2020 Great Lakes Y Zone Championship

Mar 20, 2020 (04:30 PM) - Mar 22, 2020 (06:00 PM)
March, 10 2020


2020 Great Lakes Zone YMCA Swimming Championship

Date: March 20-22, 2020

Location: Canton McKinley High School C.T. Branin Natatorium 2323 17th Street NW Canton, Ohio 44708 

New This Year:

  • -  New Safe Sport requirements for adults and 18 and over swimmers

  • -  ALL Coaches require Concussion, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Safe Sport certifications.

  • - The new Safe Sport federal legislation has expanded requirements around prevent- ing all forms of abuse for organizations that arrange amateur athletic competitions for minors. Thank you in advance for helping us embrace Safe Sports steps to con- tinue to protect our athletes during this year’s Great Lakes Zones YMCA Champion-ship.

    • enlightened Among these is the requirement for all athletes that are 18 years of age or older to complete the three part Athlete Protection Training through USA 


About the Championship: This meet is a sanctioned YMCA championship meet. This meet and all participants will adhere to the Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports and the Swimming Addendum to the Rules that Govern YMCA Competitive Sports. USA Swimming technical rules will be followed. The meet is YMCA sanctioned and approved by the Ohio Swimming Inc. LSC of USA Swimming. YMCA Sanction number: 

Location and Facility C.T. Branin Natatorium ~ McKinley High School ~ 2323 17th Street Northwest ~ Canton, OH~ Emergency Phone Numbers: 330-438-2738 (Emergencies only please. Do not call with questions about the meet.)

The CT Branin Pool is configured as an 8 lane, 25-yard course. Water depth at start is 8 feet (minimum 5 feet required) and at turn end is 7 feet. Colorado electronic timing system will be used. It has been measured and certified in accordance with USA-S section 104.2.2C (4). The copy of such certification is on file with USA Swimming. Multiple-lane continuous warm-up/warm-down lanes are available outside the competition area. Web

  • Site Meet Information will be at on the 2020 Tab.
  • Online Meet Results: Meet Results will be posted on Meet Mobile. Meet Mobile Results should not be considered official until final results are posted on the website after the meet. 


Quailifying Times:

Meet Timeline Warm-up & Start Times are approximate. A revised schedule of events will be posted on the website no later than 8:00 PM on the Wednesday before the meet. Weather Delays / Information will be announced as needed on the meet website.

Friday March 20, 2020 Evening Session: 11-12, 13-14, 15 & Over, Senior

  • 2:00 PM Coaches’ Check-In Opens
  • 2:30 PM Swimmers’ Check-In Opens, Pool Deck Opens
  • 2:45 PM Warm-up begins
  • 4;00 PM Opening Ceremonies
  • 4:10 PM Competition Starts
  • 9:00 PM Approximate Finish

Eligibility ATHLETE YMCA Membership: An athlete must be a YMCA member in good standing who holds an annual, full privilege membership at the YMCA he/she represents for a period of at least 90 days prior to the first day of the meet. An athlete may have only represented that YMCA team in competition for a period of 90 days prior to the first day of the meet, excluding scholastic competition.

Amateur Status: An athlete may not have represented a college, university or other post-high school institution in any competition and may not have accepted pay or compensation for competing as a swimmer.

YMCA Meet Participation: In order to be eligible to compete, each athlete must have competed in a minimum of 3 closed YMCA inter-association meets since September 1 of the current season.

Athletes with a Disability: Swimmers with a disability are welcome to enter this meet. The coach or team entry person must alert the meet director and the meet referee as to the need for any special accommodations or seeding arrangements at the time the entry is submitted. If modifications to USA Swimming rules are necessary, then the coach or athlete must notify the meet referee of any disability prior to competition. 

Entry Information ENTRY LIMITS: A swimmer may enter a maximum of three (3) individual events (age group & senior) and one age group relay event each day.

  • Daily event limits exclude time trials.
  • There is NO limit on Senior Relay entries.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries a team may have in each event provided the time standard has been met.
  • Entries in excess of the limit will be deleted in event number order.
  • The oversubscribed events will be deleted.
  • Coaches will be notified before the correction deadline.
  • NO Deck Entries nor Standbys will be accepted for this meet.

QUALIFICATION PERIOD: The qualification period is March 1, 2019 through the entry deadline. USA-S ID’s: USA-S registered athletes should have an ID number in the Meet Entry File if they want their times loaded in the USA Swimming database.

TIME STANDARDS: Swimmers/Relays must have equaled or bettered the minimum time standard listed in this meet information..


  • Individual Events, $5.00 per entry
  • Relay Events, $20.00 per entry
  • Zone Committee Surcharge, $2.00 per swimmer 

SENIOR EVENTS A Swimmer who can swim Senior Events is one who is 11 by 3-30-2020 and have a qualifying time. The events are 400 IM, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 1650 Free, and 1000 Free.

  • enlightenedSwimmers who can swim the Senior 50 events (50 Fly, 50 Back, 50 Breast) must be 13 and over, since there are 11-12 events for the 50 Fly, 50 Back and 50 Breast.
  • enlightenedSwim Ups Swimmers may swim up 1 age group for relay swims, if the qualifying time is achieved, with that swimmer’s time

EVENT CHECK-IN There will be positive check-in for the 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free and 800 Free Relay events (Relays are checked in through the relay sheets). The check in sheets will be at the scorer’s table and check in is required by 30 minutes before the start of the session. Swimmers who do not check-in and then show up for the event will be allowed to swim only if space is available. New heats will not be created after the positive check-in time has passed.

OFFICIALS AND TIMERS MEETING Officials and Timers meetings will be scheduled before the start of each session. Details will be announced before the meet on the website.

SWIMMER’S CHECK-IN PROCEDURE Swimmers will receive their lanyard/badge from their coach. Coaches should plan to distribute the badges on Friday. Swimmers will not have access to the deck beginning Saturday AM without their badge. 


  • TIMERS All teams will be assigned worker positions according to last year’s entries. Each team must fulfill their assigned worker positions to participate in the meet. Check the website for worker assignments.  Volunteers should check-in upon arrival at the meet.
    • enlightenedTIMER will not be allowed to Split their Timing session, this is due to the new Safe Sport requirements for volunteers.
    • Under no circumstances may a parent volunteer bring a child on deck with them while they are working or to any of the other assigned volunteer stations within the facility.
    • All children that are not competing must be in the spectator area with another adult.
    • The volunteer will receive free admission for the day. Please enter through door, designated for Coaches, Athletes and Volunteers and proceed to the Volunteer Check-in table.
    • The penalty for not fulfilling a worker’s position will be $100 per person. The fee will be assessed to the team and a letter from the Zone Committee will be sent to the executive director of the offending YMCA. If the fee is not paid by the entry deadline the following year the team will not be allowed to enter the zone meet..
  • Meet Officials All YMCA and/or USA Swimming Certified Officials willing to volunteer should fill out and submit the 2020 Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship Application to Officiate. The 2020 Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship Application to Officiate will be available on the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship Meet website ( on November 22, 2019. Official’s uniform will be white polo shirt over navy shorts/long pants (men or women) or modest length skirts (women) for all sessions. White covered toes athletic or deck shoes for all sessions. Please contact Steve Connock, Meet Referee, for any questions ( Officials Meeting times and locations will be available on the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship Meet website ( early March.

Championship Procedures and Operations

MEET FORMAT The meet will be swum using a Timed Finals format. Swimmer’s age will be determined as of December 1, 2019.

EVENT SEEDING Events will be pre-seeded, except the 500/1000/1650 Free and 800 Free Relay, which will be positive check-in and deck seeded. Should a swimmer need special consideration in seeding, please send a note to the meet hosts separate from your entry file. Seeding order is Short Course Yards (Y), then Long Course Meters (L) then Short Course Meters (S). Events will be seeded Slowest to Fastest except the 500/1000/1650 Freestyle and 800 Free Relay events which will be seeded Fastest to Slowest. 

NO SHOW There will not be a penalty for an athlete who is seeded in an event and fails to compete (i.e., a “no show”). That event still counts toward the athlete’s total number of events for the meet.

TIME TRIALS Time Trials will be offered 15 minutes after each MORNING session on Saturday and Sunday as time permits. Eligible swimmers must be 12 the first day of 2020 YMCA Nationals and a 2020 YMCA Zone Meet participant to enter time trials. The fee will be $20.00 per individual event and $40.00 per relay. Swimmer must be attempting to achieve a YMCA National qualifying time. Swims in Time Trials do not count towards the daily 3 Individual Events limit but only 1 Time Trial event is allowed per swimmer per day. Swimmers must supply 2 timers for time trials.

WARM-UP SAFETY PROCEDURES Each team’s coach will be responsible for maintaining a safe warm-up for their swimmers. An approved coach must be on deck and observing their swimmers at all times while their swimmers are in the water. All warm-ups require feet first entry into the pool, except when starts are allowed. Sprint lanes are ONE WAY ONLY. Swimmers must exit at the turn end of the pool. Swimmers may not enter the water from the turn end of the pool. A specific warm up schedule will be posted on the website the week of the meet and on deck.

STARTS Depending on the number of entries and the meet schedule, 'Fly-over' starts will be used at this meet at the discretion of the Meet Referee. If so, all swimmers (except for Backstroke starts) should remain in the water close to wall near lane line at the completion of their race until the next heat has begun.

PROTEST PROCEDURE Protests may only be initiated by a person with standing, that is, a coach or YMCA supervisor whose team is competing in the meet. The Championship committee will arbitrate protests, eligibility issues, safety rules and other issues. Protests against the judgment decisions of starters, stroke, turn, place and relay take-off judges can only be considered by the Referee and the Referee’s decisions will be final USA-S Rule 102.23).

CONDUCT AND RESTRICTIONS: To provide a safe and fun swimming environment for athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators, your 2020 Great Lakes Zone YMCA Swimming Championship hosts have embraced Safe Sport. The February 14, 2018 passing of Public Law 115-126 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 identifies additional policies & procedures that will allow us to continue to strengthen our ability to protect our athletes from all forms of abuse. We thank you in advance for familiarizing your team athletes, coaches and volunteers with the following policies & procedures: 

  • Deck Access is limited to only registered and approved coaches, swimmers, and working officials and volunteers. Spectators are not permitted on deck. Swimmers are not permitted on deck until a certified coach is on deck.
  • No cameras (including cell phone cameras) or other recording devices are allowed behind the blocks at any time. Exception: a credentialed, official Meet Photographer identified by the Meet Director, stated in the Meet Announcement and available to all athletes is allowed behind the blocks after the start.
  • No cameras or recording devices are permitted in the locker rooms, changing areas, showers, or bathrooms.
  • Spectators, please, no flash photography during the meet.
  • Good sportsmanship is expected at all times.
  • Bullying or taunting is prohibited at all times on deck. Bullying is defined as any severe word, act or gesture directed at someone that a reasonable person believes has the effect of causing harm, the fear of harm or a hostile environment.
  • Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated. Vandalism of any nature will be just cause for team disqualification. A designated person shall be responsible for the supervision and conduct of their team members and to safely maintain their team areas until the end of each session. The Meet Director / Meet Referee reserves the right to dismiss any swimmer, coach and/or spectator from the competition due to inappropriate/unacceptable conduct/behavior.
  • Deck Changing is prohibited at all times on deck. Except where the venue facilities require otherwise, changing into or out of swimsuits other than in locker rooms or other designated areas is not appropriate and is prohibited. The USA Swimming Rulebook defines Deck Change as: “Changing, in whole or in part, into or out of a swimsuit (excluding a drag suit) in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room, bathroom, changing room, or other space designated for changing purposes while at a practice, competition, or other pool-related activity.” This includes slipping off the top of a one-piece performance suit to place on an alternate bikini top immediately following a race.
  • Adults are not to use the designated Athlete Restrooms. Please remember when you’re in the locker rooms to be respectful towards others and responsible for your belongings. Remember, no cameras in the locker rooms.
  • There is no shaving on pool premises: this includes locker rooms and restrooms.
  • Rubdowns and massages are not allowed except by a Licensed Massage Therapist or other certified professional who is not a coach. Inappropriate touching between an athlete and an adult is prohibited.
  • Glass containers of any kind are not permitted in the pool area or locker rooms. Coolers, noise makers and balloons are not permitted.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to sit on the laps of any coach or other non-athlete member that is not part of their family (parents/siblings).
  • Bleachers are available on deck for swimmers. No chairs, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. are permitted on deck or in Spectator Areas. 
  • Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children. Children are not allowed to roam the facility unattended.
  • Volunteer Timers are not to use cell phones or text during the meet. No cameras, cell phones, or other recording devices are permitted behind the blocks at anytime.

enlightenedSafe Sport training, for athletes, 18 or older, must be completed. Please be sure your swimmers complete this training. Below are the specific steps for 18 years of age or older athletes to access the Athlete Protection Training. You will need to create a USA Swimming Account first, as noted below:enlightened

1. Go to

2. Sign in by using your first name, last name, and date of birth. Signing in with this information automatically connects you to your USA Swimming account and will allow all of your trainings to be tracked.

3. Your name and YMCA should pop up. If it does not, try typing in another name you go by

4. Click "Continue"

5. Once you hit continue, you will be taken to your main page.

6. Scroll down until you see the "Athlete Protection Training" section

7. If you are under 18 you will need to check the box that says you have parental consent to take the course.

8. Hit "Start"

9. If you have not made a USA Swimming Account, you will need to do so by entering your email, your LSC (Ohio Swimming) and your club (YMCA).

10.After creating an account, go back to the "Athlete Protection Training" section and hit "Start."

11.After hitting start, it will say you do not have any courses. Hit the "Courses" button

12.Scroll down to "Safe Sport for Athletes" and hit "Add to Cart." This is a free course so it will not cost your parents anything.

13.Enter in all of your information. Again, this is a FREE course. You will not need to pay for anything.

14.After you enter in all your information, you are able to begin the course. You are able to take the course over multiple days and the website should save your progress.

15.After you complete the training take a picture or screenshot of your certificate and email it to your Coach.

enlightenedPlease report any suspicious behavior or misconduct to the Meet Marshals, Meet Referee, or Meet Director.

  • Drugs, alcohol, smoking (including vaping) are not permitted.
  • Drones: 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. Please direct any Safe Sport questions/concerns to the Meet Director or Meet Referee.

THANK YOU for helping us create a SAFE Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship for ALL.

Spectators ADMISSION FEE $5 per person, per session or you may purchase an all weekend pass for $15 on Friday night only. You will be able to bypass the line Saturday and Sunday for those that have an all weekend pass wristbands by entering through the Admission doors. Please bring smaller bills, $1’s and $5’s.

HEAT SHEETS/PROGRAMS: $5.00 for each session

CONCESSION STAND: A concession stand will be available throughout the meet and will be located on the pool deck for swimmers and top of the spectators seating area for spectators.

ATHLETE APPAREL AND PHOTOGRAPHY Meet Apparel will be available throughout the meet from SwimVille, Inc. and they will be setup in the GYM. Look for pre-meet online ordering of meet t-shirts from Fine Designs. ProSwim Visuals will be providing action photography - by reservation only - throughout the competition, one swimmer per heat, first-come, first-served. Reservations are $40 and include two heats of coverage (individual or relay) and a $20 credit for use when proofs are posted online after the meet's conclusion. Additional heats may be reserved for $10 each. Click here to get started: Click here to learn more:

SEAT SAVING POLICY We expect the spectator seating will be very crowded, especially at the beginning of the afternoon sessions. Please don’t save seats.

HANDICAP SEATING Swimmers and Spectators with special needs are encouraged to contact the meet director 30 days before the start of the meet if any special needs or accommodations are necessary. Email Jon Saxton, Meet Director, for special arrangements.

Lightning Policy The National Lightning Safety Institute, National Athletic Trainers Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, USA Swimming, and YMCA of the USA all recommend or require closing an indoor pool during an electrical storm. This policy will be followed at the meet. A tornado event, power outage, or similar situation would require evacuation of the swimming pools into designated safe areas.

EMERGENCIES The C.T. Branin Natatorium Staff will handle all emergencies at the meet. These individuals will provide CPR and first aid as needed and will ensure that individuals with serious injuries are transported immediately to the nearest hospital for further treatment. Defibrillators will be on site. Any coach, athlete or official who recognizes an emergency should immediately inform the facility’s personnel and then make sure the vicinity of the emergency is clear for the emergency personnel to do their job. It is suggested that coaches carry medical release forms for any swimmer traveling without their parents. If your team has no certified coach to be on deck with the swimmer(s) please have a waiver indicating a certified coach that will be responsible for your swimmer(s). Any coach, athlete or official who recognizes an emergency should immediately inform the facility’s personnel and then make sure the vicinity of the emergency is clear for the emergency personnel to do their job. 

CONCUSSION AWARENESS This meet will follow the YMCA of USA Concussion procedure. Anyone who observes or has knowledge of a potential head injury should immediately notify lifeguards and/or hired medical personnel. Once the injury report is completed, the lifeguard and/or hired medical personnel will notify the Event Staff, the athlete’s coaching staff, and the Meet Director. If a head injury occurs, the action plan below will be followed: 1. Athlete is removed immediately from participation by the Meet Director. 2. Athlete must be evaluated by a licensed health care professional experienced in identifying and treating concussions. In addition, the athlete must be in compliance with the laws that are in effect within the jurisdiction where the meet is held. 3. The coaching staff will inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion and give or send them the fact sheet on concussion. 4. The athlete will not be allowed back to warm-up or compete until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating concussions determines that the athlete is symptomfree and is OK to return to participation.

AWARDS Medals will be awarded to the first through eight places; ribbons will be awarded to the ninth through sixteenth places. There will be age group team awards (10 & under; 11 &12; 13 & 14; 15 & Over) for first place boys and first place girls. There will be place banners, first through third for teams. 

SCORING Points will be awarded for the first sixteen (16) finishers for each event (age group and senior events) 

Parking Tentative Parking Information Canton City Schools have plenty of free parking at the site