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Swim Meet FAQ’s

When are the swim meets?
Except for the city swim meet, our swim meets are on Wednesday nights. Warm-ups start at 5:30 and the meet begins at 6:30. We have 5 scheduled swim meets.

Do we have an official swim suit for meets?
Our official swim suit is …  We try to find a suit that is produced for 2 years but most companies only produce 1 year suits.

  • Buying a team suit is optional but encouraged.

First Place Athletics offers the swimsuit at a discount.  First Place will be at Sherwood for swimsuit fittings on May 14  9:00-12:00am.
First Place is located at 805 Regal Drive Huntsville, AL 35801, next to Parkway Place.

  • Other optional supplies are kick boards, and pull buoys.

Goggles are a must since chlorine irritates the eyes.  A swim cap or braids are good for girls with long hair.  During meets your hair causes less drag if you wear a cap.  PLUS more team spirit with a SHERWOOD SHARKS swim cap!

Goggles are a good idea since chlorine irritates the eyes and a swim cap or braids are good for girls with long hair. (During meets your hair causes less drag if you wear a cap.)

How do I know what event my child is supposed to swim?
You can print out a heat sheet from our website or one will be emailed to the team, the day prior to the meet. We do not sell heat sheets at the meets. You will need to print a copy, if you would like one at the meet. When we have away meets other teams might sell the heat sheets.

What’s a heat sheet?
A list of the events and swimmers at a meet.

What swimming events are there?

  • 8 & under 100 Medley Relay
  • 9 – 10 100 Medley Relay
  • 11 – 12 200 Medley Relay
  • 13 – 14 200 Medley Relay
  • 15 – 17 200 Medley Relay
  • 6 & under 25 Freestyle
  • 6 & under 25 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 8 & under 25 Freestyle
  • 8 & under 25 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 9 – 10 50 Freestyle
  • 9 – 10 50 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 11 – 12 50 Freestyle
  • 11 – 12 50 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 13 – 14 50 Freestyle
  • 13 – 14 50 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 15 – 17 50 Freestyle
  • 15 – 17 50 Freestyle Exhibition
  • 8 & under 25 Breaststroke
  • 9 – 10 50 Breaststroke
  • 11 – 12 50 Breaststroke
  • 13 – 14 50 Breaststroke
  • 15 – 17 50 Breaststroke
  • 8 & under 100 Mixed Relay
  • 9 – 10 200 Mixed Relay
  • 11 – 12 200 Mixed Relay
  • 13 – 14 200 Mixed Relay
  • 15 – 17 200 Mixed Relay
  • 8 & under 25 Backstroke
  • 9 – 10 50 Backstroke
  • 11 – 12 50 Backstroke
  • 13 – 14 50 Backstroke
  • 15 – 17 50 Backstroke
  • 8 & under 25 Butterfly
  • 9 – 10 50 Butterfly
  • 11 – 12 50 Butterfly
  • 13 – 14 50 Butterfly
  • 15 – 17 50 Butterfly
  • 8 & under 100 Freestyle Relay
  • 9 – 10 200 Freestyle Relay
  • 11 – 12 200 Freestyle Relay
  • 13 – 14 200 Freestyle Relay
  • 15 – 17 200 Freestyle Relay

What is a mixed relay?
A mixed relay consists of 2 girls and 2 boys

What is a Medley Relay?
A Medley Relay is a relay with 4 swimmers where each of the swimmers swims a different strokes. Think of a vegetable medley with 4 different types of veggies. The first swimmer swims the Backstroke. The next swimmer swims the Breaststroke, then the next swimmer swims the Butterfly, and the final swimmer swims a really fast Freestyle. Each member of an 8 and under relay swims 1 length of the pool. In all of the other age groups each swimmer swims a 50 of their stroke.

How do I get on a parents/coaches relay?
Excellent question. Ask one of the coaches to be on a parent relay.

How can parents help?
We need lots of parent help. We need volunteers to help time, start, referee, record times, print ribbons, collect cards from timers, etc. Kids are very proud or their parents when they see them participating in their swim meets. Parents can also help by being supportive and encouraging of their child. Hopefully our kids will develop a life long love of swimming not just for competition, but also for health.

Will my child get to participate in the City Meet?
Not all of our swimmers will get to swim a stroke other than freestyle in the city meet. Unfortunatly we only are allowed a limited number of slots at the city meet except in the exhibition freestyle event. At the city meet they have an freestyle exhibition and award ribbons for places 1 – 16.
Your child must swim in 2 dual meets in order to compete at the city meet.

Timer, Scribe, Stroke and Turn Judge, Place Judge, Runner, Scorekeeper, Referee, Starter? You want me to do what?
Timer: Starts a stopwatch when the Starter gives the signal and stops it when the swimmer touches the wall then records the time on the time card.

Place Judge: Watches the finish of the race and verbally states the order of finish for all six lanes.

Scribe: Writes down what the Place Judge says onto the official finish form.

Runner: Collects all place judge forms and time cards after each event and delivers them to the Scorekeeper.

Scorekeeper: Evaluates the place judge forms and time card information, assigns the official order of finish and awards points for each event. Also keeps a running total of the overall meet score and performs an audit at the end of all events to verify that the score is correct.

Stroke and Turn Judge: Watches a specific area of the pool during each event and identifies any violation of rules that might occur. Rules violations are signaled by a raised hand.

Starter: Identifies the event that is being swum, gives the command to the swimmers to take a starting position and provides the signal that begins each race.

Referee: Knows the rules, asks for both sides of any disputes and is the final say in any disagreement about procedure or rules enforcement.

I don’t see my question here. What do I do?
If you have any more questions ask a coach or email sherwoodswimclub@yahoo.com and it will get posted here too  :o)