The ‘What To Do List’ for Swim Meets
Below is a list of what to do, and prepare for, when you attend a swim meet.
Prior to a swim meet, the kids will receive their events. Please do not discard this sheet. The best place is on the fridge. There may be events on the list that your child may be hesitant to swim. The coaching staff always has your child’s best interest in mind when choosing events. There is always a reason for the chosen event.
Fees to enter the meet are usually billed to your account. If you are not going to swim in the meet, please inform one of the coaching staff so we can scratch your child from the meet. The coaches will assume that non payment of your meet fees by the due date means that your child will not be participating and we will scratch them from the meet.
Please be aware what time the meet starts and what time warm up is. Warm up is 1 hour before the racing starts, and all swimmers need to arrive 20 min before warm up
There is always a meet package posted on our GPP bulletin board outside the office. In it will be the start and approximate finish times for each day. You should make a point of being at the pool 20 minutes prior to the start time. The club warms up on deck before beginning warm ups in the pool.
Swim meets can sometimes be a marathon. Coaches can’t predict what time the kids will be racing because we don’t have control over how fast or slow the meet will be running. Therefore, we ask that parents and kids stay at the pool for the duration of the day. The coaches are coaching your kids – not looking after them, so please ensure there is someone there to look after them.
During the meet, the club will be selling copies of the program and it’s always a good idea to have one. You can also share one with another parent or two. That way you will know what event, heat and lane your child will be in for all of their races throughout the weekend.
Relays. As best as we can, the coaches hope to have everyone in relays. However, due to scratches, and performances during a meet, coaches will make last minute changes.
For those who are new to swim meets. Here’s a list of items to bring for the meet.
At least two towels
Water bottle (should be drinking throughout the day)
Goggles (2 pairs – in case one breaks)
GPP swim Cap (2 – in case one breaks)
GPP Team Gear – GPP bathing suit(MANDATORY) and a spare, t-shirt, team warm up suit (if you have one)
Shorts or track pants, tougue (important to stay dry and warm)
Flip-flops for feet
Food - bananas, sandwiches, cut up fruit, crackers, etc – preferably foods that are easily digestible and healthy. Nothing deep fried or high in fat(takes too long to digest and can upset your stomach during racing)
GPP Swimmers are expected to wear team gear at all times during the swim meet. GPP SWIMSUITS, TSHIRTS AND CAP ARE MANDATORY. The club has made a good effort to provide quality gear at an affordable cost. This will enable us to project a more "professional" image during the meet. These items can be purchased during registration or see Dian at our GPP office
Swimmers should remember that they represent the GPP Swim Club and should always dress and act in a manner that reflects their pride in the club.
Questions? If you ever have a question regarding the swim meet, please contact your coach before the beginning of the meet