MEETS & TIME STANDARDS
First Meet - what do we do?
Just about every question you might have will be answered in First Meets 101 and Competition Basics.
What are the different types of meets?
Our Competition Basics page will be able to answer most of your meet questions. Scroll down to see the chart of different types of meets.
Which meets should my child sign up for?
For a brand new swimmer, without any times (meaning without any races completed yet), the Pre-C/C Novice meets are the best place to begin. You can also discuss with your swimmers coach what the best meet options are for him/her. Discuss this early as meet sign-ups have deadlines and once the meet is full, or entries are completed, you may not be able to get into the meet.
Where can I get information about the meets?
Meet information is posted under the Meets & Events tab. Find the meet you are looking for in the list, click on the title and you will find a pdf of Meet Information. This meet information will have pool location, warm-up times, entry fee information and much more. Please familiarize yourself with the meet information for each meet.
How do I sign up for meets?
When you are ready to sign your swimmer up for a meet, find the list on the Meets & Events Tab. Each meet will have a title, a description and a deadline for sign up.
1. Click on the meets and events tab (no sub menus)
2. Click on the "attend" button
3. Click on your swimmer's name
4. Choose the declare "yes" option
5. Click "save changes" button at the bottom of the page
If you successfully declared your swimmer, you will get an email confirmation stating the declaration. Please look for this email. Once the coaches have posted entries, double check the pdf for the meet you signed up for, or your account (approved entries have a red check mark). You can also go for help in your account, under my account, choose the tutorials provided by the Team Unify website to walk you through the process.
If you miss the deadlines, email your group coach immediately. No guarantees that the meet will still be available to get in but please ask!
SAVE CHANGES is the most important button to click!
Can I review my swimmers events in case we want to change events?
The coaches will post Meet Entries for you to review. There is a short timeline between posting the entries for review, making changes, and submitting the meet file to the meet host. Please be sure to reach out to your coach quickly with any changes. Once the file is sent to the meet host, changes are unlikely to occur.
Where can I find my child’s best times?
USA Swimming is a great site to use for finding your swimmers times. You can also find your swimmers times in your swim club account under My Account, My Meet Results. You will need to be signed in.
Can my child swim an event that he/she has never swum before?
This will depend on the type of meet. Consult with your swimmers coach.
What are the Minnesota Swimming time standards and where can I find them?
Swimming is measured in time standards, and participation in most meets is based on this system of time standards. Minnesota sets our own standards which are updated each year. The times range from C(slowest) to Champ(state qualifying). These are posted on our website, as well as the Minnesota website. There are also Zone(AAA), Sectional, Juniors, Seniors, and Olympic Trial qualifying times that go beyond the State level. As those time standards are available each year, they will be posted on our website.
All Minnesota time standards are grouped into gender and age groupings-8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 or Senior. When a swimmer moves into a new age category on their birthday, their times are measured in that new category. Most meets are arranged by the Minnesota time standards. There are some meets which use their own standards or the National USA swimming standards.
What is the difference between short course and long course?
Swimming is divided into two basic seasons: Fall/winter and spring/summer. In the fall/winter season, meets are conducted indoors in pools that are 25 yards long. Each race is a multiple of 25 yards. I.E.-50 yards is 2 lengths of the pool, 100 yards is 4 lengths of the pool. In the summer, many meets are conducted in longer pools that are 50 meters, so a 50 meter race is only 1 length of the pool, a 100 meter race is 2 lengths, etc. Minnesota has time standards for both yards and meter competitions.
Why does a swimmer get disqualified from an event and how does it happen?
Click here for USA Swimming's information on DQ's.
What should I bring to a meet for my swimmer?
Your swimmer should bring: He/She should wear their TEAM T-SHIRT, bring a suit (navy team suit preferred for competition), goggles, cap, & towel(s). It's a great idea to have an extra suit, extra pair of goggles, extra cap in his/her bag too! Things rip, get lost, and a last minute purchase may not be available before their race. Depending on the pool, some pool decks can be cold so packing layers is a great option. Parkas/sweatshirts/sweatpants/sox for example, extra t-shirt can't hurt either. Pack healthy snacks! No candy, chips, pop!!!
What should I bring to a meet for myself?
Meets can be 4 hours long, depending how many events your swimmer will be in. Most meets will have concessions, not all. Mobile devices and chargers are always a hit, along with books, magazines, and a paper! Some pools allow you to use stadium chairs. Please be courteous to those around you as those type of products provide less leg room for your friends behind you.
How will my swimmer and I know when he/she is swimming and in which events?
The program, or heat sheet, will have your swimmer listed in the event(s) he/she will be in and an approximate time of that event. Meets may end up running slower or faster than anticipated. See more information on this topic in the Competition Basics.
How much do meets cost and where do I pay for them?
Meets are either a flat fee or a per event cost. The flat fee meets charge one amount, no matter how many events a swimmer does. The per event meets charge a certain amount per event entered. Some meets are more expensive than others. Relays are divided by the 4 swimmers who compete. If a swimmer is signed up once meet sign up is completed, you are charged the costs of that meet, regardless of whether you end up competing. Edina Swim Club is required to submit payment to a host club with entries, and does not receive refunds for swimmers who do not show up. Edina Swim Club adds an administrative fee to all swimmers at meets to cover the cost of coaches attending. Your account will be billed for meet fees. You do not need to bring payment with you.
How are swimmers selected for relay events?
Many meets have relays, comprised of 4 swimmers doing the same distance. These events are the most fun, and add to the team component of each meet. All Edina Swim Club swimmers in a session of a meet are expected to be available for relays if they are chosen. Freestyle relays have all swimmers doing freestyle of a given distance. Medley relays have each swimmer doing a different stroke of a given distance(back, breast, fly, free). Coaches put together relays based on objective standards such as who is at the meet and who has the fastest times in given strokes and distances. They also use subjective standards to put together relays. These include practice attendance, arrival to warm ups on time, on deck attitudes, as well as whether a swimmer is a good "relay" swimmer.
Should I be concerned if my swimmer did not achieve a “personal best” at a meet?
NO! Not at all! Meets are the primary way to measure progress in the sport. Meets are also the best way for swimmers to get to know each other and feel valuable to the team. It is important that swimmers come to meets to give their best effort and learn from the experience. Parents are expected to offer love and encouragement; coaches are expected to offer advice, strategy, motivation, and feedback. Swimmers will have a better experience if those roles are defined. No one bats .1000 in baseball, and no swimmer achieves best times 100% of the time. Some meets are focused more on development of technique that will help achieve faster times in the future. As much as everyone wants every race to be perfect, please be reasonable in your observations and expectations. Provide a sense of fun and connectedness to teammates regardless of the races, so that the overall meet experience leaves a positive memory for your swimmer. Swimming can be a lifelong sport, and there are many important values that can be learned from participation in this great sport.