Swim Meet Know How

SCS Meet Entry Procedures
1. Log in and confirm you will attend or decline the meet online on this web site and select the events you wish to swim.  If any members fail to confirm or decline a meet, that member will be entered into the meet. 
At the Meet
1. Check in and write your event numbers on your hand or arm.  (Note - swimmers must be present to check in.  Parents may not check in a swimmer.)
2. Report to coach for stretching and warm up.  
3. Check the posted line-up for your heat and lane.
4. Report your heat and lane to your coach and report to your lane.  For 25-yard events, report to the staging area.
5. Ask for your time immediately after your race.  Keep a record of your times from each meet.
6. See your coach after each race.  The coach will evaluate your race and offer suggestions. 
What to Bring to a Meet
Team swim suit
Water bottle
Team caps (2)
Waterproof sunscreen, sunglasses
Goggles (and a spare pair)
Log book for recording times
Towels (one per event )
Ice chest with nutritious snacks
Team T-shirt, sweats or parka
Beach chair
Boots or shoes
Games or books
Old blanket or sleeping bag
Swim Meet Do’s and Don’ts
Do conserve your energy.  Stay off your legs (save them for the pool); wear shoes for warmth and protection; wear shirt and hat to reduce exposure; stay out of the sun.
Do be on time (or early) for everything including: stretching, meet warm-up, and team meetings.
Don’t become dehydrated.  Drink plenty of water or other liquids (but not soda).
Don’t get sunburned.  Apply waterproof sun block repeatedly throughout the day.
Do eat healthy food and snacks.  Fruit, bagels and sports drinks make good between-race snacks.  In general, avoid items with a lot of fat, fiber and/or refined sugar.
Do bring activities like games and puzzles.  The meet may last several hours.
Don’t leave swimmers unattended at swim meets. Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
Do have fun!!
Age Group Swim Meets
Southern California Swimming meets are part of the USA Swimming classified age group program.  There are six age groups in USA Swimming:  8 & under, 10 & under, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 & 16 and 17 & 18 (sometimes 11 & Over, 13 & Over and 15 - 18).  Within each age group there are meet 'ability levels' or classifications:  White, Red, Blue, etc.
The time standards for each classification are established by Southern California Swimming and are subject to change.  The time standards for each age are listed in the SCS Swim Guide and on the SCS web site and are published annually.  In order to swim in a specific classification, a swimmer must have achieved the appropriate qualifying time.
SCS meets usually combine classifications to allow swimmers to compete in a complete event schedule.  In a (Red/White) meet, for example, a swimmer could swim the (White) breaststroke event and the (Red) freestyle event in the same meet.  (Blue) meets are open to swimmers with blue times or faster.
Year-round swimming is divided into two sessions:  short course; and long course.  Short course season is the time period between September and March when the swimmers train and compete in the 25-yard width of the pool.  Long course season takes place between April and August when the pool is set up for training and competition lengthwise in 50-meter lanes.  Each season has corresponding time standards.
Championship meets are held near the end of the short course and long course seasons.  A swimmer’s times determine which Championship he/she will attend; OCSC Champs, JO Max Championships, or Junior Olympics. As swimmers progress in the sport of swimming, they may qualify for Junior Olympic Championships and Western Zone Championships (All-Star selections).
Senior-Level Swim Meets
Swimmers regardless of age, who achieve SCS Senior Development, SCS Senior Q, Senior Sectional or Senior National time standards participate in a host of senior-level competitions including National Championship meets with the top swimmers in the country.  Senior-level time standards are listed in the SCS Swim Guide and on the SCS web site and are published annually.
High School Swimming
Many high school aged swimmers choose to compete on their high school swim teams.  The rules regarding high school swimming are established by the California Interscholastic Federation, Southern Section (CIFSS).  During the high school season (generally mid-February through mid-May) high school swimmers must 'unattach' from their club teams.  Accordingly, once a swimmer has competed in his/her first high school meet for the season, the swimmer must enter all USS meets (club meets) as UNAT until after the CIF Championship Meet.  If a swimmer finds that he/she has inadvertently been entered in a meet as attached, the swimmer must locate the meet secretary and sign the CIF-UNAT log.  Exceptions exist for high school aged swimmers competing in the Junior Olympic Championships, the Senior Sectional Championships, the Senior National Championships and/or the World Championship Trials.  In these cases, swimmers may compete attached to their club teams.  No paperwork is required to invoke the exceptions.
Philosophy of Competition
CMAC emphasizes on individual growth and development.  CMAC #1 Rule at a swim meet is to have FUN!  The swimmer’s individual improvement is the primary focus.  Sportsman-like behavior is of equal importance.  Respect for officials, congratulate other competitors, encourage teammates, determined effort and mature attitudes are taught and expected.  Swimmers are taught to set realistic but challenging goals for swim meets and to relate these goals to training efforts.  AGAIN -- HAVE FUN!!!
General Guidelines for Meets
A meet schedule is established by the coaches with the expectation that swimmers will attend every meet available at their classification level.  Team championship meets, like the OCSC Championships through Jr. Olympics, are important to CMAC, and CMAC swimmers who qualify are expected to attend and contribute to the total team effort.  At every meet it is important to the team effort for swimmers to check with their coach before leaving a meet to see if they have been placed on a relay for which they need to stay and swim.
Keeping Time Records
Every CMAC swimmer should maintain a log (manual or electronic) of his/her times for every event.  Such a log allows a swimmer to set personal goals and monitor his/her progress.  Official meet times are obtained from meet ribbons, the posted official meet results (USA Swimming sanctioned meets), or the CMAC web site. Swimmers can purchase log books at most swim meets or they may use an electronic spreadsheet to track their times.  OnDeck for parents is an APP for your mobile phone.  It is also another way parents and swimmers can keep track of their times.
The USA swimming web site provides a Times Database that may be used to update your log. You may also download OnDeck Parent App on to your smart phone for your children(s) times.  For each USA registered swimmer, the database provides a complete list of swim times achieved at USA Swimming sanctioned meets since July 1, 2003.  The database does not include OCSC, high school and other non-sanctioned meets nor does it include 25-yard events or splits.  Please be aware that the time standards listed in the database are National time standards - not SCS time standards.
Timing at Swim Meets
CMAC athletes are required to supply timers at every swim meet they attend.  Parents should be prepared to work at least one 1 hour timing shift at a 2-day meet and two shifts at 3-day meets at which your swimmer is competing all days. Please do not enter your child in a meet if you are unable to time and/or cannot arrange for a replacement.