SWIM MEET Officials, rules & Scoring

Meet Officials

Swimmer Qualifications
For safety reasons, TSA takes a strong stance on swimmer qualifications, especially in the 6-and-under age group. Therefore, the board has asked our coaching staff to more stringently follow these guidelines:

  • Swimmers will only be able to swim a stroke in a meet if they show some proficiency during practice.
  • A stroke must be “legal” to participate in a main event.
  • To allow for scheduled practices to be focused on improving technique and times, coaches will ask those who are not proficient in any stroke to participate in swim lessons.  It is highly recommended that your child has completed formal swimming lessons before joining the swim team at any level. Children that are comfortable being in the water as a result of lessons will be safer and more likely to succeed in a group environment.  If your child is under the age of 4, please consider their ability level and comfort in the water. Swim lessons at this age are advised instead of joining the swim team. Please discuss with the coaching staff before signing up if you have questions.

Entrance and Safety Guidelines

  • 6&U must be able to swim 15 yards without holding the ropes
  • 7-10 must be able to swim 25 yards
  • 11-18 must be able to swim 50 yards

In order to participate in a dual meet, each swimmer must be able to swim the minimum distance stated above without assistance.  Holding onto the ropes repeatedly and exhibiting inability to swim unassisted is not acceptable for safety reasons.  The swimmer’s progress in practice is taken into consideration.  It is at the coaches’ discretion to decide a swimmer’s eligibility to participate in a dual meet.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s status, please talk with the coaches.  They will make every reasonable effort to help your child be ready for competition. These guidelines are established for the safety of the swimmers. Please let the coaches know about any special circumstances that may make meeting the above standard difficult.

Meet Rules

  1. Swimmers may participate in individual main events for their own age group only. A swimmer’s age is determined by his or her age on June 1 of the current TSA swim season. Swimmers do not change age groups during the TSA swim season. The age groups, distances, and strokes for individual main events shall be as follows, separately for boys and girls:
Age Group Length - Strokes
6 and under 15 yards – free, back, breast
7 & 8 1 length of pool – free, back, breast, and fly
9 & 10 1 length of pool – free, back, breast, and fly
11 & 12 2 lengths of pool – free, back, breast, and fly
13 & 14 2 lengths of pool – free, back, breast, and fly
15 to 18 2 lengths of pool – free, back, breast, and fly
  1. Rope finish lines shall be established for 6 and under events. All other age groups shall swim from wall to wall, regardless of pool length.
  2. Swimmers in the 6 and under age group may swim in up to 2 individual main events. Swimmers in all other age groups may swim in up to 3 individual main events.
  3. There shall be a medley relay event and a free style relay event separately for boys and girls in each age group, except for 6 and under. Participation in relays shall not be included in the number of individual main events a swimmer may enter. A swimmer may participate in one medley relay event and one freestyle relay event. Each swimmer in a relay will swim the same distance as swimmers in the individual main events for the age group.
  4. Events shall be swum, alternating between boys and girls and starting with the youngest boys’ age group swimming in the event, in the following order:
    • Medley Relay
    • Freestyle
    • Backstroke
    • Breaststroke
    • Butterfly
    • Freestyle Relay
  5. Eagle Ridge Swim Meets will start at 6:00pm on Tuesday evenings. The inclement weather date will be the immediate following Wednesday, starting at 6:00pm, unless an alternate day can be mutually agreed upon by the two TSA representatives.

Meet Scoring

Six dual meets are scheduled during the season – 3 divisional and 3 non-divisional. Three of the six meets will be held at Eagle Ridge, and three of the meets will be held at other pools. In addition to the six regular season meets, individual swimmers have the opportunity to participate in a county wide championship meet.

A dual meet consists of the following components:

Place Relays Individual Strokes
1st place 5 points 5 points
2nd place 0 points 3 points
3rd place 0 points 1 point

Any tie finishes – split the points
Scoring is done for main events only

Ribbons for 1st through 6th place are distributed for main event swimmers after the meet at practice. On the evening of the swim meets, heat winner ribbons are given to the first place swimmer for every heat (non-main event) race, ages 6&U thru 9-10s. “Participation” ribbons are given to all other swimmers in these heat events. Our team philosophy is to encourage each of our swimmers to have fun and make individual improvements and best times, and not to emphasize ribbons and scoring.