READ ME! : The Unofficial Swim Meet Guide by Margie Thompson
About Swim Meets:
All 5 regular swim meets and 1 championship meet are held on Saturday mornings at various locations around central Arkansas throughout June and July. Practices for these meets are held Monday through Friday, beginning in May, mornings and evenings. You can choose when and how many practices you attend.
How does a swimmer enter a meet?
Parents must declare attendance for a meet by the Tuesday prior to the meet. This can found toward the bottom of the home page under events. For away meets, the information will be made available on the website when the hosting team sends it us. We have more control of this for home meets.
The Parents elects the events they would like the swimmer to swim. The coaches review the swimmers events and approves or makes changes to the swimmers events.
When should we be there?
Saturday meets begin at 8:00a.m. Swimmers need to be at the pool AND checked in by 7:00a.m. for warm-ups, unless otherwise stated.
What should we bring?
At most meets there are few seats available, so it’s a good idea to bring lawn chairs. Other items you may want to bring include: umbrellas, sunscreen, camera, low sugar drinks, fruit snacks, battery operated fans, etc.
Who will my child be competing against?
Each child will compete only in his or her age group and only against same sex swimmers.
There are also 4 skill levels/divisions determined by times: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each swimmer will compete only in the category for which s/he qualifies.
What are the age groups?
6 and under; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-18
What are the events?
6 and under Kickboard, relays, Free Style, Back Stroke, Breast Stroke, Butterly, and Individual medley (IM) 100 yards or meters. Medley for the 6 and under is the kickboard.
What will my child receive for participating?
Each swimmer will receive a ribbon for each event they swim at each meet:
1st through 8th place and/or a “Participation” ribbon!
What is the Meet of Champs?
The Meet of Champs (MOC) is the final meet of the season and is held at UALR.
All GOLD and SILVER swimmers automatically qualify to compete at the MOC.
Any BRONZE swimmer who swims one of the top 8 times in an event during the regular season will qualify for MOC.
Times are kept by league officials, and you will be notified if your child qualifies.