TIPS FOR NEW SWIM TEAM FAMILIES
• Plan to arrive at the meet at least 15 minutes before your warm-up time. This is 4:30pm for weekday meets and 7:30am for Saturday meets. This will give you time to check-in and set up a spot in the team area. As soon as you arrive, have your swimmer check-in with his/her Coach.
• Bring a "sharpie" type pen to the meet so your swimmer can write their event numbers on their hand.
• Bring enough items to keep warm & dry in between your swimmers events such as long sweats, sweatshirts, and multiple towels. Also, don't forget the sunscreen!
• Mark your swimmer's name (last and first initial) in all team clothing items so they don't get mixed up with others at practice or meets. Believe us, they will!
• Always have a spare pair of goggles at meets.
• If you don't want your swimmer to eat concession food (for cost, health, or other reasons), be sure to pack food/drink for them to take to the meet.
• Swimmers should stay with their teammates in the team area to ensure that they don't miss their races.
• There will be lots of "down time" at the meets so swimmers may want to bring cards, books, etc. to keep occupied. Be sure to label everything your swimmer brings.
• Swimmers should check-in with the coach after every event for feedback.
• REMEMBER - THIS IS A FUN EVENT - So enjoy your swimmer & applaud their efforts!
When your child first arrives at the pool for a meet, it is imperative that they check-in with their coach. They can get their list of events after checking in with their coach. Events will be posted online the day before the meet and on the fence during the meet.
WHAT IS THE PARENT’S ROLE?
• Getting your swimmer to warm-ups on time and ensuring that your swimmer is signed in.
• Notifying the coach in advance if your swimmer will not be able to attend a meet you for which you have signed up - this avoids time consuming last minute changes to the line-up at the meet.
• Help your swimmer understand the meet procedures, ensure that correct events are written on their hand, that they remain in the team area during the meet; and talk with a coach after their swim.
• If your swimmer is disqualified, parents should be supportive, rather than critical, treating the disqualification as a learning experience. If there is no indication of what caused a DQ, your swimmer should ask a coach to follow up and explain the rule.