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Flow of a Invitational

Invitational Meets are an all day and sometimes multi-day family event between multiple swim teams. Host teams provide a document with all the details of their invitational at the beginning of the season. Invitationals generally have two fees; a per swimmer sign-up fee or “Splash Fee” and a per event fee. Swimmers can typically be signed-up for as many events as they like and might swim in relays. Fees and entry forms are turned into the “Invitationals” folder in the Family Folder box a week before the meet. Relay fees are covered by the BDSC. Meet Programs are for sale on deck.

Typically, the two hours before the meet are for swimmers and parents to check-in, families to setup a space in their team’s area, and for team warmups. Each event can have multiple heats making for a long wait time between swims. Invitationals will have a prep area near the starting blocks to organize the swimmers before their event called either a “Ready Bench” if the lane assignments are pre-seeded (before the meet) or a “Clerk of Course” if the lane assignments are deck-seeded (day of after everyone has checked-in). Everyone is responsible to get themselves to the prep area.

Facility opens (6:30a-7a)

Check-in by 8:30a for swimmers, if pre-seeded will be told heat/lane assignments

Check-in for parents to confirm work assignments

Families to setup in their respective team area

Swimmers gather for warm-ups and the team meeting (830a)

Parents start reporting to their work positions (830)

Timers get a primer from the starter about timing (845a)

Swimmers gather at the prep area to be organized before heading to the blocks. This is the same for every event. (855a)

Meet starts (9a)

Day 1 Invitational (9a-5p)

Stroke order for events varies from meet to meet.
There may not be any relays

Day 2 Invitational (9a-4p)

Events are split between both days.
Each day may be split into Timed Trials and Finals.
There may not be any relays

Meet Ends

Some Invitationals have an award ceremony.

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