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Meet Day Tips

 

You’re getting ready for a meet…. Have a few questions?

 

What should I wear at a Meet?

  • Swimmers wear their STAC team swimsuit, their STAC team swim cap and their best goggles (properly adjusted!) for swimming. They also bring a t-shirt, and/or sweatshirt, gym shorts or sweat pants.  You do not want your swimmer to get a chill. A pair of flip-flops is nice too.
  • Families should wear comfortable clothes...preferably layers that you can peel off if you get warm in the bleachers.

What do the swimmers bring?

  • An extra suit, cap, and goggles can save the day.
  • At least 2 towels.
  • Extra dry clothes in case the first set gets wet.
  • Games, cards, books
  • Sharpie marker
  • Healthy snacks
  • A big water bottle with the swimmer’s name on it.

What else do parents bring?

  • Drinks and snacks... families get hungry too!
  • Books & newspapers to help you pass the time in-between your swimmer’s events.
  • Pen, pencil and/or highlighter to mark the program, so you know when and what your child is swimming. (Or purchase the Meet Mobile App)
  • Stadium chair for back support
  • Extra cash...for admission, all those things your kids want you to shop for...like swim gear, t-shirts, snacks etc.

Now that you have the bags packed, what about the Swim Meet itself...

 

STAC’s Meet Check-In Policy
  All swimmers must arrive at meets a minimum of 15 minutes before the first warm-up 
or risk being scratched from the meet on that day.
 
 

At every meet, swimmers must check in with the Meet Coach upon arrival at least 15 minutes before the first warm-up begins. You need to calculate possible traffic and walking into the facility. If you are not on deck and ready to swim at warm up, the coach may scratch your swimmer from the meet that day. 

If you are attending the meet but have an unavoidable delay, you must text Coach BG at (908) 655-7253 no less than 20 minutes before warm-ups and let him know that you are still attending the meet, but are running late. If he doesn't reply, he hasn’t gotten your text.  If possible, inform someone you know that is also attending the meet to pass that information on to Coach BG.  There can be spotty reception in some pool facilities, and it’s best to try multiple ways of informing Coach BG of your delay.  Do not call or leave a voicemail on his phone.  Pools are too noisy to hear and reading a text is more efficient.  
If you haven’t communicated timely in some way and are late, you will be scratched from the meet.  
 
BE PREPARED!
  • Read the meet packet and entries to be familiar with the meet location and your swimmer's events.  There’s lots of information to help you get ready.
  • Check the meet event on our website for up-to-date session/warm-up times.  These can change before a meet and differ from the meet packet's estimated session times.
  • Come prepared to all meets with a grid like this on your swimmer's arm in Sharpie marker.  You will have to wait until you get to the meet to fill in the heat and lane when they are assigned. Since they will fill in information themselves, please make the grid on their arm that they don't use to write. 

     E=Event H=Heat & L=Lane