Swim Meet Rules

Swim Meet Rules

RMAL Swim Meet Rules

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  1. Each swimmer may swim in no more than 3 events per meet PLUS a relay.
  2. Time standards have been updated to be aligned with USA swimming times.  This may affect your child’s swimming qualifying times for Gold or Blue categories.
  3. Each event will consist of Blue, Gold, and Silver heats, combined if necessary, depending on the number of swimmers entered.
  4. There is no limit to the number of swimmers a team may have in Blue, Gold, or Silver individual events, except for the Individual Medley (IM).  A team may only enter 6 swimmers in each IM event (8 in an 8-lane pool).
  5. Relays are limited.  Each team may enter relays in each age category as follows: 2 Blue, 3 gold, and 3 Silver in freestyle or medley relays.
  6. Relays consist of 4 swimmers.  No more than 3 of the 4 swimmers can be boys, at least on of the 4 swimmers must be a boy.
  7. Blue relays must have one swimmer with a Blue time in freestyle for a freestyle relay or Blue time in the stroke she/ he is swimming in a medley relay.  The same rule applies to Gold Relays.  Silver relays can have only silver swimmers in freestyle or medley relays.
  8. A swimmer may swim in only one relay in a dual meet (not true for championships- may swim in only one freestyle and medley relays).
  9. Swimmers must swim in their age group.  However, mini-mite or mite may swim a particular relay as a midget or as a mini-mite/ mite, but not both.  A mini-mite may swim in an event as a mite if that particular event is not offered to the mini-mites.
  10. Freestyle and Backstroke will be the only individual events offered in the min-mite category (6 year old and under).  These events will use the mite time standards.  Only the silver category of the mini-mite event will be swum.  If a mini-mite achieves a Blue or Gold time, she/ he must be entered in the event in Blue or Gold category for which she/ he is qualified in that stroke.  A mini-mite may swim as a mite in any stroke at any time, but may not swim as a mite and a mini-mite in the same stroke during the same meet.  Points will not be assigned to placements in mini-mite event.
  11. Swimmers will be allowed once false start per event.  Upon commission of the second false start, the swimmer will be disqualified.
  12. Eligibility: In order for a swimmer to score points in a dual meet, she/ he must be registered and the registration fee paid 24 hours in advance of the meet in which she/ he desires to compete.  A non-registered swimmer ( a visitor or swimmer who recently joined the team, but is not on the RMAL roster) may swim as an Exhibition swimmer, but may not score points for the team.