The MCSL is divided into fifteen divisions (A-O) with the fastest teams in Division A. Assignment to a division is based on a team’s performance from the previous year. The Plantations Piranhas will compete in Division L for the 2018 season.
We are ONE TEAM with TWO competition levels...
A Meets are scheduled for Saturday mornings and are for swimmers that are invited by the coaches. These meets are the competitions. We compete against the 5 other teams in our division (there are 6 teams per division in the MCSL League). How our team performs will determine where they are assigned the following year. The higher up in the alphabet we are, the more competitive our team is.
B Meets are generally Wednesday evenings and are for everyone. This is still a competition, but it is not scored, there are no points awarded during these meets. Essentially, it is a scrimmage with another team.
All swimmers should register online to all the meets as soon as possible, especially the 'A' meets. If your swimmer is normally a 'B' swimmer, they must still register to attend the 'A' meet as the coach may ask that athlete to compete if an empty lane becomes available.
Competition Roster Selection
How Roster is Selected: After the Time Trials the coaches each week select the top three swimmers in back, breast and fly and the top six swimmers in Free. These swimmers generally swim those events at the Saturday “A” Meet the following weeks. No swimmer is permitted to swim in more than four events in any “A” Meet and since swim meets include relay and medley events, coaches must select four to six swimmers in each age/gender group to fill out the team.
What to do if Your Child Is Unavailable: Swim meet rosters must be submitted by the coaching staff in advance before each meet. These rosters must note the name of the swimmer and event to be swum for every event. Because coaches are permitted to change only a very few swimmers after the roster deadline, it is extremely important that swimmers let the coach know if they will be absent for any meet AT LEAST by the Wednesday preceding the meet. There are always unexpected situations and illnesses that arise to keep swimmers out of the water. If something unavoidable happens, please contact the Head Coach as soon as possible, even on the morning of the meet
If a swimmer is scheduled to swim and does not show up, this is called a “scratch”. It means that the team loses a swimmer in every event that swimmer was scheduled in, the lane is empty, the team loses points and another swimmer loses the opportunity to swim in that event slot. Failure to tell the coach of your child's planned absence will hurt the team, another swimmer and may jeopardize that swimmer’s further "A" Meet participation for the rest of the season.
“Swimming Up” is a term that means a child swims in an age group above the swimmer’s actual age. For example, 12 year old Tommy may be asked to swim a 13-14 event in a meet. Most often, this occurs when a team is short a swimmer in a particular event. Because swim meets are scored events, a swim-up swimmer often collects points that the team would otherwise forfeit. Swimmers are never permitted to swim down in age group.