Questions About MEETS
1. Where are meets held?
Most meets are at neighborhood pools and high schools in the Clear Lake area.
2. When are the meets held and how long do they last?
Regular-season meets are held every Saturday June through late July Post-season meets, the CCSL Novice Meet, Reserve Meet and the Champ Meet, follow the regular season. Although the start times are pretty consistent [8 am], the finish times vary widely depending on the number of swimmers entered. The amount of events a swimmer is allowed to swim in a meet depend upon the age of the swimmer and the size of the swim team. The meets follow this standard order of events.
3. How much does it cost to enter a meet?
There is no additional cost for regular-season meets. Meet entries are included in your regular-season registration fee. There are usually meet entry fees for the “Last Chance” meet, if one is scheduled, to be paid by individual swimmers. This meet is a post-season meet sponsored by a non-CCSL organization as a fund-raiser, and as an opportunity for swimmers for a “last chance” to achieve champ/reserve times. We also ask our Piranhas to pay their individual meet fees for the Novice, Reserve, and Champ meets. Relay entries fees for these meets are paid for by the team.
4. Where do my times come from that are on the meet entry sheets?
The team keeps a database of all times swum by each swimmer. When the events you've chosen for a meet are entered into the computer, it selects your best time for that stroke and distance to use as your seed time.
5. What is the meet called "Last Chance meet"?
This is the last meet of the season where you can get a reserve or champ qualifying time prior to the Champ Meet entry deadline. Entries then have to be sent to the team hosting the Champ meet. It's exciting to watch swimmers trying to earn their way to the Champ Meet. This meet is held before the Champ Series meets. The meet is held only if a sponsoring team comes forward to host.
6. What are "novice,” “reserve" and "champ" times?
TheCCSL publishes a series of (insert link to times here) time standards for boys and girls by age group that are used as a scale to gauge a swimmer's level of achievement in each event. They are, from slowest to fastest, novice, reserve and champ time. Trying to reach the next level in a particular event can be motivational to swimmers. If the swimmer has not swum fast enough to achieve a reserve time, then by default he has a novice time.
7. What are the Novice, Reserve, and Champ Meets? Who attends?
These are the post-season meets that allow our swimmers to compete against swimmers from all 18 other teams across the CCSL in one meet. There are sometimes as many as 800 swimmers at these meets. The novice is meet is open to any swimmer that has not achieved a reserve or champ time. If a swimmer has swum fast enough to achieve a reserve time, then he may participate in the Reserve Meet. Only swimmers who have swum fast enough to achieve a Champ time may participate in the league’s championship meet, the Champ Meet, the last meet of the season. Frequently, novice or reserve swimmers achieve champ times at the novice or reserve meets and may then move onto the Champ Meet!! The Champ Meet is held after the Novice/Reserve meets. The three meets combined — novice, reserve and champ — are called the Champ Series. The usual sequence of the Champ Series is: Saturday - Novice Meet in the morning, Reserve Meet in the afternoon, Sunday - Champ Meet beginning in the morning.
8. How do I find out if a meet is postponed due to rain, etc.?
With 120+ swimmers, making phone calls is impractical. We utilize group email lists and our website as the main means of communicating with parents quickly throughout the season. Thus, it is imperative to submit your email address when registering and to check our www.pinelochpiranhas.org website frequently. It is updated almost daily during the season, and meet results are posted on the website.