For Athletes That Do Not Have Their Regional Times
To qualify for Regional level meets swimmers have to be able to swim a 200 IM under 4:00. You will be notified once your child has achieved this. Once a swimmer achieves this qualifying time they can no longer attend PASS meets since they will be focusing on attending Lower Mainland Region meets.
PASS/Development Meets – These meets are for swimmers who have not achieved a Regional Qualifying time (200 IM in 4:00 or under). We run 2 PASS/Development Meets each season and also attend meets in North Vancouver (Chena) and Whistler to give our swimmers in Pre-Competitive 1, Pre-Competitive 2, Competitive and Regional opportunities to race. The frequency of these meets is once every 4-6 weeks. We feel that this timing is perfect because: 1.4-6 weeks for development swimmers gives the athletes enough time to practice their skills and in turn improve on their performances 2.To increase motivation swimmers must see progress and by having swim meets once every 4-6 weeks it gives them the feedback that they need
Invitational Meets – There will be meets throughout the year that swimmers who do not have their Regional Qualifying times can attend. These include our meet in December, the Chena meet in January, Whistler meet in May and the Kamloops meet in June. For swimmers to qualify for these meets they must be comfortable swimming 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. We will notify any eligible swimmers ahead of the meet.
Parent Information - The first step for parents is to register their swimmers for as many of our swim competitions as possible! Racing at meets will help swimmers feel a part of the team, get them excited about racing (even if they are not that competitive) and motivate them to train with effort and focus! Even if your swimmer can not attend all of a swim meet, or every session, let your coach know and we will do what we can to make sure they make the most of the opportunity.
During the competition parents should make sure that their swimmers are arriving on time with their swim suit, goggles, swim cap, team shirt/gear, towels, water bottle and snacks. Swimmers should stay sitting on deck throughout each session of a meet. It's okay to go over and say hi to parents/relatives but it's important to feel a part of the team and learn how to follow a swim meet so that they know when they are racing next. Their coaches will help guide them through the swim meet and answer any questions along the way. Swimmers must learn to talk to their coach before and after each swim so that they can learn as much as they can to put into training and their next time racing. Parents are encouraged to cheer on their swimmers and to let them know how much they enjoy watching them participate. Help build the coach/swimmer relationship by leaving the race critique to the coach and swimmer on their own. This will help keep a healthy family relationship outside of the pool as well.