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Meet Guidelines

MEET RULES

  • Wear your team suit and team cap.
  • 9 years and older talk to your coach before and after your events 
  • Give your name and age to the recorder (6&U and 7–8’s should do this after you swim; 9–18’s should do this before you swim).
  • To get your time ask the recorder/timer immediately after the event.
  • Inform your age group coach if you leave a meet before all the events have concluded.
  • Keep your team area clean; pick up all trash before you leave the meet. Separate recycling into the proper bins.
  • Always show respect to your competitors and meet officials. If you choose to challenge an official at the meet tell your coach and they will handle it accordingly. 

MEET SUGGESTIONS

  • Take warm clothing to the meet. Two+ towels and a sleeping bag for comfort. After warm-ups and between the events, wear clothing, including shoes and socks. Keep warm with layers that are dry, and bring a beanie/fleece cap for your head. About 80% of all body heat is lost through the feet, hands, and head.
  • Never rush before your event. Leave enough time to take off warm-ups etc., and to think about the event you are about to swim.
  • After your event, mentally review your swim. Remember success is the trying.
  • Remember: Whether you are 5 or 18 years old, you are a Dolfin first. Cheer for your teammates. Swim hard for yourself and your team. Champions let their swimming speak for itself.

MEET ENTRIES
Entries for all meets will be posted at the pool on Monday for a Wednesday night meet, and on Thursday for a weekend meet. It is important to check to see if you swim. Make sure the Vacation Coordinator knows if you will not be able to swim. Line ups will be posted at the meet, and with your age group coach. CHECK FOR CHANGES AT THAT TIME.

MISSING MEETS OR PRACTICE FOR ILLNESS
We realize that family plans or illness may result in your absence. If you become ill on the day of the meet, please call the age group coach and let them know you are unable to swim. If you will be absent for more than 2 practices in a row inform your age group coach or the head coach through e-mail. Deck communication can be easily lost and forgotten in the heat of the day.

PENALTY FOR A NO SHOW AT AN INVITATIONAL
If the entered swimmer fails to swim, his/her parents will be responsible for reimbursing the Dolfins Parent Club for the entry fees paid for the absent swimmer. Your swimmer(s) will not be entered in subsequent meets until the fee is paid.  There are no changes or additions permitted for these special meets, so when a swimmer fails to show all entries are forfeited, team points are lost and scratched relays leave three members of that relay disappointed.

HOW TO READ A MEET LINE-UP
The meet line-up will include all meet information:

  1. The name/s of the team that we will be swimming against.
  2. Date of the Meet.
  3. Location of the Meet.
  4. WARM-UP TIME – the time the swimmer is to be at the meet ready to enter the pool for warm-ups. (Not arrival time, swimmer should be at pool 15 minutes before warm-up time.)
  5. MEET TIME – the time the first event begins.
  6. Events that the swimmer will participate in.

Normal Event Order
Events are listed on the line-up in order from left to right.

1. MEDLEY RELAY
2. INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
3. FREESTYLE
4. BREASTSTROKE
5. BACKSTROKE
6. BUTTERFLY
7. FREESTYLE RELAY

Girls swim first followed by the boys in each age group.

Age order: 6 & UNDERS, 7 & 8, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15-18

A few teams and some invitational meets have different event orders; this will be indicated on the line-up sheet.

Race Descriptions

  1. MEDLEY RELAY – a relay consisting of 4 swimmers, each one swimming a different stroke. Relay order is Backstroke (BK), Breaststroke (BR), Butterfly (FY), Freestyle (FR).
  2. IM (Individual Medley) An individual event where the swimmer swims 25 yards of all four strokes in the following order: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle.
  3. FREE (Freestyle) an individual event.
  4. BREAST (Breaststroke) an individual event.
  5. BACK (Backstroke) an individual event.
  6. FLY (Butterfly) an individual event.

Race Lengths for Individual Events
6 & UNDERS and 7 & 8 years swim 25 yards (7&8 swim a 100 yard I.M.)
9-14 years swim 50 yards and 100 yard I.M.
15-18 years swim 100 yards

Meet Types:

INVITATIONAL MEETS
These meets usually do not involve all the swimmers because of restricted entries (either by qualifying times or limited number of entries). Examples include the Woodland’s Invitational and the County Meet.

BATTLE OF THE AGES
Everyone will swim. This is our major fundraiser and ALL parents are asked to help at the meet.