How to sign up for Swim Meets:
Please read the section in the Q&A
The meets during the week are dual meets (against one other team) and are meant as practice meets for the championships. Each swimmer swims at least two, usually three, individual events and relays. Relay teams are selected according to times and in dual meets Coach can enter as many as needed.
NEW***Sign up for the dual meets will be on the website and all swimmers must indicate whether they will be attending or not. The coaches determine which strokes will be swam.
Warm-ups usually begin at 5:30p.m. Starting time is usually 6:00p.m. Warm-ups are important! They acquaint the swimmer with the opposing pool, get the blood circulating and help prevent injuries such as muscle strains.
Please mark your calendar with all the meets and TRY to schedule vacations away from the championship meets. We will have two championship meets this summer, one for each league in which we participate. They are much different than regular dual meets. They are meets that require a total team effort, so mark your calendars early. All dates are noted in the "events" and "calendar" Here are some things you should know about the championship meets.
1. A couple of weeks in advance of a meet, you will receive an email indicating that registration is open for a particular meet. The parent must go in to the "sign up" tab beside the event and follow the steps for registration. You will select which events and days that you want each of your swimmers to swim. You swimmer will then be listed as "committed". The coaches will have the final check before the report is sent off to the host team.
2. There will be officials on the pool deck. If strokes and/or turns are done incorrectly, the swimmer will be disqualified. That means the swim is VOID. The dual meets and practice time will help the swimmer to learn the rules to avoid disqualification. Also, one false start off the block is a disqualification. Review Swim rules and the USA website for swimming rules. Please remember, ALL swimmers experience a DQ, even the big kids! It is important to not let the children get discouraged and help them to understand that it is part of the learning process!
3. Only one team relay can be entered at championship meets. Relays are chosen by the coaching staff to post the fastest aggregate time. The fastest four swimmers in freestyle make the freestyle relay. The fastest combination of one each backstroker, breaststroker, butterflier and freestyler make the medley relay. It is possible for one swimmer to be on both relays. Relay spots are hard earned honorary positions and are swam with pride.
4. The June championship meet is for the PCL (Private Club League). The meet is run on a prelim/finals format. All swimmers swim their events in the prelim round in the morning hours. The top 16 swimmers return in the evening to swim for points and awards. The top eight swimmers swim in the finals, the next eight swim in the consolation finals. Both finals and consols score valuable points for the team. Relays are critical because relay points are double! It is a very exciting format! Be prepared to spend the whole weekend at the meet!!
5. The PAL (Pinellas Aquatic League) Championship meet will be held the third weekend in July. This meet is a prelim/finals format, just like the PCL Championships. Be prepared to spend the entire weekend. It will be a long, but fun weekend!!
RELAY TEAMS will be selected according to best times and attendance at practice. The coaches have final determination of relay lineups.
*Medley relays...Best times in each stroke
*Freestyle relay..Four best freestyle times
*Crescendo........Freestyle consisting of 5 swimmers, 1 from each age group, who swim as follows: 8&u - 25 yards., 9&10 - 50 yards., 11&12 - 75 yards., 13&14-100 yards., senior - 150 yards. There is a girl and a boy relay team.
In dual meets throughout the season, we will have A, B, C, D, and even E relay teams depending on the number of swimmers competing. In championship meets, only A relay teams will be allowed to compete.
An invitational meet is a great opportunity for your swimmer to swim in a "sanctioned" meet similar to the championship meets, but it is usually only one day. This meet will have officials and swimmers can be disqualified. Usually the 12&under age groups are in one session and 13 and up are in another session - so you only have to attend half the day (unless you have swimmers in both age brackets!)
Watch your emails and the website to attend these meets!