Notes for Novice
wondering whether you can join your local swim team, the answer is probably
yes! Each team sets its own qualifications but
in general you must do three
things to join:
- Demonstrate you can swim the length of the pool
without help using any stroke
- Fill out and sign the WVSSL
Individual Enrollment Form
- Pay the membership fee.
a racing swimsuit. It isn't required but recommended.
have questions e-mail them to your local team. After your first few
swim practices your team may have a time trials. This is just like a swim meet
but without another team present. Your coach(es) record your time swimming each
stroke; breast, back, fly and freestyle. (If you can swim only freestyle, it’s
OK.) Coaches use these time to place you with the right relay team. You use
these first times to see how much you improve each meet. You’ll be amazed!
first swim meet may be confusing. If it is at another pool you can find maps on this web site. Meets begin at 6:00 p.m. but
you should arrive at the pool around 5:00 p.m. Teams take turns getting into
the pool and warming up before the meet.
Don’t be late for warm-ups. Many important things happen during this time. Meets vary in length from 3½ to
You’ll want to
bring several things to a meet. Take healthy snacks and drinks, maybe a cooler,
lots of towels, sweats, sleeping bags (if it’s cold), folding chairs, goggles
& suit, change of clothes, shades, something to occupy you during slack
times, etc.… Remember food cannot be on the pool deck!! You’ll probably be
directed to ‘set up camp,’ along with your teammates outside the pool deck
coaches and parents write event numbers on your hands with permanent ink.
is important! The event list for regular season meets in our league is: Medley Relay (#1-10), Backstroke (#11-20), Individual Medley
(#21-30), Breaststroke (#31-40), Distance Freestyle (#41-50, Butterfly
(#51-60), Freestyle (#61-70), Freestyle Relay (#71-80). Most event begins with
ages 8 & U and finish with ages 18 &U. The championship event list is different.
The starter gives
several calls for each event. Ask your parents and friends to help you listen.
When you hear your event called, go to the course and get in line. Parents
cannot come in this area. The Clerk of Course will make certain you enter the
pool deck for your event at the right time. Everyone works together keeping
track of younger children and reminding them when to enter the course.
All parents help
when a team hosts a swim meet. Try out the various jobs until you find your
niche. The easiest for new parents is timing. It’s also the most fun. The meet
coordinator gathers all timers just before the meet starts to review timing dos
and don’ts. Then you have the privilege of watching kids streak towards the
finish where you stand at poolside. You’ll be awed by the skilled, impressed by
the courageous and convicted to press on towards your own personal best.
We’re glad you
decided to join the Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League this season. You’re
about to discover it’s a lot of fun—for the