Event Information



  • Event:
  • TBA
    Refer to the tentative schedule


  • Please refer to Schedule of Events page.

  • Other Info

  • Relays will be deck entered. Please obtain relay slip from meet referee.

  • Maximum of 5 individual events and 1 relay per day, and 11 individual events and 2 relays per swimmer.

 2020 Entry Form

 2020 Sport Information


Last Chance Splash Waterpark
1023 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

State Games of America

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Entry Fees

Entry Fee:
(1st event)
Relays $3/relay
Individual Event $3 /event

Maximum of 5 individual events and 1 relay per day, and 10 total individual events and 2 relays per swimmer.

 Entry Deadline: July 3
 Guaranteed T-Shirt Deadline: July 1

*No entries, on-deck registration, or race changes will be accepted after July 3

    additional $4 processing fee for each online and paper transaction

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Last Chance Splash Waterpark
1023 N. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601

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****Special Notice****

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Big Sky State Games is working to balance competitive drive, healthy sport, and personal responsibility. Thus, we have followed the Governor’s Directive for Phase 2 of the reopening of Montana, the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and consultation with the Yellowstone City-County Health Department, dba RiverStone Health. However, it is important that you realize the ultimate person responsible for keeping safe is “you”.

Sports, event locations and/or divisions may change at any time. Please refer to the sport pages on the bigskygames.org for updated information. In the event that the sport you signed up for is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, your sport registration fee will be refunded. The nominal registration processing fee ($4) unfortunately cannot be refunded as those costs are incurred immediately upon registration through credit card companies and our third-party registration vendor.

General Guidelines
  1. Do not compete or spectate if you are sick; stay home and out of public places.
  2. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after competing and/or spectating at an event.
  3. Maintain 6’ physical distancing while spectating.
  4. Some events by their nature do not allow physical distancing; understand the inherent risks of entering this event.
  5. Wear a cloth mask when at indoor events as a spectator.
  6. Wear a cloth mask when required in a few of the BSSG events. Other times, feel free to wear a cloth mask for any event.



Please note: Members of a USA Swimming team will register through their swimming club. Event file available on Montana Swimming mid-May for teams to download on TeamUnify. Master swimmers and swimmers not associated with a swimming club register through Big Sky State Games.

  • It is very important that male and female columns and division (event) codes are filled in on entry form.
  • Be sure to fill in your USA Swimming ID # if you have one. Your USA Swimming ID# ensures that your results are sent to USA Swimming.
  • Enter best times on lines next to events you are entering on entry form where indicated. Times must be in yards. If you do not have yard times, enter “NT.”
  • Entry qualifying times will apply to the 400 IM, 500 Free, and 1650 Free. All swimmers 24 years of age and under must have qualifying times at or below the following: 400 IM - 6:52.86; 500 yard freestyle - 10:00.00; 1650 yard freestyle - 24:00.00.
  • Positive checkin required for 400 IM, 500 Free, and 1650 Free.
  • All members of a relay team must be registered as individual swimmers. Relays will be deck entered. Please obtain relay slip from meet referee.

Meet Details


The meet is a split meet on Saturday and Sunday. This meet is approved by USA Swimming, sanctioned through Montana Swimming and is governed by USA Swimming Rules. Special thanks to the Helena Lions Swin Team for hosting this meet. Helena Lions Swin Team is a member of USA Swimming.


HLST reserves the right to modify the order of events to a split meet format if there are more than 350 swimmers registered. In the event of a split meet format, clubs will be notified by email. Please provide a team contact with your team entries. Meet is scored on the following age groups: 8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24. If only a few swimmers are entered into an event, other events may be combined, seeded, and swum as a mixed event at the referee’s discretion, but will be scored and awarded by gender and age group. Relays will be seeded and swum as mixed. Swimmers in the 1500 Free, 800 Free and the 400 IM must provide their own timers, and swimmers in the 1500 and 800 Free must also provide their own counters. Positive check-in will be required for athletes in 1500 free, 800 free and the 400 IM.


This event is a whistle free meet. All events will be started based on voice commands.


Swimmers should enter with their fastest officially recorded time in meters (or enter with a converted LCM or SCM time). No time (NT) entries will be accepted. Times will be seeded in meters. Swimmers will be seeded slowest to fastest in all events except as noted. Distance races will be swum as a mixed event, but scored by age group and gender.


To the extent possible, teams are asked to provide timers and other certified meet officials. On deck training time will be available for those wishing to train as an official. E-mail the meet referee prior to the meet if you plan to officiate and sign in at the officials meeting each day in the hospitality area. Trainees should attend the pre-meet officials meetings daily and sign in. All officials on deck must be registered and certified with USA Swimming and registrations will be verified by the MT Swimming Registration Chair. Any official’s assistance will be greatly appreciated and will help to ensure a great meet for the swimmers.

Each team will be assigned lane timing assignments.

The officials’ meeting will be 15 minutes before the start of the meet.


All coaches on deck must be registered and certified with USA Swimming. Coach registration will be verified with the MT Swimming Registration Chair. Other meetings may be held at the meet referee’s discretion. Meet Management requests that at least one coach representative from each team attend all coaches meetings.


Please view our Schedule of Events page for a detailed breakdown of events by day. The warm-up schedule is posted below:


Deck changing is not appropriate and is prohibited on the pool deck. Changing into or out of swimsuits will only be allowed in locker rooms or other designated areas. A full set of rules can be found on USA Swimming website.


Medals will be awarded to the top three (3) individual event finishers for all age groups. Masters will be awarded in age brackets of 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90+. Medals will be available for relay teams.

Special Information

Held under the sanction of USA Swimming, issued by Montana Swimming, and US Masters Swimming, issued by US Masters Swimming. Meet hosted by Helena Lions Swim Team.


8 lane, 50 meter outdoor pool equipped with non-turbulent lane ropes. There will be a warm up and cool down pool in the dive tank next to the pool. Timing done with automatic Daktonics Timing System with pads at the start end and two manual watches. The pool is 5 feet deep at the start end and 3’3” deep at the turn end. The competition course has not been certified in accordance with 104.2.2c(4).


Refreshments available at concession stand.


Access to the pool deck may be gained through the south gates or through the pool office and locker rooms. Spectators may observe from the designated observation area on the 50 meter pool deck, however no chairs or camping is allowed within the fenced area. Spectators are requested to leave the pool area between races (Accommodations can be made for individuals with mobility restrictions-please check with the safety marshals at the meet.) According to County Health Department regulations the number of spectators and participants allowed in the facility is limited in order to comply with pool capacity limits. If the capacity is exceeded the city reserves the right to close the south gates. Umbrellas, tarps, and canopies for swimmers and spectators will not be allowed inside the fence and on the pool deck but allowed in the adjacent Memorial Park area during the meet. Due to underground watering lines, do not use stakes to secure umbrellas, tarps, canopies or tents in the park. There is no overnight camping allowed in Memorial Park.

Pool Party

The Helena Lions Swim Team will be renting the waterpark located at the pool from 5:30-7:30 PM on Saturday July 13. All swimmers and their families are invited to come use the waterpark during this time. HLST will be hosting a barbeque fundraiser in the park during this time as well.