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1. Will my child swim at "B" meets?
Yes. Every swimmer swims at B (or Developmental) meets. These meets give swimmers the chance to practice in a race setting and to improve their times. Swimmers usually swim two strokes. For beginners, that is usually freestyle and backstroke, but later in the season they may swim breaststroke or butterfly.
2. Will my child get ribbons at B meets?
Yes. Every swimmer gets a ribbon for each event.
3. What if my swimmer is disqualified?
Swimmers are disqualified, or given a "DQ", for a violation of the rules, such as failing to touch the wall properly or doing a kick or arm movement that is not permitted in that particular stroke. If this occurs, your child will still receive a participation ribbon, and a coach will work with your child at practice the following week to correct the mistake. Tell your child not to be upset. Every experienced swimmer on the team has been disqualified. It's part of the process of learning to be a competitive swimmer.
3. How long do B meets last?
About 2.5 to 3 hours, although it varies depending on the number of swimmers on the other team. The larger the other team, the longer the meet. But if you are not working at the meet, you may take your child home when he/she is done swimming. Just tell a coach before you leave so they know where your child is.
4. What if it rains?
Swim meets will go ahead as scheduled in light rain. Because B meets are in the evenings, we are sometimes faced with summer thunderstorms. In such cases, safety is our number one priority. If there is thunder or lightning, all people must leave the pool area, and the pool will be closed for at least 30 minutes. Make sure that you, or another responsible adult, are there to take your child in the event of a thunderstorm. Depending on the weather forecast, we may wait out the storm in our cars and resume the meet after the storm passes or we may cancel the meet.
1. Will my child swim at "A" meets?
It depends on their times. Teams are allowed to enter three swimmers in each event at A meets, but each swimmer may swim no more than two individual events. The coaches try to place the three fastest swimmers in each event, but sometimes changes are made because some of the fastest swimmers are out of town or already swimming two other individual events. The Team Reps generally send an email on Thursday afternoon that lists the swimmers who will swim each of the events at the A meet the following Saturday morning.
2. How long does an A meet last?
About 2.5 hours. Unlike "B" meets, we ask that your child stay until the end of the meet. Swimmers must check with the head coach if they must leave early.
3. May my child attend an A meet if he is not swimming in any events?
Yes, please do! A meets are fun to watch, and the swimmers love to have lots of fans cheering for them. The one exception is the start of the race, when everyone must be quiet so the swimmers can hear the starter.