Short Course vs. Long Course
The swim year is generally divided into two seasons. The winter or “short course” season runs from late September to early March. The meets are held in a 25-yard pool. The summer or “long course” season runs from late March to early August. The long course meets are held in a 50-meter pool. Some meets are offered in 25-yard pools during the summer.
Types of Swim Meets
Age Group/ Open
These meets do not have qualification time standards. Typically, these meets offer each one of the competitive strokes in the two distances within each age group. Some events may be open to multiple age groups. Each swimmer is allowed to enter 5 events per day.
B+ A Meet
Same as the Age Group Open except only age group events are offered. Open events are not offered.
These meets usually have some type of qualification time standard that a swimmer must meet in order to enter the meet. Qualifications can vary from “Novice” to “Q” or above. Some of the championship meets MTSC participates in are:
New England Championship
Competition Age Classifications
There are seven different age group classifications recognized by United States Swimming: 9 & under, 10, 11, 12, 13-14, 15-19, and Senior. The senior classification includes any swimmer who has achieved the prescribed qualifying time for the event. Not all age group classifications are offered at every swim meet. The swimmer’s age on the first day of the meet will govern the swimmers age for the entire meet.
Within each age group, there are recognized levels of achievement based on times. All swimmers begin as “Novice” swimmers. As they improve, they advance from “Novice” to “B”, “A”, “AA”, and so on. Sierra Nevada swimming publishes the time standards for each level yearly. A swimmer might be at different levels in each stroke.
Prior to the meet, you will receive a “meet sheet” from your coach. The meet sheet will contain important information about the meet, such as dates, times, location, event listing, etc. Keep the meet sheet handy until the meet is over. To register for a meet, just email the coach what events your kids want to swim, the coach will do the rest.
Meet fee: $5 per event, plus $1-$10 swimmer’s participate fee.
Team Suits/Uniform All swimmers are required to wear the team suit and team cap, in good condition, at all meets.