopefully making
the first dual meet go more smoothly. Also, Time Trials lets you
see all your summer friends again and catch up on what they and
their families have been up to since last summer.