How do I Read a Heat Sheet?
What is a Heat Sheet? What Does it say?
The Heat Sheet (a.k.a. Meet Program) is a program that shows all the participating swimmers and the events they will participate in as well as their assigned heat number and lane number. The announcer will say the event and heat number so that swimmers know when to step up to the blocks.
Changes to the Heat Sheet will be made the morning of the meet based on swimmers who don't arrive on time or do not attend. Please sign in or out of the meet in advance to reduce the number of last minute changes! We will also "combine" races to speed up the meet. For example, if we have 2 girls swimming Fly in the 15-18 age group and 2 boys -- we will combine them into one heat to save time.
The announcer will say if heats are combined. Please pay attention when it get close to the time of your swimmer's event.
Event Number: There are 80 events in each dual meet. Some invitationals may have a slightly different order or set of events.
We swim the Medley Relay, Individual Medley ( 25 yards of each of the 4 strokes), Freestyle, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Backstroke, and Freestyle Relay, ascending by age group. Even numbered events are Girls, odd numbered events are Boys.
Heat Number: In each of the 80 events, there are HEATS. Each heat has 5-8 swimmers - depending on the size of the pool. Our pool has 5 lanes; most of the pools we will travel to have 6 lanes.
Lane Number: This will tell you which lane your swimmer is scheduled to be in.
Seed Time: Once a
swimmer participates legally in an event, they will have a "seed time"
in that event for the next meet. Swimmers are placed in heats and relays
according to their seed times*. The home team is assigned to 3 lanes
and the visiting team is assigned to 3 lanes*. That creates a mix of
*There are exceptions to these rules.
Seed Time: The swimmer's fastest time prior to this meet.
Finals Time: The time they swam at this meet.
Marking Swimmer's Back or Arms
Both Dual Meet and Invitationals can get a little hectic, so to help the swimmers, parents and shepherds get the swimmers where they need to go, we will mark the events the swimmer is signed up for on either their shoulder (for 8 and unders) or their arms. This is usually done in black sharpie so you should bring 1 or 2 sharpies to every meet. Beware if you use spray sunscreen as the alcohol can cause the sharpie ink to run or disappear.