Swim Meet 101
Rain or Shine Unless there is thunder or lightning, WE SWIM IN THE RAIN.
If you are in doubt, check the Flyer Hotline # 855-99FLYERS (855-993-5937).
Fairfax County regulations require pools to remain closed for 30-45 minutes (depends on the pool management co.) after a visual sighting of lightning and/or sound of thunder. We will make every attempt to wait out the storm and resume practices.
We use SMS/Texting for team notifications as well. Directions on how to opt for text messages are included in the welcome registration letter and Handbook.
Please note: if a meet is cancelled due to weather, volunteer credits are not earned. In the event of thunder and lightning, we attempt to wait out the storm. If the meet is cancelled, we attempt to reschedule it. Sometimes meets are not rescheduled due to the busy swim calendar. Volunteer credits are only earned when volunteer jobs are completed.
These are the ELIGIBILITY requirements as stated by Springfield-Burke League Guidelines
1.Swimmers shall not swim any event swum at the preceding NVSL-sanctioned dual meet.
2.Swimmers shall swim no more than two events.
3.Swimmers shall not be entered in events in which the swimmer has no likelihood of swimming legally.
4.Swimmers shall swim in their age groups at Developmental Meets.
An organized time trial will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 15, one week before the first NVSL Dual “A” Meet. It is run as an official meet with a referee, a starter, timers, and stroke-and-turn judges. Its purpose is to familiarize swim team members and officials with the manner in which meets are conducted and to establish times so the coaches will have a better idea of the swimmers' abilities. Swimmers for the first Saturday morning A meet are chosen based on the times swum at Time Trials. All team members are expected to attend and to swim every stroke they can.
NVSL DUAL “A” MEETS
Five NVSL Dual "A" Meets are held on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM. At the end of the season, a trophy is awarded to the team that wins the most meets within its division. These meets consist of 52 events - 40 individual and 12 relays. Boys and girls swim separately in five age groups (8 & under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18). Swimmers compete in the group corresponding to their age as of JUNE 1.
Individual events are held in each of the four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) for each age group. One relay event is held in each age group, plus a mixed-age relay. 8 & unders and mixed-age swim freestyle relay and the other age groups swim medley relay. Both teams enter three swimmers in each individual event and one four-swimmer team in each relay event. A swimmer is limited to two individual events and one age-group relay. NVSL ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third place finishes. Our team also awards fourth, fifth, and sixth place ribbons.
Because these meets are a team effort and scored, the coaches determine who swims in each event. Swimmers are notified during practice on Friday mornings. Swimmers may be asked to swim something other than their best or favorite event in order to score points for the team. We expect everyone to cooperate with the coaches’ decisions.
DEVELOPMENTAL “B” MEETS
Five Burke-Springfield League Developmental "B" Meets are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 PM. These meets consist of all the individual events listed above, as well as individual medley (IM) for all age groups plus separate freestyle and backstroke events for 6 & unders. No relay events are held at B meets. For “official” competitors, ribbons are awarded for first through sixth place and competitor ribbons are awarded to all other swimmers.
While B Meets are open to all team members, these meets are held mainly for those swimmers who do not swim in "A" meets. With this in mind, there are entry limitations that give developing swimmers the chance to win official races and ribbons. More competitive swimmers also have the chance to participate in "unofficial" swims to improve their times.
Swimmers select the events they wish to swim, according to the eligibility rules. Sign ups are conducted online using the link on our website www.fairfaxstationflyers.com Sign ups will open on Wednesday prior to the meet and will be closed and FINAL as of 9PM Sunday before the meet. B Meets are "pre-seeded", so meet-day changes are not possible. Swimmers who have not signed up on time cannot be added and events that have been finalized cannot be changed.To prevent mistakes, we recommend that any swimmer participating in the Saturday "A" Meet consider waiting to sign up for the Monday "B" Meet until right after the Saturday meet, but no later than 9PM Sunday.
DIVISIONAL RELAY CARNIVAL
Each division conducts a Relay Carnival held on a Wednesday evening in the middle of the season. Every team may send two relays for each age group and two mixed-age relays. One of the relays is an all freestyle relay and the other is a medley relay which consists of four swimmers each swimming a different stroke in the following order: back, breast, fly, free. Coaches select the swimmers for these events. This is a scored meet and a trophy is awarded to the division winner.
NVSL ALL STAR RELAYS
The relay teams with the 18 fastest times from all 17 NVSL Divisional Relay Carnivals meets swum that day will be eligible to compete in the same event at the All Star Relay Carnival – or “All Star Relays” - held Wednesday afternoon the following week.
Each division holds a Divisional Individual Championship Meet - or “Divisionals” - at the conclusion of the regular season. This Divisional Meet consists of the same individual events as a dual meet with the addition of Individual Medley for all age groups except 8 & unders. Each team in the division is allowed two swimmers per event. There are no relay events at Divisionals.
Coaches will check with eligible swimmers the week before Divisionals to see which events they would like to swim. Each swimmer is allowed to swim a maximum of two events. The swimmers with the fastest two times on the team in an event in each age group will usually swim that event. If a swimmer has one of the top two times in more than two events, they may pick which two events they want to swim. In this case, a swimmer with the third or even fourth fastest time in an event may qualify to swim it in Divisionals. If one of the other teams in our division is unable to fill their lanes, the fastest time from one of the other teams will be used to fill the lane. Therefore, there could be more than two swimmers from one team in an event. Awards are given for each of the 12 place finishes. First through sixth place finishers receive a plaque and seventh through twelfth receive a ribbon. This meet is the qualifying meet for the NVSL All Star Individual Championship Meet, or “All Stars”.
NVSL INDIVIDUAL ALL STARS
The swimmers with the 18 fastest times from all 17 NVSL Divisional meets swum that day will be eligible to compete in the same event at the All Star Meet the following Saturday. Because of the quality of the swimming in the NVSL, making All Stars is a tremendous accomplishment. Sully is very excited to host All Stars for the first time ever! We hope we can count on our wonderful parents to help during this exciting meet!