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What You Need to Know About Swim Meets

Sportsmanship

The Glen Swim Team considers good sportsmanship a top priority.  We strive to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.  We are welcoming hosts and courteous guests.  We always treat our teammates and opponents with respect.  We clean up after ourselves and leave our environment as we found it.  

Dual Meets

We have six regular season dual meets, which are held on weekday evenings. Three of these meets will be home meets, held at the Farmington Glen. The other three meets will be held at other NSSL swim clubs. In addition, we hold an internal Green and White meet early in the season, which gives our coaching staff an opportunity to record times for each swimmer and also serves as a “practice” meet for our new swimmers. There are also age-group mini-meets throughout the season, the Farmington City Meet, and 2 League Championship Meets.

In general, dual meets start at 5:00 or 5:30 pm. Specific start times are listed for each meet on this website.  Weekend meets are held in the morning, with the exception of A and B Finals, which are all-day meets, with swimmers 13 and older swimming in one session and 12 and under in another.

All swimmers must RSVP for all meets by the published deadline.  If a registered swimmer does not RSVP for a meet, the coaching staff will assume they are participating and enter them in the meet. Non-emergency late cancelations and no-shows create a tremendous amount of extra work for the coaches, have a negative impact on the entry strategy, and are disrespectful to the entire team and coaching staff.

Meet Events 

Your child’s age as of 5/31 will determine the age group in which (s)he swims. 

  • 8 and under

  • 9-10

  • 11-12

  • 13-14

  • 15-18 

​​8 and under races are 25 yards long, which is 1 length of the pool. All other age groups swim 50 or 100 yard races. All age groups swim Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. 11 and 12 year olds and all older age groups also swim Individual Medley events. Many swimmers also have the opportunity to swim in relays.

Mini-meet participants have an opportunity to swim events that aren't available at dual meets.

At most meets, each swimmer will be entered in two individual events. They may also be entered in a relay event. Occasionally, a swimmer will be entered in one individual event and two relays.  Relays are held at the end of the meet, so swimmers entered in relays need to be prepared to stay for the entire meet. Coach Drew will communicate the timeline for each meet via email. Check-in time ranges from 3:15 – 5:00 pm, depending on the meet location. If you know your swimmer will be late for warm-up, please let Coach Drew know so that he does not withdraw them from the meet. Most meets end between 9:00 and 10:00 pm. 

Swim Meet Procedures

What should you bring to a Swim Meet?

  • Towels (more than one!)

  • Team swimsuit, and a back-up suit (because they can rip, or your friend might forget theirs and need to borrow one)

  • Goggles (2 pair, because straps break, gaskets leak and lens get stepped on)

  • Swim cap (2, because latex can rip)

  • Sweatshirt (it can get chilly by the end of a meet)

  • A Sharpie fine-point permanent marker (for the heat-lane tattoo)

  • Books, games, cards, etc. to pass the time between events. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to leave their electronics at home.

  • Water bottle and healthy snacks

  • Money for the concession stand. Concession stands are a primary revenue source for most teams, so please support them.

  • Umbrellas or ponchos if rain is in the forecast.

  • Chair(s). Most pools do not have enough seating to accommodate everyone, so you’ll want to bring chairs or blankets to sit on during the meet.

  • Pop-up tents to provide shelter from rain or sun.  

Check-in

Swimmers should check-in as soon as they arrive at the pool for a meet. They should then find a place to leave their gear and get ready for warm-up. The home team will warm up first, about an hour and a half before the start of the meet. The meet starts immediately after warm-up.

There will be several heats of each individual event. This is especially true for the younger swimmers.

All swimmers should use a Sharpie marker to write their event, heat and lane numbers on their arm. Younger swimmers may also want to add the event name to avoid last minute confusion. If a swimmer forgets what they’re swimming, any parent on the team can help them get where they need to be if their events are written on their arms.

Marshaling

8 and under swimmers can be overwhelmed by the task of getting to their races on time, so we marshal them together before their events. At home meets, our marshaling area is on the lounge chairs next to the diving board. Our marshaling location varies at away meets. At the beginning of the meet, swimmers competing in events 7 and 8 should immediately go to marshaling. When the event starts, volunteers will lead the swimmers to the starting blocks. They will make sure that each swimmer races in the correct heat and lane. Marshaling for events 17 and 18 begins immediately after events 7 and 8. This pattern continues throughout the meet. It may seem like you’re asked to get your swimmer to marshaling very early, but this gives the volunteers time to get everyone in the proper order and find anyone who hasn’t shown up.

Older swimmers are not marshaled, but many 9-10 swimmers tag on the end of the 7-8 marshaling lines. Some 8 and under swimmers will have no problem getting themselves to marshaling, while others will need your assistance. It is the responsibility of you and your swimmer to get to marshaling on time.

Once your swimmer is in marshaling, we ask that parents return to their seats.  Our marshalers will make sure that your swimmer gets to their race, and having extra people in the marshaling area can cause confusion.  If you are not comfortable leaving your child in the marshaling area, we ask that you volunteer to work as a marshal.  

Meet Scoring

Meet scoring is rather complicated. Here’s a simple explanation:

Individual Events

The last heat (aka the “point” heat) of each event is scored as follows:

  • First place – 5 points

  • Second place – 3 points

  • Third place – 2 points

  • Fourth place – 1 point

Each team can only earn two places in each race. For example, if Glen swimmers come in 1st , 2nd and 4th in race, they would receive 8 points for 1st and 2nd place. The opposing team would receive 3 points for 3rd and 4th place.

Relays

There are 6 relays at the end of each meet. The events are:

  • 40 Mixed 200 Freestyle Relay (boys and girls whose combined age totals 40 or less, all swimming Freestyle)

  • 40 Mixed 200 Medley Relay (boys and girls whose combined age totals 40 or less, each swimming one of the four competitive strokes)

  • 52 Women’s 200 Medley Relay (girls whose combined age totals 52 or less, each swimming one of the four competitive strokes)

  • 52 Men’s 200 Medley Relay (boys whose combined age totals 52 or less, each swimming one of the four competitive stokes)

  • 66 Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay (girls whose combined age totals 66 or less, all swimming freestyle)

  • 66 Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay (boys whose combined age totals 66 or less, all swimming freestyle)

Relays are worth more points and often determine who wins the meet. First place earns 8 points and second place is worth 4 points. Each team can only earn one place in each relay. For example, if Glen relay teams place 1st, 2nd and 4th in a relay, they receive 8 points. The opposing team would receive 4 points.

Our coaching staff works very hard to create competitive relay teams in every event, which is yet another reason that it’s important to RSVP for meets. Coach Drew also needs to know if your swimmers need to leave a meet early so that he doesn’t place them on a relay team. Last minute roster changes cause a lot of stress for our coaching staff, so please be considerate of their time and don’t wait until the last minute to withdraw from a meet.

Many younger swimmers may not have the opportunity to swim for points, since there are so many athletes on the team. If this bothers them, remind them that every time they swim, they have an opportunity to swim faster than they have before, to achieve a new personal best. Help them to track their times and watch their improvement throughout the season. This quote from Coach Drew, which appeared in the Farmington Observer a few years ago, sums it up well:

“If you put too much emphasis on wins and losses, kids start to look at the wrong side of why this sport is so special. It’s a journey. You can’t just say, “I won first place in the NSSL meet and I’m done; I can’t get any better than this.” Kids do start thinking like that if you place too much emphasis on wins and losses, on what color the ribbons are. If you keep kids enjoying themselves, having fun doing hard work, it will just build naturally.”

Swimming Up

Occasionally, if the team is short swimmers in a particular age group, the coaching staff may ask a swimmer to “swim up” in a higher age group. Swimmers should see this as an opportunity to compete against faster swimmers and improve their own performance.

Disqualifications (DQ’s)

The referees at our meets may issue disqualifications at their discretion. Athletes can be disqualified for various rule infractions, including but not limited to: false starts, one-handed touches on breaststroke and butterfly, taking flutter kicks on butterfly or breaststroke, incorrect turns, early starts on relays, and illegal strokes. If a swimmer is uncertain about any of the rules concerning a stroke, s(he) should ask a coach for clarification.

When a swimmer is disqualified, and every swimmer will be at one point or another, be supportive rather than critical. DQ’s should be treated as a learning experience, an alert that the swimmer needs to correct something in their technique.

Ribbons

Swimmers who successfully swim in exhibition heats (all heats except the final “points” heat) receive exhibition ribbons. The ribbons will have a label on the back with the swimmer’s name, event, and time. Swimmers who are disqualified will not receive ribbons.

Swimmers who successfully compete in the final "points" heat will receive a place ribbon.  

Every team has a different method of distribution ribbons, but they’re usually easy to find. Please remember that ribbons are assembled by volunteers, and that they will make them available as soon as possible. Repeatedly asking when they will be ready does not make the volunteers work faster.

If your swimmer was dq’d, please don’t ask the volunteers to give them a ribbon anyway. They do not have the ability to overturn the official’s decision.