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Swim Meet 101

Swim Meets- All meets will be held at Shepherd's Vineyard for the 2021 season due to COVID-19 precautions.

  • Warm-ups are at 5:00 PM, and the meet start time is 6:00 PM.
  • All swimmers must have their number (which remains the same all season and is available on the line-up sheets) written on both arms with a marker.
  • Upon arrival, check the line-up sheets which are posted at the diving boards to find out the events in which your swimmer(s) will be participating.
  • Please bring: bag or lawn chairs (pool chairs will be placed out of the way to make room on the pool deck,) towels, swim caps, goggles, snacks, and warm clothing as swimmers may get chilly once the sun sets.
  • Food trucks will be on site at Shepherd's Vineyard during swim meets. Food trucks are listed with the swim meet schedule. The pool snack bar will be open, but the swim team will not sell any additional items. 


Swimmer Qualifications

For safety reasons, TSA takes a strong stance on swimmer qualifications, especially in the 6-and-under age group. Therefore, the board has asked our coaching staff to more stringently follow these guidelines:

  • Swimmers will only be able to swim a stroke in a meet if they show some proficiency during practice.
  • A stroke must be “legal” to participate in a main event.
  • To allow for scheduled practices to be focused on improving technique and times, coaches will ask those who are not proficient in any stroke to consider swim lessons.

It is highly recommended that your child has completed formal swimming lessons before joining the swim team at any level. Children that are comfortable being in the water as a result of lessons will be safer and more adept to succeed in a group environment. If your child is under the age of 4, please consider their ability level and comfort in the water. Swim lessons at this age are advised instead of joining the swim team. Please discuss with the coaching staff before signing up if you have questions.

Entrance and Safety Guidelines

  • 6&U must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted
  • 7-10 must be able to swim 25 yards
  • 11-18 must be able to swim 50 yards

In order to participate in a dual meet, each swimmer must be able to swim the minimum distance stated above without assistance. Holding onto the ropes repeatedly and exhibiting inability to swim unassisted is not acceptable for safety reasons. The swimmer’s progress in practice is taken into consideration. It is the coaches’ discretion to decide a swimmer’s eligibility to participate in a dual meet.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s status then talk with the coaches. They will make every reasonable effort to help your child be ready for competition. These guidelines are established for the safety of the swimmers. Please let the coaches know about any special circumstances that may make meeting the above standard difficult.

Weather Policy

Rain alone is not grounds for delaying or rescheduling a meet. Please show up at the meet at the proper time even if it appears likely that weather may impact the event. Every attempt is made to run a meet on the scheduled day because of inconvenience to the host club and staff to reschedule (usually on the following night), and the difficulty in getting swimmers and workers back due to conflict with other activities. This results in massive changes in the lineup – and possibly the outcome!

The TSA Rules and Regulations state, “Unless the host pool has a written policy that is more stringent, swimmers will not be allowed in the water for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last flash of lightning or clap of thunder.” Furthermore, “A meet may not be delayed or interrupted for more than 60 minutes due to inclement weather. If the meet is interrupted more than once during an evening because of inclement weather, the meet will be stopped.”

As per 2012 TSA rules, all meet participants, officials, and spectators are encouraged to clear the pool, decks, pavilions and other non-substantial structures until the storm threat is gone. It is strongly recommended to go to your car if it is parked nearby.

Meet Scoring

Six dual meets are scheduled during the season – three divisional and three non-divisional. Three of the six meets will be held at Shepherd's Vineyard Swim Club, and three of the meets will be held at other pools.

A dual meet consists of the following components:

Free & Medley Relays Individual

Strokes

1st place 5 points 5 points
2nd place 0 points 3 points
3rd place 0 points 1 point

Any tie finishes - split the points

Scoring is done for main events only.

(see “Main Event Swimmers”)

Meet/Swimmer Requirements

  1. Swimmers may participate in individual main events for their own age group only. A swimmer's age is determined by his or her age on June 1 of the current TSA swim season. Swimmers do not change age groups during the TSA swim season. The age groups, distances, and strokes for individual main events shall be as follows, separately for boys and girls:
6 & Under 15 yards - free, back, breast
7 & 8 1 length of pool - free, back, breast, and fly
9 & 10 1 length of pool - free, back, breast, and fly
11 & 12 2 lengths of pool - free, back, breast, and fly
13 & 14 2 lengths of pool - free, back, breast, and fly
15 to 18 2 lengths of pool - free, back, breast, and fly
  1. Rope finish lines shall be established for 6-and-under events. All other age groups shall swim from wall to wall, regardless of pool length.
  2. Swimmers in the 6-and-under age group may swim in up to 2 individual main events. Swimmers in all other age groups may swim in up to 3 individual main events.
  3. There shall be a medley relay event and a freestyle relay main event separately for boys and girls in each age group, except for 6-and-under. Participation in relay shall not be included in the number of individual main events a swimmer may enter. A swimmer may participate in one medley relay event and one freestyle relay main event. Each swimmer in a relay will swim the same distance as swimmers in the individual main events for the age group.
  4. Events shall be swum, alternating between boys and girls and starting with the youngest boys' age group swimming in the event, in the following order:
    1. Medley Relay
    2. Freestyle
    3. Backstroke
    4. Breaststroke
    5. Butterfly
    6. Freestyle Relay
  5. Meets will start at 6:00 PM on Tuesday evenings (except when affected by July 4 holiday). The inclement weather date will be the next day starting at 6:00 PM, unless an alternate day can be mutually agreed upon by the two TSA representatives.

Main Event Swimmers

The swimmers in the main events will be chosen at the coach's discretion. The decision will be based primarily on the swimmers' times and stroke legality. Consistency of times, performance at meets and practices, and attitude will also be taken into consideration. The coaches and the swim team value the swimmers in every heat.

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