THE COACHING STAFF
MAKES ALL DECISIONS RELATED TO SWIMMING AND
IF YOU HAVE ANY
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS RELATED TO SWIMMING AND/OR
Swimming’s year (September - August) is divided into two
1. Short Course Season
competition usually in 25 yard or 25 meter pools)
2. Long Course Season
competition usually in 50 meter pools)
Early April –
Swimming trains and competes year round with payments broken
down by seasons.
September to early February)
Spring (late March to
mid June) *1 week off in April
Summer (mid June to
August) *1 week off in August
Sept. 1 through Dec. 31
USA Swimming Fee $56.00
LSC Fee $14.00
TOTAL DUE $70.00
USA Swimming has decided
to move away from the physical membership packet and offer an
online digital card. The online card will provide athletes
with easy accessibility if they need a copy of their card at any
time, connect them to our partners and increase USA
Swimming’s brand awareness.
Athlete members will
receive the following instructions to access their card for the new
If you do not have a Deck Pass account, please follow the steps
the “Sign In” button at the top right of the screen
the “Need to Create an Account?” link
– Fill out the form and select the “Create
- Link your
USA Swimming Membership
by selecting the “This is Me” link
- Your Deck
Pass account has been created
the “My Deck Pass” button at the top of the screen
down to the red membership card button and select the tab
- Click the
“Print Card” link on the right
- A PDF of
your membership card will pop on your screen. Please print a
copy for your records.
Please follow these steps to access your member card through your
Deck Pass account:
the “Sign In” button at the top of the screen
- Sign into
your Deck Pass account
the “My Deck Pass” button at the top of the screen
down to the red membership card button and select the tab
- Click the
“Print Card” link on the right
A PDF of your membership
card will pop on your screen. Please print a copy for your
Athletes may be
registered at any time, but MUST
be registered at least 2 weeks prior a to any
meet they wish to swim in. Any swimmers not
registered 10 days prior to a sanctioned or approved meet will NOT
be entered into the meet. They may, however, still swim in the meet
if the Meet Director accepts deck entries, and the swimmer is
registered prior to the start of the meet. The fee for express
processing is twice the normal registration fee.
If you would like to
check your registration or need verification of your membership
after you’ve renewed your membership you may access it
through USA Swimming’s Deck Pass. You can even print out a
membership card. See
www.usaswimming.org for details.
Additional USA Swimming Registration
Athlete Registration Form
2017 Outreach Membership Qualification Application
Foreign Athlete Information
Transfer Request Form
FAQ about Athlete Transfers and Unattached Status
SHOULD PLAN ON ATTENDING THE FASTEST MEET THEY QUALIFY FOR (EVEN IF
IT'S ONLY FOR A RELAY), PLUS ANY ADDITIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS THAT
THE HEAD COACH SEES FIT. THE OPPORTUNITY TO SWIM AT THE HIGHEST
LEVEL OF COMPETITION(MEET) THAT A SWIMMER QUALIFIES FOR IS
EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL FOR HIS OR HER GROWTH AND
THERE IS A CHAMPIONSHIP MEET FOR EVERYONE ON THE TEAM. THIS
IS THE FOCUS OF TRAINING FOR BOTH SEASONS (SCY & LCM).
EVERYONE SHOULD FULLY PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST ONE OF THESE
information for each meet will be posted on our website. Never
contact any meet director; all questions or requests must go to
your training group coach and then to the head coach.
coach will decide if and when a swimmer should tech, taper, and
shave down. This is usually done one to two times per season.
As a general reminder, if a swimmer misses an extended amount of
practice time with our team leading into a meet they may not be
ready to compete at the proper level and may be removed from the
upcoming meet. This will be left to the discretion of the head
Notable Qualifying Meets (in order of
School States ( USAS Sanctioned)
Nationals ( USAS Sanctioned)
Atlantic Senior Champs
School Districts ( USAS
Atlantic Junior Olympics
Champs ( USAS Sanctioned)
Atlantic Silver Champs
Atlantic Bronze Champs
Summer League Champs (USAS
***Consistent year round
attendance with Lightning Swimming is vital to proper
development, prevention of injury, and successful
USA Swimming Meet Notes:
bring to a meet:
goggles, suit, and cap
water or energy drinks (if coolers are allowed on pool
– energy foods, fruits, veggies, sandwiches, etc.
warm clothes in cold weather
(sheepskin lined boots, sandals, flip flops)
swimmers like to bring folding chairs, sleeping bags, or
meets- EZ Up (Often times we have parent volunteers that are
willing to set up team EZ UP’s), sunscreen
books, cards, etc.
meets, the hosting team will run a snack bar with reasonable
prices. Hosting teams typically invite swim gear
vendors. This is a great time to purchase goggles, work out
suits and caps, and any other gear your swimmer may need.
Vendors at meets often offer discounted prices on suits and swim
expect at a meet:
time for warm-up: Meet warm up and start times will be stated
prior. Coaches will also instruct swimmers as to the time
they should arrive at the meet for warm up.
LMOR families sit together at the swim meets. This is a great
way to get to know the LMOR families and swimmers. It also
builds great camaraderie. Swimmers enjoy cheering for each
in: Typically signs are posted directing swimmers where to
check in. At the check in table, the swimmer confirms the
events they are entered to swim. Often swimmers will write
their event numbers on their hand with a sharpie marker to help
keep track of their events for the day.
the LMOR coach: Our coaches are often rotated at meets.
If your coach is not present, report to the LMOR coach attending
with your LMOR teammates: Coaches will get the swimmers
warmed up before the start of the meet.
It is the
swimmer’s responsibility to be behind the blocks in time for
their race. If a swimmer accidentally misses an event, the
swimmer needs to report to the meet official/starter or admin
table. According to the USA Swimming Rules Book, the swimmer
may be penalized and not allowed to swim their next
Race: The swimmer reports back to the coach. The coach
will analyze the race and then sends the swimmer to cool
down. It is important to do the proper cool down after each
Lane Timers: For parents attending meets, each participating
team is encouraged to provide lane timers.
and liability purposes in USA Swimming, our swimmers are required
to be off of the pool deck 15 minutes upon completion of their last
race. Parents need to be in contact with their child immediately
following the completion of their last race.
swimmer reminders for a USA Swimming meet:
1. Lots of
stretching, liquids, healthy food, & rest (away from
realistic goals for each event
Visualize each event
racing suits (1, + backup, no tech or jammer), goggles (1, +
backup), and team cap (1, + backup, no dome)
with the team on deck
in with a coach and properly warm-up & cool-down before and
after each race
behind lane/block, ready to race, 5 minutes prior to your race-
ALWAYS KNOW EVENT, HEAT, & LANE
dynamic warm-up/stretch begins promptly 15 minutes prior to
Properly hydrate, eat, and rest throughout the meet
black team shirt on day 1, gold team shirt on day 2, and gray team
shirt on day 3 (if possible)
MEET, TEAM, AND INDIVIDUAL RESULTS ON MEET MOBILE. LET'S GO
are a great family experience. They're a place where the whole
family can spend time together.
are some very in-depth guidelines geared to help you through your
first couple of swim meets. It may seem a little overwhelming, but
we tried to be as specific and as detailed as we possibly could. If
you have any questions, please ask your coach.
BEFORE THE MEET
at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time
begins. This time will be listed in the meet information handed out
to all swimmers and also in the team newsletter.
arrival, find a place to put your swimmer's blankets, swim bags
and/or sleeping bags. The team usually sits in one place together,
so look for some familiar faces.
- Find the
check-in place. Usually, parents are not allowed on deck so this
may be a responsibility of your swimmer or your swimmer’s
coach. Make sure your swimmer checks in with his or her coach!
Check for special posted instructions in the check-in area.
one will need to circle the swimmer's name or "#" before each
swimmer's name, in each event he or she is swimming, that day. If
this is not done, the swimmer will not be allowed to swim that
event. Check-in is required so that the people running the meet
know who is actually at the meet. After check-in, the meet
administrators "seed" the swimmers into heats. Heat and lane
assignments will be posted, so be sure your swimmer knows where to
- Sometimes the meet
is "pre-seeded" and no check-in is required. You and your swimmer
can find heat and lane assignments by purchasing a program.
"checked in", write or have the swimmers write each event-number on
his or her hand in ink. This helps him/her remember what events
he/she is swimming and what event number to listen or watch
swimmer now gets his/her cap and goggles and reports to the pool
and/or coach for warm-up instructions. It is very important for all
swimmers to warm-up with the team. A swimmer's body is just like a
car on a cold day-he/she needs to get the engine going and
warmed-up before he/she can go all out.
warm-up, your swimmer will go back to the area where his/her team
is sitting and wait there until his first event is called. This is
a good time to make sure he/she goes to the bathroom if necessary,
gets a drink, or just gets settled in.
- The meet
will usually start about 10-15 minutes after warm-ups are
- According to USA
Swimming rules (because of insurance purposes), parents are not
allowed on deck unless they are serving in an official capacity.
Similarly, all questions concerning meet results, an officiating
call, or the conduct of a meet, should be referred to a coach. He
or she in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper
Sheet or Heat Sheets. A psyche sheet is usually available for sale
in the lobby or concession area of the pool. It lists all swimmers
in each event in order of "seed time". When the team entry is sent
in, each swimmer and his/her previous best time (up to the date
that the entry was submitted) in that event is listed. If the
swimmer is swimming an event for the first time, he/she will be
entered as a "no-time" or "NT". A "no-time" swimmer will most
likely swim in one of the first heats of the event. A Heat sheet
may be available close to the start of the meet that lists the
actual heat and lane a swimmer will be competing in.
- It is
important for any swimmer to know what event numbers he/she is
swimming (again, why they should have the numbers on their hand).
He/she may swim right away after warm-up or they may have to wait
meets are computerized. There are generally two ways a swimmer gets
to his/her lane:
swimmer usually reports directly to his/her lane for competition a
number of heats before he/she actually swims. Check with your
swimmer's coach for specific instructions.
- In some
novice meets, a swimmer's event number will be called, usually over
the loudspeaker, and he/she will be asked to report to the "clerk
of course" or “bullpen”. Swimmers should report with
his/her cap and goggle.
- Generally, girls events
are odd-numbered and boys events are even-numbered. Example: "Event
#26, 10-Under Boys, 50 freestyle, report to Clerk of Course." The
"Clerk of Course" or “bullpen” area is usually where
all swimmers checked in before the warm-up.
clerk will usually line up all the swimmers and take them down to
the pool in correct order. You can expect at least 4-8 heats of
swimmer swims his or her race.
is to ask the timers (people behind the blocks at each lane)
- Depending on the coaches
instructions, the swimmer may be asked to do some recovery swimming
if a "warm down" pool or lanes are available.
swimmer should then go immediately to his or her coach. The coach
will discuss the swim with each swimmer. Some coaches may wish to
talk with the swimmer before her recovery swim.
- Generally, the coach
follows these guidelines when discussing swims:
comments or praise
- Suggestions for
you, as a parent, can do after each swim:
- Tell him
how great he did! The coaching staff will be sure to discuss stroke
technique with him. You need to tell him how proud you are and what
a great job he did.
himback to the team area and relax.
- This is
another good time to check out the bathrooms, get a drink or
something light to eat.
swimmer now waits until his next event is called and starts the
procedure again. When a swimmer has completed all of her events she
and her parents get to go home. Make sure, however, you, as a
parent, check with the coach before leaving to make sure your
swimmer is not included on a relay. It is not fair to other
swimmers who may have stayed to swim on a relay where your swimmer
is expected to be a member and she is not there.
are usually posted somewhere in the facility. Awards are often
gathered for a team and given to the coach at the end of the meet.
The coach will give the awards to the swimmers at a later
meets should a swimmer compete in? This is a very hard question to
answer because much depends on the level and age of the athlete as
well as the nature of the swim meet. Is the meet a trials and
finals meet lasting three days with the swimmer competing in
multiple events each day? Or is the meet a dual meet that is over
in two hours with the swimmer competing in only two or three
events? Different physical and mental stress levels are involved
depending on the type of meet.
As a general
rule of thumb, swimmers might compete in meets one or two times per
month with one or two months during the year completely free of
meets. Competing one or two times per month may not be realistic if
swimmers are on high school or YMCA teams that swim dual meet
schedules. In these cases it is important that the coach allow
plenty of recovery time following the intense competitive season,
allowing considerable time with no competition at all.
charge of the wet side means that it is the coach who sets the meet
schedule for the team and for each swimmer. Additionally, it is the
coach’s job to select the events for each swimmer. This may
be done in consultation with the swimmer, or, in the case of very
young swimmers, in consultation with the parent, but ultimately the
choice of events is up to the coach. In most cases the coach is
also responsible for submission of the team entries.
question that arises concerns how many events a swimmer should
enter in each meet. Generally, the more a swimmer races, the more
relaxed the swimmer becomes in race situations. Most young swimmers
enter the maximum number of races allowed by the meet rules. The
event selection is more important than how many events a swimmer
enters. Allowing young swimmer to experience personal success by
competing exclusively in events in which they already excel will
hinder their need to develop skills that will be beneficial in the
future. Parents often want their swimmers to enter only their
“best events.” The coach’s job is to broaden the
horizons of both the swimmers and the parents. As swimmers become
ready for new challenges, choose the 500 free instead of the 100
free or the 200 backstroke instead of the 50 backstroke. Swimmers
gain confidence and can often see great and rewarding improvement
in new, more challenging events.
END OF MEET
must check with their primary coach prior to leaving a meet. Should
it become necessary for a swimmer to leave a meet early, his/her
Primary Coach must be notified.
are expected to meet with their Primary Coach before and after each
event. In prelim & final meets, all Swimmers who qualify to
compete in the finals are expected to participate in the finals.
All team members are strongly encouraged to return to the finals
sessions to support the team and take advantage of the opportunity
to learn from watching the finals. At times, alternate and relay
positions open up that need to be filled.
are expected to follow the team uniform policy. Specific meet
uniform requirements will be found in the meet promo posted on the
team website or disseminated by the Primary Coach prior to the
meet. Be proud to wear your red, white, and blue. Your personal
appearance shall be neat and appropriate at all times.
are expected to sit with the team and participate in all team meet
activities and team meetings.
5. As a
matter of team pride and courtesy to the meet host, Swimmers are
expected to leave the LMOR team area in a neat and clean condition
at the conclusion at each session of the meet.
questions swimmers or parents may have concerning meet results, an
officiating call, or the conduct of a meet, should be referred to
the LMOR Coaching Staff only. Our Coaches, in turn, will pursue the
matter through appropriate channels.
accordance with USA Swimming policy, parents are expected to remain
in the spectator area and off the immediate competitive deck unless
they are working the meet in an official capacity.
“deck changes” are permitted. Swimmers are expected to
use available changing facilities.