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Swim Meet Questions:
What time do meets start?
How early should we arrive at a meet?
What is the first thing we should do when we arrive at a meet?
What should we bring to a meet?
Do I need to bring money to meets?
You don’t have to, but you may want to. There is a concessions stand and a BBQ grill at the meets. It’s a long day and you or your swimmer(s) will probably want to buy some food, plus this one way the team raises money to cover our costs.
How long do meets last?
Do I have to stay for the entire meet?
How do I know what events my child is swimming?
What is the heating area?
Where is the heating area?
What are pink and blue cards?
Where does my swimmer get their pink or blue card?
What does my swimmer need to bring to the heating area?
How do heats work?
How are swimmers selected for heats?
Heats are set up by time. We hold a practice meet at the beginning of each season to document times for each swimmer. If your child swam in a previous season and doesn’t record a time for a particular race at the practice meet, their best time from the previous season is used, as long as the distance is appropriate for their age group.
How many races can my swimmer swim at each meet?
Is there any difference which lane my swimmer is in?
The fastest lane in the pool is the middle lane. For home meets the Dolphin swimmers will be in lanes 1, 3 & 5 and the opposing team swimmers will be in lanes 2,4 & 6 unless there are not enough opposing swimmers and then a Dolphin may be put in an empty lane as an exhibition swimmer.
Do I need to keep track of my swimmer’s times & where do they post results?
No. All times are recorded electronically and will be posted to the team website a day or so after the meet. The times will also be posted in the pool area during the meet if possible. On the Dolphins website, go to Programs and Results page and enter user name and password emailed to you at the beginning of the season.
What is a DQ?
Disqualification or a “DQ” from an event in a meet is unfortunate, but is an important learning tool for developing swimmers. Swimming a stroke illegally (e.g. wrong kick), turning illegally, or not touching the wall properly will cause disqualification from the race only (not entire meet). DQ’s are not intended to punish, but to help swimmers become aware of things that need correction. It is important for all swimmers and families to recognize this!
Common DQ’s include: turning onto stomach during backstroke; relay member starting off blocks before his/her teammate touches wall; relay member staying in pool after touching wall; relay member pushing other teammate into water; two false starts; and touching with only one hand when turning or finishing butterfly or breaststroke. 8 and under swimmers are not scrutinized quite as stringently as older, more experienced swimmers.
How are kids selected for relay teams?
What’s the difference between the A, B, C, D, E & F relay teams?
The A relay is the fastest relay composed of the 4 fastest swimmers for that race. There is also some coach discretion depending on how the coaches want the race to go. Sometimes they will spread out the faster swimmers across the different relay teams. In the first heat, relays A, B & C will swim against the A, B & C relays of the opposing team. The A relay will always be in the middle lane or lane 3 in our home pool.
How can my swimmer move up to a faster relay team?
If my child gets a speeding ticket or a ribbon, where do I collect that after a race?
How do scoring & ribbons work?
Each event has one or more heats per gender, per age group. All heats are scored, and ribbons are handed out to top six finishers, however, only the fastest three swimmers per team score and receive ribbons.
At League Prelims, swimmers are ranked by their times, the fastest 20 times continue to Finals.
At League Finals, swimmers in the first heat (consolation heat) are ranked eleventh through twentieth place. In the second heat (championship heat) swimmers are ranked first through tenth, based on times during Prelims. During Finals, swimmers can only move within their heat for placing (i.e. a swimmer cannot move up from eleventh place, or down from tenth place).
Is there a meet program?
Is there a numbering key to events?
What are the extra meets and are they mandatory?
Extra meets are not mandatory but they are fun. The Pentathlon gives your swimmer a chance to race all four strokes and an IM in one meet. The Hot Shot Meet gives your swimmer a chance to swim sprints in all four strokes. The Long Shot meet gives your swimmer the chance to pick their own races and is a good meet for seeing the competition across all league teams as many smaller teams that we don’t swim against until Finals participate in these extra meets. For more details for each of these meets, refer to the individual meet under Meets/Events.
How much do the extra meets cost?
How can I get more involved with the Dolphins?
Race program key:
There are 90 events in a BVSSL swim meet. The sequential order is always the same. Some BVSSL pools are meter (M) pools and some are yard (Y) pools. Yard pools are slightly shorter than meter pools (about 10% shorter) so race times in yard pools are faster.
Races 1-10 100 and 200 Medley Relay
Races 11-20 100 and 200 Freestyle
Races 21-30 25 and 50 Freestyle
Races 31-40 25, 50 and 100 Butterfly
Races 41-50 25, 50 and 100 Backstroke
Races 51-60 50 and 100 Freestyle
Races 61-70 25, 50 and 100 Breaststroke
Races 71-80 100 and 200 Individual Medley or IM
Races 81-90 100 and 200 Freestyle Relay
Boy races always end in an odd number and girl races end in an even number
8 and under races – end in 1 for boys & 2 for girls
1 & 2 100M Medley Relay
11 & 12 100 Freestyle
21 &22 25 Freestyle
31 & 32 25 Butterfly
41 & 42 25 Backstroke
51 & 52 50 Freestyle
61 & 62 25M Breaststroke
71 & 72 100M IM
81 & 82 100 Freestyle Relay
9/10 age group races – end in 3 for boys & 4 for girls
3 & 4 100M Medley Relay
13 & 14 200 Freestyle
23 & 24 50 Freestyle
33 & 34 50 Butterfly
43 & 44 50 Backstroke
53 & 54 100 Freestyle
63 & 64 50 Breaststroke
73 & 74 100M IM
83 & 84100M Freestyle Relay
11/12 age group races – end in 5 for boys & 6 for girls
5 & 6 100M Medley Relay
15 & 16 200 Freestyle
25 & 26 50 Freestyle
35 & 36 50 Butterfly
45 & 46 50 Backstroke
55 & 56 100 Freestyle
65 & 66 50 Breaststroke
75 & 76 100M IM
85 & 86 100M Freestyle Relay
13/14 age group races – end in 7 for boys & 8 for girls
7 & 8 200 Medley Relay
17 & 18 200 Freestyle
27 & 28 50 Freestyle
37 & 38 100 Butterfly
47 & 48 100 Backstroke
57 & 58 100 Freestyle
67 & 68 100 Breaststroke
77 & 78 200M IM
87 & 88 200M Freestyle Relay
15 - 18 age group races – end in 9 for boys & 0 for girls
9 & 10 200 Medley Relay
19 & 20 200 Freestyle
29 & 30 50 Freestyle
39 & 40 100 Butterfly
49 & 50 100 Backstroke
59 & 60 100 Freestyle
69 & 70 100 Breaststroke
79 & 80 200 IM
89 & 90 200M Freestyle Relay