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  1. What's the difference between Tigersharks YMCA & USA?

  2. How are relay teams selected for the Divisional, League & zone meets?

  3. Is USA swimming for the "elite" swimmers only?

  4. I watch the score of the meet on the scoreboard, but the website says 6 to 5.  Why are they different?

  5. What do we do with all the money we raise?

  6. What should the swimmers do after they finish their race at a meet?

  7. What happens at the banquet?

  8. What do I do if my child is sick the morning of a meet, and can't swim?

  9. What should we bring to dual meets?

  10. Should my swimmer(s) attend invitational meets?

  11. What apparel items do we HAVE to purchase?

  12. Why do the relays change from 1 dual meet to the next?

  13. What should we wear to the various dinners/events?

  14. How do you qualify for championship meets?

  15. How much does it cost to join Tigersharks?

  16. How many meets per month do we have to attend?

  17. Who gets ribbons at dual meets?  What is the difference in ribbons?

What's the difference between Tigersharks YMCA & USA?

While the Tigersharks are a YMCA sanctioned team we also participate as a USA Swimming Team. The USA Invitational Meets allow our swimmers to experience competition from a wider geographic area. There is a registration fee to join USA Swimming and an event fee is charged for all USA Invitational meets.

USA swimming is another national swimming organization with thousands of participants.  Their meet format is invitational and is similar to our YMCA invitational format; whereas our regular YMCA meets are in dual-meet (2-team) format.

For more information on USA swimming, click here.  If you are interested in learning more see your coach.

How are relay teams selected for the Divisional, League & Zone meets?

Each age group coach is responsible for establishing all relays for dual meets as well as championship meets.  As swimmers abilities develop, the configuration of the relay teams will change, at the coaches discretion.  For example: relay configuration can change from the divisional meet to the league meet.  Also, just because you swam on a relay that qualified for zones, does not mean that you will swim at zones on that relay...
For more detailed information on how Zone Relays are selected please see our Team Handbook's "Zone Policy" section.

Is USA swimming for the "elite" swimmers only?

No.  Everyone can swim USA.  Minimum distance for USA events is 50 yards.  Anyone who can swim 2 lengths of the pool is welcome to register to swim USA invitational meets!  For more info on the benefits of USA swimming Click Here.

I watch the score of the meet on the scoreboard, but the website says 6 to 5. Why are they different?

There are 11 total points per meet.  There is a point awarded to the team scoring the most points (what you see on the scoreboard.)  The other 10 points come from individual age group scores.  For complete details, click here.

What do we do with all the money we raise?

All of the money we raise goes to support our swimmers.  Some of the items funded in the past have included but are not limited to:
  • Awards
  • End of the year awards ceremony
  • Zone jackets, caps, t-shirts
  • Team T-shirts
  • Buddy System Meet & Greet Party
  • Free relay entries for all invitation & championship meets
  • Coaching at all Invitationals
  • Extra Pool Time
  • Pool Party
  • Sibling Credit (Toward Registration)

Money from fundraising has also been used to keep program fees as low as possible. Thanks to outstanding team fundraising efforts the booster club was able to contribute more than $10,000 to help keep fees as affordable as possible. Thanks to these efforts although the fees for both the Nat and Akron pool rental increased this year our swimmers have not seen an increase in their fees in at least the last 2 years. 

What should the swimmers do after they finish their race at a meet?

It's tempting to run to Mom and Dad to tell them how well you did, but you should go to your COACH FIRST.  Parents: when your child comes to you...ask them if they saw their coach.  If they say "no" send them over to their coach immediately.  Coaches will offer encouragement, celebrate time drops and offer suggestions for improvement.  All of this is best done immediately after you swim an event.  Coaches will then encourage swimmers to see their parents.

What happens at the banquet?

The end of year banquet is a celebration of the year. All swimers. including High Schoolers, and their families are strongly encouraged to attend. It is broken out into 2 sections:  general assembly and age group assembly.  During general assembly, the discussion centers on things that the whole team should know or should see:  summary of the year, special team awards (like improvement awards and coaches awards) are given out.  The board is introduced, and new board members are announced/voted for if applicable, and zone qualifying swimmers are also recognized.  Other general business is discussed.  This also acts as the end-of-year general meeting. During the age-group assembly, awards are given out to all swimmers who swam at the divisional meet.  The age group coaches will spend more time talking about each swimmers progress during the year. After the award ceremony, there is typically social time with refreshments. (Please note this format may change from year to year).

What do I do if my child is sick the morning of a meet, and can't swim?

It has happened to us all!  The best thing to do is to email Coach Dale as soon as you know you will not be there. (He can receive email on his phone now)  Most kids will be in at least one relay and last minute changes require a lot of time and thought. If you can't get in touch with a coach, get in touch with a parent who will be able to tell the coach when they arrive at the meet.

What should we bring to dual meets?

This may change somewhat from pool to pool. It is often a good idea to ask an experienced parent about the layout of away meet pools.  But in general here is a suggest list of things to bring to most pools.

  • Large blanket for the kids to sit on
  • Extra towels or a swimmer's towel - a super-absorbent towel (like a chamois)
  • Extra suits and goggles
  • Water bottles
  • Chairs to sit on in a gym.
  • Travel games, books, or cards, most meets have lots of down time between events
  • Pen, paper, and permanent markers (for invitational meets, bring a highlighter)
  • Healthy snacks (No sugar, pop, or energy drinks, these have been proven to be detrimental to swimming performance.)
  • Extra clothes that will get wet sweatshirts and sweatpants. It is important to keep warm between events.
  • Clothes to go home in, the ones woren during the meet will likely be wet.

    Should my swimmer(s) attend invitational meets?

    Absolutely!  This is a great way for swimmers to swim different events.   Unlike the YMCA dual meets where the coaches decide what events the swimmers are in, at invitational meets, the swimmers can decide what they want to swim. 

    Watch the meet page for a list of invitational meets that our team is attending.  Invitational meets are a great way to have fun and build confidence...especially the meets with 6& under events for the little guys; and the meets where you swim your age (i.e. 9 year olds swim against other 9 year olds rather than 9/10.)  Trophies, medals and ribbons are often given out as awards for top swimmers at Invitational.  Be sure to click on the meet name on the meet schedule page to read the information packet to get all the information you need when you are thinking about entering an invitational. 

    What items do we HAVE to purchase?

    All required items, and other apparel, will be available for purchase/order at registration.

    • Each swimmer must have a team suit. 
    • Team caps: all swimmers wearing caps must wear a TEAM cap.The Night at the Races is dressier but not formal

      Why do the relays change from 1 meet to the next? aka Why is my fast swimmer on the "B" relay rather than the "A" relay?

      This is a popular question and cause for much confusion...  The coaches will sometimes change the relay members from meet to meet.  

      When we are facing a weak opponent, the coaches may balance out the relays as the only real competition may come from our own team.  When we are facing tougher opponents, coaches of 9 and over swimmers use previous times and computer software to determine the fastest relay, next fastest, etc.  Since swimmers times change from meet to meet, it only stands to reason that the relay-swimmer combinations can change from meet to meet.

      The 8U relays don't score points in Y dual meets.  The coaches usually balance out the relay teams to make them roughly equal.  8U swimmers are eligible to swim in a 10U relay.  This can be confusing until you realize that the category is actually 10U relay and not a 9/10 relay in dual meets.

      What should I wear to the various dinners/events?

      The league dinner, awards banquet, and Night at the Races are casual events.

      How do you qualify for championship meets?

      • Divisional Championship Meet: All swimmers should plan to compete in this meet. This meet is used to determine who qualifies for the League Meet.

      • League Championship Meet:  Swimmers qualify by their performance at the Divisional meet.  

        • The League meet currently has 3 heats for all 12 & under events and 2 heats for all 13 & over events...including relays.

        • They have 9 automatic qualifiers from the divisional meets, so they would need 15 more swimmers to fill the 3 heats.  Those 15 would be chosen from the At Large swimmers, starting with the fastest.

      • Zone Championship Meet: you must achieve a qualifying time.  This time can be achieved at ANY meet during the swim season, YMCA or USA, including dual meets, invitational meets, championship meets and last chance meets.

      How much does it cost to join Tigersharks?

      The cost varies slightly from year to year; however, our fees for 2010-2011 year are as follows:

      • YMCA membership for swimmers: $25 start-up fee + $12.86/month (can be bank draft)

      • Program Fees: $275 for 8&under and $375 for 9&over (This can be paid in 4 installments)

      • Booster fee: $100

      • Divisional/League Entry Fee: $18

      • Cost of team suit & caps

      Add all those costs together and that is your total cost. 


      Optional fees included: Additional Team apparel (available only at registration,) USA Registration fee of $48 plus $10 per family team USA fee, & Invitational escrow fees of $50. (Setting up an escrow account is necessary to compete in invitational meets. It is used to pay entry fees.)


      How many meets per month do we have to attend?


      There are roughly 2 dual meets per month.  You do not have to attend all of them, but there is a minimum number of meets you must attend each year to qualify for championships.  In the 2010-2011 season, all swimmers needed to swim 3 meets to qualify.  This number can change from year to year.  Ask your coach.


      Who gets ribbons at a dual meet & what is the difference between ribbons?

      • All swimmers (individual or relay) who swim in the FIRST heat of every event will receive place ribbons according to where they finished.

      • All swimmers (individual or relay) who swim in all other heats of every event will receive Participation ribbons

      • Any swimmer who is DISQUALIFIED in an event (individual or relay) will NOT receive a ribbon.  (If 1 swimmer in a relay is disqualified, the entire relay is disqualified and none of the 4 swimmers will receive ribbons.)

      • Somewhere toward the middle of the year (meet 3 or 4), you may see a black "Best Time" ribbon.  If your swimmer swims their best time, they will receive the place/participation ribbon PLUS a "Best Time" ribbon.  These are a very special acknowledgment of a swimmers best time!



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