Below are highlights of the policies that O2 observes when attending any swim meet. If you wish to learn more about how swim meets work, what to expect and all the terminology, read the "All About Swim Meets" document prepared just for Irving Swimmers.
All About Swim Meets
Swim meets are important for training to be a swimmer. Competition is the vehicle that tests the training regimen of a swimmer, which determines how effective the training is. Competing against other swimmers from other teams with diverse skills and speeds shows a swimmer how they stand against a set of standards, judged by consistent standards of USA Swimming. Each swim event both teaches the swimmer how they perform the standard skills of swimming, but provides extra motivation by giving the swimmer something for which to reach. Swim meets provide opportunities for coaches to evaluate swimmers in the best of circumstances and one-on-one chances for the coach to teach the swimmer exact skills immediately after race.
Each Irving Swimmer should plan to attend as many USA Swimming and alternate-format swim meets as he/she can. Swim meets are part of the work of an Irving Swimmer. Parents should also endeavor to attend these swim meets, if possible. This not only provides an opportunity for the parent to praise their child for their successes and encourage them after a disappointing performance. No parent should attempt to coach their own child. Allow the coach to teach the swimmer. Any parent who has difficulty with attending or paying for a swim meet should discuss this with the Head Coach.
O2 has a policy to celebrate wins, ribbons, medals, and successes for swimmers who win a heat or event at a swim meet, but the team's main goal is to teach swimmers and to improve their swimming skills. This is best achieved by encouraging swimmers to beat their previous swim times every time they swim an event. Parents should encourage and praise their swimmers for this goal and let the wins and losses occur naturally. Under no circumstance should parents discipline or denigrate their children for not winning a heat or event. This is the worst kind of motivation for young children. In all things, be positive. Kids should learn that meets are fun.
- You must have a current USA swimming membership in order to swim in USA swimming competitions.
- We strongly encourage our swimmers to participate in every meet for their classification ("A", "BB", "B", "C") that the Head Coach has placed in the o2 meet schedule.
- An average of one meet every four weeks has proven to be most effective in a swimmer's development.
- Coaches have the final word regarding which meets and events a swimmer is permitted to enter. Swimmers should not enter or scratch an event without consulting the coach.
- We require a team suit and a team cap in competition for all swimmers attending swim meets. If the price of a team suit is a problem for a parent, discuss this with the coach. Arrangements can be made for this.
- Swimmers are required to have their USA Swimming ID card at all swim meets.
- For non pre-seeded meets, swimmers must check in at the beginning of each session for each and every event they are entered. Check-in is the sole responsibility of the swimmer! If a swimmer is planning on late-entry at a meet, they must bring a paper copy of their time(s) from the USA SWIMS database (www.usaswimming.org).
- Meet information (dates, times, locations, and scheduled events) will be emailed to families and can also be found on the Irving Swimmers website prior to the meet. Parents will be notified of the deadline in which to respond as to the swimmer's availability for each session of the meet and will receive specific instructions for each meet. If you miss the response deadline, your swimmer will not be entered in the meet. Soon, all meet declarations will be done through this website. More information to come.
- Meet entries are based on the parent's response as to the swimmer's availability for the meet. Meet fees will be charged on the family's invoice accordingly. Fees must be paid whether the swimmer actually attends the meet or swims every event entered.
- If you miss the deadline to sign up for a meet, your swimmer may still attend and attempt to swim as a "late entry". You must arrive before the scheduled warm-up. Late entry fees are generally 3 times the cost of a regular entry.
- You should always plan to take the following equipment and supplies to every swim meet (more if it is a winter meet): team suit, cap, goggles, towels, over-clothing, light and nutritious snacks (no candy or gum), water/sport drinks.
EXPECTED MEET BEHAVIOR
- Transportation to and from meets is generally the responsibility of the individual. Car pools are often a good idea and the team will occasionally charter a bus or rent a van for a travel meet. If transportation to a meet is an issue for a parent, discuss this with the coach. Alternate transportation may be possible.
- Guardians should keep an eye on non-athlete siblings at swim meets. Be sure they follow facility rules and do not distract the swimmers of any team at the meet. Parents are fully responsible for the safety of their non-athlete children. Other adults and swim meet officials will not be monitoring younger kids around a pool at a meet and, if they observe the child creating distractions with the swim events, could ask that they be removed from the pool environment. NO younger siblings are allowed on the pool deck during swim events.
- As a matter of USA Swimming policy, only registered athletes, coaches and officials are permitted on the pool deck (walking area immediately around water, and sometimes the pool-level floor of a facility with bleachers).
- All questions concerning a meet result, officiating call, or conduct of the meet, should be asked of the Irving Swimmers coaching staff. They will pursue the matter through proper channels. No parent is allowed to challenge meet officials directly, unless an emergency situation is imminent.
- After each session of a meet, the team area should be left neat and clean, especially at another team's pool.
- For travel meets, parents are responsible for arranging transportation and lodging with the exception of Junior or Senior National and All-Star competitions. This transportation could include a team bus or might include a car pool of other traveling parents. Discuss travel arrangements with the coach as far in advance of these away-meets as possible.
- Parents are encouraged to attend out-of-town meets with their swimmers and chaperone their teammates. This is one way for parents to satisfy their volunteer requirements for the year.
- A medical release and emergency telephone number should be given to the parent or driver with whom your swimmer is riding in the event medical treatment is required. This is critical for distant swim meets where the parent is not attending.