Meet Guide


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  1. What to Bring to a Meet
  2. Swimmer Check-In
  3. Relays
  4. Parents
  5. Warm-Ups
  6. General Deck Rules
  7. How a Meet Works
  8. Disqualification
  9. Ribbons
  10. Meet Events Schedule - Generic


Each swimmer should make sure that he or she has the proper equipment for each meet:

  1. Team uniform suit, team cap, and at least 2 pairs of goggles
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Extra warm clothes, sleeping bag, or blanket for cold mornings and evening meets
  4. A shade structure and portable chairs (EZ-up tents can be purchased at Big 5, Costco, etc)
  5. Water and healthy snacks!  Some families will pack their own lunches, however, most meets provide a snack bar with lunch fare.  A portable cooler is recommended for summer meets.
  6. Books, games, and other relaxing activities to occupy swimmers and/or parents between events
  7. Towels
  8. A Sharpie (permanent marker) is recommended for writing event/heat/lane on swimmers arm

Please also read What to Eat for a Swim Meet


Each swimmer should check-in at the meets 1½ hours before starting time of home and away meets. Saturday meets usually start at 8:30 a.m.

  1. Find our “team area” (each team has a designated area).
  2. Each swimmer must check-In personally with the "Barracuda Check-in" table.
    • Parents may NOT check in their children & swimmers are NOT to leave the club after checking in.
  3. Check the posted "Final Meet Program" for last minute changes and mark your hand/arm with your event# - heat - lane.
  4. Check with your Age-Group Coach or the "Relay Tent" for last minute changes to relays. 
  5. Be ready for warm-ups!  Your level/age group will be called to the deck by the coaches. 
  6. Stay in our “team area” except for warm-ups and swimming an event. 
  7. Any swimmer who has not checked in by the designated time will be scratched (not allowed to swim) from the meet.


Relays are one of the best parts of a swim meet. It is a chance show our team spirit and work towards a common goal.

We would like to take a moment to emphasize that when your kids are placed on a relay, they are part of a team of three other swimmers. Those other swimmers depend on your child to show up for the relay and swim their best, which means being in the right place at the right time.  Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • All Medley Relay swimmers need to report to the Relay Tent immediately following team cheer.
  • 6 & Under swimmers in the Freestyle Relay must report to their Age Group Tent immediately following team cheer(if not sooner).
  • All swimmers 7 & older need to report to the Relay Tent immediately after their age group's Butterfly event, even those not in the free relays in the case of last minute changes to relay teams.
  • In addition we also expect all swimmers to stay for the whole meet to the end of free relays, as we are part of a larger team and need to support those still swimming.  As part of a team tradition, we cheer on the older relay teams to conclude the meet!

We aim to have all swimmers placed in at least one relay during a meet. If your swimmer is not at the age group tent at the appropriate time, we will have to replace them with a swimmer who is present. Once we have done this we cannot ask that swimmer to step off the relay if you show up after that point.

There are always changes in the meet schedule on the day of the meet. After the reconfiguration of the meet due to scratches (kids that get sick at the last minute) you must check the updated Relay event list at the Relay Tent for changes in lane and heat assignments.  

Many times the outcome of a meet comes down to the relays. Some of the best relay races are when the kids “show up” for something greater than themselves!


  1. Parent volunteers with a scheduled shift should arrive at the meets approximately one (1) hour before the starting time and check-in at the “Barracuda Volunteer Check-in Table”. Prepare to assume duties as required.
    • Certain shifts may require you to arrive earlier. (i.e. Set-up, Age Group Parent, Check-in table staff)
  2. Check in with your committee head and be on time for your shift. 
  3. Shift one (1) begins at the start of the meet and typically ends after the last Backstroke event.  Shift two (2) begins at the start of all Long Freestyle events and lasts until the end of the meet.  There are some exceptions.
  4. If you are not assigned a job for a meet, and are willing to step in for a shift, please let the Volunteer Coordinator know.  This is much appreciated!!

NOTE: If a parent does not work his/her assigned job or find a replacement, his/her swimmer may not be allowed to swim at the next meet that he/she would have otherwise swum. 


Each team has a set period of time before each meet to warm-up. Pay attention to the coaches for warm-up times and instructions. When you are asked to “clear" the pool, do so promptly. After warm-ups, the team will have "team cheer" and then the meet will begin. 


Throughout the meet, all swimmers and spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner: 

  1. No photography of any kind from behind the starting blocks.  No exceptions.
  2. No obstruction of the orderly conduct of the meet. 
  3. No bad language or excessively loud, obnoxious or unsportsmanlike shouting during the meet. 
  4. No goofing off during races or at the starting blocks.
  5. No rowdy behavior in the “team areas” (e.g. no chasing each other around or wrestling) 
  6. Spas and wading pools may not be used at any meet.
  7. Swimmers may not use the ice machine at any meet.
  8. Property or facilities of any club shall not be damaged or misused in any way.

Certain sections of the pool areas are restricted as to access. For example, there must be an alley on each side of the pool for the Stroke and Turn Judges, and there must be as much room as possible in the “Ready Bench” and Timer’s areas. Unless you are authorized to be in such areas, please keep out. 

Parents of young swimmers should try not to enter the "Ready Bench" area.  Ready Bench volunteers and Age Group/Assistant/Junior Coaches may assist and encourage apprehensive younger swimmers.

The following are strictly prohibited in the pool area: 

  1. Smoking
  2. Glass containers 
  3. Alcoholic beverages
  4. Profanity or abusive language 

The Meet Referee has the authority to eject any person from the pool area who is not abiding by these rules.


Once you have arrived, checked-in, warmed up with your level, checked the posted "Final Meet Program", and marked your event information on your arm, the meet is almost ready to begin!


A typical meet consists of 83 events, running in order starting with Event #1 (6 & Under Mixed Freestyle Relays).  Each event consists of several heats usually with the fastest heats swum first.


When the meet begins: 

  1. The announcer will call for certain events to report to the Ready Bench area.
  2. When one of your events is called, check in with your Age Group coach, if possible, and then go to the ready area.
  3. You will be placed in the ready area according to your heat and lane assignment for that event.
  4. You will move up until your heat is ready to swim.
  5. Proceed to the starting blocks when directed.
  6. The Starter will then call for swimmers to step up on the blocks (or enter the pool for Backstroke).  Do not step on the blocks or enter the pool until directed by the Starter.
  7. The Starter will command you to "Take your mark".  Then he/she will sound the loud "beep" which signals you to begin your race.
  8. Once you have finished your race, shake hands with swimmers in neighboring lanes then exit the pool promptly.  If possible, check in with your Age Group coach for feedback.
  9. Return to the 'team area' and listen for the announcer to call your next event to the Ready Bench.

All swimmers are strongly encouraged to remain at the meet until it is over.  The Barracudas have a strong tradition of cheering on their teammates in the Freestyle Relays at the end of each meet!  Show your team spirit!!!

Meet results are posted the the pool deck and on the "Meet Mobile" app as they become available.

At the end of each meet, all families should clean up their tent area and throw all debris in trash containers on the pool deck.


Each of the four strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly) has rules governing the proper, legal technique of the stroke and turn so as to not gain an advantage over a competing swimmer.  In addition, rules governing proper starts and finishes apply.  In the event of an illegal stroke, turn, start or finish, a swimmer may be disqualified (DQ'd) from an event. Please refer to USA Swimming's Rules and Regulations page for more information.


Swimmers who "false start" as defined in USA Swimming's Rules and Regulations will be disqualified as follows: 

  1. Swimmers in 6&under, 7/8 and 9/10 age groups are allowed one (1) "false start" per event.  In the event of a second false start by any swimmer in the same heat, the offender of the second false start will be disqualified and not permitted to swim the event.
  2. Swimmers in 11/12, 13/14 and 15/18 age groups who "false start" will be disqualified immediately and not permitted to swim the the event.

Coaches shall make an effort to constructively discuss DQ's with swimmers at the meet or at practice after the meet.  Swimmers who DQ for any reason shall not receive an official time or a ribbon for that event.  DQ's shall be viewed as an opportunity for the swimmers to learn and work with coaches toward stroke mastery.


Ribbons are given to every swimmer based on their finish in their heat.  Points for the team are only awarded for finishes in the first heat of each event.  Ribbons will be placed in swimmer files in the Swim Team File Box following the meet and can be picked up at the next practice.  Swimmers and parents should not go to the scoring table during the meet for ribbons.


RIbbons are not given for Time Trials.  Special awards and recognition may be given to swimmers for team, conference and league records, personal best times, scoring at Invitational Meets, high point scoring, overall improvement during the season and sportsmanship.


Awards for "High Point" are given to the top 3 point scorers in each age group at the Championship Meet.

Generic Meet Schedule
Event# Boys/Girls/Mix Age Group Stroke
Mixed 6 & Under 100 Free Relay
2 Girls 7-8 100 Medley Relay
3 Boys 7-8 100 Medley Relay
4 Girls 9-10 100 Medley Relay
5 Boys 9-10 100 Medley Relay
6 Girls 11-12 200 Medley Relay
7 Boys 11-12 200 Medley Relay
8 Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay
9 Boys 13-14 200 Medley Relay
10 Girls 15-18 200 Medley Relay
11 Boys 15-18 200 Medley Relay
12 Girls 9-10 100 Medley
13 Boys 9-10 100 Medley
14 Girls 11-12 100 Medley
15 Boys 11-12 100 Medley
16 Girls 13-14 100 Medley
17 Boys 13-14 100 Medley
18 Girls 15-18 100 Medley
19 Boys 15-18 100 Medley
20 Girls 6 & Under 25 Free
21 Boys 6 & Under 25 Free
22 Girls 7-8 25 Free
23 Boys 7-8 25 Free
24 Girls 9-10 25 Free
25 Boys 9-10 25 Free
26 Girls 11-12 50 Free
27 Boys 11-12 50 Free
28 Girls 13-14 50 Free
29 Boys 13-14 50 Free
30 Girls 15-18 50 Free
31 Boys 15-18 50 Free
32 Girls 6 & Under 25 Back
33 Boys 6 & Under 25 Back
34 Girls 7-8 25 Back
35 Boys 7-8 25 Back
36 Girls 9-10 25 Back
37 Boys 9-10 25 Back
38 Girls 11-12 50 Back
39 Boys 11-12 50 Back
40 Girls 13-14 50 Back
41 Boys 13-14 50 Back
42 Girls 15-18 100 Back
43 Boys 15-18 100 Back
44 Girls 7-8 50 Free
45 Boys 7-8 50 Free
46 Girls 9-10 50 Free
47 Boys 9-10 50 Free
48 Girls 11-12 100 Free
49 Boys 11-12 100 Free
50 Girls 13-14 100 Free
51 Boys 13-14 100 Free
52 Girls 15-18 100 Free
53 Boys 15-18 100 Free
54 Girls 7-8 25 Breast
55 Boys 7-8 25 Breast
56 Girls 9-10 25 Breast
57 Boys 9-10 25 Breast
58 Girls 11-12 50 Breast
59 Boys 11-12 50 Breast
60 Girls 13-14 50 Breast
61 Boys 13-14 50 Breast
62 Girls 15-18 100 Breast
63 Boys 15-18 100 Breast
64 Girls 7-8 25 Fly
65 Boys 7-8 25 Fly
66 Girls 9-10 25 Fly
67 Boys 9-10 25 Fly
68 Girls 11-12 50 Fly
69 Boys 11-12 50 Fly
70 Girls 13-14 50 Fly
71 Boys 13-14 50 Fly
72 Girls 15-18 100 Fly
73 Boys 15-18 100 Fly
74 Girls 7-8 100 Free Relay
75 Boys 7-8 100 Free Relay
76 Girls 9-10 100 Free Relay
77 Boys 9-10 100 Free Relay
78 Girls 11-12 200 Free Relay
79 Boys 11-12 200 Free Relay
80 Girls 13-14 200 Free Relay
81 Boys 13-14 200 Free Relay
82 Girls 15-18 200 Free Relay
83 Boys 15-18 200 Free Relay


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