- Wear your team colors - Royal Blue and Silver
- Cheer for all Mermaid routines
- Positive comments to all teammates
Representing The Mermaids
- Positive attitude
- Respect to other teams at all times
Once figure competition begins, practice and coaching ends. Swimmers are to enter and exit the water as quietly as possible without disturbing others. While waiting in the water to perform your next figure, remain quietly against the pool wall without disturbing the water. If it is necessary to talk to someone, keep voices as quiet as possible. Scorers and judges need to be able to hear the scores being announced.
During routine competition, there should be absolute quiet after the referee blows the whistle.
Swimmers and timers have to be able to hear when the music begins. Once swimmers are in the water, please clap and cheer as much as you like. No one except officials and workers should be walking around near the competitive area during the performance of a routine.
Other children attending the meet must be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Black swim suit with white cap
- Team suit with Mermaid logo
- Routine suits
- Quiet & listen for scores
- Note book to record scores
- Girls are in number order
- 4 Rotating Stations
- Remember who you follow
Figure scores account for approximately 50%. The figure score or team’s average score account for approximately 50% of the total routine score. Each swimmer performs a total of four figures in front of a panel of judges in a white cap and plain black suit. The swimmer shall wear goggles and a nose clip. There is no music, and the figures are to be relatively stationary. Figures are judged in numbers from 0 to 10, with tenths of points. The judges look for height, control, proper design, and smooth and effortless performance.
There are four routine events for synchronized swimming: solo, duet, team and combo. Team routines may have 4-8 swimmers. Combo routines may have 6-10 swimmers. A swimmer is allowed to compete in three of the four routine events in any one competition. Each routine may be two to five minutes in length depending on the age and routine.
Routines are judged in numbers from 0 to 10, with tenths of points, the same as figures.
The judges look for six different elements and give two scores, one for artistic impression and one for technical merit. Artistic Impression includes choreography, music interpretation and manner of presentation. Technical Merit includes execution, synchronization and difficulty.
Hair & Headpiece Information
Swimmers shall have their hair up and gelled for competitions and shows.
Hair and makeup should not be done during the warm-ups or the breaks between events.
This is the time when the coaches would like to either land drill or practice. Being ready takes planning on the part of the swimmers as well as parents.
Suggested Items to Bring
- Sleeping bag or blanket
- Folding Chairs
- Umbrella or Canopy
- Water Bottles
- Lots of Towels x5
- Small Note Book
- SNDM Team sweat suit
- Plain white swim cap – Figures
- Black Figure suit
- Nose clips (several)
- Elastic bands
- Bun Form Donut
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Knoxing towel (hand towel)
- Waterproof Mascara
- Team Apparel
- Tennis shoes
- Nail polish remover (No color polish for figures)
- Makeup remover