Helpful Hints for Swim Meets
1. Arrive 30 minutes before warm-ups to find a place to settle down. The team usually sits in one place together, so look for some familiar faces. We will try to identify a location prior to the meet and let everyone know where to meet. This helps the kids get to know each other and this helps the coaches find swimmers easily before and after their races.
2. Next, your swimmer should get his/her cap and goggles and report to the coach for warm-up instructions. We are usually only given 15-20 minutes for our warm-up so it’s important that everyone be ready to go when it’s our time. It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with the team.
3. After warm-up, swimmers will go back to their tents, family and friends and sit until their first event is called. This is a good time to make sure he/she goes to the bathroom if necessary, get a drink, or just get settled in.
4. The meet will usually start about 10 – 15 minutes after the warm-ups are over.
5. According to AAU/USA swimming rules, parents are not allowed on deck unless they are serving in an official capacity (timing, stroke and turn judge, etc.). Similarly, all questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or the conduct of a meet should be referred to the coach. They, in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper channels.
6. Heat sheets are usually available for sale in the lobby or concession area of the pool. They will list all swimmer’s events and times. Highlight all of your swimmer’s events. Bring a permanent marker so that the swimmers may mark events on their forearms or leg.
7. Parents are responsible for getting their swimmer to the event. Listen for your swimmer’s event to be called. Your swimmer should talk to the coach before and after events.
8. Eight (8) and under swimmers will some time have a “bull pen” where they are organized by a volunteer from the host team before their event. If they don’t, you have to get them to the blocks in the right heat and lane according to your heat sheet.
9. Keep your swimmer warm and hydrated at the meet. Bring cards and games to play with between events and provide healthy snacks.
10. Check with your coach to see if you are on a relay before you leave