What to Bring to a Meet

What to Bring to a Meet

Team suit, 2 sets of goggles, 2 swim caps, at least 2 towels, water bottle, nutritious snacks, books and games.

Several changes of clothes such as sweatpants, sweatshirts, and t-shirts, deck chair (if allowed) or something to sit on. Swimmers need to stay warm between events and there is nothing worse than pulling on cold, soggy sweatpants.

Before the Meet Starts

Warm-ups are usually held one half hour to one hour prior to the start of the meet. Please check the meet listing for specifics for each meet.

Swimmers should be ready to swim and on deck 15 minutes before warm-up to check in with the coaching staff. It is very important to be on time or inform the coach of possible delays. If you do not communicate that you will be late for the meet, your swimmer will be scratched (removed from events). If there are multiple warm-up times (for each age group) for the meet, you must be on deck 15 minutes prior to the first warm-up time.

Find a place to put your swimmer’s “stuff.” The team usually sits together in a gym or common area, so look for some familiar faces and then set up camp.

If your swimmer has a bag with their belongings, please make sure that they lock it up or bring it on to the pool deck with them to protect against theft.

Parents are not allowed on the pool deck unless they have a specific meet-related work responsibility. Should you need to see your swimmer, meet with him/her in either the locker room or concession area.

After warm-up, your swimmer will go back to the team bench and wait for her/his events. Swimmers are expected to be present in the designated team area on deck as coaches cannot spend time during a meet searching for individuals.

The meet usually starts right after warm-ups are over.

Heat sheets (for USA Meets) are usually available for sale in the lobby or concession area of the pool and generally sell for $3 to $5. It lists all swimmers in each event in order of “seed time”. This is where you will find what heat and lane your swimmer is in for each event.

During The Meet

It is important for every swimmer to know what event numbers he/she is swimming. He/she may swim right away after warm-up or may have to wait for a period of time.

After each race the swimmer should go immediately to their coach to discuss the swim. The coach will provide positive comments about the swim as well as suggestions for improvement.

Things you, as a parent, can do after each swim:

  • Tell your swimmer how great they did
  • Tell your swimmer how proud you are

When a swimmer has completed all of his events for the day, he / she is able to go home, but we recommend that the swimmers stays and cheers for his / her teammates. Be sure, however, to check with the coach before leaving to make sure your swimmer is not included in any more events.

If during any of this you feel lost or confused, be sure to ask other Barracuda parents for help! We have all had our “first meets” and know it can be overwhelming. Once you have attended one or two meets, it will all become very routine and enjoyable.