Types or levels of swim meets:

By its very name, the purpose of competitive swimming is to compete and that means attending swim meets!

Individuals seeking membership on CRST should understand that we are a competitive team, not a recreational team. Swimmers and families should be will to accept the responsibility of membership and participate in meets.

For many new swimmers taking the first step and going to their first competitive meet is a big undertaking. Our coaches understand this and are happy to share information about each meet and what meets may be for for beginners.

When your are notified of meets, you should read the meet announcement carefully you an ask your child's coach whether that meet would be appropriate for your swimmer.

Note: If a new or young swimmer is attending a meet, that swimmer should have a parent or guardian in attendance, its is not acceptable to drop off a new or young swimmer at a meet unsupervised.


CRST participates in the following levels of meets

-dual meets (2 -4 teams)

-Team Meets/Developmental ( all ages and levels)

- Qualification meets: Times are required to attend

-Championship  meets: State levels-Regional levels- Sectional levels

-Zone meets

-National Meets

Going to a swim meet:

  • Read the meet announcement this will have the address and directions to the pool. Also warm up times. Most meets are held in two sessions, morning and afternoon. Arrive 15 min. prior to warm up time posted. 
  • Upon arrival have your swimmer check in with there coach at the coaches table, and look for the team banner. The team sits together, so look for some familiar faces.
  • Some meets require that swimmers check in, a procedure called "positive check-in." Make sure your swimmer checks in with the clerk of the course when you arrive. This is usually right inside the entrance to the meet. Failure to check in at a "positive check-in" meet usually results in the swimmer being disqualified from his or her first event or possibly all events.
  • Once your swimmer is checked in, you can write their swimming information on the back of their hand. This always the swimmer to always know what events they are in and they can make sure they are in the correct heat and lane. The information on the hand represents the swimmer's individual events at the meet the swimmer is attending. Make up your own shorthand; for example, "4/3/5 100fr" might mean 100 yard freestyle: event #4, Heat #3, and lane #5.
  • Purchase a heat sheet/meet program. The usually sell for $2.00-$5.00, typically for the whole weekend. You will find all of your swimmers entry information listed in the meet program along with all other participants. Use a highlighter to mark all your swimmer's events, as well as those of other CRST teammates.
  • Your swimmer now gets his/her cap and goggles on, then reports to the pool and/or coach for warm-up instructions. It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with their team. Swimmer's bodies are just like a car on a cold day--he/she needs to get the engine going and warmed-up before he/she can go all out.
  • After warm-up, your swimmer will go back to the area where his/her towels are and sit there until the nest event is called. This is a good time to make sure he/she goes to the bathroom if necessary, get a drink, or get settled in. The meet usually starts 10-15 minutes after warm-ups have ended, so there will not be a lot of time.
  • Parents assist with timing. USA Swimming meets are timed electronically with the assistance of two backup human timers. Each swim club represented at a swim meet is required to to provide timers for the entire meet. All parents are expected to participate. It's the best seat in the house! Don't worry about lack of experience, it is simple and stopwatches are provided.
  • After the race, the swimmer goes immediately to the coach for feedback. If the coach is with another swimmer or watching another CRST member compete, your swimmer needs to be patient while waiting. A printout of the electronic results will be posted in a specified area near the pool, usually within 15 of the races end. Check the results and record your swimmer's time in your program. Later you can record it in your swimmer's logbook.
  • Swimmers are occasionally disqualified (DQed) during their event. Reasons for a DQ range from a false start to performing strokes, turns, or finishes incorrectly. DQ's are judgments made by the USA Swimming Officials. The official will explain to the swimmer the reason for the DQ. The coach will reinforce this judgment. Parents should not question the judgment of an official. DQ's can be difficult for swimmers and parents to accept, but they do happen to every swimmer sooner or later. It is helpful if the parent accepts USA Swimming's high standards, and that these standards apply to all swimmers. Performing the skills of swimming in accordance with USA Swimming standards is part if the discipline process that makes swimming a character-building sport.