All competitions are by age group and gender except where it calls out for mixed gender or mixed age events. June 15th is the date used for determining your child’s age group. No exceptions will be allowed. The lengths of the individual races are as follows:
- 6 & under: 25 meters
- 7 - 8: 25 meters
- 9 - 10: 50 meters (25 meters butterfly)
- 11 - 12: 50 meters
- 13 - 14: 50 meters
- 15 - 18: 50 meters
The swim events are Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Individual Medley (IM), Freestyle Relays, and Medley Relays.
An Individual Medley (IM) is for swimmers that can swim all four strokes in one race. The order of events would be Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle. A coach will determine if a child can swim an IM based on their performances at meets and practices. All strokes are 25 meters, the total for the IM would be 100 meters. A swimmer must have a legal stroke for all four of the strokes to be considered for an IM.
A relay will consist of 4 different swimmers in their age group. Each swimmer will swim 25 meters of an assigned stroke.
- For the Freestyle relays, all swimmers swim Freestyle stroke
- For the Medley relays, the order of stroke is Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Freestyle
- For Mixed age relays, a swimmer from four different age groups participate, still only 4 swimmers per relay team; swimmers may be scheduled to swim in an alternate age group (for instance, we will swim a 12 year old up as a 13/14 year old) in order to fill a relay – this is only allowed if we have no eligible swimmers in that age group signed up for the meet
Relays are fun and they gain points for our total team score. Swimmers do not have to participate in relays, but please make a note of this when signing up for swim meets. Coaches will form the relay teams based on swimmers signed up and best times. Not all swimmers will swim in a relay at each meet.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in the relays, please notify Computer Operator and Head Coach
Parents select meet entries for swimmers on the Viperfish website. If you are unsure what your child is qualified to swim, contact the coaching staff. Coaches will approve meet entries and reach out to parents with any concerns. Coaches will complete relay meet entries. Meet event assignments will be posted on the Viperfish website in the Meet Schedule link by Wednesday morning for Wednesday evening meets and by Friday afternoon for Saturday morning meets. Swimmers and parents are asked to check the website prior to the meet so they know their assigned events. If your swimmer is selected for a relay and CANNOT participate, please contact the Head Coach immediately. Swimmers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the meet warm-ups to allow time for check-in. All swimmers must check-in with their coach when they arrive for the meet so the coaches know that they will be available for their assigned events.
Swimmers may enter to swim a maximum of 3 Individual events (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Individual Medley) and may be selected for up to 2 relays (Freestyle, Medley, Mixed Age) at each meet.
Parents should remind their swimmers that it is the responsibility of the swimmer to stay in the team area and be ready when their name is called or else they may miss their event.