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Each swimmer should make sure that he or she has the proper equipment for each meet

  1. Suit, goggles and at least one towel as well as a cap if desired.
  2. Warm clothes for cold days and evening meets.
  3. A sleeping bag for warmth and to rest on.
  4. Shade structures are recommended.
  5. Snacks and drinks--make them healthy!
  6. A deck of cards, book or board games to occupy swimmers between events.

***We are extremely limited in space, we ask that you please bunk together and look to have 3 families in a tent to assist with getting everyone one in together.***


Each swimmer is required to arrive at the meets 2 hour before starting time of home meets and 1.5 hour before starting time of away meets. Saturday meets start at 8:30 a.m.

  1. Find our “team area” (each team has a designated area)
  2. Each swimmer must Check-In personally with their Age Group Parent.
    • Parents may NOT check in their children & swimmers are NOT to leave the club after checking in
  3. Stay in the “team area” except for warm-ups and swimming an event  (Always let your Age-Group parent know if you are leaving the area!!) 
  4. Conduct yourself appropriately in the “team area” – no horseplay!!! 

NOTE:Any swimmer who has not checked in by the designated time will be scratched (not allowed to swim) from the meet. 


Relays are one of the best parts of a swim meet. It is a chance for our team to come together in Spirit and work towards a common goal.

We would like to take a moment to emphasize that when your kids are placed on a relay, they are part of the team of three other swimmers. Those other swimmers depend on your child to swim their best and to show up for the relay, which means being in the right place at the right time.  So we would like to give you some guidelines:

  • All medley relay swimmers need to report to age group tents immediately following team cheer.
  • All swimmers need to report to their tents immediately after their age group butterfly race, even those not in the free relays in case there is a change in relays.
  • In addition we also expect all swimmers to stay for the whole meet to the end of free relays, as we are part of a larger team and need to support those still swimming.  As part of a team tradition, we cheer on the older relay teams to conclude the meet.

We aim to have all swimmers placed in at least one relay during a meet. If your swimmer is not at the age group tent at the appropriate time, we will have to replace them with a swimmer who is present. Once we have done this we cannot ask that swimmer to step off the relay if you show up after that point.

There are always changes in the meet schedule on the day of the meet. After the reconfiguration of the meet due to scratches (kids that get sick at the last minute) you must check the updated meet schedule at your age group tent for changes in lane and heat assignments, this is best after the Medley relays get sent off.

Many times the outcome of a meet comes down to the relays. Some of the best relay races are when the kids “show up” for something greater than themselves!


  1. Parent worker should arrive at the meets approximately one (1) hour before the starting time and check-in at their area. Prepare to assume duties as required.
  2. Check in with your committee head and be on time when called for your job. 
  3. If you are not assigned a job for a meet, please be ready to volunteer if needed

NOTE: If a parent does not work his/her assigned job or find a replacement, his/her swimmer will not be allowed to swim at the next meet that he/she would have otherwise swum. 


Each team has a set period of time before each meet to warm-up. Pay attention to the coaches for warm-up times and instructions. When you are asked to “clear" the pool, do so promptly. After warm-ups, the team will have a brief meeting and then the meet will begin. 


Throughout the meet, all swimmers and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner: 

  1. No excessively loud cheering or obnoxious behavior 
  2. No obstruction of the orderly conduct of the meet 
  3. No bad language 
  4. No clowning during races or at the “starting blocks” 
  5. No rowdy behavior in the “team areas” (e.g. no chasing each other around or wrestling) 

Certain sections of the pool areas are restricted as to access. For example, there must be an alley on each side of the pool for the Stroke and Turn Judges, and there must be as much room as possible in the “Ready Bench” and Timer’s areas. Unless you are authorized to be in such areas, please keep out. 

The following are strictly prohibited in the pool area: 

  1. Smoking
  2. Glass containers 
  3. Alcoholic beverages
  4. Profanity or abusive language 
  5. The Meet Referee has the authority to eject any person from the pool area who is not abiding by these rules.

Swimmers are not allowed in the “small pool” during the meets. 


When the meet begins, pay attention to the announcements that tell you what events are being swum.

When one of your events is called, check in with your Age Group Parent and then go to the Ready Area. Remain there until it is time to go to the blocks.


At the Ready Area: 

  1. Swimmers are checked in before each event
  2. Lane assignments are reviewed
  3. Swimmers go to the ’starting blocks’ where they will start their event

    (Age group parents help younger swimmers get to the ’starting blocks’) 

At the Blocks:

  1. Once at the starting blocks, the Starter is in charge from that point forward.
  2. Be sure to pay attention to him/her!!
  3. The Starter will give the command for the swimmers to “get on the ’blocks’, then to “take your mark”, and then he/she will fire the gun or the ’beep’ of the electric starter and the swimmers begin the race. 

After the swimmer swims the event, the swimmer should exit the pool quickly and return to the ’team area’ to await his or her next event. 

**All swimmers are expected to remain at the meet until it is over. Do not leave the meet just because you have finished swimming -- this is a team sport! 

**At the end of the meet, we need to clean up our ’team area’ and, once it is clean, we may leave the pool area. 


Each of the four strokes has rules governing the proper way that the stroke is to be done, including the start, the stroke itself, turns at the end of the lanes, and the final touch.


Coaches will instruct the swimmers on how to ’start’ and the proper techniques for each of the strokes. A written description of each stroke is contained in the USS Rules and Regulations Book (although the league may adopt slight variations for the USS rules).


Contact the Parent Directors if you want to review these rules. Swimmers who “false start” or who use illegal stroke or turn techniques will be disqualified as follows: 

  1. Swimmers are allowed one (1) “false start” 
  2. If the swimmer has a second “false start”, the swimmer will be disqualified and not permitted to swim that event. 
  3. The officials are more lenient with stroke and turn violations with the younger swimmers. 

A swimmer who is disqualified ("DQ’d") is to be told by the coach that he or she has been "DQ’d" and why it happened. This is to be handled in a constructive and instructive manner.


Ribbons are given to every swimmer (except for DQs) based on their finish in their heat. Points for the team are only awarded for finishes in the first heat of each event. Ribbons will be placed in swimmer files in the Swim Team File Box following the meet. They may also be picked up over the weekend at the front desk or at the next practice. Swimmers and parents should not go to the scoring table during the meet for ribbons. 

Generic Meet Schedule
Event# Boys/Girls/Mix Age Group Stroke
Mixed 6 & Under 100 Free Relay
2 Girls 7-8 100 Medley Relay
3 Boys 7-8 100 Medley Relay
4 Girls 9-10 100 Medley Relay
5 Boys 9-10 100 Medley Relay
6 Girls 11-12 200 Medley Relay
7 Boys 11-12 200 Medley Relay
8 Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay
9 Boys 13-14 200 Medley Relay
10 Girls 15-18 200 Medley Relay
11 Boys 15-18 200 Medley Relay
12 Girls 9-10 100 Medley
13 Boys 9-10 100 Medley
14 Girls 11-12 100 Medley
15 Boys 11-12 100 Medley
16 Girls 13-14 100 Medley
17 Boys 13-14 100 Medley
18 Girls 15-18 100 Medley
19 Boys 15-18 100 Medley
20 Girls 6 & Under 25 Free
21 Boys 6 & Under 25 Free
22 Girls 7-8 25 Free
23 Boys 7-8 25 Free
24 Girls 9-10 25 Free
25 Boys 9-10 25 Free
26 Girls 11-12 50 Free
27 Boys 11-12 50 Free
28 Girls 13-14 50 Free
29 Boys 13-14 50 Free
30 Girls 15-18 50 Free
31 Boys 15-18 50 Free
32 Girls 6 & Under 25 Back
33 Boys 6 & Under 25 Back
34 Girls 7-8 25 Back
35 Boys 7-8 25 Back
36 Girls 9-10 25 Back
37 Boys 9-10 25 Back
38 Girls 11-12 50 Back
39 Boys 11-12 50 Back
40 Girls 13-14 50 Back
41 Boys 13-14 50 Back
42 Girls 15-18 100 Back
43 Boys 15-18 100 Back
44 Girls 7-8 50 Free
45 Boys 7-8 50 Free
46 Girls 9-10 50 Free
47 Boys 9-10 50 Free
48 Girls 11-12 100 Free
49 Boys 11-12 100 Free
50 Girls 13-14 100 Free
51 Boys 13-14 100 Free
52 Girls 15-18 100 Free
53 Boys 15-18 100 Free
54 Girls 7-8 25 Breast
55 Boys 7-8 25 Breast
56 Girls 9-10 25 Breast
57 Boys 9-10 25 Breast
58 Girls 11-12 50 Breast
59 Boys 11-12 50 Breast
60 Girls 13-14 50 Breast
61 Boys 13-14 50 Breast
62 Girls 15-18 100 Breast
63 Boys 15-18 100 Breast
64 Girls 7-8 25 Fly
65 Boys 7-8 25 Fly
66 Girls 9-10 25 Fly
67 Boys 9-10 25 Fly
68 Girls 11-12 50 Fly
69 Boys 11-12 50 Fly
70 Girls 13-14 50 Fly
71 Boys 13-14 50 Fly
72 Girls 15-18 100 Fly
73 Boys 15-18 100 Fly
74 Girls 7-8 100 Free Relay
75 Boys 7-8 100 Free Relay
76 Girls 9-10 100 Free Relay
77 Boys 9-10 100 Free Relay
78 Girls 11-12 200 Free Relay
79 Boys 11-12 200 Free Relay
80 Girls 13-14 200 Free Relay
81 Boys 13-14 200 Free Relay
82 Girls 15-18 200 Free Relay
83 Boys 15-18 200 Free Relay