From the team handbook:
Swim meets are a fun and exciting
opportunity for swimmers to measure progress, experience the thrill
of competition, and strive for individual and team accomplishments.
They provide a break in the practice routine, as well as focal
points for practice efforts. All swimmers are encouraged to compete
in meets for these reasons. Meets are offered approximately once a
month for most swimmers.
There will be announcements at
practice and on the website asking for kids to sign-in to go to a
meet. Every effort will be made to distribute this information
two weeks prior to its due date. Information about the competition
will include location, dates, times, and eligibility requirements.
Please pay careful attention to the deadlines for entering each
meet. Any swimmer who misses the deadline will not be entered
into the meet.
After the swimmer is signed-up for
the meet the coaches will choose the swimmers events and let them
know how much they owe. Once the child is entered those meet
fees are due, no matter if the swimmer misses an event or the
meet. All fees are due prior to the meet, and no child who is
behind on fees will be entered in subsequent meets.
USA Swimming establishes national
motivational standards by which its meets are classified (BB, B, A,
AA, etc.). These standards are based on a national average of
performances with the goal of allowing swimmers to be grouped in
competition with swimmers of the same general skill level. Many
meets that we will participate in will have qualifications to them;
such as, A & over or BB & under, or No Times. Following this chart will help
you know which meets your child can participate in. The team will also keep a list
posted on the team bulletin board highlighting swimmers who achieve
many of the time standards. All time standards will be posted
on our team website. Some swim meets will make up their own time
standards, such as Maryland LSC Champs.