Time trials explained!
What is it?
We run this event just like a regular meet, which makes it a great way to start the season. The coaches use time trials to get a baseline time for each swimmer for every event. These times allow the coaches and swimmer to see their progress throughout the season. The coaches also use the times to determine who swims the first Saturday meet. This is a very important meet to attend!
When and where are time trials?
At the CCRA pool on Saturday June 6, 2020. Time trials usually run a few hours depending on the number of kids signed up to swim. The start time will be announced via email a few days before the meet, but expect it to be between 8 and 9am.
Who should swim time trials?
All regular swim team members need to attend time trials. Sign up is online on the team's website. Swimmers should sign up for all the strokes that they can swim without disqualifying (DQing). Pre-team swimmers do not attend time trials.
How many events can I swim?
This is the only meet where you can swim all the events for your age group. Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly - and 100 IM for kids 10 and up.
What events should I swim?
You should sign up for every event that you think you can swim legally (meaning with proper technique all the way across the pool). Every regular team member should be able to swim freestyle and most can swim backstroke. If you are still not sure, or you've never swum time trials before, you should ask one of the coaches what to swim.
What should I bring to time trials?
A swimsuit for starters! Goggles. A towel or two. And sunscreen. It's a good idea to get used to wearing a swim cap. Caps are not mandatory, but it helps swimmers get in the racing mood, and it sure saves the hair! It's also a good idea to bring a t-shirt, sweatshirt and sweatpants to stay warm in between races. Bring a snack and water or money for the concession stand. Meets last a while and swimmers get hungry!
But I have a soccer/lacrosse game that morning - what do I do?
Come to time trials! Seriously. It's better to get a baseline time during a simulated meet with competition than to get a coaches time at practice. But if your other team is counting on you, we understand. You can even come and swim the first few events and the go to your game. We're flexible!
If you need a time to qualify for the A meet and you simply can't be at time trials - be sure to sign up for the first B meet of the season on Wednesday, June 10h. This meet will serve as our makeup Time trial. Sign up deadline for the B meet is Sunday June 7th at midnight.
But wait, you haven't answered all my questions.
If there's something we haven't covered feel free to ask the coaches or the A reps.