All meets that Coogs will attend are listed on the website at the start of the season under the events header. The different types of swim meets are as follows:
These are meets hosted by Coog for Coog swimmers only. These are good practice meets for beginning swimmers and are held primarily to build team spirit and camaraderie.
Dual meets are competitions between two clubs.
An invitational is a meet where the host team invites other teams at their discretion. Sometimes, only swimmers with certain time standards may attend. Many invitational meets are split format which means swimmers aged 12 and under may swim in a separate session from the older swimmers.
All teams within the Gulf are invited to these meets and they are open to all age groups. Just like invitationals, they are usually split format to help the sessions run faster. With Gulf open meets entries are usually due three weeks in advance. As there are many teams entering these meets there are usually multiple venues. Once entries are in, teams are allocated to their venues in order to keep all meets around the same size. For this reason, we may not know which pool we will be racing at until the week of the meet.
These are the big meets at the end of our seasons. There are usually multiple levels to Championship meets so all swimmers get to attend one, usually broken down by age and time standards. All practices throughout the year are geared towards these meets and so it’s crucial that all swimmers attend for their development.
The swim year is divided into two seasons. The Short Course season runs from mid-September to mid-March. The meets are primarily held in a 25-yard pools. The Long Course season runs from early April to mid-August. These meets are generally held outside in 50 meter pools (Olympic size).
In competition, the important measure is not who collected the most medals, or even who improved the most seconds; the real critical measure is who learned the most from the competitive experience.
Swimmers quickly forget the medals, records, and other material benefits. They will, however, remember the development of interpersonal skills, discipline, listening skills, time management, goal setting and enhanced self- image. These are the things that make the swimmer a more successful person with a better chance of living a life closer to their peak potential, and to contribute to the world they live in.