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Parent FAQs

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Never be afraid to ask questions! Swimming is a complex sport and there are many things for newcomers and even past members to learn! If you do not see the answer to your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us at thesackvilleswimclub@gmail.com

 

Is it too late to register my child for the Sharks program?

 It's never too late! We welcome anyone to join at any time! Please contact Brenna at coachbrennar@gmail.com if you would like to inquire more information on getting your potential swimmer in the pool. We offer a program for everyone!

My child is new to the world of swimming, would they fit into any of the club's programs?

 Of course! Our club is designed to offer a wide variety of programs to every level of swimmer - from beginner to expert! We always suggest looking into our pre-competitive program first (Tuesday and Thursday 3:45-4:30PM). You will be amazed at how fast they will learn new skills!

 

Does my swimmer(s) have to compete in meets if they are a part of the competitive program?

The simple answer is no! No one who is a member of the competitive groups of our club are forced to compete. However, they are taught and trained to have the skills necessary to compete if they ever decide to give it a try! 

 

Where do your swim fees go?

The swim fees are used to pay the operating costs of the team and the registration fees required by Swim New Brunswick. The operating costs of the team are mainly to cover pool rentals, coaches and equipment.

 

What are Swim New Brunswick Registration Fees?

 Teams affiliated with Swim New Brunswick are required  to register and pay a registration fee for all their competitive and non-competitive swimmers. This covers your swimmer(s) and coaches liability in the pool.

 

What are Meet Fees?

The team participates in swim meets organized by other teams. The hosting team charges fees to all participant swimmers to cover the costs of the meet. Meet fees are collected to cover the cost of those participating in swim meets. 

 

What is a swim meet and how do they work?

Think of it as a cross country or track and field race. It is an athletic competition where swimmers participate in individual events and/or team events called relays. 

Here are the events you can see at swim meets. Some meets do not offer every event due to the level of competition and/or the duration of the meet. 

Freestyle: 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m,1500m

Backstroke: 50m, 100m, 200m

Breastroke: 50m, 100m, 200m

Butterfly: 50m, 100m, 200m

Relays: 4x50m Freestyle, 4x50m Medley, 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100 Medley, 4x200m Freestyle

What are the different time standards? B time, A time, AA time, etc.

Time standards are times qualifications that swimmers can achieve in races that grant them access to higher levels of competition. It is divided into age groups.

B times allow you to attend Invitational Meets and the Marianne Limpert Provincial Championships

A times allow you to attend Championship styled meets 

AA times allow you to compete in all swim meets in the province

You can take a look at B/A/AA time standards by clicking here

 

What is a "Premier" meet? "Invitational" meet? "Championship" meet?

 Premier Meet (Development level) - it is one session that has a maximum time limit of 4 hours in duration. It is a "fun" styled meet that encourages newcomers to give competing a try. There are no time standards that are required to enter this meet however, swimmers may not swim events that they have A or AA time qualifications in.

Invitational (Ranges from 2-3 days of competition, 3 to 4 sessions) - These meets are typical a weekend (Saturday AND Sunday) time commitment. They are timed finals and swimmers who wish to compete must obtain at least 3 B standards as well as swim in 3 events that they have a B time in

Championships (3 day swim meet - 6 sessions) - Depending on the caliber of meet, swimmers may be requried to have one or more A or AA time standards. These meets typically have Heats in the morning and Finals at night. Top 3 winners are usually given a prize (medals, ribbons, etc). 

 

What are "prelims" and "finals"?

 At Invitational and Championship styled meets, everyone participates in "Prelims" in the morning sessions. This allows everyone to swim the events they have been entered in to swim. If you swimmer places in the top 6 or 8 (sometimes top 12 or 16). They will swim the same event again at night in "Finals". This is a chance for them to better their time and fight for a medal! It really is quite the experience both as a swimmer and a parent!

 

How do we select events for our swimmers at swim meets?

Great question! Your coaches and swimmer(s) will take care of that at practice. Your swimmer will sit down with their coach about 2-3 weeks prior to a meet and talk about what events they should swim. The coach is responsible to enter the swimmers into the meet and a "Meet Report" will be sent out to all parents so that they are also aware of what their swimmer will be swimming.