Meet Information
Swim Meet Attendance
Meet Decline Deadline & Tutorial
Meet Fees
What to Pack for a Swim Meet
Swim Meet Information Session
Understanding Meet Terminology
Officiating & Volunteering
Swim Meet Attendance
Swim Meet Attendance depends on what FAST group your swimmer is in, see chart below
When a swim meet is approaching, all qualified swimmers are automatically signed up to attend the meet and you will receive an email letting you know the meet is approaching and your swimmers is registered.
Team Trips are the only exception to this rule. Due to the expense of the Team Trips you have to "sign up" to attend a Team Trip and they are optional for the Aquanaut Stream Swimmers. Team Trips are manadatory for the Performance Stream.
If you cannot attend the meet, it is extremely important to log into your account and "Decline Attending" BEFORE the Deadline to Decline otherwise you will be charged for and required to pay the associated Meet Fee (see below).
Stream Group Type of Meet Swim Meet Attendance
Pre Comp Yellow  Orange Green no swim meets no swim meet attendance
Blue 10U optional if swimming in Spring Session potential to participate in 10U meet - optional
Purple 10U & Premier optional potential to participate in some Premier & 10U meet - optional
Aquanauts Stream Aqua 1 All Meets qualified for are optional min 60% practice attendance required to attend
Aqua 2 All Meets qualified for are optional must qualify for the meet and min 60% practice attendance required to attend
Aqua 3 All Meets qualified for are optional must qualify for the meet and min 60% practice attendance required to attend
Aqua 4 All Meets qualified for are optional must qualify for the meet and min 60% practice attendance required to attend
Performance Stream APJ All meets qualified for are required must qualify for the meet and min 90% practice attendance required
APS All meets qualified for are required must qualify for the meet and min 90% practice attendance required
Deadline to Decline
Each Swim meet has a Deadline to Decline your swimmers attendance.
If you cannot attend the meet, it is extremely important to log into your account and "Decline Attending" BEFORE the Deadline to Decline otherwise you will be charged for and required to pay the associated Meet Fee (see below).
 
Rule of Thumb - if you receive an email notifying you about an upcoming Swim Meet, follow this process:

Meet Fees
Each Swim Meet your swimmer attends has a fee. The amount of this fee varies from meet to meet. The estimated meet fee is included in the swim meet information that is posted in the Events section of our website.
Each Meet Fee includes the following: 1) An amount paid to SNB & the Hosting Club, and 2) FAST’s Coaching & Travel Fee. 
The amount paid to SNB & the Hosting Club (per registered swimmer) is determined by SNB. The hosting club forwards a portion of this amount to SNB and the remaining amount and is used to pay for all the expenses incurred to run the meet (i.e.. pool rental, supplies, any awards, hospitality, etc.).
The FAST Coaching & Travel fee is used to pay our coaches swim meet fee ($50/session, rather than hourly pay) to attend/coach the swimmers for that meet, and also cover any travel & accommodations expenses the coaches may incur if travelling outside the Fredericton area. None of the officials and/or volunteers are paid to run the swim meet. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the swimmers to race with minimal expense. 
Hosting clubs do use this opportunity to sell canteen items, programs and/or advertising in an effort to make revenue for their swim club.
Meet Fees are non-refundable for a few reasons:
1. Once a swimmer is registered for a meet (at the time of the swim meet deadline to decline) they are entered into the meet file and FAST is at that point required to pay this fee. If a swimmer cannot attend, we still have to pay for this expense.
2. When we establish these meet fees, we estimate the number of swimmers who will attend and divide the projected expense (coaching & travel) per swimmer. The goal is to break even. However, if someone cancells last minute, this increases the cost/swimmer to others attending which is not fair to them. (especially when it is a more expensive meet). 
3. It’s a huge administrative burden to have to change information about swim meets last minute. Most clubs are operated by volunteers. It isn't exactly easy or fair to track down and ask those hosting the meet to make changes last minute. We choose to respect the process.
It is for these reasons we do not refund Meet Fees after the Deadline to Decline
What to Pack for a Swim Meet
• FAST Swim Suit (spare if you have one)
• Goggles (2 minimum)
• FAST Swim Cap (2 minimum) the coaches usually bring extra to the meet if needed but you can’t rely on this.
• 2 towels
• Comfy dry clothes to wear over their suit between events (sweatpants, hoodies)
• FAST T-shirt
• Water bottle 
• Plastic Bag for wet stuff
• Light snacks for between events (ex. Fishy crackers, fruits such as grapes, oranges, apples or watermelon, raisins. Chocolate milk for after the meet.)
• Money for a meet program – so the swimmer can follow along with the meet and know when their swim is coming up. Meet programs are typically between $2-$5 for a one day meet.
• FAST Apparel & Equipment policy requires higher level FAST groups to bring FAST clothing to all Swim Meets. Click here for more information.
• Positive attitude and Cheering Voice
Swim Meet Information Presentation
Meet Information Presentation
Swim Meet Terminology
Swim Meet Terminology
Officiating & Volunteering
Each swim meet we attend required a large number of volunteers to run. These volunteers are unpaid do so to ensure our swimmers have the opportunity to compete.
Parents/Guardians of swimmers who attend swim meets are expected/required to volunteer, its part of your commitment as a swim parent.
Prior to each Swim Meet a "Sign up" genius is emailed to those registered for the meet where you can select and sign up for a specific job. Many jobs require no training.
FAST is mandated to provide a minimum number of volunteers/swimmer registered for the meet, otherwise our Team can be taken out of the Meet and not premitted to participate.
Click here for more information about Officiating and Volunteering at Swim Meets