Meets - KW Swim Team

Meet Requirements

We encourage swimmers from all of our Skill Groups (except Pre-Competitive) to participate in meets held throughout the year.

  • We encourage Developmental 1 and 2 swimmers to attend three meets per year.
  • We encourage Age Group 1 and 2, Junior 1 and 2, and Senior swimmers to attend one meet per month.

 

Learn More About Meets:

 

Meet Format

  • Allegheny Mountain Swimming clubs host the following types of meets:
    • Swimmer must have recorded an official time faster than the minimum time.
    • Swimmer must have recorded an official time slower than the maximum time.
    • Open meets, which are open to any swimmer.
    • Review the USA Swimming Motivational Times.
  • Meets generally run on Saturdays and Sundays and include a morning and afternoon session on both days. Certain age-groups will swim in the morning and the remaining age groups swim in the afternoon.
  • Warm-ups begin one hour before the start of the meet in two half-hour sessions. We send an email with exact warm-up times about one to two days before a meet.

 

Meet Events

The four competitive strokes in meets are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Events at swim meets are held in all of the competitive strokes at varying distances depending on the age of the swimmer. In addition, there is an individual medley (IM) where one swimmer swims a combination of the strokes. Other swimming events include freestyle and medley relays.

Review the USA Swimming Motivational Times to see a full list of events offered per age group. Coaches assign which events swimmers will swim at each swim meet entered.

 

Meet Competition Age Groups

The Killer Whales Swim Team completes in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets. Swimmers compete with other swimmers in their own age group. A competitor’s age group depends on his or her age as of the first day of the meet. (For example, if a swimmer is age 10 the first day of the meet and age 11 the second day of the same meet, the swimmer completes in the 9 - 10 age group on both days.) The competition age groups are:

  • 8 and under
  • 9 to 10
  • 11 to 12
  • 13 to 14
  • Senior (15 and Older)

 

Meet Locations

We compete in swim meets throughout the Allegheny Mountain region, from the North Hills to Moon. We typically have two Home Meets during the Fall / Winter season. See an overview of the Meets for the Season.

 

How to Sign Up for Meets or Update Your Meet Response

  • Swimmers must proactively sign up for each meet he or she wishes to attend using the KW website.
  • You will receive an email one week before a meet closure deadline.
  • Swimmers must sign up by the stated sign-up deadline for each meet.
  • Coaches will decide if a meet is appropriate for your swimmer and the events he or she will swim.
  • Meets are tailored to each ability level, so all swimmers have a chance to succeed.

To sign up for a meet:

Using the KW Website:

  • Sign in to the KW website.
  • Click "Schedule Planning," then "RSVP to Meets & Events."
  • Click the Name of the Meet.
  • Click the Edit Commitment button near the top of the page.
  • Your swimmer’s name will appear, along with his or her current status for this event.
  • Select the swimmer’s name.
  • Select your commitment choice from the "Declaration" drop-down menu.
  • Note any special comments under "Notes" if needed.
  • Submit your response by clicking "Save Changes" at the bottom.

Using the OnDeck Mobile App:

  • Download the OnDeck Mobile App and sign in using your KW Website username and password.
  • Tap the three lines (top, left).
  • Tab "Events" > "Events & Meet Entries."
  • Tap the name of the Meet.
  • Tap the "Commitment" green button.
  • Tap the name of your swimmer.
  • Tap "Yes" or "No" and add any comments to the "Notes" field.
  • Tap "Save Changes."

To update your meet commitment/response:

Using the KW Website:

  • Sign in to the KW website.
  • Click "Schedule Planning," then "RSVP to Meets & Events."
  • Click the Name of the Meet.
  • Click the Edit Commitment button near the top of the page.
  • Update your meet response, if needed. Update comments, if needed.
  • NOTE: Updates must be made by the meet deadline. We cannot remove a swimmer from a meet after the entry deadline has passed. You will still be billed if your swimmer signs up and does not attend or if you change your commitment AFTER the event deadline. (We still have to pay the host club in both instances.)

Using the OnDeck Mobile App:

  • Download the OnDeck Mobile App and sign in using your KW Website username and password.
  • Tap the three lines (top, left).
  • Tab "Events" > "Events & Meet Entries."
  • Tap the name of the Meet.
  • Tap the "Commitment" green button.
  • Tap the name of your swimmer.
  • Tap "Yes" or "No" and add any comments to the "Notes" field.
  • Tap "Save Changes."

 

How to Review Meet Information

The best source for information in advance of any swim meet is the Meet Invitation document. The hosting team creates the Meet Invitation, and we post it on our website when the hosting team sends it to us.

Using the KW Website:

  • Sign in to the KW website.
  • Click "Schedule Planning," then "RSVP to Meets & Events."
  • Click the Name of the Meet.
  • Review the Event Information.
  • Take note of the Registration Deadline.
  • Under Forms/Documents, click the meet information doc ument (typically a PDF or MS Word file).
  • Review the entire document to learn:
    • Location and address of the meet.
    • Dates of the meet
    • Start times of the meet and general warm-up times. (The host team sends and we post specific warm-up times about 5 days before the meet.)
    • Meet/Entry fees
    • Qualifying time requirements (if any)
      • Some meets are open to all swimmers. Others require swimmers to have their best time SLOWER than a given time, or FASTER than a given time, and these will be noted next to each event.
      • While some swim meets are open to swimmers of any ability, some swim meets are ability‐based. Some meets, for example, are only open to swimmers who have a “B” time or slower (or no time registered) in the events they will swim. Other meets are specifically for swimmers who have at least a “BB” time but not faster than an “A” time. And yet other meets are for swimmers who have at least an “A” time in those events.
    • Award information
    • List of events in order which helps you know the day and time your swimmer will be swimming, based on their age group.
  • Match up this event list with the specific events your swimmer will be swimming. Learn how to find the events your swimmer will be swimming.
  • Additionally, you can use the chart to aid decision‐making about whether to attend a meet. For example, if a swimmer has a known conflict on a Saturday afternoon, this chart can be used to determine whether the swimmer’s age/gender group will be swimming in the morning or the afternoon.
  • This chart splits the meet into sessions, usually: Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, Sunday Morning, and Sunday Afternoon.
  • That chart lists the ages and genders of the children swimming during that session. Under each session is listed the ages and genders of the children swimming during that session.
  • Sometimes age groups will be split across sessions by gender – with boys swimming in one session and girls of the same age in another.

You can also review meet information using the OnDeck Mobile App:

  • Download the OnDeck Mobile App and sign in using your KW Website username and password.
  • Tap the three lines (top, left).
  • Tab "Events" > "Events & Meet Entries."
  • Under "Forms/Documents" at the bottom of the screen, tap the Meet Information document.

 

How to Review Your Meet Events

After signing up for a meet, the coaches will assign swimmers to one or more events.

To check your swimmer’s assigned events:

Using the KW Website:

  • Sign in to the KW website.
  • Click "Schedule Planning," then "RSVP to Meets & Events."
  • Click the Name of the Meet.
  • Click the Edit Committment button near the top of the page.
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page to view the events assigned to your swimmer.

Using the OnDeck Mobile App:

  • Download the OnDeck Mobile App and sign in using your KW Website username and password.
  • Tap the three lines (top, left).
  • Tab "Events" > "Events & Meet Entries."
  • Tap the name of the Meet.
  • Tap the green "Entries" button.
  • Tab your swimmer's name and look for the events shown in blue. These are your swimmer's entries for the meet.

 

Tracking Your Swim Progress & Meet Times

Learn how to review your meet time results.

Read more about various apps and USA Swimming tools that help you track your swimmer’s times and progress.

 

Meet Fees

If your swimmer signs up for a meet and participates in events, Meet Fees will be charged to the credit card you’ve listed within your KW website account.

Swimmers are charged for each Individual (around $5 - $6) and Relay (usually $10 split four ways) event in which they participate. Additionally, swimmers are charged a fixed swimmer surcharge (typically $5).

To review the Meet Fees for a specific meet:

Using the KW Website:

  • Sign in to the KW website.
  • Click "Schedule Planning," then "RSVP to Meets & Events."
  • Click the Name of the Meet.
  • Under Forms/Documents, click the the meet information document (typically a PDF or MS Word file).
  • About half-way down on page 1, look for “Entry Fees” for Individual Events, Relay Events, and the Swimmer Surcharge.

Using the OnDeck Mobile App:

  • Download the OnDeck Mobile App and sign in using your KW Website username and password.
  • Tap the three lines (top, left).
  • Tab "Events" > "Events & Meet Entries."
  • Tap the name of the Meet.
  • Under "Forms/Documents" at the bottom of the screen, tap the Meet Information document.
  • About half-way down on page 1, look for “Entry Fees” for Individual Events, Relay Events, and the Swimmer Surcharge.

We charge meet fees billed to accounts after the meet has ended (anywhere from one day to a few weeks). Whatever fees accumulate over the monthly billing period (from the first day to last day of month) are then charged to the credit card on file on the first of the month.

We will bill your account if your swimmer signs up and does not attend or if you change your commitment AFTER the event deadline. (We still have to pay the meet host swim club in both instances.)

Please keep a current, active credit card listed in the website at all times.

Learn how to add or change your credit card and view fees charged to your account.

 

Meet Swimming Suits

Protocols for 12-and-under swimmers:

  • Swimsuits worn for all 12-and-under age group defined competition shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor past the knee.
  • Swimsuits worn for competition must be non-transparent.
  • The referee shall have the authority to bar offenders from the competition until they comply with the rule.
  • Exceptions may be granted for religious beliefs or a medical condition requiring more of the swimmer’s body to be covered.
  • Although swimmers may practice in more than one swimsuit, only one suit is allowed during competition.
  • Tech Suit Restrictions for 12-and-Under Swimmers:

 

Dress & Seating Meet Tips for Parents

  • Dress: The pool area is usually very warm so you need to dress appropriately. Dress in layers so you can stay comfortable.
  • Seating: Many of the local swim clubs do not have enough seating. We recommend you bring folding chairs to set up in the cafeterias or gymnasiums to increase your comfort.

 

Meet Rules for Starts, Strokes, Turns & Finishes

Starts

Any swimmer who starts before the starting signal is sounded will be disqualified. If the false start is a reaction to the starter’s “stand-up” command, then the swimmer will not be disqualified.

Strokes, Turns & Finishes

  • Freestyle:  Any stroke style may be used, any kicking style may be used, “any” part of the body may touch the wall.
  • Backstroke: Any stroke style may be used, any kicking style may be used, “any” part of the body may touch the wall at a turn and finish. Swimmers must be on their back during the swim except for turns. The swimmer may turn over onto the breast while executing the turn if the turning motion is continuous. The swimmer must be on his or her back at the finish.
  • Breaststroke and Butterfly: Swimmers must swim on the breast. Swimmers must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously. A swimmer may not freestyle kick in either breaststroke or butterfly. All arm and leg movements must be simultaneous.

 

KW Swim Meet Relay Team