INFORMATION  ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL MEETS    

1.Dual Meets start at 4pm and meets run about 1 hour and 10 minutes for swim portion.  And another
half hour for diving.

2.We want ALL swimmers to stay and cheer and support divers after our home swim meets.  
We must have advance written notice if swimmers plan to leave early, or they will not be eligible for
the next meet!

3.All swimmers will compete in the meets - usually multiple events.
The first heat (race) is the scored event the 2nd and 3rd heats are time trial events.
All are important for end of season invitational meet entry.

4.The maximum number of events a swimmer may compete in is 4 > 2 individual and 2 relays.

5.Swimmers MUST go to away meets on the BUS and come home on the BUS!  If for a very important
reason a swimmer will need to go home with a parent (and only a parent) a note must be turned into
Head Coach at least 1 day prior to meet.  If a swimmer goes home with parent and Coach was not
notified and ok'd the ride home.  The swimmer may be subject to not competing at the next meet.

6.Pools are 25 yards in length - most events are 50 yard (2 lenghts)
100 yards (4 lengths) or 200 yard (8 lengths) events.
Relays are 4 x 50 or 200 yard relays - each swimmer has 2 lengths of        the pool.  In Medley Relays
swimmer 1 does backstroke - 2 breaststroke    - 3 fly - 4 freestyle.

7.The individual medley is a 100 yard event - in this order >
1 length fly - back - breast - free.

8.Strokes & Turns must be performed legally or disqualifications will be called by
the PIAA / WPIAL officials.  
This also goes for starts and turns and any illegal infractions
of PIAA rules.                                                     
                        
How do you join / sign up for middle school swimming ???
WHO IS ELIGIBLE ???
ANY WEST ALLEGHENY STUDENT IN 7TH OR 8TH GRADE!

First get a school physical and parent form from the middle school office, athletic office,
or download on line at West Allegheny Athletic site.

WA Athletic Fee Form

PHYSICAL FORM LINK

WA SCHOOL PROVIDES FREE PHYSICALS !
CHECK WITH ATHLETIC OFFICE STARTING IN JANUARY ABOUT DAYS & TIMES.

Then all must be filled out completly and turned into Athletic Office or Middle School
Office.

You may contact Coach Bob Miller at anytime during this process and get questions
answered.  Swimmers may also stop by pool to talk to him after school 3 to 3:30.
ALL PAPERS AND FEES GO TO ATHLETIC OFFICE !
YOU CAN GIVE TO MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE AND THEY WILL GET IT TO AD OFFICE IN
HIGH SCHOOL OR YOU MAY TAKE DIRECTLY TO AD OFFICE AND GIVE TO NANCY
BARNER SECRETARY OR DAVE McBAIN A.D.
WEST ALLEGHENY MIDDLE
SCHOOL SWIM & DIVE TEAMS
QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ???

WHAT DOES EACH SWIMMERS NEED FOR PRACTICES >
1 PIECE SWIM SUIT
GOGGLES
SWIM CAP IF THEY HAVE LONGER HAIR
2 TOWELS
AND A POSITIVE WILLING TO LEARN ATTITUDE :)

WHAT DOES EACH SWIMMERS NEED FOR THE COMPETITIONS >
WA WILL PROVIDE EACH SWIMMER / DIVER WITH A TEAM SUIT /
TEAM CAP (BOTH THESE ITEMS TO BE USED ONLY FOR MEETS -
NOT PRACTICES) / WARM UP JACKET. THEY NEED TO PROVIDE
GOGGLES AND TOWELS!
SUITS & CAPS SWIMMERS KEEP - WARM UPS ARE TURNED IN AT
END OF SEASON!

DO ALL SWIMMERS/DIVERS COMPETE IN MEETS - EVEN IF THEY
ARE NEW TO THE SPORT ?  YES!
OUR MEETS ARE SET UP TO HELP ALL OUR SWIMMERS / DIVERS
TO LEARN. NEWER SWIMMERS MAY NOT BE IN POINT SCORING
RACES BUT THEY WILL BE IN TIME TRIAL HEATS / RACES.
GENERALLY EACH SWIMMER WILL DO A MINIMUM OF 2 EVENTS
AND USUALLY 3 OR 4.  4 IS THE MAX A SWIMMER MAY ENTER.
WE CONSIDER OUR DUAL MEETS AN EXSTENSION OF PRACTICE
AND THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

MOST OF OUR SWIM MEETS WILL START AT 4PM. AT HOME
MEETS WE WILL DO THE SWIM PORTION WHICH RUNS ABOUT 1
HOUR.  AS SOON AS SWIMMING IS COMPLETED - WE WILL SET UP
FOR DIVING. NOT MANY TEAMS HAVE DIVING UNFORTUANTELY
BUT WE HAVE OUR DIVERS GO THROUGH THE SAME SET UP AS
OUR VARSITY DIVERS AND THEY DO AN EXIBITION.
ALL SWIMMERS STAY FOR DIVERS AND DIVERS ARE THERE FOR
SWIM MEET.   WE ARE THE WA SWIM & DIVE TEAM !!!

THE RELAY MEET AND THE END OF SEASON INVITATIONAL MAY
BE DIFFERENT TIMES AND WILL RUN LONGER THAN 1 HOUR!

THERE IS MORE INFO BELOW AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.
AND IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE
EMAIL  / TEXT  /  OR CALL ME.
COACH BOB MILLER / 724-766-0847  
WAMS SWIM & DIVE TEAMS
(AVAILABLE TO 7TH & 8TH GRADE STUDENTS)

PLEASE CHECK OUT HIGH SCHOOL PAGE
FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION AS OF 7-17-20.