Meet Expectations

Registering For Meets:

SSCD Meet Entry Policy – Updated 4-5-14

In order to improve meet participation for SSCD swimmers and to simplify our entry process, we are implementing the following meet entry policy:

SSCD swimmers will automatically be entered in all meets on our team meet schedule for which they are qualified (with the exception of the White group). If you will not be able to attend you must opt out (click on the meet, click on your name, click on “declaration” and choose “No, thanks, [I] will NOT attend this event”.  This will automatically put you on the “declined athletes” list when the coaches compile the team entry. You must do this by the SSCD entry deadline. If you wish to select your events (and we strongly encourage you to do so), choose “Yes, please sign [me] up for this event” and go down the page and choose your events. Please note that the coaches reserve the right to change events as they feel appropriate, and will notify you of any changes. If you plan to attend a meet but cannot attend a particular session, please put a note in the “notes” section.

   To know which groups are attending which meets, see the Master Meet Calendar. Note that a (?) indicates that some from the group may go to the meet and some may not, usually depending on the qualifying times.


Meet Conduct:

1.  Please plan on arriving at the pool at least 15 minutes before warm-up to  park, find a place to sit, and get settled.

2. Dolphin swimmers are expected to sit together as a team, enter the water for warm-up together as a team, and wear the team uniform (cap and suit).

3. Parents are asked to not coach from the stands. 

4. After each swim, swimmers should check in with an SSCD coach on deck before warming down.

5. Deck entries are allowed whenever it is feasible.  But, if a swimmer misses a swim/event for a deck entry they are entered in, that swimmer may forfeit the opportunity for deck entries at the next meet.

6. Members of a relay team are expected to stay with their relay team until the last swimmer finishes.

7. Swimmers and families should plan on bringing the right gear for each meet.  This may include towels (lots),  cap, goggles (2 pair),  a sweatshirt to stay warm, a water bottle,  downtime activities like cards or a book to read, a folding chair, and healthy food and snacks. 

8. Check out this article by USA Swimming on "Fueling for Peformance."  With these guidelines in mind, please avoid all junk food before and during meets.

9.  We encourage all swimmers and parents to wear their Dolphin gear with pride!  We love to hear cheering and applause from the stands as we root each other on to best times and swimming success!

What should I expect?

1. To Arrive Early! Plan on arriving 30 minutes early to get parking (this can be a problem at some meets), find a place to sit, and allow time for swimmers to change and make it to warm up on time!

2. To Hang Out! Meets can last for hours and hours. So, bring your book, a deck of cards, scrabble, Sodoku, homework, whatever!  You will need something to fill the time between swims.  This "down time" is also a great chance to cheer for other swimmers and get to know your team mates and/or other parents.

3. To Pay Attention! Missing swims is disappointing for everyone.  Usually swimmers miss swims because they are distracted, usually because they are off somewhere in the locker room or concession stand.  One helpful method is to use a permanant marker to write events and heats on the swimmer's arm... yes their arm... so they always have their information close "at hand."  So, keep an eye on the time and event number and be sure to get to lined up with cap and goggles on!

4. To Encouage! As a parent your job is to say "Good Job" and "Way to Go" and "Did you have fun" or sometimes "Nice Try!"  Let the coaches do the coaching and to work with your swimmer on his or her technique and goals.  Your job is love and encouragement. Meets can be a great time to connect with your child!

5. To Volunteer! Each family should plan on putting in 1-2 sessions of volunteer hours for each hosted SSCD meet. Even non-SSCD hosted meets occasionally need some SSCD volunteers, usually in the capacity of timers.  The Dick LaFave meet, our biggest fundraiser requires a commitment of at least 1 session per family.