Practice and Competition Rules

Practice for ALL NEW SWIMMERS to the team begins on Friday, June 5, 2015. The required safety assessment will be done at this practice. A parent meeting will be held during the practice. All returning swimmers, along with eligible new swimmers will then begin regular practice on Monday, June 8, 2015.

Practices are held:

—      7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.            Swimmers age 11 and over, as of June 1st

—      8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M.            Swimmers under the age of 11, as of June 1st

—      6:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M.             Swimmers 11 and over may also attend practice on

      Monday, Wednesday and Friday



Parents MUST pick up their swimmer(s) within 15 minutes after practice. In case of inclement weather, a “PRACTICE CANCELLED” sign will be posted at the pool. There will also be an announcement post on the Important Announcements section of this site.



  • All swimmers wishing to participate in a dual meet MUST have attended and completed at least TWO (2) practices in the previous week, although more are strongly suggested.
  • Sign-up for a Thursday dual meet MUST occur by 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday of the week before the meet, and the sign-up sheet will be posted on one of the Maude Neiding Pool bulletin boards.
  • Sign-up for a Tuesday dual meet MUST occur on the Friday of the week before the meet, and the sign up sheet will be posted on one of the bulletin boards at the Maude Neiding Pool.
  • All swimmers wishing to participate in the CHAMPIONSHIP meet MUST compete in TWO (2) dual meets, (not including invitational meets).
  •  Swimmers who sign-up promise to show up, unless there is an illness or emergency and the coach has been notified as early as possible prior to the meet.



A dual, championship or invitational swim meet has 36 events for girls and 36 events for boys (see the competitive events list). Swimmers compete in a maximum of 4 events per meet. The coaches determine the lineup for these events with fairness, competitiveness and championship preparation in mind. The first priority is fairness. Swimmers are placed by their swimming strengths. The use of exhibition heats provides more opportunities to swim.

An exhibition heat is not scored, but often the competition is strong, providing swimmers with the chance to improve their times. Swimmers are also asked to improve their abilities by swimming less favored strokes. The coaches will be responsible for assessing each swimmer’s ability.

The CHAMPIONSHIP lineup is determined after results for each swimmer, for all scored events and exhibition events are combined to form a depth chart. Fastest swimmers are chosen for each event, including A, B, and C relay teams. Every effort is made to provide each swimmer an equal opportunity to compete on the CHAMPIONSHIP team.