Swim Meet Tips For Parents

  • Dress comfortably. Generally the seating area is very warm and humid. Even in the winter, you may want short sleeves. Wear SSC sportswear if you have it!
  • Look for other SSC parents in the stands. We take great pride in the way our community feels like one big family, so this is a great opportunity to get to know other SSC parents.
  • For younger swimmers, you may want to write their event #’s on their hands. After heat sheets are posted, you can add the heat and the lane. There is a link to more info about this below.
  • Pack light snacks for your swimmer (and possibly yourself). Most pools have concessions stands but typically do not sell healthy snacks for during a meet.
  • Swim meet warm-ups generally last about one hour and meet sessions up to four hours. You may want to take your laptop, book, etc. to pass the time.
  • Parents are not allowed on deck. If your swimmer needs something they will need to come to you.
  • Purchase a psych or heat sheet so that you can follow along with the meet. At some meets these are posted online ahead of time or at the time of the meet.

Here's a handout explaining how swimmers write down their events, heats and lanes: Writing Your Heats and Lanes on Hands / Arms

Swim Meet Tips for Swimmers

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of warm-ups. This will give you time to get signed in, settled in, and ready for warmups.
  • Always check to see if there is a swimmer sign in sheet. If so, highlight your name. This lets the meet personnel know that you are there and that you intend to swim.
  • Find the team seating area. At most meets this will be on the pool deck in bleachers. At some meets, swimmers will actually camp out in a near by gym or hallway. The team sits together during the meet.
  • Wear athletic shoes to the meet. Most groups will do dynamic exercises prior to getting in the water.
  • Know our team t-shirt order. This can be found here.
  • Some pool decks and swimmer camping areas can be cool. Bring a sweatshirt or sweat pants.
  • Write your event numbers and lane and heat assignments on your hand. Have a parent or more experienced teammate help with this