MAAC MEET ENTRY INFO
Q. HOW DO I SIGN MY SWIMMER UP FOR A MEET?
A. Meet information is posted on the MAAC website under the Meets/Events tab on the home page. You will be emailed a user name and password to get into the Team Unify on line meet signup. As each meet for your level approaches, you will be emailed a notification letting you know signup has begun and how to enter your swimmer. A more detailed entry procedure is attached to your meet schedule.
Swimmers may register for a meet anytime the information and meet signup is posted on the website. If a meet is listed for your swimmers group or age level, they must go on to team unify and and declare either YES or NO to any meet that is on your group’s meet schedule. If you are NOT attending a meet on the schedule, please use the notes area to advise coaches why you are unable to attend. On multi - day meets, if you are not able to make all days, again- indicate in the notes area which days you will NOT be available.
*Some meets fill very quickly so adhere to declaration deadline! Please do not assume that the coaches will enter your swimmer. If we fill quickly and meet our reservation total, coaches will not be able to add swimmers to the meet.*
Additional FAQ's About Meets & Entries
Q. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN MY SWIMMER IS READY FOR MEETS?
A. Our program is a competitive program and swim meets should be viewed as an expectation of being in a competitive program. Coaches select meets each season based on their groups level of ability. Swimmers coming out of our Developmental Program should be ready to compete in freestyle and back stroke events. Event readiness depends on your swimmer’s interest and desire for competition as well as their level of ability. If you are unsure about events for your swimmer to enter, talk with their coach.
Q. DO I SIGN MY SWIMMER UP FOR RELAY EVENTS?
A. No, relay decisions are the responsibility of the coaches. 4 swimmers are needed to make up relays, so how many relays we have are based on number of swimmers available. Coaches base relay choices on each swimmers fastest event times on record.
Q. DO I PAY ADDITIONAL FEES TO SWIM IN MEETS?
A. Meet fees are not included in your membership dues. A separate escrow account ($40-$50 per swimmer) to pay for meet fees must be set up prior to swimming in meets. Check with the office manager if you need help in doing this.
*MAAC reserves a limited number of entries for the meets we attend and must pay the host team a reservation fee that is non refundable. Failure to acknowledge a meet on your group levels schedule may result in coaches entering your swimmer (if we do not meet our reservation totals). If entered by coaches when you did not declare YES or NO for meet attendance, you are responsible for all meet entry fees incurred.
Q. HOW MUCH DO MEET FEES COST?
A. Host teams generally charge approximately $3/4 per individual event, and about $3.00 per relay swim. All swimmers are assessed $3.00 per meet as a LSC surcharge (splash fee). If your swimmer swims 4 individual events and 2 relays (average entries) plus LSC surcharge, a one day meet would run about $18.00-$20.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MEETS?
A. 2 Towels, change of clothing, rubber soled sandals to wear in between events, warm up suits or sweats, (MAAC SPIRIT GEAR PREFERRED) swim cap, goggles, ball point pen or permanent marker for marking events on arm or legs, water bottle or sports drink, healthy snacks, highlighter pen for heat sheets, padded seat cushions, plus whatever grooming essentials your swimmer will want after the meet is over. A blanket or sleeping bag used for lounging on between events is helpful too. Label everything with swimmers name and name of MAAC team because things can get left behind at meets!
Q. CAN MY SWIMMER LEAVE ONCE HE/SHE COMPLETES THEIR EVENTS?
A. NEVER leave a swim meet without your swimmer checking with the coach first. Sometimes relay races are swum at the very end of the meet. Swimmers must ALWAYS check first with the coach to make sure they are not swimming in any relay events.
NOTE: After each individual event that your swimmer swims, he or she needs to go directly to the coach. It is important they see the coach immediately after their swim because this is the time for the coach to give one on one critique of the swimmer’s race. If your swimmer was disqualified (DQ) this is the time for coach and swimmer to talk about what just happened and why. This is a very important time for both swimmer and coach to connect. Please help remind your swimmer he needs to do this before he comes back to you!
Q.HOW WILL MY SWIMMER KEEP TRACK OF HIS/HER EVENTS AT MEETS?
A. It is important to keep track of the event numbers you entered your swimmer in at the time of sign ups. HEAT SHEETS can be bought at the meet admissions table, and by looking up the event numbers that you entered your swimmer in, you will be able to determine what HEAT and LANE (See Glossary in hand book) your swimmer will swim in. By writing the following information legibly on your swimmers arm or leg, he/she will be able to determine where and when they will be swimming. EXAMPLE:
(Event Heat Lane Stroke)
*This is a key only!!*