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Terminology
Awards Night  Coaches and Directors present awards for all swimmers at the end of the season.   There is a catered dinner followed by an awards presentation and a slide show.

Clerk of the Course The system used a invitational meets to organize and line up swimmers prior to their events.  Swimmers are required to ‘check-in’ to the clerk or the course prior to their events.

County: The Contra Costa County Championship Meet.  Click here for County Qualifying Times. 

Desk  Helps organize lane slips.  Helps make ribbons.

Down Year  The year that a swimmer is at the ‘bottom’ of their age group.  For example, a seven year old swimming in the 7/8 age group is said to be in their ‘down’ year.

Dual Meet  Any meet in which only two teams are participating.

Dual Meet Jobs (aka Meet Jobs) Jobs those parents sign up for at registration.  These jobs include Timer/Recorder, Runner, Shepherd, Snack Shack, etc.  Parents are required to work a number of dual meet jobs over the season.

DQ  Disqualify.  Starter or Stroke and Turn judge may DQ a swimmer for illegal strokes, starts, turns or finishes.  It is as if a swimmer didn't swim if he is DQed-- the swim is not counted for points, ‘pops’, records or County Qualifying Times

Heat  A single race by stroke, age group and sex.  For example, the first six girls who swim in 7/8 girls freestyle are ‘heat 1.  The next six girls who swim 7/8 girls’ freestyle are ‘heat 2’.

IM  Individual Medley.  All ages 7 and above swim one lap of each of the four strokes in the following order:  Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke , then Freestyle for a total of 100 yards.

Invitational  Meets where Las Trampas is invited to attend.  These meets have anywhere from six to 30 teams participating.   Invitationals are sometimes two-day events.

Invitational Jobs  When your child swims in an Invitational Meet, you are required to work one job at the meet (including star job holders).  Jobs are usually easy and fun: timer, recorder, clean-up, set-up, etc.

Lane Numbering  At a swim meet lane one is the lane closest to the starter. 

League: The DCSL Championship Meet, which occurs on the last Saturday of July or first Saturday of August every season.

Mudskipper Debut & Inter-Squad  Las Trampas team members are divided as evenly as possible by skill and compete against each other for fun.   This has been a fun event.  This is also event where the Mudskippers make their debut.

Pop Time  A new personal best time in an event in the then-current swim season.  Results from the first races of the season (usually Time Trials) create the "base times" for calculating "pops" for the season.

Recorder   One person in each lane records time time(s) from each race.

Runner  This person collects the time slips from the recorders at the end of each race and delivers them to the desk.

Seed Time  A time for a swimmer entered for a particular event at a meet.  Because entries for the DCSL Championship are due before the final dual meets of the season, a DCSL seed time may no longer be a swimmer's personal best.  Seed times are not the basis of pop times, personal best times are the basis of pop times.  

Shepherding  The job of organizing and lining-up the 6 & Unders and 7/8s for their events. 

Stroke & Turn   Stroke and Turn judges are parent volunteers who watch each race to make sure the swimmers perform each stroke correctly and that a fair race has been swum.  Stroke and Turn judges are required to attend several seminars over the summer to stay current on swimming rules.  In general they are former swimmers themselves.

Time Trials  This is our first meet.  Only Las Trampas swimmers are in the water.  All swimmers are urged to attend so a “base time” can be established for improvement (see Pop Time).  These times also help the coach decide on swimmers for our first dual meet.

Timer  Three people at the finish end of each lane time each race.   Half the timers are from the host team and half are from the away team.

Up Year  The year that a swimmer is at the ‘top’ of their age group.