Swim Meet Procedures 

 


 

  • All LGSC groups need to show up 15 minutes after the start of warm-ups. 

  • Example if Warm-ups start at 7:30 am all LGSC kids and Families need to show up by 7:45 am. 

 

  • All swimmers will check in with an LGSC coach as soon as they arrive at a meet. Parents, please set up camp under LGSC Parent and swimmer tent, not under the coaches tent, and not alone by yourself. Remember we are a team. 

 

  • Swimmers need to check in at Swimmers check-in and circle and initial which events they are swimming and change into their suit. 

  • Please do not scratch any events without talking to an LGSC coach first. 

  • Swimmers will come back to coach’s tent in... 

  • a parka 

  • warm shoes 

  • goggles 

  • a racing suit 

  • a cap 

  • a towel 

  • Once swimmers come back to coach’s tent... 

  • They are not allowed to leave. We want to get everyone together and cannot run all over the meet looking for everyone. 

  • Swimmers will wait until 30 minutes past the start of warm up time for swimmers to gather. Example if warm ups started at 7:30 am we will get in as a group at 8:00 am. 

  • During this time, coaches will 

  • talk about racing strategies 

  • important parts about the swim meet 

  • team stretches 

  • Please do not warmup on your own 

  • Swimmers will get in the water as one group in lanes next to each other. 

  • They must wear an LGSC caps, even the boys. This way we know who you are! 

  • All LGSC swimmers will do the same warm up. 

  • This will include:

  • freestyle to start 

  • a mix of kick and drill work in every stroke 

  • followed by a few sprints 

  • Swimmers will immediately walk over to the Dive lanes 

  • must complete a minimum of 4 dives regardless of what strokes they are swimming or how many races they are competing in 

  • parents are not allowed behind racing blocks. When swimmers are done they will meet you at camp. 

  • The first dive will always be Freestyle 

  • The last three are a choice 

  • Two Dives will be full 25 sprints 

  • Two dives will be Sprint to Half then slide over 

  • After the team warm up and team dives are over, swimmers have a few choices: 

  • If they are done they may go change, eat, get warm 

  • If they need extra work on dives, they may do extra with a coach 

  • If they need pace work or stroke count, they may get back in the water 

  • Swimmers will sit with their teammates in-between their races. 

  • Swimmers are encouraged to get up and cheer for one another. 

  • Racing may be an individual event, but swimming is a team event. Swimmers will be in team caps, team parkas, and team suits. They will sit under the team tent, and talk to the coaches on the team. They should cheer for their teammate’s in-between swims, bring card game or shareable snacks, and leave the tablets at home. 

 

  • Swimmers are responsible for knowing their races, not the parents. 

  • They must check in with an LGSC coach, at least, two events before they are swimming or as soon as the heat is posted. 

  • Immediately after they swimthey need to warm down double what they swam to catch their breath and get their heart rate down. 

  • Taking care of your body is the most important! 

  • If they swam a 25 yard, warm down is a 50 easy free. 

  • If they swim a 200IM warm down is a 400 free easy.  Warm down is always double and always easy free! 

  • After warm down swimmers need to put clothes on. 

  • This includes:

  • Covered shoes with socks 

  • Pants 

  • Jacket 

  • Parka 

  • Swimmers then need to check in with their coach and tell them their time. 

  • Swimmers are responsible for getting their own times. 

  • As soon as they touch the wall they can look at the scoreboard. 

  • If they miss the time or cannot see it when they climb out of the water, they need to ask the timer for their time. 

  • Coaches are not responsible for knowing every swimmers time, the swimmers are. 

  • Swimmers come to the coaches tent warmed down, clothed, and with time. 

  • They then look at splits and talk about positive aspects of the races. 

  • Coaches will save the criticism for practice 

  • Meets are to swim fast and practice is to fix mistakes. 

  • Then, repeat the steps for each race till you are done :) 

  • Before swimmers leave the swim meet, they need 

  • to say goodbye and thank you to the coaches 

  • their teammates 

  • pick up after themselves, this includes trash and make sure you leave nothing behind! 

 

 

Simplified version 

  • Step 1: arrive at meet 15 minutes into the start of warm up 

  • Step 2: walk straight to the coach’s tent and say you have arrived 

  • Step 3: check in, change into suit while parents set up camp 

  • Step 4: go to coaches tent warm, and be ready to get in the water 

  • Step 5: do team warm-up 

  • Step 6: do four dives 

  • Step 7: get warm, drink water, eat 

  • Step 8: check in with coaches two heats before your race 

  • Step 9: Swim fast, get your time 

  • Step 10: warm down double the race easy free 

  • Step 11: get warm and see coaches to talk about race 

  • Step 12: Relax, eat, use the bathroom, get off your feet, cheer for teammates repeat steps 7-12 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for swim meets in Fall/Winter 

 

  • Warm and waterproof clothes are essential: beanies, gloves, warm fuzzy socks, boots, leggings, sweats, sweatshirt, parka, waterproof pants, jacket, etc.…You can never bring too many warm clothes. It is important to stay warm when you aren't swimming. 

 

  • Keep feet covered to the blocks: Swimmers should keep boots and clothes on all the way to the block. Staying warm to the block is an essential key to a successful race. When the body is cold, it will tense up in the water, and the swimmer will feel numb. Keeping the body heated and dry will limit the effects of the elements. When a swimmer's feet get cold before a race, this means that there is a loss of feeling and induces over kicking at the beginning of a race. 

 

  • Sandals/flip-flops are not warm boots: When rough weather strikes a swim meet, swimmers must have something warm covering their feet at all times. Flip-Flops are not measurable means of keeping swimmers feet toasty warm.  The warmth from your body escapes fastest through the feet and head, so make sure both are covered adequately. 

 

  • It is important to stay hydrated even when it rains: When it rains many swimmers don't think they need to stay hydrated.  Athletes can get dehydrated in the cold, so athletes should have a water bottle in hand at all times. 

 

  • Bring Multiple towels: If you think you have packed too many towels... throw more in your bag. You can never be too dry at a swim meet. 

 

  • Eat, eat, eat: swimmers will burn many calories throughout a meet, so make sure there are enough snacks to eat all day.  If a swimmer refuses to eat, send them to the coaches tent... we will convince them.