May 20, 2019
Hello SRST Families,
This Fri./Sat/Sun. is the Spring Thunderbird Meet in Anacortes!
The timeline and psych
sheet are posted on our website in the usual area....go to Team
Info/Swim Meet Info and then select your choice. This is also
the area where you can find extremely valuable info on everything
related to swim meets.
future meets, if you want to get the timeline/psych sheet earlier
in the week you can find this info at www.pns.org. Go to
Meet/Results and then click on the name of the meet you are looking
for. Normally this info is posted by Wednesday the week of
You will notice that when you click on the timeline or psych sheet link it takes you off our site to the PNS Website; this is done on purpose. If the host team updates info you will always be getting the most current info. You will notice that on this meet info page there is a PDF file with the general meet info. You can click this link and get directions to the swim meet/location.
SPECIFICS FOR THIS MEET:
- Parents must
stay in bleacher area and designated parent areas.
Coaches will be on deck with the swimmers from the beginning
of warm-up until the beginning of competition. At this point
swimmers may return to their parents and the swimmer/parent should
watch carefully and send their swimmer to their coach approximately
10 min. before each race. Coaches of
course CANNOT GUARANTEE the swimmer makes it to their race and the
swimmers must pay attention. AG2 and above groups
should be able to get themselves to the starting blocks on time.
Some coaches may want the swimmer to check in up to 20 min.
before each race to ensure enough time for pre-race warm-up
activities; check with your direct coach to see what they want to
- I recommend you
read thru the materials on our Swim Meet page:
CLICK HERE. This is
where you will learn what to bring to a meet (like a fold out camp
chair, plenty of towels and snacks/water).
- VERY STERN WARNING: PARENTS DO NOT GO ON DECK AT THIS MEET.
A few particulars for new parents:
When you look at the timeline you will see the start time of
"competition". Warm-up is one hour before this (this is the
same for each individual session of the meet). Be early and
do not be late. There is a flow to the warm-ups and that flow
is disrupted when kids arrive late. Show up in your team
shirt/(or other SRST apparel) and double check your bag before
you leave the house to make sure you have what you need. AG2
and above kids need to have a tempo trainer on hand. Swimmers
will NOT need their gear bags (just suit/goggles/team cap/team
- For swimmers not in
the first session: You will have your own warm-up and you do
not need to come to the early warm-up...just the warm-up for your
- Never leave valuables
in the locker room and keep bags zipped up!
- Parents can buy a heat
sheet or look at heat sheet posted on wall to know when kids are
swimming. This should be done ASAP upon arrival.
Parents should bring a sharpie and help the kids write their
Event/Heat/Lane on their forearm (see attached
photo). This will greatly reduce the stress and
chaos the coach has to deal with when working with 10-20 kids all
doing different things. If you forgot what you signed up for,
just log back into your SRST account and review. Write events
on arm BEFORE the beginning of warm-ups.
- SRST coaches want kids
checking in 15 min. before the start of warm-up.
- SRST coaches want kids
in suits and ready to go, standing behind the starting blocks 5
min. prior to the beginning of warm-up.
- Swim meets can seem a
little "crazy"...If heard other descriptions :). The reality
is, swim meets are a lot of fun; and the kids usually love
them. SRST coaches recommend...don't stress! It does
take a long time to learn all the ins/outs of a swim meet.
While you are learning, just go with the flow. As an example,
sometimes a kid will miss a race or get disqualified...these things
happen to the best and are all opportunities to learn and
- Coaches expect
swimmers to do the full team warm-up and stay with coaches until
dismissed. There will not be a designated area for SRST
parents or kids at the meet, but if you see other red shirts, go
sit by those people and introduce yourself and make
- After warm-up there
will be a team meeting and cheer. This is usually 10 min.
before the start of competition. Swimmers be alert and ready
- After the cheer
swimmers may go with parents or sit with other team
- Swimmers should check
in with coaches prior to each race and consult with coach
immediately after each race.
- All SRST swimmers are
required to do a short warm-down after each race (prescribed by the
- At the end of the day
a swimmer should check-out with their direct coach (or coach
assigned to them if their regular coach is not
- Relays: don't pay any
attention to relays you see on the heat sheet or SRST
website. Coaches make the relays on the day of competition
based on who shows up and what the goals are for the day.
Relays will be announced to kids at the end of warm-up and
the kids can add the relay to their arm with Sharpie after the team
- Wear the team uniform:
Red SRST shirt, black suit of choice (Speedo brand) and team
cap. If you need to buy team gear you can do that at our Team
Store: CLICK HERE. Get caps and
- If you need swim
caps or shirts please email Coach Ben at least 24 hours before the
meet so he has time to plan to bring what you
- Swimmers/Parents will
be responsible for signing into events that require sign-in (you
must read meet info...typically the longer events such as 400 IM
and 500 FR require sign-in at the meet). Swimmers must also
at times provide their own timers for the 400 IM and timers and
counters for the 500 FR; swimmers are responsible for arranging
with friends and/or parents to cover this responsibility.
Read meet info for details.
- If you are new and
want even more info/details, click on the "DIRECT LINK" way up at
the top of this email and read thru all the materials on our Swim
Meet Info page.
- When will I be
invoiced and when do I pay? You will be invoiced after the
meet is over and the charge will be on your Nov. bill. You do
not need to write a separate check or make separate payment for
- When do we get to leave the pool? Once your last race is over, check in with your coach and then you get to leave.
Smile and have fun!