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Details on Kids Swim Meets

Swimming Details on Kids Swim Meets What to Bring to a Swim Meet What to Expect at a Swim Meet Swim Strokes

What is a Swim Meet?

A swim meet is a competition between two or more teams.  At these organized meets the participants compete against each other in specific events according to specific rules.  Swim meets range from the most basic novice level dual meet to statewide and regional championship meets.

Arriving at a Swim Meet...

It is important to get you children to the meet on time.  They need plenty of time for warm-up swims and to get acclimated with the pool area.  Be sure to check for locker rooms, bathrooms,  team area, and the staging area.  You should also show them where you set up your belongings in the team area.  For more information see Allstar Activities What to Expect at a Swim Meet.

Swim Meet Structure

At a meet, swimmers are grouped by age and ability. A maximum of eight swimmers enter the pool at the same time.  There are seven classified age groups: USS 8 & under, 10& under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 17 & up and Senior. The Senior age group includes any age USS registered swimmer who meets a time standard. Within each age group there are different classifications: Blue, Red, White. Time standards for each are established by USS. In order to swim in a certain classification, a swimmer must have achieved the appropriate qualifying time.  This permits fair and challenging competition at all levels.

The athletes compete in varying distances using one of four strokes: freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.   The Individual Medley, is a race which is a combination of these four strokes.  Swimmers may also swim as part of a relay team which consist of four swimmers.  They may swim distances of 25 yards, 25 meters, or 50 meters; the Olympic standard is 50 meters.

Many meets are designed to be learning experiences for the swimmers It is a time where they can strive to improve their start, stroke, turns, pace, and time.  If a swimmer improves their time then they are considered a winner!

Most Age Group meets except Championship meets are split session meets, morning and afternoon sessions running approximately 4 hours. Check with your coach to see what you are entered in. The Meet Sheet will have information about warm-up times for each session. In addition the coach will give you instructions regarding what time to arrive for warm-up.

Family Participation...

A swim meet a family affair. Parents are there to watch their children swim and cheer them on but there are also times when you will be needed to take part in the swim meet through volunteering.