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What to Expect At Swim Meets

  • When Planning For A Swim Meet…

  1. Plan on arriving 15 minutes before the start of warm ups. The start times can be found in the meet information on our website.
  2. Bring a sharpie marker to write on your swimmers arms. They use the sharpie marker to keep track of where they are supposed to be during the meet. This will be fully explained later.
  3. Spectator seating at swim meets are mostly in bleachers. For meets at Mary T or Lakeside Swim Club., you will be on the pool deck. Bleacher seating may be available, but you can bring a pop up chair if you’d like.
  4. Do not plan for your child to sit with you and your family. Swimmers should be sitting with the team in the team area. Lakeside’s team area will be up against the wall behind the starting blocks.
  5. If you want to take pictures, keep in mind that the flash interferes with the timing and starting equipment so your flash must be off during the start of every race.
  6. Swimmers need to stay hydrated and eat during meets. Water bottles or sports drinks are necessary. Pack protein and high-quality carbs, not junk.
  7. It can get very warm and humid at indoor swim meets, but the swimmers typically get cold sitting on deck between races. Your swimmer should have warm up clothes to wear in between their events. Swimmers typically require a few towels every session to get them through a swim meet. Having an extra pair of goggles is also good idea.
  8. We strongly encourage that every swimmer is wearing a team suit. We are a Speedo sponsored team and would prefer to have our swimmers wearing a dark blue or black, speedo brand swim suit.
  9. Make sure your swimmers know to talk to their coach before and after every race. They have all been told to do this at practice, but one more reminder will not hurt.
  • Once You Are At The Meet…

  1. Please me on time for warmup. There are usually assigned lanes and times for warm-ups. If you are late, your swimmer may not have an opportunity to warm up for their races.
  2. Heat sheets list the individual swim events, the participants in each event, what heat they are in, what lane each swimmer will occupy, and what his/her previous best time swimming in that event was. To keep track of when your child is swimming, going through the heat sheet and highlighting each of your swimmers events can be useful.
  3. Now, for the Sharpie marker. Swimmers do not always have access to heat sheets. The best way for your younger swimmers to keep track of their events is to write on themselves. Most swimmers write on their hands or their arm. Below is a grid example of what your child can have on their arm. It should include their event, the heat, the lane and the stroke/distance that they are swimming.








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  1. Be prepared in case you hear that your swimmer has “DQ’ed”: disqualified. The people you see walking around the pool with clipboards wearing white shirts are swim meet officials. One of their jobs is to make sure the swimmers follow the rules. Hearing that they have DQ’ed can be really tough news, especially for a new swimmer. Coaches will address the problem with the swimmer and begin taking steps to fix it during practice. It is not the end of the world if your swimmer is disqualified, it is a learning opportunity. Do not approach any of the officials if your swimmer is disqualified. Any questions should be directed to your child’s coach.
  2. Cheer for the Seahawks! Don’t just cheer for your child, cheer for your child’s teammates as well. Please make sure you are quiet for the start of the race. Once the race has started, go ahead and show them your support!
  3. You can check what place your child achieved in an event by checking the event results which are often posted in the hallway on the wall after events, or by downloading the app “Meet Mobile”. Ribbons are distributed after the meets either at practice or in your team mailboxes.

Parent Tips

  • Video: Relax, It's just a game!!

Swimmer Development

  • The 3 Stages of Sport Development - Read this article for tips on what's age appropriate in developing talent in youth athletes.
  • Understanding Early and Late Maturing Athletes, And What It Means To Swimmers - In swimming, it's important to understand that many athletes mature at different points in their career. An incredibly fast 10-year-old may have an advantage because she's hit her growth spurt before her peers. A 14-year-old boy may be behind his teammates because he has yet to hit his growth spurt. It's important as parents to recognize that this variation in development is normal, and yet be prepared to help our swimmers with the challenges they may face as a result of their maturation process. This USA Swimming article helps explain this process and what parents can do.
  • 10 & under wonder - USA Swimming provides insightful statistics on where 10 & under wonders end up later in their swimming career. This information isn't intended to be discouraging, but rather to provide valuable perspective as your swimmer progresses through his/her career and faces many ups and downs.

Coach – Parent Relationship

  • Working With The Coach - Have a question or concern you'd like to discuss with your child's coach? Building and maintaining a respectful relationship with your child's coach is important.
  • Parent & Coach ... The Other Stuff - This USA Swimming article discusses the role of the parent and coach and what serves the swimmer best.