Short Course vs. Long
The swim year is generally divided
into two seasons. The winter or "short course" season runs
from late August to early April with high school swimmers going to
mid-May. The meets are held in a 25-yard pool. The summer or
"long course" season runs from early April to mid-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
- Meet where only CCA team members
participate. Usually the number of events a swimmer may enter are
- A meet with another team. These
meets usually promote team unity, but usually limit the number of
events a swimmer may enter.
- Age Group
- These meets do not have
qualification time standards. Typically, these meets offer each one
of the competitive strokes in the two distances offered by each
group. Some events may be open to multiple age groups. Each swimmer
is allowed to enter 3-5 events per day.
- B+ A
- Same as the Age Group Open except
only age group events are offered. Open events are not
- 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 CCA participates in are:
- Junior Olympics
- Far Western
- Western Zone
- Junior National
- Senior National
- Olympic Trials
There are seven
different age group classifications recognized by United States
Swimming: 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16,
17-19, 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
Prior to the meet,
you will receive a "meet sheet" from your swimmer's 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, it is
necessary to fill out an
entry form. Most meets use the
SAMMS Card for entries. It is usually attached to the meet
sheet or it can be found on the Sierra Nevada web site and in a
folder on the pool deck. Appendix B shows an example of a properly
filled out SAMMS card. Some critical points to remember are:
- The swimmer must have a valid
"USS Number." The number is acquired when you
register with USS. The typical USS number is
If you are new to USA Swimming and have
not received your USS registration number, enter
"Pending" instead of the number. Bring the USS
registration card to the meet.
- MMDDYY =
the birthday of the swimmer
- AAA = 1st
three letters of first name
- B = middle
- CCCC =
first four letters of last name
- CCA is a member of Sierra Nevada Swimming. Fill in SNX, where
X = the last digit of the year.
- The team's id is
- A swimmer's age is determined by
their age on the first day of the meet.
- Have your child work with their
coach to determine which events are appropriate.
- The entry time should be
determined by using the fastest time achieved by swimmer at
an USA Swimming sanctioned event. Please consider the
- For a new season, use the fastest
time achieved at the end of the same, last season. Do not convert
- Do not use "No
Time." Ask your child's coach for an "estimated
time" if you do not have a time for the event.
Once the entry card is complete,
follow the instructions on the meet sheet regarding the fees for
the events and the splash fee. You are not required to enter or pay
for relays. The coaching staff enters relay events. Mail the entry
card with a check for the entry fees to the address given on the
meet sheet by the designated date.
All swimmers are
required to wear the team suit and team cap, in good condition, at
all meets. The team suit is a solid navy blue Speedo suit. Team
suits are available at the NorCal
Swim Shop located in
Roseville on 120 Sunrise Blvd., 916-771-7946, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Norcal also sells the team warm-up, team parka, swim bags, goggles,
caps, and other swimming accessories. Other team apparel such as
t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc is available through the CCA Swim Shop.