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Meet Structure

Standard Meet Structure - or -
What Actually Happens At A Meet?

Warm Ups: Both teams have time to warm-up prior to the start of the meet, and all swimmers should arrive early enough to participate in the warm-ups (generally ½ hour prior to the start time of the meet).

Organization of Volunteer Officials: At each meet, both the home team and the visiting team provide a crew of volunteer officials. Volunteers are expected to arrive at least ½ hour prior to the start of the meet. Which team provides which specific officials is determined by MCSL guidelines, but at each meet the following volunteer officials are present:

  • Referee (1): The head honcho & final word on all rules at a meet.
  • Starter (1): Signals the swimmers to start each race.
  • Stroke & Turn Judges (4): Verify that all swimmers perform the strokes as required by MCSL rules. Disqualify swimmers who break the rules.
  • Timers (18): Use stop watches to record the times of each racer (3 per lane).
  • Computer Representatives (2): Do data entry of meet results. Runners (2): Collects time cards and disqualification cards and delivers them to the computer representatives.
  • Clerk of Course (2): Lines up the kids & makes sure they make it to their races!
  • Ribbon Writers (2): Prepare award prizes for swimmers at each meet. Announcer (1):
  • Announces events via loudspeaker for all present at the pool.

Yes, you counted right - that's 33 adults to run the meet! That's why it's important for you to be involved - please see How To Volunteer.

Concession Stand: At each home meet, we will sponsor a concession stand featuring food appropriate to the time of day for the meet (i.e. breakfast foods & coffee for morning meets and burgers & dogs for evening meets). The concessions stand is staffed by parent volunteers & is a great fund-raising opportunity for us.

Events at a Dual Meet: Our coaching staff will communicate via poster at the pool and e-mail as to which swimmers are scheduled to swim in each weekly A-Meet. B-Meets are less formal, but generally speaking, if your child can come to the B-Meet, he or she will swim.

 

Boys
Girls
Age Group
Event
1
2
12 & Under
100 M Individulal Medley (Butterlfy, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle - 1 length each)
3
4
Open
200 M Individual Medley (Butterlfy, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle - 2 lengths each)
5
6
8 & Under
25 M Freestyle
7
8
9 - 10
50 M Freestyle
9
10
13 - 14
50 M Freestyle
11
12
11 - 12
50 M Freestyle
13
14
15 - 18
100 M Freestyle
15
16
13 - 14
100 M Individual Medley (Butterlfy, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle - 1 length each)
17
18
8 & Under
25 M Backstroke
19
20
9 - 10
25 M Backstroke
21
22
15 - 18
100 M Backstroke
23
24
11 - 12
50 M Backstroke
25
26
13 - 14
50 M Backstroke
10-Minute Break
27
28
15 - 18
100 M Individual Medley (Butterlfy, Backstroke, Breaststroke & Freestyle - 1 length each)
29
30
8 & Under
25 M Breaststroke
31
32
9 - 10
25 M Breaststroke
33
34
11 - 12
50 M Breaststroke
35
36
13 - 14
50 M Breaststroke
37
38
15 - 18
50 M Breaststroke
39
40
8 & Under
25 M Butterfly
41
42
9 - 10
25 M Butterlfy
43
44
11 - 12
50 M Butterfly
45
46
13 - 14
50 M Butterfly
47
48
15 - 18
50 M Butterfly
49
50
One from each age group except
15 - 18
175 M Freestyle Relay
9 - 14 swim 2 lengths; 8 & Under swim 1 length

In B-Meets, additional heats may be allowed for 6 & Under swimmers in the 25 M Freestyle and Backstroke events; in A-Meets there is no such distinction allowed.