1. Attend as many practices as
possible, train hard, prepare to swim your
2. Sign-up for each dual meet on
the sheet posted by the coaches. Please take this seriously as
unexpected absences may result in forfeited team
3. Check your folder on Friday
morning for swimmer meet entries.
4. Be on time for practices and
meets. GCC hosted meets begin at 8:00am, but swimmers should plan
on arriving at the pool byto prepare for the meet and warm-ups.
Away dual meet start times may vary, but are usually
between. Division/All Star Championships
start at, but arrive early.
5. Pack for the meet. Please
ensure your swim bag includes: team swim suit, team cap &
goggles (two pair in case one rips or is lost), two or more towels,
flip flops, change of clothes for post-meet lunch/party,
sweats/warm-ups per weather, sharpies for writing events on
arms/legs, sun screen, healthy drinks and snacks, cards, electronic
or board games or books, etc, to help pass the times, especially
for younger swimmers, money for concessions, team spirit, positive
attitude. Parents may consider lawn chairs, as seating is usually
at a premium, inclement weather gear per forecasts, and lots of
hugs and smiles and encouragement for swimmers.
Parents should talk with and
encourage their swimmer as often as
7. Listen to the announcer and
be at the right place at the right time for your events. The Zoo
Keeper and Clerk of Course volunteers will do their best to help
you be on time and be ready to swim, but your cooperation is
important. Parents can be a great assistance in this area. Monitor
your swimmers appropriately.
8. Practice good nutrition
before and during the meet. It’s usually hot. Please drink
liquids often-lots of water and juices and Gatorade type drinks.
Also healthy snacks such as fruit, pasta, bagels, carbo snacks,
etc, often and in small amounts, are important to maintain swimmer
energy levels. Good fuel for best times is critical. You should
avoid carbonated sodas and junk food-they slow you
9. Plan on staying for the
entire meet. Sometimes scratches or changes occur and your swimmer
may be a replacement. Plus, the concluding relays are
10. Have fun, do your best, and learn from every meet.
New best times are the goal.
11. Practice good sportsmanship. Your individual actions
represent all Seahawks.