Meet Info

How a Meet Works

Before a Meet

BEFORE A MEET...Lineup sheets are prepared by the coaches to assign swimmers to events, heats & lanes.  If possible, these sheets are posted in the display case to let swimmers and parents know what events they will swim.

SWIMMERS/ MUST INDICATE THEIR PARTICIPATION (ATTEND OR NOT ATTEND) IN EVERY SWIM MEET.  PARENTSPARTICIPATION MUST BE INDICATED THROUGH THE BUCS SWIM TEAM WEBSITE AT LEAST 7 DAYS PRIOR TO A SCHEDULED SWIM MEET.  

IF A SWIMMER DOES NOT REGISTER AND SIGN INTO A PARTICULAR SWIM MEET AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE THE SWIM MEET, THE SWIMMER WILL NOT BE PUT INTO THE LINEUP.

Please show courtesy to our coaches and sign into meets in a timely manner. If you fail to do so, coaches end up scrambling at the last minute to fill events and relays on the day of the meet, which adds unnecessary stress to them and your teammates, in addition to delaying the meet. Repeat offenders may not be included in future meet lineups.

Lineups are submitted to the home team for the meets. If it’s a Tuesday night meet, the lineups are turned in on Sunday.  If it’s a Thursday meet, lineups are submitted by Tuesday. If it’s a Saturday meet, the lineups are submitted by Thursday. Please note that the above schedule is important to understand if you need to change the availability for your child; e.g. changes (in particular additions) submitted after Thursday for a Saturday meet might not be able to be honored. Scoring/Computers for the home team enters the lineups from both teams into the computer and resolves any conflicts: e.g. two swimmers scheduled to swim in the same lane and heat.  Reports are printed for use by the officials (to run the meet) and the Clerks of Course (to get the kids in the right place at the right time).

Sign Up Instructions

  • Instructions

Day of Meet

Swimmers should arrive 45 minutes before the start of the meet.  If it is an evening meet, arrival time/check-in is 4:45 pm (meets start at 5:30 pm).  If it is a morning meet, arrival time/check-in is 7:45 am (meets start at 8:30 am).  Upon arrival at the meet, swimmers sign in by highlighting their name on the lineup sheets that are hung on clip boards by the Clerk of Course in the bullpen.  If swimmers do not check in within 30 minutes of the start of the meet, they will be scratched from the meet. Warmups begin 45 minutes before the meet.

The Clerk of Course checks the reports and the now-signed lineup sheets to verify the swimmers.  Adjustments are made if necessary. Parents that are working the meet must check in no later than 30 minutes before the start of the meet and get their nametags. Listen for instructions for meetings for timers and judges. Attend meetings. Swimmers warm up.

Order of Events

There are 10 categories of events at a meet. They are divided by age and sex (i.e. 5 for girls and 5 for boys). The categories are 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18. In addition, the 6-and-under children swim freestyle and backstroke as exhibition categories (i.e., they don't swim for team points). For very small categories (usually the older swimmers) we might swim two events simultaneously to fill up the lanes and shorten the meet.  At all home and some away meets, there are an additional exhibition events for 9-10 boys and girls at 25 yards for butterfly and breaststroke.

Events 1 and 2
15- to 18-year-olds: 50-Yard Freestyle

Events 3-12
8-and-under through 15-18: Medley Relays

Events 13 and 14
6-and-under: 25-yard freestyle

Events 15-24
8-and-under through 15-18: Freestyle

Events 25-34
8-and-under: 50 Freestyle; 9-10 through 15-18: Individual Medley

Events 35-44 (or 46 if exhibition events)

8-and-under through 15-18: Butterfly

End of event 40 signifies the ½ point of the meet and may be used for a final score if needed

Events 45 and 46 (or 47-48)
6-and-under: 25-yard backstroke

Events 47-56 (or 49-58)
8-and-under through 15-18: Backstroke

Events 57-66 (or 59-70 if exhibition)
8-and-under through 15-18: Breaststroke

Events 67-76 (or 71-80)
8-and-under through 15-18: Free Relays