OVERLOOK SWIM TEAM
Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Overview

Dual meets are competitions conducted between two teams within our division (Division I) and determines our win/loss record for the season. These dual swim meets are scheduled during the week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (see Swim Meet Calendar)

  • On days of dual swim meets, the coaches request that swimmers not remain at the pool after practice, since the sun and heat do cause fatigue. 

  • Each dual meet lasts approximately 3 hours. 

  • The coaches enter every child in at least one event in each meet but never more than three events. 

  • All swimmers are requested to remain for the entire meet and final team cheer regardless of when they swim. 

  • Swimmers are told what they are swimming at the last practice before a meet and coaches post the printed line-up at the dual swim meet.

  • All swimmers are required to notify the coaching staff if they plan to attend or decline a dual meet no later than 2 days before the dual meet.

    • To notify the coaches of your swimmer’s attendance, visit the Overlook Swim Team website’s Swim Meet Calendar and select  “Attend or Decline” for each of the dual swim meets for the season. This is a very important process as it determines how the coaches will line up the swimmers for the meet. 

Dual Meet Swim Events

  • Our summer swim dual meets include 50 events. The first 40 events are known as “individual” events because they are races between individuals from both teams. 

  • Each team enters 2, 3 or 4 swimmers (depending on the number of lanes a pool has) in each of the 40 individual events. 

  • Included with each individual event are 1-2 “exhibition” (non-scoring) heats. These “exhibition” heats provide opportunities for all swimmers on both teams to compete. 

  • Individual events are broken down into the following age groups: 

    • 8 & under

    • 10 & under

    • 12 & under

    • 14 & under and

    • 18 & under (“Opens”)

  • The age of the swimmer on June 1st determines his/her age group for that summer of competition. 

  • Each age bracket has events in the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. 

  • The final 10 events of the dual meet program are the freestyle relays for each age group and gender. Relays are composed of four swimmers. There are no exhibition heats in the relay events.

Dual Meet Scoring

  • The team accumulating the most points determines the final outcome of the meet. Scoring is as follows:

    • Individual Events:

      • 1st place – 5 points

      • 2nd place – 3 points

      • 3rd place – 1 point

    • Relay Events:

      • 1st place – 7 points

      • 2nd place – 0 points

Ribbons and Awards

  • Ribbons are awarded for first, second and third place for individual events and 1st place ribbons for relay events. 

  • Each pool decides if exhibition heat ribbons are awarded. 

  • Ribbons are placed in each swimmer’s family folder in the mailboxes within a few days of the meet

Attendance

  • All swimmers are expected to be in attendance at the dual meets.

  • All swimmers are required to notify the coaching staff if they plan to attend or decline a dual meet no later than 2 days before the dual meet.

    • To notify the coaches of your swimmer’s attendance, visit the Overlook Swim Team website’s Swim Meet Calendar and selec  “Attend or Decline” for each of the invitational and championship swim meets for the season. 

    • This is a very important process as it determines how the coaches will line up the swimmers for the meet. 

  • It is the parent’s responsibility to see that all of their swimmer(s) arrives at the pool at the designated time, check-in on the bulletin board and sit with the team (not lost in the crowd of spectators).

  • Walk-Through Video (3 min.) - How to notify the coaching staff of your swimmer's attendance 

Concessions, Food & Snacks

  • All pools have snack bars where food can be purchased or you may bring your own food. 

  • For many swimmers, a light meal between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm is best. 

  • All swimmers are given a complimentary snack following each dual meet. 

Items to bring to a dual meet

  • A towel for each swimming event

  • Sweatshirt or sweat suit

  • Goggles

  • Swim cap

  • Sun tan lotion, bug spray and snacks are also recommended. 

  • A racing swimsuit (two-piece suits and boxer-type suits are not permitted). 

  • Parents and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to dual meets, as most pools do not have enough chairs for all parents. 

Apparel

  • The Overlook Team has team suits, sweatshirts and other items for sale but no items are required (see Overlook Apparel for details)

  • Please mark all personal items with the swimmer’s name. 

Additional Dual Meet Information

  • For all of the meets it is wise for all swimmers to wear their suits and be prepared when they arrive.

  • There are no admission charges for spectators at dual meets. 

  • We also ask that all swimmers and parents survey the team’s area for all trash and other articles before leaving meets. 

  • A Swim Team lost and found box is located at the pool pavilion during practices. It contains articles left behind at meets. The Overlook Pool also has a lost and found box. 

  • Please note that the Swim Team is not responsible for personal property lost or left behind during a swim meet.