DQs - Disqualifications
Typically 50% of 7/8s and 9/10s get disqualified in breast and butterfly during Preliminaries. It is okay! Remember swimming is supposed to be fun and a time to learn.
Swimmers are not disqualified during dual meets. Willow has stroke judges who watch each dual meet and take detailed notes for the coaching staff. During practice, our coaches use these notes to work on techniques as a whole.
Disqualification only occurs during Prelims and Finals. If a swimmer makes any error during a swim (see attachment for details), they will be disqualified. Each team provides 1-2 stroke judges to watch all heats. During the race, they communicate with each other and provide an official stroke judge form for swimmers who are disqualified.
Many of the younger swimmers will see a DQ … it is okay!