Saturday "A" Meets
Saturday Meets, also known as “A Meets” are NVSL sanctioned meets which are scored and the team that does best in the division becomes the Division Champion. Saturday meets are to see which team can score the most points, so the fastest swimmers get to swim. The Coaches prepare the meet sheet, which is a listing of all swimmers swimming in that day’s meet and what strokes they are swimming. Three swimmers can be entered in each individual event and no swimmer can swim more than two individual events. Since swimmers take vacations and go places such as scout camp, and a swimmer can swim in only two events (plus relays) in any meet, you don't have to be one of the three fastest swimmers to swim in a Saturday meet. We need a minimum of 6 swimmers in each age group in order to “fill” all the lanes. Since we are a small pool, swimmers may “swim up” at the coaches discretion. This means that a younger swimmer might swim in an older age category. Putting together a meet sheet for “A” meets is like completing a giant jigsaw puzzle. The coaches try to position our swimmers to optimize our points and win. Since the coaches are placing swimmers in races to maximize scoring, swimmers might not swim their fastest or favorite strokes.
In Saturday meets, the home team has lanes 1, 3, and 5 while the visiting team has lanes 2, 4, and 6. The fastest swimmers swim in lanes 3 and 4, the next fastest in lanes 2 and 5, and the next fastest in lanes 1 and 6. Swimmers are seeded based upon their fastest times attained in prior competition. Lane 1 is always on the right side as you stand facing the pool at the starting end.
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 the loser. 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 DQs or lack of swimmers, you need 211 points to win. In the event of a tie, the points for the places involved are equally split among the swimmers. For example, in a two-way tie for second place, each swimmer earns 2 points (3 points for second plus I point for third equals 4 points, half for each swimmer). No third place would be awarded because the next swimmer is fourth. For a third place tie, each swimmer is awarded 1/2 point.
Ribbons are awarded for 1st through 6th place finishes in all meets. Ribbons will be given out at Monday’s practice. If a swimmer is not at practice, their ribbons will be placed in their folder at the front desk. Ribbons will also be given each time a swimmer swims a personal best!
Warm Up & Caravan
All Saturday Meets start at 9am, unless a change happens. Swimmers need to report to the deck at 7:50 for all home meets. Warm up is from 8-8:20 am. For Away Meets, we caravan from the Parliament Pool parking lot and drive together. This is an important bonding time for swimmers and all swimmers are strongly encouraged to participate. The time of departure depends on how far we need to travel and will be announced each week. Warm up for away meets is 8:20-8:40am.
The coaches will notify the swimmers on Friday practice if/what they are swimming in Saturday’s meet. A meet sheet will also be emailed to parents on Thursday/Friday.
Notifying Coaches of Absences
For each Saturday meet, we have to finalize the list of who is swimming in each meet by Wednesday night so we can pass it to the other team on Thursday evening. After this occurs, we can only replace missing swimmers with a swimmer who has a slower recorded time in the event of the seeded swimmer. We cannot swap swimmers among events to optimize our swim selections.
Saturday Meets consist of 40 Individual events and 12 Relays. The events swum for each stroke and age group are shown below. Remember that each pool length is 25 meters.
|8 & Under Boys
|8 & Under Girls
1. The order of events is to go down each column starting on the left side except that the mixed age relays are the last two events.
2. The Mixed Age Relays are swum by, in order, an 11-12 year old, a 9-10 year old, a 13-14 year old, and a 15-18 year old.