Yankee League

The Oxford Otters are affiliated with the Yankee Swim League. This league is comprised of 11 teams located throughout the state of Connecticut. 

DUAL MEETS: These are regular season meets where each team competes against another team in the league. 

MEET MECHANICS: Meets are conducted in accordance with the by-laws of the Yankee Swim League. www.yankeeswimleague.org and swim in the following age groups: 8 and under; 9 – 10; 11 – 12; 13 – 14; and 15 and over. Placement in an age division is based upon the swimmers age as of November 1st. The swimmer remains in the age group for the entire season. There are individual events and relays. For dual meets, a swimmer may swim in a maximum of four events at a meet; either two individual and two relays, or three individual and one relay. For the championship season a swimmer can swim 2 individual events and 2 relay events. For the all-star meet, the swimmer is required to swim all 5 individual events. There are no relays for the all star meet.

POST SEASON: The Yankee Swim League conducts Championships and an All-Star meet after the dual-meet season. To be eligible to swim in the Yankee Swim League post-season events in February, a swimmer must swim in a minimum of four league meets. However, every meet is important and every swimmer is a vital part of the team. The coaches encourage all swimmers to participate in all meets. All swimmers, whether or not they score points, will gain experience in their particular event and further their eligibility for the championship season.

TRIALS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS: Individual and team championships are held for each age group at the end of February. A swimmer may enter two individual events for their championship meet. Relay entries are the decision of the coaching staff.

For swimmers 8 and under, the day of the Yankee Swim League Trials is their Yankee League Final. They will receive awards (1st through 12th place) for individual events and medals (1st through 3rd place) for the relays that day.

For swimmers 9 and over, the top 12 finishers in each individual event at trials will qualify for positions in the finals along with the top six relay teams. Individual trophies and ribbons are awarded, as well as medals for the top three relays.

Team championship trophies are also awarded for the top three teams in the league. Also, plaques are awarded for the top team finisher in each age group, male and female. The top three finishers in each individual event at Championships automatically qualify for All-Stars.

ALL-STARS: All-Stars are generally held the week after Finals and is the last meet of the season. There are 18 slots to fill for juniors and 21 slots for seniors. The top three swimmers in each individual event at Championships automatically qualify for this event. A swimmer can only qualify for all stars once in the championship meet. If a swimmer qualifies in both of their events, their slot will be filled by another swimmer who did not finish in the top 3. The format for this event is each swimmer swims five events: FREE, BACK, BREAST, BUTTERFLY, INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY, and place is determined by lowest cumulative time.