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Swim Meet Details

Swimming Details on Kids Swim Meets What to Bring to a Swim Meet What to Expect at a Swim Meet Swim Strokes
Attendance at swim meets is not a requirement but participation is beneficial to the swimmer.  It is way to measure improvement in time and technique.

In most cases when coaches receive information about an event it will be posted on the club website along with a sign up deadline.  Swimmers can sign up on line or in person at practice if they would like to attend.

What to expect at a swim meet...

Give yourself plenty of time to get to a meet so that you always arrive at the meet early.  You should plan on being there at least 15 -20 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins.  Your coach will tell you the exact time to be there.  Upon arrival find your team area and set up your gear there.

Locate the check-in spot and find your coach.  Parents are not allowed on deck so check-in may be the responsibility of the swimmer or the swimmer's coach.  Check for posted instructions in the check-in area.  Usually check-in means placing a circle around the swimmer's name or putting a "#" before the swimmer's name in each event he/she will participate in that day.  This check-in process lets the people running the meet know who actually is at the meet.  Failing to check-in will result in the swimmer not being allowed to participate in that event.  Once check-in is complete the meet administrators "seed" the swimmers into heats.  They will then post the heat/lane assignments so the swimmer needs to know where to find this information.

A psyche sheet can usually be purchased at the concession stand.  This lists all swimmers by seed time (previous best time to date) in order of events.  If it is a first time event for a swimmer the time will be entered as NT (no time).  NT swimmer will most likely swim in one of the first heats of the event. 

At most meets a heat sheet is sold close to the start of the meet that will list the actual heat (group) and lane a swimmer will compete in for his/her events.  It is very important to check this and bring any errors to the attention of the coach.

The swimmers find it helpful to write each event/event number/heat/lane on his/her hand, arm or leg in ink or sharpie.  This is an aid to help swimmers remember what event/event number to listen or watch for.

Now that the preliminaries are finished you swimmer needs to get his/her cap and goggles on and report for warm-up instructions from their coach. The team will participate in a warm-up together in preparation for the meet. The coach will direct this activity. At some meets there may be an early and late warm-up session.  In either case, if your child is at the pool at the time the coach has indicated, he/she will be ready for either situation.

Once warm-up is complete the swimmer will go back to the area where they placed their gear and wait for his/her event to be called.  The meet usually starts about 15 minutes after warm-ups are complete.  Take care of any necessities at this time. It is important to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. eat healthy snacks and conserve your energy.

Once the meet begins, an event will be called and the swimmer will either report to the "Clerk of Course" ( if there is one) or directly behind the starting blocks, ready to swim. The Clerk of Course is a staging area where the swimmers are organized prior to being escorted to the blocks. 

Once the race is over, the swimmer should politely ask the timer his/her time, and then report to the coach. After the coach is finished reviewing the race with the swimmer and providing insight for the next race he/she can go back to the team area to rest until the next event.

Results will be posted and awards are often gathered for the team and given to the coach at the end of the meet to be distributed at another time.

So once a swimmer has completed all his/her events he/she is free to leave. However, check with the coach before leaving to make sure your child is not included to participate in a relay.