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Swim Meet 101

  • Swim meet check-in procedure:  
    • Swimmers find your team and coaches. Know which events you are swimming! Get set for warm-ups!
    • Volunteers/Officials: Timers and officials please wear white shirts and blue shorts. Listen for officials' meeting announcements. 
    • Spectators: Bring a chair, hat and sunscreen. Not all pools in our league have shade. And don't forget, we swim in the rain, too! 
  • What to bring (and what not to bring):  
    • Swim cap, goggles (bring an extra pair, just in case), team suit, towel, dry clothes, pool shoes, playing cards, WATER, SUNSCREEN all in a bag that is OK to get wet. Leave electronics at home!
    • Healthy Snacks:  Fruit, granola bars, water. Avoiding sugary foods before swimming--candy, soda, sports drinks--may help nervousness and avoid nausea at the pool. Sugar, in general, will hinder performance. Most pools offer concessions that usually include a grill for burgers, hotdogs, and similar items. Save the doughnuts for after your swim :)
  • Time Line:
    • Swimmers arrive:
      • Home meets at 7:45 AM. Warm-up at 8:00 AM
      • Away meets at 8:00 AM. Warm ups start at 8:15 AM  
    • Volunteers/Officials: Marshal, patrol pool during warm-ups. Officials meetings start during warm ups - listen for announcements about where to gather.  
    • Meets begin at 9:00 a.m. (except Divisionals begins earlier)

Hints to Help your Swimmer Be More Successful:

  • Come prepared and on time (e.g. goggles, cap, suit, suncreen, water.)
  • Be supportive on and off the deck — swimming should be FUN, not pressure-filled. 
  • Encourage your swimmers to swim to their own objectives — often a personal best time is a bigger accomplishment than a first place finish.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast!
  • Don’t try to coach your swimmer. He/she already has one. If you have an issue or question, talk to a team representative.
  • Cheer often. Cheer loudly. Cheer for all. 
  • Encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Volunteer (you’ll have a great view of the action). It takes a village to make these meets run smoothly - please lend a hand - its a great way to get to know new friends in the community! Thank you! 
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