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Meet Organization

Competition and Meets

In YMCA competition, dual meets and three way meets are offered during the regular season. Each meet will last approximately four hours and all meets are swum against other area YMCA teams both in and outside of the Metro area. Swimmers may swim in a maximum of three individual events and two relays during each meet. Swimmers compete in age groups. For YMCA competition, age is determined as of December 2nd. Age groups are eight and under, nine and ten, eleven and twelve, thirteen and fourteen, and 15 and up. The meet schedule starts in the fall (mid to late October) and concludes in mid-March with the Regional Meet. Each team will compete in 7-8 regular season meets plus the championship meets. There are no entry fees for the regular season meets.

Sectional, State and Regional Meets

At the end of the regular season the Minnesota YMCA Swim league hosts the sectional meets. Each team is on a rotation to host this meet with other teams in the section. There is a fee for each swimmer to participate in this meet and the YMCA covers this fee for the participant. In order to attend the sectional meet you must have participated in 3 regular season meets. The top three places in each section event advance to the State Meet. 

Swimmers who achieve a qualifying time in a specific event in any meet during the course of the season may go on to compete in the Regional Meet. There is a fee to participate in this meet that the family is responsible for covering. However swimmers will only be able to compete in the events they have qualified for.

Meet entry

All Meet entries will be handled via the website. You will get an email inviting you to attend the meet. You will click on the link provided in an email and sign your child up for appropriate events which will be accepted by your child’s coach. No hand written or spoken entries will be allowed. This is a hard rule.

The Race

Stroke and Turn Judges watch each race. Swimmers with improper form are disqualified and told why. It is not the officials fault the child was disqualified. The swimmer is responsible for their form; the official only makes them aware of the improper stroke they performed in the race. Swimmers should not be discouraged by a disqualification (DQ). Most team members have had the same experience. Pay attention to the judge’s remarks, talk to your coaches, and work hard on stroke perfection in practice.

Although Timers may tell swimmers how fast they have swam a race, no time is official until results are posted. This posting may list only the first six winners by name. Other swimmers may have to derive their times from an electronic printout, listing times by event, heat, and lane, so it is useful to jot down this information for each race swum. In most events, there is more than one heat. In most meets, the first heat in each event is composed of swimmers with slower times. Fast swimmers are seeded in later heats. It is, therefore, possible to win a heat and still not place in the top six or eight ribbon winners in the entire event.

Remember you are representing the YMCA. Your behavior reflects on the YMCA’s image. Be positive and courteous at all meets.

Home and Host SWIM MEETS: Each YMCA Swim Team hosts 2 home swim meets each year. In order to run these meets, we need many volunteers. We ask each swim team family to volunteer 24 hours of their time during these weekends their children are swimming. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your child's activity. Please see parent volunteer code of conduct.

Attendance at Meets - Pointers for Swimmers

  • Be prompt, arrive early enough to get your numbers, your coach will tell you when to arrive.
  • Review the program. Check to make sure you are properly entered in your events. If there is a problem, go directly to your coach.
  • Report to the YMCA’s swimmers’ area.
  • Check with the coach when it is time for relays.
  • As the meet starts, be aware of your event numbers. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to make her/his events.
  • Check-in with your coach before and after swimming each event.
  • If problems arise concerning disqualification, awards, etc., please see your coach.
  • After the meet is over be sure you have all your possessions and help CLEAN-UP THE TEAM AREA.

What to Take to a Meet

  • Team Swim Suit & Team Cap and Goggles. Extras of each are advised.
  • Baby or Talcum Powder. (Used to dust the inside of the cap.  It helps to preserve the cap & makes it easier to put on.)
  • Towels. (Pack at least 2)
  • Something to sit on.  (sleeping bag, old blanket or chair)
  • Sweat suits.
  • Something for the feet.  Keeping warm is very important in between events.  Warm socks, deck type shoes or sandals are a good idea.
  • T-shirts or parka. The larger the better. 2-3 shirts recommended, as they get wet and soggy.
  • Games: Travel Games, cards, etc.
  • Food: A small cooler filled with wholesome snacks. (Granola Bars, cereal, Fruit, Fruit Snacks etc.)
  • Drinks: Water, Gatorade, Juice, etc.