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A Swim Meet
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A Swim Meet

PIRANHA HOME POOL LOCATION

Barbara Morse Wackford Community and Aquatics Center
Corner of Bruceville and Big Horn
Elk Grove, CA

(See the Location page for details and a map.)

POOL AND LANE INFORMATION

Wackford is a 10-lane pool.
Home Team will be in lanes 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 for scroing heats.
Visiting Team will be in lanes 2,4, 6, 8 and 10 for scoring heats.
Other heats will be seeded accordingly.
Please help the Piranhas to ensure that there are no coach or spectator impediments to meet officials within three (3) foot area around the pool. Swimmers and spectators are also not allowed to dangle their feet in the pool or step in or sit in the pool walk out area that is part of lane 1.

CHECK-IN

The Piranha check in table will be at the pool entrance gate. Check-In starts at 6:30 a.m. Please have all swimmers checked in by 7:15 am so the coaches can complete their scratch meeting and the meet can begin on time.

WARM-UPS

Home Team 7:00 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.
Visiting Team 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Meet is expected to start at 8:30 a.m.

SCRATCH MEETING

Both Teams must participate in a scratch/add meeting which shall be held at a reasonable time immediately before the commencement of the meet and not later than 30 minutes before the start of the meet, so as not to delay the start of the meet. The Piranhas would like to begin the scratch meeting no later than 7:30 a.m. SWIMMERS WHO HAVE NOT ARRIVED BY THE TIME OF THE SCRATCH MEETING WILL BE SCRATHCHED AND UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MEET.

STROKE & TURN MEETING

The Meet Referee will meet with the Stroke and Turn Judges at approximately 8:00 a.m. near the lane 1 starting block to review various officiating issues. Please have all Stroke & Turn Judges who are working that day present at the meeting. The Piranha Head Stroke & Turn Judge will provide DQ slips, clipboards, and pencils.

STARTS, STROKES, TURNS, AND DISQUALIFICATIONS (DQs)

United States Swimming rules are in effect with the following noted. According to the League Bylaws:

  • There will be one false start per event allowed any swimmer for age groups 6 and under, 7-8 and 9-10. There will be no false starts allowed any swimmer for age groups 11 and older. A swimmer who is disqualified for a false start shall not be permitted to swim the event (not even unofficially).
  • USS Rule 101.3.1 (B) governing backstroke starts is amended to read in part as follows: Prior to the command 'take your mark' and until the feet leave the wall at the starting signal, parts of both of the swimmers feet must be partially or fully submerged.

The Piranhas strongly believe in the recreational intent of the League and will proceed on the issue of Stroke & Turn Judges and DQs as agreed to by the League as follows:

  • All Stroke & Turn Judges are encouraged to attend the voluntary League Stroke & Turn training. Every Stroke & Turn Judge should watch the Stroke & Turn video.
  • Each team shall take steps to ensure that each Stroke & Turn Judge has either attended the clinic or been trained with the video and officials from each team with sufficient experience. The League Representatives should keep track of the Stroke & Turn Judges to monitor that each judge is qualified.
  • All heats in all events will be judged for legal strokes and turns.
  • All heats will be judged and DQ slips issued and entered into the computer system as judged. Head Coaches will get DQ slips for discussing with swimmers.
  • Dual confirmation on relay take-offs will occur. The Meet Referee and Head Starter will dual confirm with the Stroke & Turn Judges.

TIMER MEETING

The Piranha Head Timer will meet with morning shift timers at approximately 8:20 a.m. near the lane 1 starting block. The Piranhas use a Colorado timing system that requires three (3) timer button-pushers in each lane.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO RUN A MEET

Home Team Visiting Team

Meet Referee

Stroke-and-Turn Judges (2)

Administrative Referee (for DQ review)

Lane Timers (9)

Stroke-and-Turn Judges (2)

Computer Person (1)

Starter

Ribbon Clerk

Clerk of the Course

Ready Area Coordinator

Head Timer

 

Lane Writers (3)

 

Announcer

 

Head Computer and Reader

 

Runners (2)

 

Ribbon Clerk

 

EVENTS WITH EXTRA HEATS

To be mutually determined and agreed upon by coaches of both teams prior to seeding of meet. If coaches are not able to make contact with each other by the Wednesday prior to the meet, the home team shall do what it believes most prudent regarding seeding and heats so the meet concludes by 1:00 p.m.

READY BENCH

The ready bench will be located behind the starting blocks on the east side of the pool. Please listen for event status and have swimmers at the ready bench on time.

MEET TIME LIMIT

CCSD has not imposed time limits, however, we will expeditously complete meets to lower our meet pool rental costs. We hope to have meets concluded by 1:00 p.m.

TEAM SET UPS

There is a large grass area at the west side of the pool to set up shade structures. See on Facilities Map on Location Page for designated Home and Visiting Team set up areas. Age groups should locate together and Team Parents should make signs so that swimmers can find their age groups.

SNACK BAR

The snack bar provides a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack menu items at very reasonable prices.

WACKFORD AQUATIC COMPLEX RULES

The Wackford Aquatic Complex is operated by the Cosumnes Community Services District. Because the CCSD will likely have other aquatic activities occurring at the same time as our meets (but at different pools), it is IMPERATIVE that swimmers from both teams remain at the competition pool only and do not enter any other pool or play areas in the complex. Swimmers found violating this rule will be ejected from the meet. Swimmers may use the restroom and shower facilities of the complex if they treat these areas with respect and leave them in a clean condition. The Piranhas are very proud of their home and wish to maintain a good working relationship with the CCSD.

MEET TIMELINE RECAP

Time Event

6:30am

Check-In At Main Pool Gate

7:00-7:40 a.m.

Piranhas Warm-Ups

7:30 a.m.

Scratch Meeting

7:45-8:15 a.m.

Visiting Team Warm-Ups

8:00 a.m.

Stroke & Turn Meeting (by lane 1 starting block)

8:20 a.m.

Timer Meeting (by lane 1 starting block)

8:30 a.m.

Meet Begins

12:30-1:00 p.m.  

Meet Ends

SWIM MEET ORDER OF EVENTS

Event #s Description

1

6 & Under Free Relays

2-11

Medley Relays

12-19

Individual Medley

20-31

Short Free (25 yd.)

32-43

Backstroke

44-53

Long Free

54-63

Breaststroke

64-73

Butterfly

74-83

Free Relays

MEET SCORING

Place Points

First Place

5 points

Second Place

3 points

Third Place

2 points

Fourth Place

1 point

First Place, relay team

7 points

Other Places & Relay Teams

no points

Points are only awarded in the first heat of each event. Swimmers MUST NOT leave early. Even though they may have finished all of their individual events, they may still be placed in the final freestyle team relays. If a swimmer is missing the entire relay team will be scratched. The relays are worth a lot of points so scratching a team is a big ouch and disappointment to your teammates!!

The Piranhas look forward to a fun and competitive swim meet and we ask for parent support, patience, and understanding should any issues arise on the day of the meet. Good luck to all swimmers!