Dear Tsunami Family,

The Tsunami coaches, Board of Directors and Team Administration, want to welcome you to the Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics Swim Team.

Whether you are new to the Tsunami swim program or are returning for another rewarding season, we are excited to let you know about the upcoming swim season. We hope that you are as enthusiastic as the Coaches, Board of Directors and Team Administration about our prospects for our future.

The Tsunami Aquatics Swim Team prides itself on the commitment to provide a place and opportunity to excel for swimmers at every level of competitive swimming, form novice swimmers to nationally ranked swimmers. Swimming is a sport that encourages team attitude while fostering and supporting individual goals and achievements. It is a sport that requires of its participants an incredible level of dedication and hard work. When a child learns that they can balance schoolwork, swim practice and other extracurricular activities, then that child has developed skills that will be with them throughout their life.

As a non-profit organization, we look to you, the parents of our swimmers to provide us with the infrastructure to make our team successful. With the assistance of our members our teams offer the very best. The values you role model to your children through your volunteering are valuable life long lessons. Whether you are new this year, or have been with the team for several years, we ask you now to become familiar with the many opportunities available to support the team and give a little of your time to make Tsunami Swimming a continued success.

Your Tsunami Coaches, Board of Directors

 & Team Administrators


Table of Contents


Team Philosophy…………………………………………………………..……………  3

Tsunami Swimmer Code of Ethics..……….……………………………...…………..  3

Tsunami Parent Code of Ethics……………………………………..………………...  4

Tsunami Team Address…………………………………………...…………………...  4

Tsunami Practice Location. ……………………………………………………………  4

            Pool Rules ………………………………………………………………………  5

Organization……………………………………………………………………………..  5

Mission Statement ……………………………………………………………………...  5

Membership Requirements…………………………………………………………….  6

Team Membership………………………………………………………………….…..   6

Structure………………………………………………………………………………….  6

Southern California Swimming………………………………………………………… 6

USA Swimming …………………………………………………………………………. 6

USA Swimming Registration…………………………………………………………...  7

Tsunami Training Groups………………………………………………………………  9

The Parent –Swimmer –Coach Relationship………………………………………… 11

Coaching Staff…………………………………………………………………………… 11

What Tsunami Coaches Like to See in Parents …………………………………….  12

Team Registration………………………………………………………………………. 13

Membership Dues & Pool Fees ……………………………………………………….  13

Annual Dues Payments ………………………………………………………………..  13

Change of Address……………………………………………………………………..   13

Drug/Alcohol Free Policy………………………………………………………………   13

Internet & Personal Website Policy…………………………………………………..   13

Team Communication/Family File Boxes……………………………………………   13

Phone Tree ……………………………………………………………………………..   14

Timing Policy…………………………………………………………………………….  14

            Timing 101 ……………………………………………………………………..   14

Tsunami Volunteer Policy……………………………………………………………..    15

            Volunteer Positions…………………………………………………………….  16

Equipment/Team Suits ………………………………………………………………...  19

Swimwear Care………………………………………………………………………….  19

Meet and Practice Schedules, and Calendar of Events…………………………….  20

Swim Meets……………………………………………………………………………… 20

            Short course/Long course……………………………………………………..  20

            Age Groups……………………………………………………………………..   20

            Time Standards…………………………………………………………………  21

Swim Meet Fundamentals……………………………………………………………..   21

Hot To Enter A Swim Meet…………………………………………………………….   22

            Keeping Time Records/ Log Books…………………………………………    23

Novice Meets…………………………………………………………………………..     23

Travel Arrangements………………………………………………………………….     24

Car Pooling To Meets………………………………………………………………..      24

At The Meet…………………………………………………………………………….    25

            Finals Check –In………………………………………………………………    26

            Results………………………………………………………………………….   26

Nutrition for Swimmers………………………………………………………………..    26

Glossary of Swim Terms……………………………………………………………………….……………         28

Team Philosophy


The goals of Tsunami Swimming are to:

  • Provide a program for competitive swimming.
  • Help young people to take on challenges, set goals, and achieve their full potential.
  • Create a positive environment that promotes personal growth.
  • Create a sense of team, while developing atmosphere of camaraderie.


Tsunami Swimming realizes the importance of making a place or everyone regardless of his or her abilities.


Tsunami Swimmer Code of Ethics



  • Your coaches, teammates, officials, and spectators
  • Your competition –always display good sportsmanship
  • Our country –stand in reverence during the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Tsunami property, our pools, and any other facility we may visit


Abide by team rules…

  • Always wear team suits, caps, shirts and warm –ups to team competitions.
  • Participate in team cheers.
  • Sit with your team at group functions.
  • Inform your coach when leaving a function, event, or competition.
  • Always speak with your coach before and after a race.
  • Never scratch a race without speaking to your coach first.
  • Let your coach know if you are unfamiliar with the meet’s course of action. They can instruct you in the correct procedures to follow to assure being in the right place at the right time.


A Tsunami is mindful of …

  • Achieving personal goals through individual growth and development while contributing back to the team.
  • Being a good role model to younger Tsunami
  • Their actions, as they represent the team and how their actions are perceived by others.
  • The potential dangers of the Internet and personal websites. A Tsunami never discloses the Tsunami name, its members, and practice times, locations, or special events.








Tsunami Parent Code of Ethics


  • Have your swimmer to practices, meets and functions on time. Allow them to stay until the end of the meet to cheer on their teammates and help with counting laps and timing for their teammates’ distance events.


  • Wait until practice to discuss issues and concerns with the coaches. Coaches are usually available after practice, and are always available by phone or e –mail. Leave a message stating your question or problem and your message will be returned as soon as possible.


  • Plan to attend the team meetings. Check the teams web site for times and dates or your swimmers coach.


  • Support the team. The Tsunami Swim Team is a parent –run organization, and we can’t succeed without parent volunteers. We have fundraisers, swim meets, and social activities that we need help with at various times of the year. See a Parent Board Member or your Parent Rep. to volunteer.


  • Expect to spend at least 1 -2 hours timing at all meets your swimmer is participating in. It is essential for the swimmers to have timers. There will be a timing sign up coordinator at each meet with a timing assignment sheet. It is the parent’s responsibility to find the representative and sign up for timing.


  • Check your e –mail regularly to make sure you are current on all news and events.


  • Cheer for swimmers from the stands. Often only swimmers and coaches are allowed on crowded pool decks.


  • Feed your swimmers appropriately. Help them learn about proper nutrition that will give them the energy to practice and compete safely. Visit the USA Swimming web site at www.usa-swimming.org for more information.


Supervise your children (swimmers and siblings) when they are “off deck.” At swim meets and practices, the coaching staff is responsible for swimmers’ needs in relation to the meet or practice. It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure children are dropped off and picked up on time, and to make sure children do not wander out of or around the pool area unsupervised. Do not drop your swimmer off at a meet unless you have made arrangements for supervision with another parent! Please note that if you do not attend a meet your swimmer is participating in, you are still responsible for your timing & volunteering requirements.



Team Address                                                           Tsunami Practice Location


Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics                                         Lompoc Aquatic Center

PO Box 123                                                                207 West College Ave.

Lompoc, Ca 93438-0123                                            Lompoc, CA  93436



Pool Rules


  1. Horseplay such as running, splashing, shoving or dunking is not allowed.
  2. Objects other than your swimming equipment are not allowed in the pool during practice.
  3. Profanity, hand gestures or other improper behavior is not allowed.
  4. Swimmers should change clothes in the locker rooms, not on deck.
  5. Sitting, standing or pulling on lane lines is not allowed
  6. No food or drinks (other than water) are allowed in the pool area.
  7. Spectators, including parents, may watch practice from the designated areas in the bleachers, or the surrounding pool deck.
  8. Instructions from the coaches, lifeguards or facility employees must be obeyed at all times.
  9. Foster team spirit by showing respect for your teammates and yourself.





The Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics Swim Team is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Our operating funds are generated from membership dues, fundraising events, swim meets and sponsorship. These funds are primarily used for coaching costs, equipment, incentives, and social functions for our swimmers. The team budget revenues and expenses are carefully planned to keep dues as low as possible.




Mission Statement


The mission of the Lompoc Swim Team is to utilize the positive environment of competitive athletics to develop and foster strength of character in children, teens and adults.  All team programs are based upon encouraging and maintaining self-discipline, teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship. Our athlete’s ability to consistently perform to their fullest potential is the cornerstone of our success.




Team Goals


  • Develop and maintain a strong multi-level swimming program by providing a coaching staff which can lead our swimmers to achieve their personal goals.To be successful with this goal the team must have financial stability, strong family involvement and community support.

  • Develop a sense of pride to commitment and achievement in each of our swimmers.Swimming can be a very rewarding sport.The lessons learned can help the swimmer achieve successes in life.

  • Aim to improve each individual member’s statue in competitive swimming.Each swimmer should take part in the periodic swim meets offered throughout the year.

  • Aim to foster participation as the key to team performance.The team will do better if everyone participates.

  • Aim to develop self-confidence, self-respect, and acceptance of others.Although swimming is seen by most as an individual sport, some of the most important benefits of the sport are those, which involve the team.



Membership Requirements


  • Participation is open to anyone interested in competitive swimming regardless of age or ability.

  • Interested swimmers must try out with the designated Tsunami Coach for proper training group placement. All placements are at the discretion of the Coach.

  • Completion of membership agreements

  • Payment of all fees

  • Membership in USA Swimming

  • Adherence to all Tsunami policies

  • Adherence to drug free environment

  • Participation and Team Sportsmanship

  • Team Membership


    Membership is open to all who participate in the Club, abide by the by–laws and agree to the Mission Statement. Members are also required to abide by the Membership Agreement presented annually, paying dues as stated and participating in volunteer activities as stated.


    The Club does not discriminate members based on race, sex, religion, or disability and abides by the non-discrimination policy of USA Swimming.





The Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics Swim Team (LTA) is a member of the Coastal Section of Southern California Swimming (SCS). Southern California Swimming is a Local Swim Committee (LSC) of USA Swimming. USA Swimming is divided into four Zones, Eastern, Southern, Central, and Western. Southern California Swimming is part of the Southern Zone.


Southern California Swimming (SCS) is one of the 59 Local Swimming Committees (LSC’s) of USA Swimming. Each LSC has its own set of by–laws under which it operates. A House of Delegates with representation of athletes, coaches, members of the Board of Directors and clubs is responsible for managing the business affairs of each LSC. Southern California Swimming consists of 145 clubs with over 16,000 athlete members and over 1,000 non-athlete members. SCS is divided into four subdivisions or sections: Coastal, Eastern, Orange, and Olympic. The Tsunami Swim Team is assigned to the Coastal Section.


USA Swimming


USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States. As the governing body, USA Swimming is responsible for the conduct and administration of swimming in the United States. The main office is located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. USA swimming staff interact with 59 Local Swimming Committees athletes, coaches, and volunteers at all levels to provide a variety of services to over 250,000 registered athletes and over 2,900 swim clubs nationwide.


USA Swimming has the responsibility to formulate rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, distributes safety and sports medicine information, and insures the development of its members clubs and age group swimmers. USA Swimming is responsible for the selection of USA National Teams, which compete at the Olympic and World Championships as well as other international competitions. Each Local Swimming committee is responsible for administering USA Swimming activities in a defined geographical area.



USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming. We administer competitive swimming in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. We provide programs and services for our members, supporters, affiliates and the interested public. We value these members of the swimming community, and the staff and volunteers who serve them. We are committed to excellence and the improvements of our sports.



To inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of swimming and in life.



USA Swimming has adopted three core objectives. These core objectives establish the foundation of the strategic business plan for our sport. USA Swimming encourages all members to participate in the local, regional and national efforts to ensure that these objectives are accomplished.

  1. Build The BaseWe seek to expand our membership in order to share our sport with as many other people as possible. We are especially committed to sharing the values of our sport with young people who may discover that swimming is an activity they can enjoy for their entire life.

  2. Promote The SportWe want swimming to receive as much publicity as possible because we believe that the more people learn about our sport the more inclined they will be to join the ranks of our membership. We are proud of our sport and we seek to celebrate it whenever possible.

  3. Achieve Competitive SuccessUSA Swimming has been ranked as the number one swimming nation in the world for more than 40 years. We seek to continue this tradition of competitive excellence. When our elite athletes are successful in fulfilling their Olympic dreams our society benefits from the inspiration these athletes give us.

USA Swimming Registration


All Tsunami swimmers must be active members of USA Swimming in order to practice with the team and compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, which includes SCS sanctioned meets. Membership is renewed in the fall of each year. The annual fee ($64.00 as of 2017will be made out to USA Swimming in check form) provides limited, co–benefit accident and liability insurance for members participating in supervised workouts and swim meets, and a subscription to Splash Magazine. Membership in USA Swimming also confers many other benefits and helps keep all club members up-to-date on news in the wider world of swimming. Initial registration submitted after September 1st covers the swimmer for the remainder of that year and the entire next year. After that, registration will expire on December 31st of each year. USA Swimming also provides an Outreach Program to those who’s athletes receive a supplemental or discounted lunch at their school. A copy for proof will be required, if approved the registration fee will be marked down to $7.00(made out in check form to: USA Swimming) and a different form of registration will be need to filled out. Ask any Board Members or Coaching staff for further questions.


New Tsunami Swimmers – USA Swimming Registration

New team members must provide “proof of birth” (passport or birth certificate) to a Tsunami administrator as part of the initial USA Swimming registration. All swimmers must re-register annually, which takes place during the month of August.


If you are a new Tsunami Swimmer from another team in SCS, please see the team Registrar for a Change of Affiliation Attach/Unattached Form. The form and a minimal fee for unattachment must be submitted to the SCS office prior to or at your first sanctioned meet with the Tsunamis. The period of unattachment begins the day following the last day on which the swimmer represented his/her previous USA Swimming team at a sanctioned meet. An additional Change of Affiliation with fee must be submitted to SCS to then attach to the Tsunamis. A swimmer may not attach or reattach at/during a meet.


If you are a new Tsunami swimmer from another team outside SCS, please see the Team Registrar to request a transfer form. The transfer form must be received by the SCS Office before the swimmer is registered in SCS.



Tsunami Training Groups


The Tsunami Aquatics Program is for individuals age 5-Adult. Each group is designed to benefit swimmers who are grouped by experience, ability, and training commitment.


The number, duration, and intensity of the practices are geared to the above elements that define the swim group. Following descriptions shows approximate practice parameters per group. The aim of the coaching staff is to move swimmers through the groups as warranted by their ability and desire.



The Lompoc Tsunami Aquatic Team is divided into 7 primary training levels in order to provide a structured and comprehensive program.

This is the teams entry level to the sport of competitive swimming.  The primary objective of the pre-comp program is to assess the swimmer abilities and skill level of the four basic competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. 
Training Schedule: Two, 1 ½ -hour sessions per week
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets and invitational meets is optional

At the Novice level, the young athlete is introduced to the sport of competitive swimming.  The primary objective of the novice program is to teach the swimmer four basic competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.  Novice swimmers also learn and practice starts, turns, drills, and games to develop additional skills needed for competition.
Training Schedule: Three, 1-1 ¼ hour sessions per week
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets and invitational meets is optional

Junior I
The Junior I swimmer can perform the 4 competitive swim strokes and is ready to learn more sophisticated techniques.  At this level, advanced drills are implemented, starts and turns are emphasized, and interval training is introduced. 

Training Schedule: Up to three days per week, 1-¼ hours per day
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets and invitational meets is encouraged.  Approximately 7 meets are scheduled during the winter short course season, 5 during the summer long course season.

Junior 2
The Junior 2 program is designed for young athletes at least 8 years of age whom have decided they are ready for a commitment to the sport of swimming.  Competitive training, in its true sense, begins at this level; stoke techniques are refined continuously.
Training Schedule: Three to four days per week, 1-½ hours per day
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets, championship meets and invitational meets is encouraged.  Approximately 7 meets are scheduled during the winter short course season, 5 during the summer long course season.
*Swimmers must be able to complete 8x100 IM @2:00 – rest 2:00 – 8x100 free @1:45.

Senior Prep
The senior prep program moves swimmers toward more rigorous training – conditioning in anticipation of Senior/High School swim team participation.  It is designed for athletes who are between 10 and 14 years of age and who meet specified time requirements.

Training takes precedence over technique work for the first time in the athlete’s development
Training Schedule: 4 to 5 days per week, 1 ½ to 2 hours per day
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets, invitational and championship meets (if qualified) is suggested.  The number of meets per season varies depending upon the performance of the individual.
*Swimmers must be able to complete 8x100 IM @1:50 – rest 2:00 – 8x100 free @1:40.

Senior 1
Senior 1 is designed for high school students who wish to train when high school competitive swimming is off-season from The Senior 1 training program strongly emphasizes conditioning as well as techniques, and it provides the individual with opportunities to progress rapidly.  Senior level swimmers who are involved in other high school sports may choose to train with this group.  Attendance at daily training sessions is strongly encouraged.
Training Schedule: Five days per week, 1-½ hours per day.
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets, invitational and championship meets (if qualified) is suggested.  The number of meets per season varies depending upon the performance of the individual.
*Swimmers must be able to complete 8x100 IM @1:50 – rest 2:00 – 8x100 free @1:40.

Senior 2
Swimmers in Senior 2 experience the highest caliber of training and competition offered by the Lompoc Aquatic Team.  At this level, daily workouts are highly individualized.  Each athlete encounters daily opportunities to develop skills and endurance necessary to compete at state, regional, and national levels.
Training Schedule: Five days per week, 1-½ hours in the evening with a 1-½ hour workout on Saturday mornings.
Meet Schedule: Participation in dual meets, invitational and championship meets (if qualified) is expected.  The number of meets per season varies depending upon the performance of the individual.
*Swimmers must be able to complete 10x100 IM @ 1:40 – rest 2:00 – 10x100 free @1:25.




Practice Schedule

The following practice schedule is current as of December 2013.  Please verify current schedule on the LTA website.

Year Round (a few breaks when pool is closed)





Senior II

5:00p – 6:30p

M-F, S


Senior I

5:00p – 6:30p



Senior Prep

5:00p – 6:30p

M-F, S


Junior II

5:00p – 6:30p

M-W-F, S


Junior I

5:00p – 6:15p



Junior Prep

5:00p – 6:15p




5:00p – 6:15p




          Pre Comp                         5:00p - 6:30p              U – H          Taylor/Mike/Land



The Parent / Swimmer / Coach Relationship

It is not the intention of any Tsunami coach to advise a parent on how to raise their children. No one understands the parent-child relationship better than the parent. In an athletic environment, human nature sometimes prevents a parent from remaining objective in matters concerning their children as a situation relates to swimming. Through personal experience as competitive swimmers and years of coaching, the Tsunami coaching staff has probably at one time had to deal with the issues you may be confronting. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your coaches so they can help.


Everyone involved in the training program conducted by Tsunami realizes that all swimmers learn individually and physically develop at different rates. As individuals, each will respond differently to various methods of skill development and will reach their goals accordingly. With years of experience, the Tsunami coaching staff finds that the balanced parents who focus on the byproducts of becoming a responsible swimmer are ultimately the swimmers who win. Seeing a swimmer become a self –motivated, confident young adult can mean more than having the fastest times.



Coaching Staff

Tsunami Swimming has the most qualified coaching staff available in Lompoc for all levels, from the novice to the elite. Our coaches continue to advance their coaching skills and knowledge through training and education to achieve advanced certification levels. Our coaches bring to Tsunami swimmers not only experience, but enthusiasm, dedication, and a love for the sport of swimming. They coach because they love it.








Swim parents are Wonderful When…


  • You work a full day at a swim meet, and then want to know where the team party is!


  • You cheer for athletes who are not your own children.


  • You drive carpools that would make a NYC cab driver dizzy.


  • You help set –up or break –down for events that you did not sign-up to help with.


  • You ask your swimmer after the race “what did your coach say? – what do you think?”


  • You operate a phone tree that helps spread information


  • You say, “What’s your next event” after your ten – year old just got DQ’d.


  • You understand that only the four fastest swimmers can be on the “A” relay team.


  • You emphasize the importance of the “team” and cheering for teammates.


  • You help new parents “learn the ropes” in a positive way.


  • You promote team unity.


  • You applaud everyone’s efforts and comfort those that need it.


  • You realize that coaches are human, and feel terrible when they make a mistake –just like you do.


  • You know that there is nothing heavier than “great potential”


  • You realize that one single swim is not all that important; it’s the process that counts.


  • You congratulate your child’s teammates for doing a best time because recognition by another adult is very important.


  • You support your child’s swimming by supporting the organization that brings your child the opportunity to excel.










Team Registration & Membership Dues


Membership Dues

All members will be charged an annual administration fee per family.

Membership dues and pool fees are to be paid monthly, due by the first of each month. Since we must meet our operating expenses monthly, it is crucial that we receive timely payment from our members. Dues will be considered late after the 10th of the month and a late charge of $10 will apply. Monthly fees are broken down by group and the number of swimmers in each family. Please refer to your annual membership agreement, which outlines the dollar amount for dues, pool fee, volunteering and fundraising requirements.

Mail dues payments to:


                        Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics

                        PO Box 123

                        Lompoc, CA  93436




  • A Swim-A-Thon will be held annually.  Member participation in required.


  • Additional Fundraising activities are held throughout the year. Members are required to participate.  Financially successful fundraisers are necessary to keep dues and other fees at their current levels.


Change of Address

If you move, please notify the Team Administration so records can be updated.


Tsunami Drug/Alcohol Free Policy

The Tsunami Swim Team maintains a “Drug Free” philosophy. The team adamantly opposes the possession, use, abuse, distribution, and sale of drugs or any substance represented to be a drug (legal or illegal), drug paraphernalia, or alcohol.


Tsunami Internet Policy

Tsunami parents and team members should be aware of potential dangers of the Internet and personal websites.  The Tsunami Swim Team never discloses the Tsunami name, its members, and practice times, locations, or special events in their personal websites.


Team Communication/ Family File Boxes

Each family has a file in the team file boxes located on the pool deck. It is your responsibility to check it often for team information and communication. Information can also be obtained on the team website: lompocaquatics.com. A Board Member or Parent Rep is always available to answer any question you may have about the Tsunami team. E-mail or call if you have any questions. Stay informed.




Phone Tree

An attempt will be made to notify swimmers and parents by phone or E-mail of any last minute changes in practice schedules, locations, or any other information deemed important. This is a courtesy call made by parent’s volunteers. Do not depend on it as your only source of information about team events.


Tsunami Timing Policy


Tsunami members are required to supply timers at every swim meet they attend that is hosted by another team.  Meets cannot run without timers, and swimmers cannot get accurate times without the support of parent timers.  Timing is Mandatory.  Tsunami parents are required to work at least one timing shift at each of these meets.  It is each parent’s responsibility to find the Timing Chair Coordinator at the meet and sign up for the required number of timing shifts.  If you can not find the Coordinator, ask your swimmer’s coach. They will put you in contact with this volunteer.


When signing up for a timing shift, please be aware of the meet time line and your swimmer’s events and needs.  You may find it necessary to fulfill your timing commitment after your swimmer has completed their events or during another session.  Please remember that for distance events, swimmers are required to provide their own timer and counter.


Be a Good Timer… and remember, “Often the best seat is a timing chair.”


  • Sign up for your timing shift
  • Be prompt for your timing shift
  • Remain in your timing chair until relieved by the next timer.
  • Collect all your belongings including your trash.
  • Need to change your shift? It is your responsibility to find a replacement.


Timing 101

Timing is very easy- there is no special training required.  Usually, there will be at least two timers per lane, sometimes three. Each timer has a stopwatch; each lane will have a clipboard and an event list.  If the pool has an automatic timing system, there will be “pickles” for the timers as well. “Pickles” are the back up system in case the swimmer does not touch the electronic pad properly or in case the timing pad malfunctions.  There is always a head timer whose duty is to start two stopwatches so that if a timer makes a mistake or a watch malfunctions, one of these watches can be obtained to time the swimmer in your lane.


Before the meet begins, there will be a stopwatch check conducted by the Starter.  The starter stands at one side of the pool and has a device that only sounds the start, but also flashes a strobe light.  The light is the timer’s cue to start their stopwatches.  Start your watch. After about 20-30 seconds, the starter will sound the start again. Stop your watch. The head timer will check to se if all watches agree and are working.  During the meet when the strobe flashes, ALWAYS start the stopwatch, even if there is no swimmer in your lane.


The event cards on the clipboard will list the event number, distance and stroke, and the names of the swimmers in each heat.  When the Starter calls a heat to the blocks, verify the swimmer’s name on the event card. Report any discrepancies to the Starter at once.


In the events when one length of the pool is swum, the swimmers will either start at the end opposite of the timers, or the timers will be moved. 


When the swimmer in your lane is nearing the finish, go to the edge of the pool to see the swimmer actually “touch” the wall. Stop the stopwatch and press the button on the “pickle” (if there is one) immediately as any part of the swimmer’s body  touches or breaks the invisible plane of the finish wall.  A two-handed touch is required for breast and butterfly.  YOU MUST GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND GO TO THE EDGE OF YOUR CHAIR AND GO TO THE EDGE OF THE POOL FOR A GOOD VIEW OF THE FINISH FOR ALL EVENTS.


Record all times on the event card next to the swimmer’s name.  DO NOT average the times.  A runner will collect the completed cards at the end of the event.  If you do not have an event card, notify the Starter before the event begins, if possible, but remember ALWAYS start the stopwatch anyway.  The event card can be obtained and filled out after the heat.


Quick Notes for Novice Timers

  • Verify each swimmer’s name before start of heat.

  • If your heat sheets show a swimmer’s name and no swimmer is at the blocks, call the swimmers name (sometimes the younger swimmers don’t know what heat is next).

  • If your watch malfunctions, standup and raise your hand to alert the Head timer for a new watch, or ask a timer with an empty lane for their watch if they started it.

  • Backstroke – swimmers start in the water

  • Breast and Butterfly - two handed touch at first.

  • Remember, you are timing, it is not your place to coach or critique swimmers.

  • Feel free to cheer the swimmers in your lane.



Tsunami Volunteer Policy


The Tsunami Team philosophy realizes the importance of making a place for every swimmer regardless of his or her abilities. We provide an environment for each swimmer to accomplish his/her swimming goals through training, dedication, discipline and teamwork. This is accomplishment only with the commitment, support, and help from you, THE PARENTS.


As a condition of membership, each family is required to work the established number of hours over a membership year, as outlined in your current agreement. Hours are broken down by season and may fluctuate from year to year depending on the number of meets hosted.


The intent of this policy is to emphasize how important it is that we all work together to maintain the high standards of the Tsunami Swim Team. The policy was designed to more evenly disperse the volunteer effort required to provide a well run meet for our swimmers. Tsunami cannot run a meet without adequate parent support. This policy is intended to provide flexibility for families through the meet and during ling course meets. The remaining hours can be served in either season. Many of our families volunteer in excess of 100 Hours to Tsunami during each meet season. Those families not doing their fair share during event critically jeopardize the smooth management and operation of these events and also subject the team to increased membership dues. Additionally it may affect our ability to continue to provide local, high quality, sanctioned competition for our swimmers.


Two important reasons the Tsunami team hosts meets:


  1. Swim meets are fundraisers for our team. Without the funds raised at these meets we would undoubtedly need to increase monthly dues to cover team operating expenses. Dues currently cover our coaching costs. All funds raised through meets and other fundraising activities cover the team operating expenses, i.e. pool rental, payroll taxes, coach travel and education, equipment, administration, team t-shirt, banquet and social activities.


Since volunteer is a condition of Tsunami membership, families who consistently fail to volunteer and who fail to pay the imposed fees for lack of volunteering, may have their membership application refused at renewal.




Tsunami Volunteer Positions





Concession-This is a “profit” opportunity for the Tsunami and is provided for the benefits of all swimmers and spectators attending the meet. Tsunami maintains a concession stand that provides a healthy, nutritious menu at reasonable prices. No experience is needed, but being able to make change and put a hot dog in a bun are required skills.


Hospitality-The hospitality committee provides the coaches, officials, and the Administration Desk Help with refreshments during meets that are hosted by Tsunami. These meets are usually two days long. The hospitality committee duties include soliciting food donation, set-up and take-down, and replenishing food during the meet. Hospitality provides coaches, officials, the Admin Desk and timers with drinks and refreshments throughout the meet. Shifts worked during the meets generally last 2-4 hours. This is a great way to get to know new people and contribute to the running of lager meets.


Announcer- The announcer sits at the administration table, looking over the pool, and notifies swimmers and spectators on the order of events. You also have the opportunity to make announcements and read the official results.


Officials- These positions require a training class and supervised on-the-job-training to achieve certification. All swim officials are volunteers. They work to improve their skills through appropriate clinics and classes. It does require being able to step out of the role as parent and into the role of impartial observer.


Clerk of Course- This position requires training and is an “Official Position.” This is also the first step in becoming an Administrative Referee. Duties include meet check-in, session time line and Admin help. This position is needed for all sessions during the swim meet.


Meet Set Up/Take Down- The job requires no mechanical aptitude or great strength, just volunteering for any aspect of clean up, set up and moving all equipment and supplies back to the team storage unit.


Runner- The runner distributes swim heat sheets and results from the administration table to the posting area. The Meet Director will provide all necessary training.


8 & under Line Up- At A/B/C meets all 8 and under age swimmers are asked to report to the designated 8 & Under line up area before each of their events. The volunteers in this area will line up the swimmers in the correct heat order and take them to the starting blocks.


Awards- Swim results are computer generated and printed on labels that you place on the appropriate medal or ribbon and place in the designated location.


Check in –At every sanctioned meet the swimmers must check in each day to confirm the events they will be swimming on that day. Check-in usually opens at the time warm up begins and volunteers most often work until the meet begins. There is usually a check-in volunteer needed for each age group for boys and girls. As each swimmer checks in for the meet you will highlight and/or circle the swimmers’ names and/or events for which they will be swimming. Swimmers often want to write their event numbers on their hand as you read their event numbers tot hem. You will be given instruction on how to document any events a swimmer may scratch.


Meet Marshal- This is an important position required during warm-ups throughout each meet session. The swimmers are taught and required to practice proper safety procedures on entering and leaving the pool. The Meet Marshal are a visible reminder to practice these procedures and are called upon from time-to-time to prompt the swimmers in the use of these procedures. They provide traffic control and assist in safety issues both in the pool and around the pool deck.


Goody Bags- This committee provides bags of goodies for all swimmers participating in designated meets. The committee duties include soliciting and obtaining donated items for goody bags up to months in advance of the meet, stuffing the goody bags with all items prior to the meets, and distributing the bags to swimmers at the meet.


Programs and Product- Programs, T-shirts, etc. are sold to the swimmers and spectators at meets. For the sale of programs the busy times are during warm-ups, with lots of free time after to watch swimmers. Knowing how to count change is required.


Timer- Timing is easy- no special training is required. There are usually two or three timers per lane. Each timer has a stopwatch, and if the pool has an automatic timing system, there will be “pickles” for each timer also. “Pickles” and stopwatches are the back-up system in the event the timing pads fail. Stopwatch times are recorded on event sheets.


Time Verifier- Depending on the timing system, this position varies from meet to meet and is not always need. This job entails reviewing the timer slips and comparing the stopwatch times to the touch pads times. On-the-job training is provided by the Admin. Director




 More Tsunami Volunteer Positions





Parent Representatives- Our Parent Rep. plays a vital role in team communication. A minimum of one representative is needed for each group. They are the liaisons between coaches, the Board, and swim families. There are occasionally some special event requirements and delegating is encouraged. Their primary task is “phone tree” to communicated last minute information.


Team Photographer- The team photographer(s) job is to take pictures at swim meets, social events or activities for the team Newsletters and team photo Library. Anyone owning a digital camera and that can take a picture qualifies. Any member can submit pictures to the Photo Library Chairperson.


Marketing/PR- The Marketing and PR committee utilizes public relations to support Tsunami Programs and initiatives.

Social Activities- This committee plans and implements social event such as the Awards Banquet, water slide parties, pizza parties, and other social activities.


Web Site -The Web Site committee helps develop and update the team web site.


Newsletter- This committee needs people with a flair for writing to assist in compiling information and writing articles for monthly newsletters. Reporting and investigating skills are not necessary. Articles are needed for swim meets results, social events, activities, and basic news.


Team Store- The Store provides items for sale to members including team caps, t-shirts, parkas, remaining meet shirts, etc. Under direction of the Team Store Chair and the Board of Directors, the committee solicits and obtains items to resell to members.


Fundraising- This committee recommends and implements fundraising opportunities to fund Tsunami programs under direction of the Fundraising Chairperson and Board of Directors.


Corporate Sponsorship- The purpose of this committee is to establish and maintain relationships with potential and current donors. Corporate Sponsorship solicits, manages, and provides a consistent point-of-contact with these potential donors and/or organizations. This committee, under direction of the Committee Chairperson, needs people who are willing to solicit the sponsorship of large corporations and who are willing to assist in insuring that Tsunami provides the agreed upon recognition.


Parent Information- This committee updates the team handbook annually. The committee chairperson develops and presents a new parent orientation quarterly. Other duties include, organizing timers for away meets, transportation, set-up and return of tents, banners, and equipment.



If you are interested in any of the above volunteer positions please contact a Board Member or Committee Chairperson to become involved.



Equipment/Team Suits


All equipment should be ordered through the Tsunami approved vendor (when applicable).  Their address, phone number, and website are listed in the Team Info file box on the pool deck. Check with your coach to assure that the swimmer has the equipment that is correct for his/her level prior to ordering. This includes swimsuits, fins, kick boards, warm-ups, parkas, bags, and paddles.



Swimwear Care

At all competitions, designated team suits and caps must be worn. There are several safeguards that make swim suits last longer, but even with proper care they are going to need to be replaced often.


  1. Always rinse out suits immediately after use in fresh cool water.
  2. Do not use detergent, soaps, bleach or shampoos on your suit (a little Woolite or products designed for swimwear, such a Suit Solutions, are okay); rinse and spin out.
  3. NEVER DRY suits in a clothes dryer, rinse and spin out only in washer. Do not iron.
  4. Hang or lay suit flat after rinsing, way from sunlight or heat. Do not wring out or rub suit dry.
  5. NEVER leave a wet suit rolled up or in a towel or bag for any length of times or it will create “lycra breakdown” where spots on the material become thin. If this problem occurs, it is not a suit defect, it is caused from improper care and most manufactures will not replace the suit.
  6. Do not get oil or sunscreen lotion on suits, especially the elastic.
  7. Nylon or polyester suits last longer.
  8. Tight suits last longer than baggy suits.
  9. Layer practice suits if they become thin.
  10. Competition suits will not last long as practice suits. Do not wear competition suits to practice- they will wear our quicker 
  11. Competition suits are to be worn only for competition and will probably not last more than 3 to 6 months.
  12. Latex and silicone cap life may be extended by rinsing, dying.


Meet and Practice Schedules, and Calendar of Events


Schedules will be available via email, through the coaches, and on the team website. It is important that you check the team website as often as possible for any changes or special events.



Swim Meets


Short Course/Long Course

There are two seasons in a competitive swimming year.


  • The Short Course season runs September thru February when swimmers compete in a 25-yard or 25-meter pool.(Generally the width of the pool.) Short Course time standards apply to all meets during this period.

  • The Long Course season runs March thru August when the pool is set up for competition lengthwise in 50-meter lanes. Long Course time standards apply to all meets during this period.


    Tsunami’s home pool, Lompoc Aquatic Center, is 25 yards long and has 10 lanes.


Age Groups


Southern California Swimming meets are part of the United States Swimming classified age group program. There are seven age groups in USA Swimming: 8 & under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 &, 16, 17 & 18 (sometimes 15-18) or senior. Within each age group there are different time standards or classifications: C, B, A, AA, Junior Olympic, SCSRT, Zone, and NRT.


Age is determined by the age of the swimmer on the first day of any given meet. Once a swimmer begins a meet at a given age they can finish the meet at that age even though they might have a birthday during the meet.


Time Standards


Time standards and age determine the type of meet in which a swimmer may participate. Age group standards are, in successively faster levels: C, B, A, AA, Junior Olympics, SCSRT (SCS Reportable Time), Zone and NRT (National Reportable Time). Time meetings the SCSRT and NRT standards are submitted to the Southern California and National swimming bodies for ranking. Senior standards are, in successively faster levels: Senior Development, Senior Q, Senior Sectional, Nationals and Olympic Trails.


The time standards for each classification are established by Southern California Swimming and are subject to change. The time standards for each age are listed in the SCS Swim Guide and on the SCS web site and are published annually. In order to swim in a specific classification, a swimmer must have achieved the corresponding qualifying time.


SCS meets usually combine classifications to allow swimmers to compete in a complete event schedule. In a B/C meets, for example, a swimmer could swim the C breaststroke event and the B freestyle event in the same meet. A meets are usually open to all swimmers with A, AA, AAA and better times.


Championship meets are held near end of the short course and long course seasons. A swimmer’s time standard determines which championship meet they may attend. As young swimmers progress in the sport of swimming, they may qualify for Junior Olympics Championship, and Western Zone Championships (All-Star selections).


Time Standards for Senior-Level Swim Meets

Swimmers, regardless of age, who achieves SCS Senior Development, SCS Senior Q, Senior Sectional or Senior National time standards, participate in a host of senior-level competitions which may include National Championship meets with the top swimmers in the country.


Swim Meet Fundamentals


Tsunamis emphasize individual growth and development. While winning “high-point” remains our team’s objective, a swimmer’s individual improvement is the primary focus. Of equal importance are: Good sportsmanship, Respect for officials, gracious gestures to the competitors, and encouragement to teammates. Swimmers are expected to put fort full effort and display a mature attitude. Swimmers are taught to set realistic, but challenging goals for swim meets and to relate these goals to their training efforts.


The Tsunami team participates in several types of swimming competitions. A meet schedule is updated periodically throughout the team year and is available in the Team Info file box and on the Tsunami’s web site. The coaches will assign swimmers particular meets to attend and designate the events to be entered. It is important for swimmers and parents to understand that the coaches assign swimmers to meets to evaluate their progress and to determine the focus for future training. Swimmers are expected to attend those meets assigned by the coaching staff. If, for any reason, a swimmer can not attend an assigned meet, a parent or swimmer must make contact with the swimmer’s coach. In dual meet competition or invitational swimming meets, the coach may designate the events a swimmer will swim. If the coach does not assign the swimmer particular event, the swimmer may swim any of the events in which he/she meets the minimum time standard. (Please to refer to the current SCS swim guide or the SCS wed site for the appropriate time standards). Every meet has a limit to the number of events in which a swimmer may participate each day. Please consult the entry form and the coach prior to completing any entry card.



SCS meets are held throughout the year. It should be noted that in addition to grouping swimmers by age level, every swimmer is also classified by their time standard (C, B, A, AA, etc. in order to allow the swimmer the opportunity to participate with other swimmers of similar ability. SCS meets may only be entered by filling out an entry sheet, paying the required fees, and submitting the entry sheet by the meet deadline as indicated on the entry form, to your swimmers coach or the Team Administrator, Melissa Stevens.


Swimmers are expected to attend meets and compete in those events as determined by the coaching staff.


Parents are expected to accompany their swimmers to swim meets and be prepared to tome as assigned by the host team.



How to Enter a Swim Meet


Meet information sheets are distributed to the swimmers via email, by their coach and/or on our team website, one to two weeks before they are due back. The most important thing to remember is to READ THEM BEFORE ENTERING YOUR SWIMMER IN A MEET. The meet form is considered a contract, and all rules, eligibility requirements, costs, and other important information will be found in the meet form. In addition to reading the meet form, you should also read SCS book (on socalswim.org website), where all the rules are spelled out. Some basic guidelines to remember are:


  • A swimmer can only compete in an Open event if he/she is 11+ years old and has previously met the 11-12 ‘A’ time standard for that event.

  • A swimmer can only compete in one age group category. For example a 7-year old swimmer can only compete in either 8 & Under events or 10 & Under events, and a 14-year-old cannot compete in 11 & Up and 13 & Up events. However, 11 & older swimmers may compete in age group events and open events.

  • A swimmer must check in 30 minutes prior to the expected start time of an event at sanctioned meets.

  • No refunds are given, so be sure to enter the swimmer correctly before sending in the entry form card.

  • Sanctioned meets must meet certain guidelines to be approved by Southern California Swimming. Proof of Time meets are sanctioned meets where swimmer must meet minimum time standards and provide information about the sanctioned meet where the times were achieved. For Proof of time meets the “proof of time section” of the blue card, or meet form must be completed. Tsunami request that this section be completed for all meets unless otherwise indicated.

  • Tsunamis most often enter either a consolidated team entry. Your entry and payment payable to Tsunami is given directly to the team

  • Check the maximum number of swims allowable per day or per meet is not exceeded.

  • Return the completed entry form and a check for the entry fees made payable to Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics (LTA) by the due date as indicated on the meet form.



Keeping Time Records –The Log Book


One of the ways swimmer monitor their progress is to keep a swim log of his or her times in every event. Every Tsunami swimmer should maintain a log book of competition times from meet to meet. Keeping a log book assists the swimmer track their progress and set personal goals. Official meet times are obtained from meet ribbons or the posted official meet results. These can also be found through the Tsunami and SCS web sites. An accurate record of times is necessary for signing up for meets. Swimmers can purchase log book at most swim meets. The coaches also maintain an up-to-date database of official meet results with times achieved by each swimmer.


Swimmer Log Book –Example

To track progress, group events together in date order.








50 M. Free



Memorial –LV, NV.



50 M. Free



AA Champs. –Irvine, Ca


Best Time















Novice Meets


The purpose of a novice meet is to introduce swimmers to competitive swimming. These meets are not sanctioned, and times acquired are not allowed to be used in sanctioned meets, particularly in Proof of Times meets.


The entry forms for Novice meets usually look something like this:

1                                        8 & under 25 Free                                                               2

3                                                 9-10 50 Free                                                                   4

5                                            11-12 50 Free                                                                 6

7                                                 13-14 100 Free                                                               8

9                                                  Open 200 Free                                                             10

At most meets, there will be a block of events for each stroke. The coach will let you know which events the swimmer should participate in. Enter the swimmer’s best time or NT (for No Time) if the swimmer has not competed in that event before. Enter girl’s time on the left side of the from (with the odd numbers) and the boy’s times on the right side of the form (with the even number).



Travel Arrangements


If an overnight stay is needed, the parent should look into reserving a hotel room closest to the meet.  If you need help finding a hotel or need recommendations, please speak with the team administration.  Because most meets begin early in the morning most travel is done the day before the meet, please plan accordingly.



Car-Pooling To Meets


Travel meets are fun, but remember that it is the parent’s responsibility to get your swimmer to the meet, not the coaches or team administration’s. If a parent cannot attend a meet with their swimmer please make arrangements with another parent to chaperone and transport your swimmer; make sure this parent takes total responsibility for them as well. This includes transport to and from the hotel to the meet, and meal arrangements. The responsible parent should also have a signed medical release, medical insurance information and emergency contact phone numbers. The coaches are working; supervision at these venues is outside of their responsibility. Swimmers under the age of 18 must be chaperoned and supervised. The Tsunami Swim Team accepts no liability for swimmers left unattended at meets.




What to Bring to a Meet


Tsunami team owns many canopies that are usually set up together to allow all team members to sit together. Having shade shelter at meets requires planning and organization prior to the meet. If you are traveling to an away meet please let a board member know if you have room in you vehicle to transport a canopy. Swim meets can be very long and swimmers have more fun if they can sit together.


Meet location determines many of the items you may need to bring. Most Southern California Meets are outdoors and it can be very warm and sunny, or very cold and rainy. Check the weather forecast report before traveling. The following are recommended items:


  • Team Swim Suit (a spare suit is recommended)

  • Team caps (a spare is recommended)

  • Goggles (always include a spare)

  • Towels (at least two)

  • Team t-shirt, sweats or parka (weather appropriate)

  • Boots, shoes or sandals (weather appropriate)

  • Blanket or sleeping bag

  • Drinks: water, Gatorade, juice, etc.

  • Food, cooler with nutritious snacks

  • Waterproof sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

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    Log book for recording times

  • Chair, something to sit on

  • Games, books, homework

  • Pens/highlighters for marking program

  • Money for programs, food, parking (change may be require)



    What NOT To Bring To a Meet or Practice Pool Deck

    Please remember the following items should not be brought to any pool deck:


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    Anything in a glass container

  • Alcoholic beverages



At the Meet


  • Swimmers should check with their coach the day before a meet to find out the expected time of arrival.

  • Be prompt. Arrive on time for warm-ups, which are generally at least an hour before the start time.

  • Check-in with the Clerk of Courses as soon as possible. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to assure they are properly entered in their events, if there is a problem, go directly to your coach.

  • If a swimmer has entered more events than are allowed to swim, check with your coach to determine which events to scratch. At check –in the swimmer will be required to sign and initial the event scratched. Once an event has been scratched, it cannot be reinstated. Scratch must be done prior to the close of check in for each event.

  • Most meets are deck seeded. Heat and lane assignments will be posted by the Clerk of Course. You MUST check these heat sheets or you’ll miss your event. If you miss an event at a sanctioned meet, you will be required to skip you next event for that day also. If it is a finals event, there could also be other penalties.

  • See your coach for instructions before and after each event.

  • Be at you lane behind the block prior to the start of you event.

  • The Starter will announce the event and heat number

  • Listen for the long whistle:

  • Step up on the blocks

  • Take your mark

  • If electronic timing system is used, listen for the beep to start

  • Remain in the water, at the wall, until all swimmers in your heat have finished their race.

  • See your coach after each event.

  • Warm down the number of yards/meters your coach instructs you to.


    Finals Check –In

    If a swimmer is competing in a meet that has preliminary races in the morning and finals in the evening, you will need to check in with the Clerk following your race. The meet form will indicate which format is used.

  • Positive check- In: The swimmer must check in an initial at the Clerk of Course their intent to swim that race. Usually you have 30 minutes after the event results are announced to check in or declare you intent to scratch or you forfeit you opportunity to swim. Swimmers should check in even if they are not in the top 16 because another swimmer ahead of you may scratch.

  • Negative Check-In: The swimmer must check in and initial at the Clerk of Course their intent not to swim that event. You usually have 30 minutes after the event results are announced to declare your intent. If you do not check in, and do not show up for finals, you will be considered a “no show” which can have significant penalties attached.



    Final results are usually posted on top of the heat sheets at the posting area. Keep track of the swimmer’s performance in their log book, since this information will be needed for the next entry form. Results are also usually posted on the Tsunami web site.



Nutrition for Swimmers


For optimum performance swimmers need to eat a nutritionally balance diet of carbohydrates, fat and proteins. Each swimmer must determine what works the best for them nutritionally. As a general rule a balance diet of protein, carbohydrates, and fats is best for optimal performance. Some tips for new swimmers prior to and during practice and swim meets include:


  • Eat a balanced meal before you leave home

  • Drink plenty of water. A rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces every day. For Example: Weight is 100 lbs.; drink 50 ounces of water each day.

  • Drink before, during and after practice or meet. Avoid carbonated and high sugar drinks, they cause dehydration.

  • At meets, to keep your energy level high and your body hydrated pack fluids, high carbohydrate foods and some proteins


    During a meet, if your events are less than an hour apart, drink plenty of fluids and eat small amounts of carbohydrate foods. If your wait between events is more than two hours, add some protein to your diet. If the wait is four hours or more, add more protein to your already high intake of fluids and carbohydrates.


    Remember that thirst is not a good indicator that your body needs water. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink, drink continuously. Swimmers are vulnerable to dehydration that can hurt performance, especially in hot weather.



    Nutrition –Recovery Tip

    Good nutrition and the timing on intake are critical for proper recovery after a work out. The body is extremely good at making the most of what it is given. Following exercise (first two hours), the body is very sensitive to the hormone insulin. Insulin is that hormone that rises every time blood sugar rises. In other words, every time a swimmer eats carbohydrate, which causes blood sugar to rise, insulin goes up. It is insulin’s job to remove sugar from the bloodstream, and it does so by facilitation its storage as glycogen. Glycogen, the storage form for carbohydrate, is what the body taps into for fuel when exercise is very intense. This can happen quite a bit during a tough workout, which is why it’s important to see that glycogen is replenished before the next practice. Eating something substantial within 30 minutes after work out, then another snack or meal about an hour after that is essential.


    Nutrition on Deck: Packing for Meets

    Given the hectic pace of meet day, swimmers should have a variety of food items to select from. Be prepared with a cooler of goods. Use the Following suggestions to get started:



                            Foods to pack for meets may include:

                            Bagels                                                 Pretzels

                            Dry Cereal/Oatmeal                            Trail Mix

                            Cheese (mozzarella sticks)                Granola Bars

                            Crackers                                             Hard Boiled Eggs

                            Dried Fruit                                           Tuna

                            Fruit, fruit smoothies & juices             Electrolyte Drink (ex. Gatorade)

                            Muffins                                                Yogurt

                            Sandwiches (ex PBJ)                         100% Juice Boxes

                            Power Bars                                         WATER


  • Pack food in small servings

  • Think finger goods

  • Include an ice pack

  • Include a variety of food items

  • Include food items that re likely to be eaten

  • Provide utensils

  • Avoid items that require cutting, do preparation at home

  • Don’t require a swimmer to bring a cooler home empty : use this as a gauge to see what they eat and don’t eat

    Glossary of Swim Terms


    Administrative Referee- also called meet secretary: responsible for the administrative operation of the meet including entries, swimmer registration, clerk of course, results tabulation and organization of all meet paperwork.


    Age Groups-program through USA swimming that provides fair an open competition for its younger members. Nationally recognized age groups are 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. Local meets may also include events for 8 and under or single age categories.


    Aggregate Time- times achieved by four individuals in separate starts which are added together to arrive at a relay time for entry purposes.


    Approved Meet- A meet conducted by a USA swimming group member or an outside organization in conformance with USA swimming technical rules. At least two USA swimming officials (minimum SCS stroke/Turn Certified) must be present to attest that the conduct of the competition conforms to al USA swimming rules and meet standards.


    Block- the starting platform


    Bonus Consols- the top 16-24 swimmers during preliminaries


    Certified Officials-Southern California Aquatics Federal and SCS trained personnel that act as Starter/Deck Referees according to the requirements of the meet. Certified officials are trained to observe and enforce the technical rules of swimming in a fair consistent and impartial manner.


    Circle –Seeded- a seeding method for preliminaries that allows scrambling heat and lane assignments so the fastest swimmers are mixed into different heats. It is usually used so that slower swimmers are challenged by faster swimmers. The fastest swimmer in each heat will be in lance 4, second fastest in Lange 5, then lanes 3, 6,2,7,1 and 8 respectively.


    Circle-swimming- performed at practice and meet warm ups. Swimmers stay to the right of the black line when swimming in a lane to enable more swimmers to safely swim in each lane.


    Change of Affiliation- A change of affiliation from one club to another or from unattached to a club. The swimmer must request a change of affiliation from the SCS Office and the athlete must be unattached fro 120 days before he/she may compete attached to another club.


    Clerk of Course- Responsible fro the conduct of check-in and event seeding operation of the meet.


    Closed competition- a competition open only to the members of one organization or group.


    Composite Time- Time achieved in a relay even by four members of one organization or group.


    Consols (consolation) - A level o finishing at finals meet for those who fell short of qualifying for finals (1sth- 8th place.) during preliminaries; usually those finishing in place 9-16, plus alternates.


    Course- designated distance over which the competition is conducted.


    Cut- slang term for qualifying time, a time standard necessary to attend a particular meet or event.


    D.Q.’d (Disqualified) – this occurs when a swimmer has committed an infraction of some kind (e.g., freestyle kick in butterfly.) A disqualified swimmer is not eligible to receive awards, nor can the time be used as an official time.


    Distance Events – Term used to refer to events over 400 meters/ 500 yards.


    Dryland – Training done out of the water that aids and enhances swimming performance; usually includes stretching, calisthenics, and possibly weight training.


    Dual Meet – A Meet with only two teams competing.


    Entry Card/Form – Form of card on which a swimmer enters a competition; usually includes swimmer’s name, USA registration number, club, age, sex, event numbers, event names, entry times, and fees.


    Event – any race or series of races in a given stroke of distance.


    False Start – Occurs when a swimmer is moving before the start is sounded; in USA rules one false start will result in disqualification.


    Finals – The concluding session of each day of the meet in which the final race comprised of the fastest preliminary qualifiers of each event is swum (Championship heat of an even in which the top 8 swimmers from the preliminaries compete.)


    Flags – Backstroke flags placed 5 yards (short course yards) or 5 meters (long and short course meters) from the end of the pool; the flags enable backstrokes to execute a backstroke turn safely.


    Fly –Over Starts – Starting method where finishing swimmers from one heat do not exit the pool until swimmers from the next heat have left the blocks (reduces amount of time to run events.)


    Four Hour Rule – Limitation on number of meet entries allowed by host club to ensure that each preliminary session does not exceed four hours.


    Head Timer – Volunteer position in charge of timers; starts two watches for every heat in case of timer error or watch malfunction.


    Heat – Division of an event in which there are to many swimmers to compete at one time.


    I.M. (Individual Medley) – an event in which the swimmer uses all four strokes in the following order – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.


    Invitational – Competition for those swimmers, organizations, or clubs invited by the host club.


    Junior Olympic – type of age group Competition conducted by the Age Group Division.


    LSC – Local Swim Committee, a division of USA Swimming. Southern California Swimming is an LSC.


    Leg (relay) – The portion of the relay event that is swum by a single team member.


    Length – Extent of the course from end to end.


    Long Course – 50 meter pool; USA Swimming conducts most of its summer competition in long course pools.


    Long Distance – Term used to refer to events of 800 meters/ 1000 yards, to 1500 meters/ 1650 yards.


    Marshall – Oversees the warm –up procedures and warm –up pool.


    Medley Relay – A Relay in which all four competitive strokes are performed by different competitors in order –back, breast, butterfly, free.


    Meet – Competition designed to be a learning experience; swimmers race against the clock to determine improvement. A series of events held in one program.


    Meet Approval – A permit issued by an LSC for meets conducted in conformance with USA Swimming technical rules in which both USA Swimming members and non-USA Swimming participants may compete.


    Meet Referee – Person in charge of the meet and who is responsible to see that USA Swimming rules and SCS policies are enforced.


    Meet Sanction – A permit issued by an LSC to a USA Swimming group member to conduct meet in conformance with all USA Swimming rules (participants are all USA Swimming members.


    NGB – National Governing Body or USA Swimming, Inc. –There are also several other swimming governing bodies which represent different segments of the swimming population, e.g., CIF, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), YMCA, Federation International de Nation Amateur (FINA).


    NRT/Top 16 – National Reportable Time – Time standards set for both short and long course events to give national recognition to the fastest 16 swimmers in each stroke, distance, gender and age group. Achieving these standards allows a swimmer’s time to be submitted for consideration each year. Attainment of these times does not guarantee achieving a Top 16 ranking.


    N.T. – No Time; entering ‘No Time’ on an entry form indicates the swimmer has never swum the event or distance previously or has no current (within one year) or sanction time.


    National Team – The ‘A’ team comprises those American swimmers who are ranked in the Top 8 in the world the ‘B’ team includes those ranked in the Top 16 in the world.


    Negative Split – Swimming the second half of a race equal to or faster than the first half


    Non –Consistent Time – a short course qualifying time submitted for a long course meet or a long course time submitted for a short course meet.


    Non –Sanctioned Meet – Swimming competition which has not received a sanction permit number from SCS; times from non-sanctioned meets cannot be used when entering a sanctioned or proof of time meet.


    Observed Swims – Swims recognized for USA Swimming purposes which are achieved at meets not run under USA Swimming rules e.g., NCAA, CIF; at least two USA Swimming officials (minimum SCS Stroke/Turn certified) must be present to attest that the observed swims conform to applicable USA Swimming rules.


    Official – Judge on deck of the pool at a sanctioned competition that enforces USA Swimming rules.


    Official Result – That time which is recorded in the official meet results.


    Official Verification Card (OVC) – a form for certifying a national qualifying time made by a swimmer and issued by a verification official of the area in which the meet was held. OVC’s shall be issued for any time that equals or betters a national time standard or international trials time standard.


    Open Events (Competition) – Competition in which any qualified individual can enter regardless of age or organization.


    Pace Clocks – Large clock with a large second hand and a smaller minute hand; used to check pace or maintain intervals in practice.


    Prelims (Preliminary) – Preliminaries are also called heats or trials; those races in which swimmers attempt to qualify for the championship, consolation finals or semi –finals.


    Pre –Seeded – Heat and lane assignments are made prior to meet according to submitted times; no check –in or scratches are required.


    “Proof of Time” Meet – Meets where minimum times are required and proof must be submitted including place and date of meet; proof of time meets are generally “AA” meets and above, e.g., Jo, Zone, etc.; entry must be on a blue SCS entry card or equal form.


    “Psych” Sheets –Listing of swimmers and submitted entry times; psych sheets ar usually posted at meet and are reproduced at the meet program.


    Pull Buoy – Floatation devise held between the legs during training to increase drag and force greater use of arms.


    Race – any single swimming competition; i.e., preliminary, final, timed final.


    Registered – enrolled as an athlete member of USA Swimming and an LSC.


    Relay – Any event in which four swimmers compete together as a team to achieve one time; it can be either free relay where all swimmers swim the same distance using the freestyle stroke or Medley Relay where each swimmer uses a different stroke.


    Reportable Time – A time achieved in conformance with applicable USA Swimming rules in which may be submitted to USA Swimming rules.


    Scratch – The withdrawal of an entry from an event prior to the event being closed by the Clerk of Course.


    SCS – Southern California Swimming


    SCS Swim – A swim by a USA Swimming member in an SCS approved or sanctioned competition.


    SCSRT – Southern California Swimming Reportable Time


    Seeding – Method using submitted times for determining which swimmers will swim in which heats; the fastest swimmers will be seeded in the middle lanes (4&5)


    Short Course – 25 yards or 25 meter pools.


    Split – Time record from the official start to the completion of an intermediate distance within a longer event; also the time for one of the four individuals in a relay.


    Sprint – Describes the shorter events (50 or 100); or, to swim as fast as possible for a short distance.


    Starter – Deck official in charge of starting the heats; verifies that no swimmers is in motion prior to the start signal.


    Streamline – Position used by swimmers in the water when starting or pushing off the walls; designed to reduce water resistance.


    Stroke/Turn Judges – Deck officials who will observer the swimmers from both sides of the pool and report to the Meet Referee any infractions of the technical rules of swimming; Stroke Judge and Turn Judge may be combined as one position.


    Submitted Times – Those filed with an entry, as having been previously achieved.


    Suspension – Deprivation of all rights of membership in USA Swimming.


    Swim Off – Part of the preliminary competition to determine which competitors with identical times during the preliminaries will swim in the final heats.


    Swimming “Up” – A swimmer may swim “up” only one distance, e.g., 100 to 200 and then only if the event is not offered at his ability level; swimming “up” is not acceptable in “proof of time” meets


    Time Line – Computer generated approximation of what time each event will begin based on number of swimmers and entries.


    Time Standards – Performance requirements to enter a swimming competition, Standards are determined for local swim meets by the LSC.


    Time Trial – A time –only swim, which is not part of a regular meet.


    Tri –Meet – Meet with only three teams competing.


    Turn Judge – Observe the swimmers from each end of the pool and ensure that the turns and finishes comply with the rules applicable to each stroke.


    Unattached swimmer – A USA Swimming athlete member who competes but does not represent a club member of USA Swimming.


    USA/USS – USA Swimming; the national governing body for swimming competition in the U.S.


    Warm down – Low intensity swimming used by swimmers after a race or main practice set to rid the body of excess lactic acid and to gradually reduce the heart rate and respiration.


    Warm up – Low intensity swimming used by swimmers prior to a main practice set or race to get muscles loose and warm; warm up gradually increases heart rate, respiration, helps to prevent injury.


    Zone – USA Swimming is divided into the Eastern, Southern, Central and Western Zones; Zone meets are the highest level of age group competition available to USA Swimming age group swimmers.














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