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Check the Website & Social Media

The website is always adding new information and is the hub for team communication.  Make sure you're checking the schedule and team info before the meet.  We are also active on facebook, instagram, tweeter and instagram.

Get to Know Your Lane Coach

Each lane has a coach who will consistently be a part of your swimmers development. Take some time to get to know them. You can find a little about each coach here on the website. Also, take a chance before or after practice to introduce yourself. Our coaching team is driven to help your swimmer become the best they can be. Therefore, take a moment to talk with your swimmer's coach about what their plan is, what drills their doing, and what you can do to help.

Get to Know Other Parents

Being on a Swim Team is all about building relationships. Whether it's the relationships between the coaches, other teams, or even other parents, make an effort to get to know your team. Most Kingsbrooke's parents are excited about including new members into our family. Knowing other parents can lead to new wells of information, resources, and chances to get involved with the team. Also, the Sea Lions make a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, not only for your swimmers, but your families as well.

Swim Meets are Early

Swim Meets, in particular, give new meaning to the "wee hours of the morning." Be prepared to function before the sun rises.  Getting up early helps you find a prime location and prepare to enjoy the day.   And if you're not a morning person, there's always a wealth of fresh brewed coffee at our concession stand!

Have Patience

Patience is a key ingredient needed within the swimming community. Unlike other sports that have 10 to 12 members per team. Swimming has not only 200 to 300 swimmers, but the parents volunteers that aid in the management of different events. Not only have patience with the environment, but the coaches as well. During a practice, a lane coach is managing anywhere from 7 to 10 swimmers per lane. Some coaches, Dryland coaches to be specific, can be coaching 20 to 30 at a time. Be mindful of their schedules and the appropriate times to ask questions or have a conversation with a coach.

Communicate Often

As you gain your bearings on "the system," remember you have a voice. It's very easy to get lost in the crowd within a swim team. If you have an idea or a suggestion, speak out. Run for a board position or become involved in the area that you believe you could make better. Also, feel free to ask questions. Not only can you talk to your swimmer's coach at practice, but coaches, team managers, and board members are all happy to answer questions and concerns by e-mail or phone. The more we communicate with you, the better we can serve you and your swimmer's needs.

Be Involved

Our team runs on it's parent volunteers. They're the glue that holds the process of holding practices, events, and meets together. Swimming leagues take a tremendous effort and don't function without the volunteers.  Every one out there is excited to be a part of the community, shares a common interest, and wants to be involved.

Be Prepared

The Boy Scouts really had it right when they adopted this saying. As with anything else, be prepared for anything. Have extra goggles, towels, and swim suits. Be ready for all different types of weather. Be ready for changing schedules, last minute changes, and extra time. Semper Gumbi. (Always Flexible.)

We Are a Family

Becoming a Sea Lion is almost like becoming part of a new family. The community we've built is truly something wonderful to be a part of. Be involved, make new friends, build lasting relationships, and with time we hope you'll establish yourself as a Sea Lion for life!

 

Tips, Tricks, and Secrets:

Below are a few tips and lessons learned, take a read and let us know what we should add. 

Encourage Warm-ups!

For coaches, Warm-ups equal Hide & Seek. While warm-ups embody the meaning of organized chaos, it's important for swimmers to participate. It allows them to get used to the water, get their muscles moving, and be there for relay placement and cheers. Most importantly relays and cheers. Now, if your swimmer is not swimming until Breaststroke, warm-ups may not be important, but at least they'll be there for relays and cheers. If for some reason your swimmer needs to miss warm-ups, please let your lane coach know. And if you're having trouble waking your swimmer up, any coach is more than happy to lend some overly positive encouragement to remedy their sluggish movements!

Cheer with the team!

We want the parents and kids alike to cheer for the team.  Don't be embarrassed, everyone's doing it.  It also keeps up the spirit throughout the day.

Clerk of Course is a "Kiss & Go!" area!

Participating in the organization at the Clerk of Course is much like herding cats. When you want three swimmers turn right, ten appear and break in every direction. Unlike other positions through out the meet, this is one job that never rests. So, when your swimmers event is called, there's no need to accompany them all the way to their lane. Between the well coordinated volunteers at the Clerk and our collection of well trained coahces, there's a small army of people making sure your swimmer gets where they need to go. You're more than welcome to make sure they make it to the Clerk, but at that point, give a kiss, wish them luck, and make a run for it!

Team Uniform

Team suits and caps are required at swim meets.  

What to Bring to a Swim Meet

  • Meet suit, cap and goggles (2 pairs of goggles if possible).
  • Two or more towels (early in the morning towels don't tend to dry out).
  • Something to sit on or under, such as lawn chairs or blankets, and tarps or sunshades.
  • Sunscreen and hats, for both swimmers and parents.
  • Sweat suits to wear after warm-ups and a T-shirt to wear later in the day.
  • Games, deck of cards, coloring books, etc. 
  • Food: a small cooler with water, drinks, and healthy snacks. Fruit, bagels, dry cereal, and sports drinks make good between-race snacks.  In general, avoid items with a lot of fat, fiber and refined sugar. 
  • Stop watch, if you have one, to informally time your swimmer.

What to Expect

  • If you’ve never attended a swim meet before, here are a few things you can expect:
  • The meet lasts about 4 hours.
  • Canopies/tents, towels, and kids everywhere.
  • Chilly mornings
  • Limited viewing space (except for deck volunteers)
  • Boredom between your child’s events if you don’t volunteer for a shift timing, recording, working concessions, etc.
  • New friends and a great time if you get involved with the team.

Arrival at the Meet

  • Arrive at the pool 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time.
  • Upon arrival, look for the Sea Lion section and check in with the coaches.
  • Team members should sit together for management sake (we don't want them to miss their events) and it encourages friendships between teammates.

Warm-ups

  • Each team gets a 20 minute warm-up.  The home team always warms up first.  For home meets, that means you’ll need to arrive around 6:00 am. 
  • Listen for the Sea Lionwarm-up announcement. All swimmers should warm up with the team, to reduce the chance of injury and familiarize the swimmer with the pool and the backstroke flags.
  • After warm-ups, swimmers go back to the team area and wait until their events are called. This is a good time to get something to eat, drink, some water, and use the restroom. Relays are the first events, so don't go too far!!!
  • It is important for all swimmers to know what events they are swimming. Many swimmers write their events on their hand.

Swimming the Meet 

  • Meets usually start between 7:00 am and finish around 12:00 am.  After both teams have warmed up, we sing the National Anthem and then the meet should begin.  Relays are first. 
  • When the announcer calls the event number over the loudspeaker, the swimmer should report immediately to the Clerk of Course.  This is the area where adult volunteers get the swimmers in order for their event.
  • At the Clerk of Course, each swimmer is given an event card.  This card lists the swimmer's name, seed time, event number, event description, heat number, and lane assignment.
  • Just before the swimmer's event, they will be lead to the starting end of the pool and will give their card to the volunteer known as the Runner.  The card is passed to the Recorder and the swimmer's finish time is written on the card.
  • After swimming each event, swimmers can get their time by asking the timers.

Results

  • Event results (official times) are posted outside the pool area as soon as they become available. Call any errors to the attention of the coaches immediately. Results will also be posted on the team website.