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Swim Meet 101


Swimmers who swim in the A Meets on Saturday are selected by the Head Coach. Typically, the fastest swimmers in each event are selected to swim. Other criteria beyond swim time can also be used at the Head Coach’s discretion. The A meet does not always involve the same swimmers each week. As swimmers improve their strokes and times, they can become eligible for the A meet. After the meet lineup is determined, it is posted on the Lionfish bulletin board in the swim lobby (typically during Thursday afternoon practice) and/or emailed to selected swimmers.

The A meet line up is determined from all swimmers on the team who have not marked themselves unavailable.   Please mark your swimmer as available as a confirmation. These updates need to be done by Tuesday for the following Saturday meet so the coaches have time to make the lineup that is due on Friday morning.


Weekly B meets are a great opportunity for swimmers to race against their own time and experience racing with peers in a meet environment. Swim results from B meets are then considered by the head coach for the following A meet. Signups for B meets generally open on Fridays and close Monday evenings.


A swimmer is eligible to swim an individual event (including the I.M.) only once per week in either an A or B meet (i.e., if the swimmer swims Freestyle on the previous Saturday, he/she may not swim Freestyle on Wednesday.) The exception is if he/she is asked to "Swim Up" to an older age group on Saturday morning, he/she may then compete on Wednesday in that same stroke in their own age group.

The swimmer may swim no more than three individual strokes and the I.M. in the B Meet.

All swimmers must perform a "legal" stroke in order to participate. If unsure, please ask the coach prior to signing up.

If a swimmer swims a total of three individual stroke events at the A Meet on Saturday, they may swim the off-stroke on the following Wednesday as an Exhibition swimmer only. The swimmer will receive a time, but not a place finish or ribbon for the event. There will be an "X" by the swimmer's name in the meet program, and their time will be listed at the bottom of the event results. IF a swimmer does not swim the IM in the Saturday A Meet, they may swim the event in the B meet for a place finish/ribbon.

If a swimmer swims in one or two individual strokes in the A meet on Saturday, they may swim the remaining strokes for a place on Wednesday.

Typical A meet swimmers are asked to use discretion when signing up for B meets as these meets are intended for swimmers that do not generally swim on Saturday.

There will be no "swimming up" to an older age level in a B Meet.

Volunteer Job Descriptions/Obligation

All swim meets are run by parent volunteers. In fact there are 36 volunteers needed to run each and every meet. Each swim family is obligated to volunteer to help at meets your swimmers participate in. We need many jobs performed for both Saturday morning A meets and Wednesday evening B meets. Below are some of the jobs for which we need volunteers.

A/B Meet Jobs requiring no certification or training:

Announcer: Works all home meets to announce events, swimmers and sponsors. Works closely with the Referee & Starter to keep the meet running on schedule (1 person each home A and B meet)

Automation Reader: Read times to computer operator. (1 person each Wednesday night home B meets)

Automation/Score Verifier: Verify times as produced by automation against the lane/timer sheets. (1 person each Wednesday night away B meet)

Clerk of Course - Work during meets to control flow of swimmers to Clerk’s table, checks in the swimmers and tells them their lanes. All swimmers report to the Clerk of Course for their event. (2 people per meet for both A & B meets)

Head Timer/Asst. Head Timer: Assist referee by coordinating the timers, provide a back-up watch for timers as needed (1 person per meet)

Ribbon Writing: Work during meets to affix labels to swimmers’ ribbons. This job starts half hour after the meet starts and may run a half hour after the meet ends. (1 person per meet)

Runners: Deliver heat/event results to automation. Note: Runners can be children or adults (2 per meet)

Set-Up/Break-Down: Set-up pool area 1 hour before warm-up for home meets. Set up lane ropes, arrange seating, set- up Clerk of Course area. Clean up and restore pool area at the conclusion of home meets. Put away tables and chairs and other meet supplies. (3-4 people per meet)

Take off Judges: Several volunteers are needed to ensure swimmers do not take off early during our two Relay Carnivals.

Timers: Work during meets operating a stopwatch as one of three timers per lane. (9 people per meet; on-the-job training is provided).

A/B Meet Jobs requiring certification

Referee: Certified official responsible for compliance of swimmers and other officials during the meet. (1 person per meet; MCSL certification required)

Starter: Certified official responsible for ensuring fair starts by swimmers. (1 person per meet; MCSL certification required)

Stroke and Turn Judge: Certified official responsible for ensuring event rules are observed. (2 per meet;MCSL certification required)

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