USS Meet Entry Guidelines

1.     When meet announcements become available, they will be posted on-line, on the bulletin boards at the practice facilities, and, when possible, copied for distribution.

2.     On-line entry - the best way - go to the events page on the York web site and follow the on-line registration procedures. You will receive an electronic confirmation that your entry has been received. You can also check your entry by reviewing the meet database.

3.     Parents/swimmers should keep a record of all the swimmer’s times. All questions concerning meet entries should be directed to your swimmer’s coach.

Many meets have either ’NO FASTER THAN (NFT)’ or ’NO SLOWER THAN (NST)’ qualification times for each event. Check to make sure that your entry time is in compliance with these limits. It is the parents’ responsibility to know if a swimmer’s time qualifies them for a meet.

Age Group Time Standards

It is important to note that there are different age group time standards. As your swimmer ages up (e.g., your 10 year old child changes from 9-10 age group to 11-12 age group on his/her birthday), the standards change and get faster. Therefore, the ’A’ or ’B’ times your swimmer had achieved as 9-10 year old may become ’B’ or ’C’ times as an 11-12 year old.

It is very important to encourage them when they "age up" so that they do not let up or back off because they are at the "bottom of their age group." We do not want them to waste that year, as is an important building year. It should also be noted that swimming over the 9 winter months is a LONG HAUL. During those months many swimmers "plateau" or hit a time barrier in some strokes. They sometimes are unable to drop that 50 free or 50 breast time no matter how hard they try. At this time a coach may suggest that they give those strokes some time off and concentrate on others.

Much encouragement is required both from our coaching staff and the swimmer’s parents to keep the young athlete moving forward, not backward.

Time Rating



Most swimmers start off with "C" times when they join winter (USS) swimming and, therefore, swim in the monthly B-C meets.


As your swimmer’s times get faster they move to this level (usually in some strokes more quickly than others.)


This is the level you hope your child will achieve in his or her "major" stroke.


These are simply the next levels some swimmers achieve (usually swimming 4-6 times a week) at the top of their age group.



The U.S. Swimming 2002 National Age Group Motivational Short Course (Yard) time standards (the minimum times needed to attain a particular rating) can be viewed at the USS website.