When approaching the first scheduled meet, this information can help you understand how a swim meet is run. If you are new, it may take atending a few meets to understand how the meets are organized and how they flow. Here are a few things to help:
All swimmers are expected to cheer for their teammates, stay for the entire meet, and participate in the team cheer for their opponent.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK (before or after the meet!!)
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VARSITY AND A JUNIOR VARSITY MEET?
The recreational team is separated into different practice groups with different schedules to provide an opportunity for swimmers to compete against swimmers with similar abilities. Time standards are given to us by our swim league (Central Connecticut Winter/Summer Swim League) which are used to help coaches decide how to assign the swimmer to the appropriate meet; this is why we have our time trials or practice meet. A Junior Varsity swimmer may swim in any event at either the JV or Varsity meets. Once a swimmer makes a varsity time standard in a particular event (for instance 50 yard freestyle or 50 yard backstroke), they may no longer swim that event in a Junior Varsity meet; they may, however, swim in the JV meet in the other strokes. A Junior Varsity swimmer may swim in any event at the Varsity meets. A swimmer with all Varsity times may not swim in the JV meets
HOW IS A SWIM MEET RUN?
In a Varsity meet there are 68 events and in the Junior Varsity meet there are 46. There are more events at the Varsity meet because all swimmers, 8 and Unders through age 13 and over, swim at this meet. The meets start with the medley relays: 8 and under girls' relay then the 8 and under boys' relay, then we go to the 9-10 girls then 9-10 boys, and so on to the 11-12’s and then the 13 and over relays. Each event alternates girls and then boys for each age group. Then, onto the next event, again, starting with the 8 and Unders and moving up the age groups. This continues until all the events are complete. The Junior Varsity meets are the same except there are no age 13 and over swimmers. You may find order of events here.
HOW LONG IS A SWIM MEET?
The meets vary in length depending on the size of the teams competing. The average Varsity meet goes from 3 hour to 4½ hours. The Junior Varsity meets go about 2½ to 4 hours.
HOW MANY EVENTS CAN YOUR CHILD SWIM IN A MEET?
Swimmers are permitted to swim up to four events if you are in two relays (two individual events and two relays). A swimmers may swim three individual events if the are not in any relays; or they may swim in one relay and two individual events. Some swimmers will swim the maximum number of event due to their experience. Other swimmers, newer and less experienced, may be in at least three.
This is not a guarantee but a guideline.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT EVENT MY CHILD IS SWIMMING?
Whenever possible, swimmers' events will be posted the week before the scheduled meet on the bulletin board up in the stands of the pool. Emails will be send to parents. This list will tell you by age group what your child is swimming and what lane they will be in. Here is an example with an explanation:
You will notice that the relays have "A" and "B" by the stroke your child will swim. The "A's" will be swimming together and the "B's" will swim together.
"NT" just means I have No Time for that event yet.
The "Y" after the time means Yards.
If you see a "B", "BB", or "XX" this just means you are in the Extra or Bonus heats. There sometimes are heats 2,3 or more from both teams in certain events. Since we can only put three swimmers from our team up against the other team, I use extra heats to get times for all the swimmers in as many events as I can.
Remember the Line Up can change at the last minute due to illnesses and other unforeseen events.
Windsor Water Rats Card
On this card you will see the Event No. which the Starter announces before each event.
The Heat or Bonus (it can be 2 or 3 or even more), with the lane you will be in.
Along with your name and age you will notice on the bottom what your child's swim is or was.
FR - Free
BK - Back
BR - Breaststroke
FLY - Butterfly
FrR - Freestyle Relay
MR - Medley Relay
Then the distances of either 25, 50, 100, 200 yards (we never do 400's) for that swim.
Then you see the all important times. Usually there are three and we take the middle time for your child's swim.
I give back these cards after I enter them into the computer so you can keep track of the progress.
If you still have questions please don’t hesitate to ask before or after the meet. During the meet we are too busy to answer too many questions. The kids will have enough for us to handle!
All swimmers are expected to cheer on their teammates, stay for the entire meet, and participate in the team cheer for their opponent.