Run a swim meet in less time, with less paper, and fewer volunteers. Use your iOS devices to run your swim meet:
3. STROKE & TURN JUDGE(S)
4. SCOREKEEPER (iPad)
Have each official or volunteer official download Swimmingly™ for free on their iOS device.
Note: Each official or volunteer participating in Swimmingly™ can use any iOS device (iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPad Mini) that runs iOS 12 to run the 4 roles of Meet Central.
To run a Sample Swim Meet: We recommend using at least 1 device for each role (Starter, Timer, Stroke & Turn Judge, Scorekeeper). Note, an iPad is required for the role of the Scorekeeper.
Updated Scorekeeper performance and speed when re-scoring, generating ribbon labels, generating results, and publishing results.
Ratings and Reviews
Great App/System and Company
The team behind this app has a passion for summer swimming, and a vision for how it can be better for the whole summer swim community. Last year was our first year using the app, and it was a great improvement over the old system. That said, we had a lot of end-of-season feedback about how it could be better. Nice to see a lot of that has been incorporated into version 5.0. Can’t wait to see how things run this year!
Developer Response ,
Your feedback is extremely valuable year after year! Thank you for sharing your passion with us.
Too many issues
Meet central has potential however there are too many issues to recommend this to others. The system is marketed to eliminate volunteers however it takes the same number, requires tech savvy volunteers to run a meet smoothly, and volunteers to print and process ribbons. It seems difficult to use with a league that has different configuration of pools with regard to the number of lanes and the length of the pools (meter vs yard pool). To run adequately you will need a dedicated iPad to run the meet, an iPhone or iPad for both the starter and stroke judge, and timers who have iPhones. All devices must not have charging issues (an Apple ongoing complaint). Sprint carrier iPhones are inferior and will not work with the system. The starter's cord did not work for us. To maximize the system both teams must be subscribers. Customer service is inconsistent to say the least if not insubordinate to the "customer ". They need field customer service agents to support their subscribed team's first couple of meets to assure a smoothly run meet.
Meet Central: Huge Fail!!
I was the starter at a swim meet using Meet Central tonight and it was, to be kind, a boondoggle.
The system has too many failure points to be a viable product. We stopped using the system after multiple fails (meaning starter getting knocked off of the system; watches/iPhones not starting; timers phones dropping off of the system. We switched to manual watches and completed our meet, but you can imagine the results are a mess because Meet Central does not integrate with Meet Manager.
To the developers: it is completely unreasonable to expect timers to not switch out of the app at some point in the meet. You are not going to change the way people use their phones. You need to develop an app that fits into the current iPhone ecosystem.
Developers: Why does everybody use the same Huddle number? What happens if multiple people try to join as “starters?”
Developers: The starter and the meet ref should be able to see how many timers and stroke and turn judges are connected to the system.
Developers: Why does it take so long for you to get 16 timers logged into the system?
Me thinks Meet Central developers have never worked on transaction processing systems that need to be highly reliable and fault tolerant.
If you are a swim team, my advice is that this system is way too unreliable to use at this point.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear that - Thank you for your questions and concerns. Happy to help!
Timers: You are right. We do not recommend our timers leave the app! We have a hundred meets running on a "Tuesday" night that don't see this at all and one on a "Saturday" morning - for example - that might encounter a rogue volunteer. This might not be for everyone. And that's okay!
Huddle Number - We have the same Meet ID (unique to each meet) so it is easy for all of the swim meet volunteers to huddle together. As for the STARTER, the app will only allow one STARTER to login as that role : )
# of Volunteers - Correct. The # of volunteers and devices that are connected are all visible on the Scorekeepers' iPad. We encourage the Scorekeeper to come closer to the pool, by the Starter and Ref 1. So they can watch and enjoy the meet & 2. So they can communicate easily.
Huddle Time Length: Great question. Could be a couple things...Router placement and huddle location is the big one! We recommend that all volunteers huddle together close to the router - Ideal router placement would be to hang router on the flags by the starter!
If you have any other questions, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks again for your feedback!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.