The Community Swim Association (CSA) is responsible for organizing Oak Ridge Swim Club’s dual meet schedule and City Meet. See the CSA website www.greensborocsa.org for meet information, schedules, directions, as well as winning times and team scores throughout the season.

Dual Meets: Dual meet participation helps the coaches determine your swimmer’s entries at City Meet and helps establish goals and mark successes. Attendance, promptness, good sportsmanship, and staying together as a team at each meet area helpful to the team. Swimming is a team and character building sport!

Things to Remember

  • Dual meets begin promptly at 5:30 pm, with required warm-ups at 4:30 pm. Please arrive NO LATER than 4:15 pm. Meets may run as late as 10:00-10:30 pm.
  • Arrive early and be ready for warm-ups. Warm-ups are very important to prevent injury and to establish comfort level with the pool prior to competition. Also arriving early helps the coaches get an accurate headcount of swimmers.
  • Swimmer Essentials: LABEL EVERYTHING & ALWAYS KEEP YOUR THINGS TOGETHER (a bag is suggested), swim suits, goggles, towels, team shirt, swim cap, & snacks (light carbs, fruit, protein, are recommended. No sodas or greasy foods).
  • After each event, stay in the pool until all swimmers have finished the race.
  • Shake hands or congratulate all competitors before (but quickly) exiting the water.
  • Do not wear other team insignia on cap, swimsuit, goggles, etc. during summer swim (ex: high school team, year-round team).
  • Express team pride BUT with great sportsmanship
  • Talk to your coaches before you leave the meet.

Swim Meets

    Line-ups:

    Every swimmer’s full participation is important to the success of our team. Each swimmer can swim a maximum of three individual events and up to two relays, based on the coaches’ discretion. Putting together an entire team’s events optimally is called a “line up.” Often coaches will assign a swimmer an event that may not be his/her personal favorite. Coaches do this to give a swimmer experience or maximize the team’s scoring potential. Please encourage your swimmer to do his/her best, even when swimming a stroke that may not be his/her favorite.

    Absences:

    There is a multitude of data entry for Line-ups that the coaches are responsible for submitting well in advance for swim meets. It is important that your coaches know of any potential absences from meets well in advance. If your child is sick and unable to compete, please email or speak directly with your coaches as soon as possible prior to the meet.

    If a swimmer has not notified a coach that he/she will not be present the day of a meet, the coaches will assume that the swimmer is attending and will schedule accordingly. When swimmers do not show up for a meet, or leave early, and have not notified a coach, it severely affects the outcome of a meet. In some cases, a “no show,” can completely eliminate a relay team, which lets three other teammates down.

    Scoring:

    For dual meets, points are given for the top four places for individual swimmers and top two places for relays for each age and event. Though it is fun to have the fastest swimmer on your team, consistently taking 2nd and 3rd places can earn just as many points. Relays are worth more points and can often decide the outcome of a swim meet. This is why it is so important to your team that you not miss an event or a relay-your team needs you!

    Disqualifications (DQ’s):

    CSA trained officials, called Stroke and Turn Judges and Referees, monitor swimmers to determine that they are using proper/legal starts, strokes, turns, and finishes. When an infraction is observed by a judge (and confirmed by the referee), the swimmer is DQ’d. If that swimmer placed 1-4, the place if forfeited to the next fasted legal swimmer. Because of this, it is likely that a second or even third place finisher can end up in first place, however slow he/she swims. In training, coaches encourage swimmers to first learn to swim the stroke legally, then tweak their technique to swim faster.

    While it can be disappointing to be DQ’d, these rules level the playing field and are for the swimmers’ benefit. Coaches teach proper stoke, turns, and finishes, but it can be a lot for a new swimmer to retain this information under pressure at a meet. DQ’s are normal and frequent for any team at the beginning of a summer season, and generally diminish closer to City Meet. As part of the learning process, DQ’s motivate swimmers to pay close attention to their coaches’ training and instruction and prepare them for City Meet.

    Ribbons:

    Ribbons are awarded for the top ten places at dual meets, with points being earned for 1st-4th place, and top two relays. The News and Record prints team scores and individual triple event winners. All age group winners and times can generally be found on the CSA website a day or so after each meet.