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LONGPOINT SAILFISH SWIM TEAM

LONGPOINT SAILFISH SWIM TEAM

Swim Team 101

New to Swim Team?Find some answers to your questions below.

Where do I Register?

Registration is online.

How long is the season?

Practice typically starts in the first week of the month of May. There are a total of 8 swim meets with the possibility of 9 for some swimmers who may attend the Belle Hall Invitational. The meets begin inthe second week of June and end in the second week of July. If your swimmer is one of the team's topswimmers they may continue on to the City Meet. The City Meet is usually held in the third week of July. The official practice schedule will be posted on this website when it becomes available.

What Equipment Does my Swimmer Need?

You will need to purchase a Longpoint Sailfish swimsuit and cap. Swimsuits are available through swimoutlet.com (link on our website). There will be suit sizers available for try on during the first week of practices.  Caps can be purchased the first week of practice from Margaret Arrants or Gene Blake. Margaret's contact is [email protected] Each swimmer will receive a free team t-shirt. 
Team suit and cap are required for the meets. 

Are there any restrictions for who can join the swim team?

No! Anyone can join even if you don't live in the Longpoint neighborhood. (Non-resident swimmers do pay 
a slightly higher registration fee to cover liability issues.) However, it is important to remember that the Longpoint Sailfish is a competitive swim team and swimmers should have some experience in the water. It is recommended that swimmers be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yds.) before joining the team. Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yds.) in under 60 seconds in order to compete in a meet. 6&Under swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool in under 1 minute and 10 seconds in order to compete in a meet.

What if my swimmer never swam competitively before?
Join us anyway! We welcome all swimmers who are interested in learning the sport of competitive swimming.

What sort of commitment am I making to the team?
Each swimmer makes a commitment to be at most or all practices and meets. Obviously many families have other summer commitments, but in general all swimmers are expected to attend all team functions. Officially the team rule is that in order to swim in a meet, you must attend practice the morning of the meet. Parents make a commitment to serve in a volunteer position at least 2 times over the course of the season. For more information refer to the information on the Volunteer Sign-up Tab.

What are the coaches expectations for my swimmer?
Coaches expect swimmers to show up and do their best within their own level of swimming. Listening to the coach, respecting the coach's decisions and being dedicated to doing their best every time they are in the pool is an important part of being on the Longpoint Sailfish team.

How do I know what age group my swimmer will compete in?

The swim team is divided into groups based on age and gender. The cut-off date is June 1st for each age group. The oldest age group will be 15-17, the exception being the the 18 year old who is either in high school or a graduate of the current academic year. The divisions are as follows: 6&Under Girls, 6&Under Boys, 7-8 Girls, 7-8 Boys, 9-10 Girls, 9-10 
Boys, 11-12 Girls,11-12 Boys, 13-14 Girls, 13-14 Boys, 15-17 Girls, 15-17 Boys 


How is a swim meet organized?
Swim meets are organized by age group and event making a total of 53 events. 6&Under swimmers 
compete in the freestyle only. The swim meet events go in the following order:

100 YARD MIXED MEDLEY
(2 girls and 2 boys compete as a team in a relay where each swimmer swims one 25 yd. lap of a designated stroke.) 7-8 Year Old

200 YARD MIXED MEDLEY
(2 girls and 2 boys compete as a team in a relay where each swimmer swims one 50 yd. lap of a designated stroke.)
9-10 Year Old
11-12 Year Old
13-14 Year Old
15-18 Year Old

25 YARD FREESTYLE
6&Under Girls
6&Under Boys
7-8 Girls
7-8 Boys

50 YARD FREESTYLE
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

25 YARD BUTTERFLY
7-8 Girls
7-8 Boys

50 YARD BUTTERFLY
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

25 YARD BACKSTROKE
7-8 Girls
7-8 Boys

50 YARD BACKSTROKE
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

25 YARD BREASTSTROKE
7-8 Girls
7-8 Boys

50 YARD BREASTSTROKE
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

100 YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
(one swimmer swims 25 yds. of each stroke swimming a total of 100 yds.)
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

100 YARD FREE RELAY (4 swimmers compete as a team swimming one lap of freestyle each)
7-8 Girls
7-8 Boys

200 YARD FREE RELAY (4 swimmers compete as a team swimming one lap of freestyle each)
9-10 Girls
9-10 Boys
11-12 Girls
11-13 Boys
15-18 Girls
15-18 Boys

How long does a swim meet last?
Swim meets are designed to last around 2.5 hours but can last up to 3 hours depending on the size of the teams competing. Because summer swimming is dedicated to allowing as many swimmers to swim as often as possible, there can be a high number of exhibition heats. It is important to remember the exhibition heats are just as important as points heats for many swimmers.

How does scoring at the swim meet work?
The FIRST heat of each event is a points heat, meaning that in this heat our team earns points toward the final score. At every swim meet, two swimmers from our team and two swimmers from the opposing team 
will compete for point placement.

First Place (Blue Ribbon) = 5 points
Second Place (Red Ribbon) = 3 points
Third Place (White Ribbon) = 1 point
Fourth Place (Yellow Ribbon) = 0 points

Swimmers receive a 4th Place ribbon for swimming in a points heat even though no points were 
scored to the team.

How does the coach come up with the Heat Sheet?

Coaches work hard to come up with a strong, competitive line-up for each meet that still allows for all swimmers to get in the water as much as possible.

How do I read the Heat Sheet?
As a parent or first time swimmer the heat sheet can be very confusing. This year Coach Jaci will be creating a heat sheet listing swimmers in each event by AGE/HEAT #/LANE #. Swimmers swimming for points will be listed as swimming in the first heat.

What does it mean to compete for points?

It is a CCAA rule that all swimmers on the team roster must swim for points twice over the course of the 
season. Swimming for points twice means swimming in 2 points heats over the whole season (all 8 meets), not swimming for points twice in every meet. These 2 "points" heats can be in any stroke and includes swimming on a relay team. The most important thing to remember as a parent and a swimmer is that thisis a CCAA rule that each coach does their best to honor. It is difficult to maintain a highly competitive swimteam and still honor this rule. Many times, even if your swimmer has the best time in an event, your swimmer may swim exhibition in order to give someone who needs points credits the chance to earn them. Sometimes this means sacrificing points in one heat in order to gain points somewhere else in the meet. It also means that some swimmers will be swimming for points more often as ultimately the goal is to win team points. Coaches do their best to see the whole picture of team, meet and overall season as a opportunity forevery swimmer while at the same time putting our best team forward for competition.

What does it mean to swim exhibition?

While exhibition swimmers do not score any points for the team, swimming in Exhibition Lanes and Exhibition Heats are just as crucial to the development of a swimmer as swimming for points. The sport of swimming is often about more than the score at the end of a meet. Each individual swimmer should have personal and team goals to accomplish by the end of the season. Therefore every race counts toward achieving those goals. Swimmers should work hard to see their times improve after each race. Likewise, teammates should encourage each other and cheer just as loudly for each race regardless of number of points earned.

Just as the FIRST heat is the only points heat, so also the inside four lanes are the only swim lanes that count for points. That leaves Lane One and Lane Six open for exhibition swimmers even in a points heat. Every heat after the FIRST heat is an exhibition heat.

What does it mean to be disqualified (DQ) during a swim meet?

Swimmers can be disqualified for a number of reasons. Typically, swimmers are disqualified for swimming a stroke illegally (using a flutter kick during the breaststroke, rolling over from back to stomach before touching the wall in backstroke, using the rope or the the bottom of the pool to "push" forward in any way, touching the bottom of the pool during a race, etc.) Swimmers will be DQ only when swimming for points. Exhibition lanes are also learning/teaching lanes for swimmers working on perfecting a stroke before competing for points. If a swimmer is going to be DQ, a swimming official will raise their hand and report the error. If a swimmer is DQ, the swimmer will not receive any points for the team and they also forfeit their ribbon. For example, if a DQ swimmer came in first in the heat, they forfeit their place, their ribbon and their points. The second place swimmer moves to first place, the third place moves to second and so on. Find out more about DQs under the information tab.

How does the CCAA organization work?
Check out the CCAA website at http://swimccaa.com

How does the City Meet Work?
The City Meet is a large swim meet at the end of the season that features the top swimmers from every 
team from all 3 Leagues (Red, White, Blue). Any registered swimmer can compete at the city meet, but teams are limited to entering 2 swimmers in each event except for relays which require 4 swimmers. A swimmer is limited to swimming 2 individual events and 2 relays over the course of the entire meet with the exception of the Individual Medley. A swimmer may swim 5 times in one meet if one of the events is the I.M. Under special circumstances a swimmer may swim more than 4 times in a meet due to a small number of swimmers in that age group.

When will I know if my swimmer made the City Meet team?

Typically during the last week of practice in July, before the final swim meet of the regular season, the coaches will announce the swimmers competing in the City Meet. Coaches have the ultimate decision as to who will attend City Meet. They will select swimmers with not only the fastest times during the season but their commitment to the team as well as the potential for success. It is an honor to be selected to represent Long Point at the City Meet regardless of how many events the swimmer is selected to swim. Our standing in the CCAA swim league is based solely on our placement in the City Meet. We encourage all swimmers and their families to come out and support the team at the City Meet. It is always an exciting event!

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