Dress comfortably. With the exception of IUPUI and our own North Central HS, generally the seating area is very warm and humid. Even in the winter you may want short sleeves. Wear WTSC sportswear if you have it.
Look for other WTSC parents in the stands. This is a great opportunity to get to know other WTSC parents.
For younger swimmers, you may want to write their event #’s on their hands. After heat sheets are posted you can add the heat and the lane.
Pack light snacks for your swimmer (and possibly yourself). Most pools have concessions stands but not necessarily healthy snacks for during a meet.
Swim meet warm-ups generally last about 1hour and the meet will be about 4 hours. You may want to take your laptop, book, etc to pass the time.
Take your camera or camcorder
Parents are not allowed on deck. If your swimmer needs something they will need to come to you.
Purchase a psych or heat sheet so that you can follow along with the meet. At some meets these are posted online ahead of time or at the time of the meet.
You can also see if the meet is on the Meet Mobile App. Often, teams will post the psych sheet and possibly even provide the heat sheet via this app. Meet Mobile is a good source to find individual swimmer and team results.
Swim Meet Tips for Swimmers
Arrive wearing the "assigned" team shirt for the day. The Head or Age Group Coach will announce and email the weekend's schedule for team shirts.
Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of warm-ups. This will give you time to get signed in, settled in and ready to swim
Always check to see if there is a swimmer sign-in sheet, often called "positive check-in". If so highlight your name. This lets the meet personnel know that you are there and that you intend to swim. If a swimmer that cannot find their name on the sign-in sheet, find your coach immediately.
Find the team seating area. At most meets this will be on the pool deck in bleachers. At some meets, swimmers will actually campout in a near by gym or hallway. The team sits together during the meet.
Some pool decks and swimmer camping areas can be cool. Bring a sweatshirt or sweat pants.
Younger swimmers may need to have their parents write the event #’s on their hand (heat and lane #s can be added after heat sheets are distributed).