Swimmers Meet Information

Meets

Our season is comprised of a Practice Meet to kick off the season (practicing against just the Cupertino team), 5 Dual Meets (meets between CH and one other JSSL team), and the Championship Meet. The Junipero Swim League team representatives meet before each year to determine the swim weekend schedule, which will be posted on this webpage when it is finalized before each year.

Meet Procedures

Home and away dual meets start at 9:00 AM. Swimmers should arrive at 8:00 for home meets and 8:30 for away meets to check in, get settled and warm up. Swimmers should find the postings of heat and lane assignments and record them, then check in at the Clerk of the Course before their events. Swimmers typically join their friends or stay with their family and watch the meet together.

Dual meets last approximately until noon. The Championship meet lasts longer, usually around 3pm or later. Arrival times for Champs differ from the dual meets, and will be posted on this webpage when they are known.

Parents should check in with the Volunteer Coordinator upon arrival. Plan to watch and enjoy the meet while re-establishing summertime friendships in between meet jobs.

Strokes

For all three types of meet (practice, dual and Champs), four individual strokes are offered for competition. The strokes - in order of competition during the meets - are butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. Individual events are segregated by gender: boys swim against boys; girls swim against girls. For the practice meet, swimmers are encouraged to swim in all four individual strokes. For dual meets and Champs, swimmers are only allowed to swim a maximum of three individual strokes.

In dual meets and Champs (but not practice meet), teams come together to form mixed (gender) medley relay teams that compete in one heat per age group. The relay event closes the meet, and is the most exciting part of the day, as each team loudly cheers on their swimmers! All swimmers can ask to participate in a relay team, but the members of the teams are designated by the coaches.

Medley relay teams must be comprised of at least one boy and one girl, with a total of four different swimmers doing the four strokes. (The order of the medley relay is: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, then freestyle). In dual meets, each team can produce up to three relay teams per age group. In Champs, one relay team must represent the team per age group.

Scoring

The winning club is determined by adding points given to its swimmers that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in each event. The points for each place are: First = 5, Second = 3, Third = 1. Though swimmers receive ribbons for placing 4th, 5th & 6th, their team does not receive any points. 1st place in relay events wins 7 points for the team, with no points for any other place. In the JSSL Championships, points are given for 1st through 6th place (9, 7, 5, 3, 2 and 1 respectively) for both individual events and relays.

Official Rules

Here are the official rules as per USA Swimming guidelines, 2015.

USA Swimming Technical Rules 2015