Power Points-What are they?
Every swim listed in the USA Swimming times database includes a Power Point value. This point system allows for comparison of the quality of performances across strokes, distances and events, as well as between age groups.
So how exactly does the power point system work? The power point scale ranges from 1 to 1100 points. The higher the points, the stronger you are in that event. We use these points to rank you and your club in our IM Ready, IMX and Virtual Club Championships programs.
Why use it as a swimmer?
Ever wonder how your long course times compare to your short course times? Wonder no more. Comparing your season swims is just one way Power Points can be of use to you. Here are other ways to use it:
- So you’re pretty decent in your events across the board, but you want to know which events are stronger for you on a national scale. Use Power Points! For example, you can compare your score in the 100 back vs. the 200 back or across several freestyle distances such as the 100, 200, and 400.
- Look at the strength of one stroke vs. another stroke. For example, compare your freestyle to your breaststroke. Determine the quality of you short course vs. long course swims.
- This comparison is a great way to measure progress from the end of the short course season through the long course season.
Why Use IT AS A Coach?
Power Points aren’t only for swimmers. Coaches can also use the system to motivate their swimmers, evaluate progress and more. Read below for ideas on how you can take advantages of the power point system.
- Evaluate relative performance over different maturation periods (i.e. 11-12 boys vs. 13-14 boys or 11-12 girls).
- Evaluate effectiveness of training or taper by looking at point improvement across different strokes and distances.
- Facilitate fun intra-squad competitions between age groups at your club program. For example, create a competition between your 11-12 girls vs. 15-16 boys. 200 free results can be ranked by points as opposed to times.
- With power points, you can award a “Performance of the Meet” (highest point score) or “Most Improved Swim” (greatest number of points improvement) or similar type acknowledgements after each swim mee