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2023 MCSL Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet

Please note updated times!!! The meet will start at 6:00 p.m.

The 2023 Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet will be held on July 11, 2023 starting at 6:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date of July 18, 2023 will be used.

The information on this page is preliminary as plans for the long course meet develop. This page will be updated as any additional changes to the meet are made. Please check back for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding.

Date, Location & Schedule

The MCSL Coaches Invitational Long Course Meet will be held the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center, 355 Martins Lane, on Tuesday, July 11th. The facility will open at 4:30 p.m. and the meet will begin at 6:00 p.m. The warm-up schedule is listed below:

Age Group Start & End Times Sprint Lanes
8 & Under 5:00 thru 5:10 2 & 7
9–10 & 11–12 5:10 thru 5:30 2 & 7
13-14 & 15–18 5:30 thru 5:50 2 & 7

Correction: there will be a break at halftime (after event 26) for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The break will be a minimum of 15 minutes. The pool will be open for warmup during the halftime.

Swimmers may only warm-up in the Competition Pool during the designated warm-up periods.

Please see the Map/Meet Layout for parking, athlete seating and coaches areas, spectator areas, T-Shirt pick-up, Bag Tag pick-up, Awards pick-up and Officials/Volunteer sign-in.

Practice Starts

Starting blocks will be used at this meet. The blocks are brand new this year. For swimmers who are not familiar with starting off a starting block, the Swim Center will open the pool for “practice starts only” from 8:30 am to 9:00 am on the morning of the meet. Swimmers must be accompanied by and supervised by a coach who is qualified to give instruction for starting block use, and should enter the facility at the indoor entrance and let the front desk staff know the swimmer is going to be preparing for a meet.

Scratch Deadline and Procedure

If a swimmer, based on previous time rankings, expects they will be seeded in the meet and they either (1) do not plan on participating in the meet or (2) do not want to swim a particular event, they should scratch from the events they do not want to swim. Scratches for this meet must be submitted utilizing the MCSL Online Scratch process and will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. on July 3rd. We strongly recommend that all swimmers scratch any events that they do not want to swim. Due to the scratch and tie-resolution rules, your seeding may differ from what you expect. We will not make changes after the scratch window has closed.

USA Swimming Sanctioned Meet

This meet will be sanctioned by Potomac Valley Swimming and USA Swimming, officiated by Certified USA Swimming Officials, and judged using current USA Swimming Rules (not MCSL Stroke & Turn Rules). Times swum by swimmers that are members of USA Swimming are considered official USA Swimming times and will be entered into the SWIMS 3.0 database.

Swimmer Check-in Procedures

All swimmers, including alternates, should report to the staging area (behind the blocks, see map) no later than three events prior to the time their event is scheduled to be swum. For example, if the swimmers for event 11 are either on the blocks or in the water, swimmers for events 12, 13 and 14 should have already reported to the staging area. A complete schedule of when swimmers should report to the staging area for each event is provided in the Staging Area Reporting Schedule. Once swimmers for an event have been released from the staging area and moved to the Starting Area, alternates should check-in with the Deck Referee or start area Chief Judge. Only the Deck Referee will place alternates in an event. If there are empty lanes, alternates will be placed in a lane. If there are empty lanes and no alternates present at the start of the event the lanes will not be filled.

Restriction on Use of Technical Swimsuits for 12 & Under Events

This meet is a USA Swimming Approved meet and is conducted under USA Swimming Rules, including rule 102.8.1.f which states that no technical suits shall be worn by any 12 and under USA Swimming athlete member. Thus all swimmers in 12 and under events must be in compliance with this rule and may not swim in a technical suit.

A technical suit is defined by USA Swimming as having: (1) any bonded or taped seams regardless of its fabric or silhouette; or (2) woven fabric extending past the hips.

For more information on what comprises a technical suit and on restricted or approved suits for 12 and under swimmers, please refer to information from USA Swimming found here.

Use of Towels for Starts

Towels are permitted to be used for both forward and backstroke starts.


Only USA Swimming Certified officials are eligible to work this meet. If you are interested in working the meet please indicate your interest by contacting the meet referee Jim Garner at rules@mcsl.org

Timers and Other Volunteers - Sign Up Here

For all parents and coaches able to serve as Head Timer, Assistant Head Timer, Lane Timer or Marshal during the meet, please sign up using SignUp Genius.

Also, we are always looking for individuals interested in performing the National Anthem. If you are interested or know someone that might be interested, please reach out to Tom Allison at competition@mcsl.org.

Meet T-Shirts

Meet T–Shirts will be available for purchase for this event and may be ordered in advance of the meet through Capital Sport & Swim. Pre-orders are due July 7 for delivery at the meet. Use this order form. Orders are placed directly with Capital Sport & Swim and should not be sent to MCSL. T-Shirts may be ordered for all swimmers that are listed on the Long Course seeding (including alternates) posted on the web. T-Shirts may be picked-up, by a team Representative or coach, at the Capital Sport & Swim tent during the meet.  

Bag Tags

Swimmers will be provided Bag Tags for this event. Each team's bag tags may be picked up by a team Representative or coach behind the Officials table.

Meet Programs

Meet programs will be uploaded to the MCSL website in advance of the meet and will be available to be downloaded. Meet programs will not be available on site. We recommend printing a copy prior to arriving at the meet.

Team Tents

Tents may be placed on the grassy areas behind the Officials platform. No tents will be permitted in the grassy area between the Competition and the upper Recreation pools.  


Entrance to the Swim Center parking lot is only through the easternmost (indoor pool) driveway and the exit is through the westernmost (outdoor pool) driveway.

A fee of $2.00 is charged for parking in the Swim Center lot. You may drop someone off without paying the fee but you cannot park in the lot and must exit after dropping off. If you choose to park in the Swim Center lot, only park in defined spaces. Do not make your own parking space. 

If you do not park in the Swim Center lot, you may park on Martins Lane, the Rock Terrace School parking lot (do not park on their fields or grass), or in the Board of Education parking lot off of Mannakee Street. 

Do not park on the baseball field across the street from the Swim Center or on side streets as this will likely result in you receiving a City of Rockville parking ticket.

Please assist the staff in making the parking operation run smoothly.

Additional Parking

Additional parking will be available at Montgomery College, Rockville, lot 10, which is the lot adjacent to Mannakee Street closest to the Swim and Fitness Center. No shuttle service will be available.


Advertising in the meet program and the selling of products on site is limited to MCSL Gold Sponsors.