Meet Rules & Regulations
The following information is a basic rundown of swim meet terms and requirements for every team in the West Houston Aquatic League (WHALe).
One length of the pool = 25 yards or 25 meters depending on the pool
6 and under swimmers will swim only the freestyle and/or freestyle relay for 1 length of the pool.
7/8s and 9/10s will swim 1 length of the pool in no more than 2 individual events and 2 relay events.
11/12s, 13/14s and open swimmers will swim 2 lengths of the pool in individual events or 4 lengths of the pool in the individual medley relay. Each swimmer may swim no more than 5 individual events and 2 relay events.
Swimmers will be disqualified for violating league rules, including the following:
*Use of the lane rope or pool bottom to enhance forward progress.
*After a second false start in the same event.
*Early take off in a relay event.
*Violation of a stroke rule.
Disqualification in a heat will result in the swimmer not receiving points or awards.
A swimmer’s age for competition is determined by his/her age as of May 1st. A swimmer may not compete if he/she has reached their 19th birthday as of May 1st of the current year.
Any child who swims less than two dual meets will not be able to qualify for Meet of Champs or All Star Meets.
Home team swims in the even numbered lanes while the visiting team swims in the odd numbered lanes.