The swim year is divided into 2 seasons, Short Course and Long Course. When you sign your athlete up with NSS, we plan for your swimmer to practice and compete throughout both seasons. We will typically take a one week "spring break" from practice after the final short course meet, but then get right back at it to prepare for Long Course meets.
The Short Course season typically runs from September 1 through April 15 each year. Short Course (yards) meets are held at indoor pools. Each meet session will last around three to four hours. Plan to arrive at the meet at least 15 to 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled warm-up time. Warm-up times and other meet info will be sent by email and posted on the website.
NSS families are encouraged to sit in the same general area of the bleachers wearing NSS apparel to show our team spirit!
Each swimmer will need a NSS competition swimsuit, extra goggles, and at least two NSS swim caps. You should bring at least 2 to 3 towels, depending on the number of events the swimmer is swimming. Swimmers will also need healthy snacks and beverages such as bananas, muffins, and bagels with peanut butter, fruit, Chex Mix, cheese, Power Bars, Cliff bars, and other carbohydrates. Salty chips and sweets are not good foods to have at a meet. Also bring lots of water, sports drinks or juice. Soft drinks are not a good choice.
You should also bring a NSS sweatshirt, NSS sweatpants, NSS T-shirts or other articles of clothing to keep the swimmer’s muscles warm during the meet.
You may also want to bring quiet entertainment. Items such as a book, deck of cards, iPod, newspaper, something to occupy your swimmer’s mind (and yours) but will not require a lot of energy.
It is always a good idea to bring folding, portable chairs for the entire family. Even if the pool has bleachers there is often not enough space available on the bleachers for swimmers and their family to sit comfortably.
Remember to bring money to purchase anything that you have forgotten and to purchase a heat sheet. Heat sheets usually cost around $10.
Swimmers will need to develop the habit of "warming up" and "swimming down" during the meet between events. These habits will be adjusted as the athlete gets older. Please help the coaches direct swimmers to visit coaches FIRST after EACH RACE. This will help develop a positive learning relationship, and allow coaches to provide immediate feedback and reminders to follow good habits.
A concession stand is usually being operated at each meet. The concession stand will have water, sports drinks and certain snacks available but it always a good idea to bring your own snacks.
The Long Course (50 meter pools) season begins in mid-April and runs through the beginning of August. Long course meets are sometimes held outside, so you should be prepared with sunscreen, and lots of water. It can be very hot! Several members of the team will also bring an open-air tent to shield swimmers from the sun.
You may also want to bring highlighters to highlight your swimmer’s events in the heat sheet. You should also bring a pen or pencil.
The Coaches suggest our team parents support all NSS children and have FUN at every meet! Parents should constantly keep in mind that no matter how great or disappointing results can be, consistency in reaction to each swim is key to the swimmer’s long-term success.