What is a 25 (50)? Indicates the pool length: some pools are 25 meters (e.g. QM), while others are 25 yards (e.g. Beulah). Swimming a 25 simply means swimming 1 length; swimming a 50 would be 2 lengths, and so on for 100, 200, etc. Times are adjusted for swimmers during meets when a yard pool is used to standardize the results.
What is a heat? Indicates a group of 6 swimmers (one per lane) that participate in an event; most events have multiple heats because of the limited lane space. Seeding is used to group swimmers in heats based on their times. The final heat of each event is the fastest heat.
What does bronze, silver, or gold mean? Indicates the three categories or time standards for each event. All new swimmers start in the bronze category and move up into the other categories if their timesmeet the standards. Swimmers in different categories (e.g. a “gold” swimmer and a “silver” swimmer)may swim in the same heat during the regular season meets, but all are awarded points and ribbons based on their own classification. For example, a first place might be awarded to a gold swimmer in 50 free. In that same event, a silver swimmer might also be awarded first place.
What is an IM? Stands for Individual Medley. During this event, one swimmer swims 25 meters of all four strokes in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. Midgets through Seniors are eligible to swim an IM.
What is a medley relay/free relay? The medley relay starts with the lead-off swimmer swimming backstroke, then the next swimmer swims breaststroke, followed by a butterflier, and, finally, a freestylist. In a free relay, all swimmers swim freestyle. A relay team can have no more than 2 boys and is placed in a time category based on the highest level a swimmer in the relay has achieved.
What is a DQ? Indicates that a swimmer has been disqualified during a particular event. See the nextsection for a list of the most common reasons a swimmer is DQ’d. The coaches will review the DQ cardsand help the swimmer correct their error during the next regularly scheduled practice. DQ’s are a learningtool, and designed to help swimmers know what they need to work on. Help your new swimmers to be proud of their new accomplishments!
What is the Clerk of Course? Represents the area of the pool (during a swim meet) where the swimmers are told which lane and heat they will swim in. All swimmers must listen to hear their event number called by the meet announcer and then report to the clerk of course in order to get ready to swim. Clerk of Course is located in the baby pool area at Queensmill. Mite Moms, experienced parents, coaches and older swimmers can offer direction at away meets.
How do we know what event we are on?The announcer will announce each event, and also when there is a “first call” and “last call” for swimmers in a given event. Help your swimmer to recognize their event numbers, as they will be the same for each meet. It seems overwhelming at first, but there will be plenty of help from coaches, parents and other swimmers.
Can I be on the swim deck with my swimmer? Unless you have a specific job on the pool deck, it is difficult for you to be there. The deck gets very crowded, and it is hard for meet officials, swimmers, and coaches to do their jobs if too many people are there.
All swimmers, regardless of age division, are required to meet the US swim standards.
Freestyle: Almost anything is allowed in freestyle.
Breast stroke: Most common DQs are for:
Back stroke: Most DQs are for:
Butterfly: Most common DQs are for:
Starts: Most DQs are for:
Turns: Most DQs are for:
Finish: Most DQs are for:
Relays: Most DQs are for:
Individual Medley: Most DQs are for: