Overview

Swim Meets are an important part of our program and we suggest that all our swimmers attend them. You must participate in at least three swim meets to participate in the River City Swim League Championships at the end of the season. For every event that you want to swim at Championships you must swim that event in a dual meet once.

River City Swim League divides the kids into different age groups that the kids will compete in. Boys and Girls will swim in separate events with the following age groups: 8&U, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18.

Here is the list of events for each age group.

1.There are six possible events from which individuals (with coaches’ consent) may choose. For children of ages eight and younger (age as of May 1, 2019), the events include:

·25 Freestyle,

·25 Backstroke,

·25 Butterfly,

·25 Breaststroke,

·50 Freestyle

·100 Individual Medley. (IM is where you swim all 4 strokes in the order Fly, Back, Breast, Free)

2.For children of ages nine through twelve (age as of May 1, 2019), the events include:

·50 Freestyle,

·50 Backstroke,

·50 Butterfly,

·50 Breaststroke,

·100 Freestyle

·100 Individual Medley. (IM is where you swim all 4 strokes in the order Fly, Back, Breast, Free)

3.For swimmers of ages thirteen through eighteen (age as of May 1, 2019), the events include:

·50 Freestyle,

·50 Butterfly,

·100 Backstroke,

·100 Breaststroke,

·100 Freestyle

·100 Individual Medley. (IM is where you swim all 4 strokes in the order Fly, Back, Breast, Free)

Swimmers may also participate in relays. Coaches have the final say on who will be participating in the relays. Swimmer’s meet entries can be viewed on the website.

Before the Meet

ITEMS TO BRING:

  • Team Shirt
  • Swim Suit
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap
  • Towels
  • Chairs
  • Water/Snacks
  • Tent (appreciated if you have one for the team to use)
  • Something to keep the swimmers entertained

JOB SIGNUP:

Meets cannot run without the help of our volunteers. Every family is encouraged to sign up to work at the meets their child will be attending. You can sign up for a job on the team website by clicking on “Job Signup” on the event page and selecting your desired job.

Jobs Include:

  • Ready Bench Worker
    • This job manages the kids in the ready area and organize the kids in their heat/lane.
  • Ribbon Writer
    • This job labels the ribbons that are awarded to the swimmers.
  • Runner
    • This job “runs” across the pool after each event to collect the timing sheets.
  • Stroke/Turn Judge
    • This job observes the swimmers during the races and it is their job to ensure the swimmers are swimming the races correctly, obeying the rules, and disqualifying swimmers if necessary. (*AN ONLINE COURSE NEEDS TO BE TAKEN BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS JOB*)
  • Timer
    • This jobs collects the swimmers time via a manual stopwatch.

AT THE MEET

  • Please arrive around 15 minutes before the assigned warm up time so you can find a place to settle down.
  • Before the meet starts the entire team will warm up together.
  • When the meet starts, swimmers will wait for their event to be called to the ready area.
  • Please come talk to the coaches before they go to the ready area to talk about their race.
  • When the swimmer’s event is called the swimmer will go over to the ready area and receive a card with their heat and lane on it. The swimmer will give this card to the timers when their heat is ready.
  • After the swimmer swims the race, they should go and talk to their coaches for feedback.
  • You will repeat this process for each event the swimmers swim.
  • Please make sure your child is in or not in a relay before you leave. We will have them posted for everyone to see.

HEAT SHEETS:

The heat sheet is a meet program with all of the events, heats, and lanes of the swimmer. Here is an example of what a heat sheet will look like and how to read it. Heat sheets will either be sold at the meet or sent in an email for download, it depends on the host team how they will be distributed.

After the Meet

  • Meet results will be posted throughout the facility usually and available online at www.rcsl.org a few days after the meet has ended.
  • If a swimmer is disqualified (DQ) there will be a reason listed and the swimmer should talk with their coach about why it happened and how to prevent it from happening again.