Swim Meets are competitions hosted by swim clubs, MSOÂ (Provincials), or MSC (Nationals) at which swimmers have the opportunity to race each other in various events.
Swim meets are a great team experience; they're a place where the whole team can spend time together. They also provide a great opportunity for swimmers to see progress from their efforts in practice, and socialize with their team mates, family and friends.
Listed below is a collection of information about various aspects of swim meets.
When and Where are Swim Meets held?
Full details can be found for each meet can be found on theÂ MSO MEET SCHEDULEÂ for all meets past and present.
How do I sign up for a Swim Meet?
Swimmers can enter a meet directly once they SIGN IN.
Coaches can enter a club's relays too once they SIGN IN.
Planning, Organizing and Running A Swim Meet
The following information and procedure will assist you in running a swim meet:
REVIEW MSCÂ MEET RULES When planning, organizing and running any MSCÂ Swim meet, you need to be familiar with theÂ MSC RULES. They outline the rules that govern all types of swim meets in MSCÂ and can be an excellent source of information on elements of a meet you may not even have considered!
ADD YOUR MEET TO THE MSO MEET SCHEDULE Once you are familiar with the MSCÂ Rules you need to pick a meet date. To do this you should first check the existing MSO Meet ScheduleÂ to find a free weekend and consult with your facility of choice for availability. Once you have confirmed your pool booking, add your meet to the MSO Meet Schedule by having the Club President, Treasurer or Registrar SIGN INÂ and use the "CREATE SWIM MEET" function in their menu. All that is required to do this step is your meet managers email, date of the meet, and name of the pool. Once submitted the MSOÂ Competition Chair will review the date and either approve it, or follow up with the club directly.
BUILD YOUR MEET PACKAGE You can now BUILDÂ YOUR MEET PACKAGEÂ online. This can be done immediatelyÂ following step 2, or at a later date. Using the met package form will allow you to define all the details of your meet, like who your referee will be, which events you will host, when your entry deadline is and how you will score you meet. You can go back in and edit your meet package as much as you like up until you request a sanction number.
SANCTION YOUR MEET In order for your meet to be supported by the MSO website, for the results to be considered "Official" and for MSO insurance to cover your meet, you must sanction it. Once you have completed creating your meet package, you should REQUEST A SANCTION NUMBER IN THE MEET ADMINISTRATION AREA. The MSOÂ Competition Chair will review your meet package, and will sanction the meet by issuing a sanction number, assuming the meet and meet package are acceptable. Once you receive a sanction number your Â referee will be notified by email about meet details and your meet invitations including a link to your meet package will be email to all the invited clubs.
FILL YOUR OFFICIALS and VOLUNTEER POSITIONS It is also a good idea at this time to start recruiting volunteers and officials to assist in running your meet. Officials and Volunteers can sign up for positions directly through your online meet package, and you can also enter them through the MEET ADMINISTRATION AREA. You can also download this form and take it to the meet to use it for check-in.