OVERLOOK SWIM TEAM
Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Invitational Swim Meet Overview

  • Invitational Swim Meets are open to many different teams (as compared to a dual meet where only two teams compete against each other).

  • All swimmers are required to notify the coaching staff if they plan to attend or decline a dual meet no later than 10 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 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. 

  • The majority of the invitational meets occur on Saturday mornings (see details below)

  • The coaching staff will instruct the swimmers as to what time they need to arrive at the swim meet.

  • Directions and relevant swim team information is available on the Overlook Swim Team website. 

  • Overlook Swim Team has team tents which will be set up for these meets. When you arrive, your child needs to report to this team tent area and check in with one of the coaches.

  • Overlook participates in 6 Invitational Meets per season (see below for event details and see the events calendar for specific dates, times, attendance and volunteer signup)

    • Ephrata Mini Meet

      • This invitational swim meet is optional for all Overlook swimmers 10 years and under. Held on Saturday morning indoors at the Ephrata Rec Center. This is an excellent meet for younger newcomers to gain experience. Each swimmer will compete against other swimmers of their same age. For example, if you have a 7-year-old, they will compete only against other 7-year-olds and not against 6- or 8-year-olds. While the events take place inside, the team tent and swimmers remain outside. The meet runs for approximately 3 hours. 

    • Conestoga Valley Invitational (CVI)

      • This invitational swim meet is optional for all Overlook swimmers. The CVI  is held on a Saturday morning at the Leola Community Pool. The CVI started in 1974 with the desire to give swimmers an opportunity to have a successful first meet. A concession stand will be available throughout the day.

    • Overlook Relays

      • All members of the Overlook Swim Team are expected to participate in this meet. The Overlook Relays is held on a Thursday night. This is a relay invitational and a major fundraiser for the Overlook Swim Team. This meet involves parents and coaches as well as the whole team. The last events are a “Mama’s and Papa’s” relay as well as a coaches relay, so practice your swimming! All parents are expected to volunteer for this event in some way. The meet runs for approximately 3 hours. 

    • Woodridge Summer Swim Classic

      • This invitational swim meet is optional for all Overlook swimmers. The Woodridge Classic is held at Woodridge Swim Club in Lititz. This meet is outdoors and provides bleacher seating. There is a playground and an area with some shade. A snack bar is available for breakfast and lunch. Lawn chairs and tents or umbrellas are encouraged for swimmers and their families. The meet runs for approximately 5-6 hours. 

    • Skyline Charity Cup

      • This invitational swim meet is optional for all Overlook swimmers. The Skyline Charity Cup is a competition hosted by the Skyline Swim Team involving all 4 teams in Manheim Township (Bent Creek, Lancaster Country Club, Overlook and Skyline). This is a friendly competition and a lot of fun. Prior to the swim meet, there is also a collection period to create baskets that will be auctioned off in a raffle. All proceeds from the raffle will be given to a local charity. There are no bleachers at this event for spectators, so it is strongly encouraged that you bring lawn chairs. The meet generally starts in the evening when there is ample shade, so tents and umbrellas are not as imperative, however are still permitted. There is a concession stand selling food and snacks throughout the meet. The meet runs for approximately 4 hours. 

    • Manheim Fast & Furious

      • This invitational swim meet is optional for all Overlook swimmers. This meet offers swimmers a chance to swim different events that they usually aren’t able to swim during the summer swim season: co-ed relays, the 100 IM and the keynote event – the 25 Freestyle! Food trucks will be available to purchase food with a percentage going to the Manheim Swim Team. 

Championship Swim Meets Overview

Overlook Swim Team participates in two championship swim meets per season (see below for event details and see the events calendar for specific dates, times, attendance and volunteer signup)

  • Divisional Championships

    • Various teams throughout Division I will host the Divisional Championships. Teams from Division I only participate in this event with Divisions II and III holding their own championships. 

    • Score is kept throughout this meet and a Division I champion will be crowned at the end of the meet. 

    • The meet is generally broken down into two sessions (subject to change):

      • morning session (for the 12 & under, 14 & under and open age groups)

      • afternoon session (for the 8 & under and 10 & under age groups). 

    • There are individual events as well as relay events in the championship meet. 

    • There is generally a concession stand at this event as well as a T-Shirt stand selling Division I Championship T-Shirts. 

    • Bleachers are generally provided pool-side for spectators to sit while their swimmer is in the pool; however lawn chairs and tents or umbrellas are encouraged for the down-times in between events. 

    • The meet runs for approximately 6 hours in total (approximately 3 hours per session). 

  • All-Leagues

    • This is a two-day event with relay events on Friday night and individual events on Saturday. 

    • This meet is the championship meet for the entire Lancaster County Summer Swim League, regardless of Division. 

    • Coaches will choose the relay teams for the Friday session which runs for approximately 3 hours. 

    • Saturday’s individual events are based upon a swimmer’s times during the current swim season. 

    • Qualifying time standards for this meet will be posted on the website and the bulletin board. 

    • Food stands are available at both sessions, as well as swim gear and All-League Championship T-Shirts. 

    • Bleachers are generally provided pool-side for spectators to sit while their swimmer is in the pool; however lawn chairs and tents or umbrellas are encouraged for the down-times in between events.  

    • The meet runs for approximately 3 hours on Friday night and 5 hours on Saturday morning.

 

What to bring to Invitational and Championship Swim Meets

  • A towel for each event they swim

  • A garbage bag or ground cloth (the grass is wet early in the morning)

  • Sweatshirt or sweat suit

  • Books, games or cards to occupy the time spent waiting

  • A light snack such as fruit or crackers. 

  • You may want to take lawn chairs for seating as some of these meets do not supply bleachers or seating.
     

Admission to Invitational and Championship Swim Meets

  • There is always an admission charge for spectators. 

  • In addition to the admission charge, invitational meets generally sell “heat sheets”. 

    • Heat sheets are a packet of information giving you the event number, heat number and lane that your child/child’s relay will be swimming at the meet. 

    • A lot of parents find bringing a highlighter along in order to highlight your child’s information is helpful. 

Attendance

  • All swimmers are required to notify the coaching staff if they plan to attend or decline a dual meet no later than 10 days before the invitational 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