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What are the Different Meets?

The are a number of different meets throughout the season.  Some focused on swimmer development, some are official NVSL meets, some are limited to specific types of events, and others are limited to specific age groups.

All swimmers are expected to attend all team meets unless otherwise specified due to space or age constraints.

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Meets

Time Trials

The week before the first meets of the season, we will conduct time trials. The purpose of time trials is to determine a swimmer’s time in each stroke so that the team can field their fastest swimmers at the first Dual “A” Meet.  All swimmers are encouraged to get times for all four strokes. As the season progresses, faster times swum at “A” and “B” meets will re-establish each swimmer’s personal best.

"A" Meets - Saturday Mornings

Each team in each Division swims against the other five teams, one at a time, on five consecutive Saturdays, in a series of Dual Meets, so called because there are two teams competing.  Based upon the results of these five meets, a Division champion will be named.  These meets are to see who can score the most points, so generally the fastest swimmers of each age group are asked to swim.  However, three swimmers can be entered in each individual event and no swimmer can swim more than two individual events.  Swimmers may swim "up" in another age group in accordance with NVSL rules.  A Meets do not include assisted swim events which means that our Little Tides are not expected to swim but are encouraged to attend to cheer on the older swimmers.

  • How do the Coaches determine who swims on Saturday?

Teams are only allowed to enter three swimmers in each event at A meets (including relays), but each swimmer may swim no more than two individual events.  The Coaches try to place the three fastest swimmers in each event accounting for swimmer availability and constraints associated with the number of individual events a swimmer can be entered in.

  • How are “A” Meets scored?

In the individual events, a first place finish earns 5 points for the team, a second place 3 points and a third place finish 1 point. Relays are scored as 5 points for the winner and 0 points for others.  There are 420 points up for grabs in a Saturday meet.  Unless there are one or more places not awarded in an event due to disqualifications (DQs) or lack of swimmers, you need 211 points to win.

"B" Meets - Monday Nights

Unofficial “B” meets, held on Monday nights, are for all swimmers on the team and are coordinated with pools in the local area.  Developmental (or “B”) meets are not NVSL sanctioned events and do not results in points that determine Division standings.

B meets are run the same as Saturday meets except the primary objective is to provide a competitive swim opportunity to everyone on the team.  Times are recorded to track improvement through the season and to determine the most competitive swimmers for the team competitions.  There are usually multiple heats of each event for younger swimmers.

Relay Carnival

Another NVSL event is the Division Relay Carnival, which takes place on the Wednesday between the third and fourth weeks of the season.  All six teams in each Division converge at one pool for an evening of relay races.  These include both Freestyle relays (each swimmer swims the Freestyle) and Medley relays (each swimmer swims a different stroke).  The next night, all the Division Coordinators meet, and relay teams are selected to swim at the All-Star Relay Carnival the following week.  Substitutions may occur at any time up to the team reporting to the clerk of course.  In Relay Carnivals, teams are not seeded. Each team’s lane assignment for the first event is based upon luck of the draw and the teams then rotate one lane to the left after each event. The meet sheet lists only the team swimming in each lane in each event.

The sole criteria for selection to the All-Star Relay Carnival are to have one of the eighteen fastest times in events swum in the Division Relay Carnivals.  A team that qualifies for the All-Star Relay Meet may have one substitution under certain circumstances.  That is, three of the four swimmers who qualified must remain on the relay team.

Individual Medley (IM) Carnival

The IM Carnival is run like a Monday Night B Meet with 4-5 participating pools from the local area.  All events are IM in which an individual swimmer swims all 4 strokes.  All swimmers are encouraged to participate in the IM Carnival.

Woodley Mini Meet

The Woodley Mini Meet is a special event for our 10 and Under swimmers.  The event is hosted by the Woodley Pool and AST has participated annually.  It is a fun event for our younger swimmers but does require a parent volunteer to coordinate.  Coaches will attend this meet but this is not an official NVSL meet.  It is an optional event and does require individual fees to participate, generally $5/stroke.  In order for our younger AST Red Tide swimmers to participate we will need a parent volunteer to coordinate and handle registrations.  If we do not have a parent volunteer to lead this effort then AST Red Tides will not participate in the Woodley Mini Meet this year.  Woodley will provide more information about the event later in the season. 

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General Meet Timelines

All meets will vary but here is a general timeline of events to help families plan for the season.

Activity A Meet (Home) A Meet (Away) B Meet (Home) B Meet (Away)
Warmup 8AM 8:30AM 5PM 5:30PM
Volunteer Check-in 8AM 8:30AM 5PM 5:30PM
Meet Starts 9AM 9AM 6PM 6PM
Kickboard/Assisted Swim Events N/A N/A 1st Events 1st Events
Meet Ends 12PM 12PM 9PM 9PM
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Ribbons

Ribbons for both A and B Meets are awarded for 1st through 6th place finishes.  Coaches will either hand out ribbons after practices or place the ribbons in the swimmer's file folder located at the pool front desk.  Swimmers should check their folders weekly.  Ribbons for the Woodley Mini Meet are handled a little differently and, if AST is able to participate, then more information will be provided as we get closer to the event.

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Contacts

We, as a team, cannot make it through the season without effective communication all around.  We know that there will be new families and families that do not speak English as their primary language – please do not allow this to stop you from speaking to the Coaches and Team Reps.  Veteran parents please help to introduce new parents or families that speak other languages to the Coaches and Team Reps, and help to ensure that the communication lines are open.


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