This is a meet scheduled for practice and experience only. No ribbons will be awarded, and no team records can be set. However, time trials are important to establish a swimmer's current times. Having accurate and current times on all swimmers allows the coaches to strategize against our opponents. Time Trials also offer an opportunity for new officials (timers, clerks, judges) to get valuable hands-on experience before the meet season begins. All officials should plan to attend time trials. Mini Wahoos and Swim School swimmers will not participate in Time Trials unless invited by the coach.
DUAL MEETS (“A” Meets)
There are five Saturday morning dual meets with the last dual meet always occurring on the next to last Saturday in July. These meets are scored and determine the team's standing in the Division at the end of the season. Dual meets permit three swimmers from each team in each event to compete against each other in these age groups: 8-under boys, 8-under girls, 9-10 boys, 9-10 girls, 11-12 boys, 11-12 girls, 13-14 boys, 13-14 girls, 15-18 boys, and 15-18 girls. The meet's 52 events start with freestyle races for each age group, then backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and an age group relay. The last two events of the meet are mixed-age relays swum by one 11-12, one 10&U, one 13-14, and one 15-18, in that order.
The top three finishers in each individual event will earn ribbons and score points for the team (5-3-1 points). Winners of each relay event earn a blue ribbon and 5 points for the team.
Swimmers may compete in no more than two individual events. In addition, qualifying swimmers may compete in a maximum of one relay and the mixed-age relay.
The coaches will determine the placement of swimmers in events for NVSL dual meets. Occasionally, swimmers may be asked to swim in an age group older than their own (swimming up). These decisions are made for the good of the team, and team members can support the team by supporting these decisions.
DIVISION RELAY CARNIVAL
There are six teams in each NVSL division, and all six compete in the Division Relay Carnival, which takes place on the Wednesday evening between the third and fourth dual meets. The Relay Carnival is a scored meet where all events are relays. Each age group competes in a freestyle relay and a medley relay. Points are scored for first through sixth place.
ALL-STAR RELAY CARNIVAL
The eighteen fastest relays in each event from the seventeen Division Relay Carnivals compete at the NVSL All‑Star Relay Carnival. This is a scored meet swum on the Wednesday evening between the fourth and fifth dual meets.
DIVISION INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET (DIVISIONALS)
Divisionals is held on the last Saturday of July. Two swimmers from each team in the division compete in each of the individual events. The individual medley (I.M.) event is included in lieu of the relay events. Swimmers may swim a maximum of two events at Divisionals. The top six swimmers in each event receive a plaque.
ALL-STAR INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
All-Stars is swum on the first Saturday in August. The eighteen fastest times in each event swum at the seventeen Divisional meets throughout the NVSL are brought together to swim at All-Stars.
SPRINGFIELD-BURKE DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE (“B” Meets)
Walden Glen is also a member of the Springfield-Burke Developmental League. The goal of the league is to develop more well-rounded and competitive swimmers.
These Monday evening meets are not scored; however, they are conducted with the same competition rules as Saturday dual meets and ribbons are awarded. These meets include the individual medley (I.M.) events. Coaches will select swimmers' events in accordance with the eligibility rules below.
SPRINGFIELD-BURKE DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE MEET RULES
Reference rule 3. ELIGIBILITY
A. Swimmers shall not swim any event swum at the preceding NVSL-
sanctioned dual meet. (“A” meet)
B. Swimmers shall swim no more than two events.
C. Swimmers shall not be entered in events in which the swimmer has
no likelihood of swimming legally.
D. Swimmers shall swim in their age groups at Developmental Meets.