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NOTE: Please note that the Time Standards feature and associated reports are a product Option for TM. Please click Here for information about options.
A Time Standard is simply a set of times that have been established to represent a certain level of swimming. For example, an A time represents a certain time for every gender, age, stroke, and distance. Sometimes these Time Standards or cuts are specified as criteria for entering a meet. For example, an A Meet may require that only those athletes who have previously swum an A time can enter the meet. Please click Here for information on importing Time Standards as meet entry times or cuts.
A Time Standard can have up to 12 Designators. A Designator can be 1 to 4 characters in length. You might think of a Designator as a "level" within the Standard. For example, the USA Swimming Motivational Time Standards have 6 designators or levels - AAAA, AAA, AA, AA, BB, and B. Each Designator can have a time for a particular gender, stroke, distance, and age group. For example, the Gold Time Standard for a Girls 11-12 50 Free could be 28.97 and the Silver Standard could be 30.97.
In addition, each specific Standard can have a "Slower than" as well as a "Faster than" component. For example, the Gold "Faster than" component could be 28.97 as in the example above which means that all Girls 11-12 50 Free times that are 28.97 or faster will be tagged with "Gold" next to the time. For example:
Sharon Tippett 50 Free 28.44 Gold
Betty Odom 50 Free 30.65 Silv
Or, the Designator for a particular gender, stroke, distance, and age range could indicate times that are "slower than" a particular time. For example, suppose you wanted to tag all of the times that were "slower than" a 1:10.00 for the Boys 13-14 100 Back and call that designator "Nov" for "Novice". You would enter 1:10.00 in the "Slower than" side of the Standard and leave the "Faster than" side blank. For example,
Bill Glass 100 Back 1:12.43 Nov
Sam Hawkins 100 Back 1:15.45 Nov
If you wish to customize your screen and browser menus to show only the typical "Faster than" side, then go to the Main Menu / Set-up / Preferences / System Preferences, and click the Show Only "Faster than" Time STD/Qual. Times check box.