Some common terms you
will hear throughout the season...
Medley; In the IM event the swimmer swims 100 yards total, 25 yards
each in the order of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and
A swimmer is “DQ’ed” when an infraction has
occurred during a defined stroke event. Butterfly,
Breaststroke, and Backstrokes have defined stroke rules.
Freestyle is simply as stated FREE-STYLE – a
swimmer can swim any stroke on free-style events as long as it was
cleared with the head coach, all other rules apply.
Relay; A four swimmer relay race. Each swimmer swims one leg of the
race in the order of Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and
Freestyle. Total yards required to swim for each swimmer
differs among age groups.
SCRATCH: When a
swimmer is not allowed to swim in a scheduled meet due to tardiness
and/or disciplinary reasons.
READY BENCH: Area
where the swimmers meet before proceeding to the starting of the
FALSE START: When
a swimmer leaves the starting block before the official start of a
DUAL MEET: A
regular scheduled swim meet between two teams competing against
End of season, two day competition between all teams in the
particular stroke for each individual age group.
HEATS: The number
of races swimmers swim in a specific event per age group