Championship Meet Progression

The Championship Meet season in USA Swimming Clubs can seem complicated and this page is intended to help you and your swimmers navigate the Championship Meet system. If you have any questions, please let your coach know!

Age Group Progression
Senior Progression

Seasons

  • September 1 to April 1 is the SHORT COURSE SEASON. Swim meets are held in 25 yard pools.
  • April 1 to September 1 is the LONG COURSE SEASON. Swim meet are held in 50 meter pools.
  • Both seasons have Invitational Meets throughout the season as well as Championship meets that a swimmer has to qualify for. Qualifying Time Standards vary for each meet and links to the time standards are included.  
  • No times are needed for intrasquad meets. For most invitational meets no qualifying times are needed. For all Championship meets qualifying times are needed. Qualifying times are achieved by attending invitational and intrasquad meets throughout the year.

AGE GROUP SWIM MEET PROGRESSION

Short Course Season – Sept 1 through March 31

Swimmers will attend invitationals and intrasquads throughout the Fall and Spring. At these invitational meets they may qualify for a championship meet. You cannot qualify for a championship meet unless you attend meets throughout the season. CSC Swimmers are expected to attend all Championship meets that they qualify for.

Short Course Championships

Short Course District East Championships (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website). This meet is in late February
Many swimmers in Explorers, Transitions Jr. and Transition Sr. will qualify for this meet.

Short Course Missouri Valley Swimming Championship Meet (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website) This meet is in late Feb/early March
More advanced swimmers will qualify for this meet.  This meet is the main championship meet for the Missouri Valley LSC (Local Swim Committee).

Special Qualifying Meets

Midwest All Stars – Mid-January. Swimmers 14 years of age or younger who have at least an “A” time and are ranked top 2-3 in their event in Missouri Valley can be invited to attend the Midwest All Star meet. This is a meet where the swimmer represents their “LSC” (local swim committee – or our conference) rather than CSC. Swimmers must apply for All Stars though the Missouri Valley website and then are selected based on their ranking within the events.

 

Long Course Season – April 1 through August 31*

Summer District Championships (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).
Many swimmers in Explorers, Transitions Jr. and Transition Sr. will qualify for this meet.

 

Summer Missouri Valley Swimming Championship Meet (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).
More advanced swimmers will qualify for this meet. This meet is the main championship meet for Missouri Valley LSC (Local Swim Committee).

Central Section 14 and Under ZONES Qualifying Times ("AAA" Time)
Advanced age group swimmers will qualify for this meet.  This is the fastest meet an age group swimmers can qualify for. The qualifying time for Zones is a “AAA” time in the USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards.

*Long Course season coincides with the Summer League season. CSC strongly encourages swimmers to participate in both summer league and USA Swimming – both help swimmers develop excellent skills and prepare them for the next level, while having lots of fun. Make sure to ask your coach about summer league swimming and long course swimming and how to make it all work together for the benefit of your swimmer.


SENIOR SWIM MEET PROGRESSION

Mid-Season Championship Meets

Short Course Junior Nationals – Mid-December Qualifying Times

Advanced senior swimmers will qualify for this meet. This is short course Juniors which has different time standards then the Long Course Summer Junior Nationals (See below). Swimmers must be 18 and under.

 

Short Course Championships

Short Course District East Championships (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).
Many swimmers in Explorers, Transitions Jr. and Transition Sr. will qualify for this meet.

Short Course Missouri Valley Swimming Championship Meet (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).

More advanced swimmers will qualify for this meet.  This meet is the main championship meet for the Missouri Valley LSC (Local Swim Committee).

Speedo Championship Series Central Section Region VIII Qualifying Times

Advanced senior swimmers will qualify for this meet. This meet covers multiple LSCs including Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. There are no age groups for this meet, only time standards.

Special Qualifying Meets

Midwest All Stars – Mid-January. Swimmers 14 years of age or younger who have at least an “A” time and are ranked top 2-3 in their event in Missouri Valley can be invited to attend the Midwest All Star meet. This is a meet where the swimmer represents their “LSC” (local swim committee – or our conference) rather than CSC. Swimmers must apply for All Stars though the Missouri Valley website and then are selected based on their ranking within the events. .

Long Course Season – April 1 through August 31 

Summer District Championships (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).
Many swimmers in Explorers, Transitions Jr. and Transition Sr. will qualify for this meet.

Speedo Championship Series Central Section Region VIII Qualifying Times
Advanced senior swimmers will qualify for this meet. This meet is covers multiple LSCs including Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. There are no age groups for this meet, only time standards

Summer Missouri Valley Swimming Championship Meet (View Qualifying Times on the Missouri Valley website).
More advanced swimmers will qualify for this meet. This meet is the main championship meet for Missouri Valley LSC (Local Swim Committee).

Central Section 14 and Under ZONES Qualifying Times ("AAA" Time)
Advanced age group swimmers will qualify for this meet.  This is the fastest meet an age group swimmers can qualify for. The qualifying time for Zones is a “AAA” time in the USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards.

Junior Nationals
Advanced senior swimmers will qualify for this meet. Swimmers must be 18 and under. USA Swimming National Meets

National and International Meets: These meet vary from year to year.  Meets can include Olympic Trials (every four years), World Championship Trials (every odd year) and US Open. These meets are the fastest meet any swimmer can qualify for in the United States. USA Swimming National Meets

Other Qualifying Meets
CSC Senior swimmers often travel to meets that are not championship meets but that do require a qualifying time. These meets include the ISCA and NCSA meets and some invitationals. Coaches will help swimmers determine if they are ready for these meets as they come up on the schedule.