Some more answers to your questions!

We are taking questions that YOU, our members, ask and providing answers, or at least direction, to your inquiries.

If you come up with a question, feel free to post it via Google Forms at

Each week one of the coaches will tackle the questions and we’ll send out the responses to the entire team so everyone can benefit. Questions will be anonymous, so no one will know who asked them! (Some questions will be combined or edited for clarity)

I am noticing that some questions are being repeated.  Archived Blog entries can be found on the team website under the “For Parents” tab > “Everything You Wanted To Know BLOG”  Please take advantage of this resource, as great minds think alike and another parent may have already gotten the response published.

This week’s questions were answered by Coach Chris


Can you explain the difference between a meter pool and a yard pool? What is our pool and how does this play out in meets?

Because of the way swimming and pool construction has evolved throughout the country and the world, we currently recognize three sizes of competition pools in our sport.

Long Course Meter (LCM) pools are 50 meters in length. This is the size pool that the Olympics are contested in. It is also the size pool in which most USA Swimming meets are held during the summer.

Short Course Meter (SCM) pools are half that distance (25 meters long). SCM pools are common in Europe, Australia and Asia. While rarer in the USA, SCM pools do exist. In fact, the pools at Freedom Hall and Dobyns-Bennett HS are both 25 meters long.  

Short Course Yard (SCY) pools are very common in the United States. They are 25 yards long. When the Kingsport Aquatic Center has the bulkheads in the middle of the pool, the two competition pools that configuration creates are both SCY.

Since a yard is 36 inches long and a meter is a bit over 39 inches long, a SCY pool is about 10% shorter than a SCM pool. There are tables and apps available for converting times from one pool size to another. However, they are not 100% accurate.  A swimmer’s endurance, turning speed, and underwater kicking prowess will either benefit him or be a detriment to him, depending on which size pool he is competing in. For example, a swimmer with great turns and underwaters will greatly benefit from a SCY or SCM pool as opposed to a LCM pool simply because there will be more turns and wall push-offs to take advantage of.


How come a swimmer has a no time for a meet, when they have a USA Swim time for that event. It just happened to be with a different team. Do their times not cross over?

You are correct that times from USA Swimming meets do stay with swimmers even when they move teams. However, each team maintains its own database of best times. The times from swimmers who transfer into a club do not get sent by USA Swimming to the new club.

When we enter swimmers into a meet, we do try to use those times from their own club. However, sometimes those times are not available in the USAS database and other times, quite frankly, we coaches mess up and forget that a swimmer may have those old times out there.

As a parent, you can help us by (1) getting us a copy of your child’s best times from another club and (2) when signing up for a meet, noting in the event request dialog box that the swimmers has times from their previous club.

As a further note: Times from different pool lengths (see the previous question) are not interchangeable. While they may be converted, a coach may elect to enter a child into an event with no time (NT) and then use the time from that pool length as the entry time in a subsequent meet.


Is there a list (or calendar) of the team's scheduled breaks for the next ~3-6 months? If not, can one be provided please?

We take two big scheduled breaks during the year. Each lasts about two weeks. One is in the spring and the other in the fall.

We try to coordinate the spring break with the school calendar, if possible. Because our two sites encompass swimmers from several school districts, in some years the JC break and the KP break may not be the same exact dates. The fall break will occur after the summer season, usually beginning in late July or early August, depending on the Championship Meet calendar and school calendars.

During the winter school break, we do continue our program. Some practice times may be adjusted due to facility availability. Some individual days may be given off (like maybe December 25!). Practices around other holidays may be adjusted, also.

We will post definitive information about breaks and practice adjustments on the team website when they are finalized.