Recommended Items to Bring
to Each Meet
- Barracudas Swim Cap
- Folding chairs
- Card games, water tolerant board
games, books and video games
- Permanent Marker*
- Water or sports drink (no sodas)
and fruit or healthy carb snacks*
items may be available for sale at the meet
Please arrive on time for all
meets – no later than 5:30. Warm-ups begin promptly at
5:30. The Coaches and Bullpen Parents will begin checking at 5:30
to see which swimmers are at the meet in order to get the relays on
deck to begin the meet by 6:00 pm. If your swimmer arrives late,
this causes much confusion and delay and could result from your
swimmer being pulled out of events.
When you arrive at the meet, go
directly to the designated Barracudas bullpen area. For swimmers
age 10 and younger, find the designated Bullpen Parent for their
age group. It is best for swimmers to sit with other swimmers in
their age group. Swimmers are required to stay in the Bullpen area
during the meet unless they are warming up, swimming their events,
or taking a bathroom break.
If your swimmer is age 10 or
younger, please help make sure your swimmer pays attention to
his/her Bullpen Parent -- this volunteer is essential to the meet
function and will help make sure your swimmer makes it to each of
his/her events. Missed events are an unfortunate – but not
uncommon – occurrence at swim meets. Please stress good
behavior and listening skills to your younger swimmer. Card
games, water-friendly board games, reading and video games are
excellent pastimes for swimmers waiting for their upcoming
Heat Sheets will be emailed the
day before the meet. Please print and bring with you to the
meet. If you have trouble reading it, please ask an experienced
parent to help you.
Once you have access to a Heat
Sheet, write your swimmer’s event name (stroke and distance),
event number, heat number and lane number on your swimmer’s
arm, foot, or hand. For example:
100 FREE RELAY
Please consult a Bullpen Parent if
you need help. You need permanent marker so that it doesn’t
wash off. (This is really important for your swimmer and the
Bullpen Parents.) It is the only way for swimmers and Bullpen
Parents to have a quick reference for the swimmer’s upcoming
events. Also, please write your childs first and last
name on their upper back/shoulder because it helps
the Bullpen parents, timers, coaches and officials identify if
it is the correct swimmer in the correct lane.
There are anywhere from 1 to 5
heats (hopefully not more) in any given race. All swimmers for
an event are swimming against each other, even if they are not in
the same heat. The heats are generally set up with the slower
swimming times in the beginning heats and the faster times in the
ending heats. This certainly does not mean that a swimmer in the
first heat could not win the race. If your swimmer does not have a
recorded time, then she/he will generally be up in one of the
On the Pool
Cheering is great, but wait until
the swimmers have entered the water, and then you can yell all you
want. We want everyone to know how much we support our Barracudas.
It is a good idea to only go to the immediate pool area when it is
your swimmer’s turn to swim. When your swimmer is “on
deck” to swim, you can come up close to the deck to watch,
but please respect the officials and timers, and leave them room to
do their job.
The meet host will give out
ribbons as awards. These are normally distributed sometime during
the week following the meet. For individual events, 1st through 8th
place will receive a ribbon. For relays, 1st and 2nd place will
receive a ribbon.
Even swimmers who have been
swimming for years get disqualified (“DQ’d”) on
occasion. Officials are generally very good at what they do, and we
as parents need to respect their authority. If you have a
dispute with a disqualification, the protocol is that you talk
about it with the coach, not the official. The coach can
then talk to the official and discuss the disqualification with
your swimmer. In some cases, the official talks to the swimmer and
explains what the error. If your child is disqualified in an
event, be supportive rather than critical. For beginning swimmers,
a disqualification should be treated as a learning experience, not
as punishment. A DQ alerts the swimmer and the coach to what
portions of the swimmer’s stroke need to be corrected. They
should be considered in the same light as an incorrect answer in
schoolwork. They point out areas which need further
It takes a great deal of parent
participation to effectvely host a swim meet. There are a number of
different jobsto be filled, from timing, bull pen parents,
hospitality, set-up, clean up, etc. We need all of you to
participate in running these meets. Without parental involvement it
would not be possible to host home meets. There will be sign ups
posted for each meet on the webpage.
Officials are present at all competitions to implement the
technical rules of swimming and to ensure that the competition is
fair and equitable. In the Savannah Coastal Swim League, all
officials (except timers) attend clinics in order to become
certified by the league. All parents are encouraged to get involved
with some form of officiating.
Timers - operate
timing devices (smart phones/swimmingly app at regular season
meets and/or automatic timing systems at the championship meet),
and record the swimmer's number in his/her lane. This is
easy! Press start, press stop and enter the swimmer's number on
your smart phone.
Stroke & Turn
Judges - observe from each end of the pool and ensure that
the rules relating to each stroke are being followed, and turns and
finishes comply with the rules applicable to each stroke.
assumes control of the the swimmers from the Referee, directs them
to “take your mark” and sees that no swimmer is in
motion prior to giving the start signal.
has overall authority and control over the competition.
Year Round Swimming in
There are two USA
Swimming-affiliated year-round swim teams in Savannah. Please
feel free to ask the coach or teammates for more information about
opportunities for year-round swimming in Savannah.
If your swimmer catches the fever
and is interested in learning more about swimming, please visit
Ten Commandments for
Parents with Athletic Children
From” The Young
Athlete” by Bill Burgess
1. Make sure your child knows
that, win or lose, scared or heroic, you love him/her, appreciate
his/her efforts, and are not disappointed in him/her. This will
allow him to do his best without fear of failure.
2. Try your best to be
completely honest about your child's athletic ability, his
competitive attitude, his/her sportsmanship and his/her actual
3. Be helpful but don’t
coach you child on the way to the pool or on the way back, or at
breakfast, and so on. It’s tough not to, but it’s a lot
tougher for the child to be inundated with advice, pep talks, and
often critical instruction.
4. Teach your child to enjoy
the thrill of competition, to be "out there trying," to be working
to improve his/her skills and attitude. Help your child to develop
the feel for competing, for trying hard, for having
5. Try not to re-live your
athletic life through your child in a way that creates pressure;
you fumbled, too, you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you
backed off at times, and you were not always heroic. Don’t
pressure him/her because of your lost pride.
6. Don’t compete with
the coach. Remember that in many cases, a coach becomes a hero to
the athlete, someone who can do no wrong.
7. Don’t compare the
skill, courage, or attitudes of your child with other members of
the team -- at least not within his/her hearing.
8. Get to know the coach so
that you can he assured that his/her philosophy, attitudes, ethics
and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your child under
9. Always remember that
children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and when criticized.
Temper your reaction and investigate before
10. Make a point of
understanding courage, and the fact that it is relative. Some of us
can climb mountains, and are afraid to fight. Some of us will
fight, but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is
frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the
absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or
The job of a parent of an
athletic child is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do
it well. It is worth all the effort when you hear your youngster
say, "My parents really helped."