The GATORS are members of the Northern Suburban
Swim League (NSSL). The league also
includes teams from the surrounding communities of Evendale, Norwood, Reading,
Sharonville, Springdale, St. Bernard, and Wyoming. The NSSL is a summer
recreational league for swimmers of all abilities.
Are swimmers required to attend every meet?
Although we encourage all swimmers to attend as
many meets as possible, whether you choose to swim at a particular meet is up
to you! There will be sign-up sheets for
each meet posted on the bulletin board at practice. If you want to swim, you must sign up. If you are not signed up, the coaches will
NOT include you in that meet.
Additionally, in order to be eligible to compete at the end of season
NSSL championships, a swimmer must compete in a minimum of 2 league meets.
What should I bring to a meet?
Swim meets typically last 3 hours, so bring items
to keep you and your swimmer comfortable.
Most families bring camping chairs, blanket for your swimmer(s) to lay
on, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Each
swimmer should also have goggles, GATOR team cap, at least 2 towels and sweats
to stay warm on cool evenings. We
encourage everyone to visit the GATOR grill and to patronize other teams’
concessions; however, you may want to bring sports drinks/water and snacks to
keep your athletes hydrated and fueled.
It is also helpful to bring something to keep swimmers (especially
younger ages) occupied between events:
cards, games, books, crayons etc.
What are the events in a summer swim meet?
6 Year & Under : 25 Free, 25 Back
7-8: 25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly, 8 & Under 100 Free Relay and 100 Medley
Swimming seems like such an individual sport. How do we compete as a team?
For each regulation event, points are awarded to
teams for each 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish
in all regulation events and relays as follows:
individual 1st (5 pts), 2nd (3 pts) and 3rd
(1 pt). Relays 1st (10 pts),
2nd (6 pts) and 3rd (2 pts). The team with the most points wins the
meet. So, if your child is disappointed
with a 3rd place finish, remind him/her that they still earned
points for the GATORS!
Who determines what event(s) my child swims?
Coaches make all decisions regarding meet
line-ups. League rules dictate that each
swimmer may swim no more than 4 events per meet including individual and relay
races. Additionally, each team can enter
a total of 3 regulation swimmers per event.
My child is swimming in an exhibition heat. What does this mean? How is this different
from a regulation heat?
Exhibition races are not included in the scoring
of the meet, but provide an opportunity for additional swimmers to compete in
each event. At GATOR home meets, ribbons
are still awarded to top three finishers; however, some teams will not provide
exhibition ribbons at away meets.
My child finished first in his race. Why didn’t he receive a ribbon?
At league meets, ribbons are awarded to the first,
second and third place finishers for each event. When there are multiple heats for an event,
finishing first in your heat does not guarantee a top three finish
overall. Occasionally teams award
additional ribbons for best effort, participation, exhibition etc. This practice varies among teams.
What does it mean when a swimmer is DQ’ed?
There are certain requirements to perform each of
the four strokes correctly. At each
meet, there are stroke/turn judges who watch swimmers looking for any illegal
starts, strokes, turns or finishes.
Swimmers who are not legal, will likely be disqualified (DQ’ed) from the
race, and their finish will not be scored.
do I need to volunteer to work at meets?
It takes 30+ people to fill all of the volunteers
positions needed to successfully run a swim meet. It also takes several additional volunteers
to manage other aspects of a team of nearly 120 athletes! So, please find a volunteer job that’s right
for you. See our volunteer coordinator for