Swim Meet Information
Swim meets are a great family experience. They are a place where the whole family can spend time together. Listed below are some in-depth guidelines geared to help you through your first couple of meets:
What to Bring
Autumn Ridge team swim suit, team swim cap, goggles, flip flops, water shoes or slides and towel(s).
Something to sit on; camping chair, sleeping bag, old blanket or anything that will be comfortable.
Autumn Ridge sweat shirt, sweat pants, flannel pants, sweat suit, warm-up suit etc. (Stay Warm!)
Games, travel games, cards, coloring books, Legos or anything you can use to pass the time.
Food: bring your own. Each swimmer is usually allowed to bring a small cooler. There is often a
concession stand at the meet, but the lines can be long and they sell mostly junk food. Suggestions for
items to bring: Gatorade, water, fruit juice (all in plastic bottles), granola bars, fruit, cereal and
sandwiches. Swimmers need to make sure they stay hydrated while waiting to swim at outdoor swim
meets. It is never a good idea to eat or drink too much before or during a swim meet.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas (if needed) and folding chairs are always recommended.
Cell phones and/or expensive electronic devices are discouraged, but may be brought to the meets
when parents accept the liability associated with the possibility that it could come up missing and not
be found. The Autumn Ridge Swim Team will not replace lost or stolen property.
Summer swim meets are typically very warm; always dress appropriately according to the outdoor
climate. Parents will be warm; children will be warm or cold according to when they last swam.
Before & During the Meet
Arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins. This time will be
listed in the meet information e-mailed prior to each meet. You will also find meet information and
location information listed on our team website under events
Upon arrival, you should find where the team is located. The team will sit in one place together.
Parents will sit together on one side of the pool and kids will sit together within another location at the
pool. Please do not allow your swimmer to sit with you. Swimmers must sit with the other children
from our team so they can be located and clerked to their individual events. All 10 & Under swimmers
are required to sit on the green tarps that will be provided. If a swimmer misses their event based
upon being absent at the time of clerking, the swimmer forfeits their right to swim. It is not the
coach’s or clerk’s responsibility to locate any child when it comes time for them to swim. Have your
swimmer go to their assigned seating area and stay there.
When your swimmer finds their assigned seating area, they will then need to find their coach
and let the coach know they have arrived. If a swimmer arrives after or during warm-ups, there is a
chance they will be “scratched” from all races within that meet. It is very important that you
arrive on time for warm-ups and are not late to the meet.
Once your swimmer has found their assigned seating area and checked in with their coach, they will
then need to get their cap and goggles and report to the pool for warm-up instructions from their
coach. It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with the team. Swimmer’s bodies are just like
cars on a cold day – they need to get the engine going and warmed up before swimming all out.