Frequently Asked Questions

Does my swimmer have to attend Noblesville Schools to join the club?
No, any swimmer that is an Indiana resident may join the club.
Does a swimmer have to try out to join the club?
A swimmer does not have to try out in the traditional sense to join the club. Prior to joining the club, each swimmer will be asked to go through an evaluation which will be used to determine if a swimmer meets the minimum requirement to join the club, and to determine which group would be the best fit for the swimmer’s skills.
What is the minimum requirement to join the club?
The current minimum requirement to join the club is the ability to swim 25 yards of Freestyle and 25 yards of Backstroke unassisted. Swimmers that are unable to meet this minimum requirement are encouraged to enroll in the Learn to Swim program.
Does a swimmer have to be good to join the club?
The club welcomes swimmers of all skill levels that meet the minimum requirement to join the club.
Does the club practice year-round?
Swimming is a year-round sport, divided into 2 seasons. The Short Course season runs roughly from September through March, and the Long Course season runs roughly from April through August. A swimmer may participate in one or both seasons.
Does a swimmer have to be good to join the club?
The club welcomes swimmers of all skill levels that meet the minimum requirement to join the club.
What is the difference between the Short Course season and Long Course season?
During the Short Course season, most practices and meets are in a 25-yard pool. During the Long Course season, most practices and meets are in a 50-meter pool.
Where does the club practice?
During the Short Course season, the club practices at Noblesville High School. During the Long Course season, the club practices primarily at the Forest Park Aquatic Center, with some practices at Noblesville High School.
How much does it cost to join the club?
As part of joining the club, each swimmer pays a registration fee to Noblesville Swim Club, a registration fee to USA Swimming, and monthly dues that vary based on the group to which the swimmer is assigned. The fee schedule is posted on the club website under Registration Info.
How much will I be charged for my swimmer to swim in a meet?
Most meets charge an entry fee that includes a fee for each event in which the swimmer is entered, in additional to a surcharge by Indiana Swimming, and in some cases a facility surcharge. These fees are published in the meet announcement for the meet, which can usually be found linked to the meet registration on the club website.
Will I still be charged if my swimmer is entered in a meet, but does not show up?
Yes, but if you know ahead of time that your swimmer will no longer be able to swim in a meet, let the swimmer’s coach know. If it’s before the meet’s deadline for teams to make changes to their entry, it may still be possible to take the swimmer out of the team’s entry so they are not charged.
What are volunteer requirements?
As part of joining the club, each swimmer pays a registration fee to Noblesville Swim Club, a registration fee to USA Swimming, and monthly dues that vary based on the group to which the swimmer is assigned. The fee schedule is posted on the club website under Registration Info.
Are there any other volunteer opportunities?
Yes! We need volunteers to help run our “dash” meets, primarily timers, but in a few other positions as well. We also have a Fundraising Committee that is responsible for creating fundraising initiatives and securing sponsorships, and that committee can always use more members.
What are “dash” meets?
These meets are sanctioned by Indiana Swimming, and are run exactly like other swim meets, but include just our swimmers. They are normally on Friday nights and last about 2 hours.
What do SCY, SCM, and LCM mean?
These acronyms refer to the length of the pool, which can be Short Course Yards (SCY), Short Course Meters (SCM), or Long Course Meters (LCM). A 25-yard pool (SCY) is normally used during the Short Course season, and a 50-meter pool (LCM) is normally used during the Long Course season. The pool at Noblesville High School is normally a 25-yard pool (SCY), but is converted to a 25-meter pool (SCM) during the Long Course season. The pool at the Forest Park Aquatic Center is a 50-meter pool (LCM).
What are time standards?
A time standard (sometimes referred to as a “cut”) is a time that a swimmer must achieve in an event to qualify to swim that event in certain meets. For Indiana Swimming championship meets which are held at the end of each season, there are time standards for regional meets (Divisionals), and state meets (Age Group State, Senior State).
What should I pack my swimmer for a meet?
  • Extra Cap / Goggles / Towels / Swimsuit
  • Snacks / Drinks
  • Warm Clothes / Shoes
What should I pack myself for a meet?
  • Snacks / Drinks
  • Cash
  • Entertainment
  • Chairs
How long do meets last?
Most swim meets are divided into sessions by age groups. An average session lasts 3-4 hours, but may be longer or shorter depending on the size of the meet.
How do I select which meets I want my swimmer to swim?
The meets the club will enter will be posted on the club website under Team Events. Be sure to click on the More Events button to see the full list. For each meet, you can click Edit Commitment, select your swimmer, and declare whether you want to enter your swimmer in that meet. There is also a Notes section to allow you to indicate if your swimmer is unable to swim all days of the meet.
How do I know which events my swimmer is swimming at a meet?
The easiest way to view a swimmer’s events is using the OnDeck app. Go to Events, Events & Meet Entries, find the meet and select Entries. It’s also possible to view a swimmer’s events on the club website using the same link that was used to enter the swimmer in the meet.
How do I find my swimmer’s assigned heats and lanes at a meet?
Once the events for a session have been seeded, some meets will sell and/or post a heat sheet. The heat sheet may also be made available on the host club website. Some meets will also make heat and lane assignments available through the Meet Mobile app.
What other sources of information are available besides the club website?
You can join the club’s group on Facebook ( Noblesville Swim Club), and follow the club on Twitter ( @NoblesvilleSwim).