General Meet Information for Swimmers & Parents

What to Take to a Meet

  • Team suit, drag suit (if your coach suggests it), team cap and goggles. Have extra goggles and caps!

  • Towels - bring several as they can get really wet!

  • Something to sit on - bag chair, bleacher seat, blanket, etc.

  • Sweatshirts or warm-ups. Swimmers tend to get cold between events so make sure you have something to wear.

  • TEAM t-shirt (Fri-gold, Sat-blue, Sun-white).

  • Games - cards, books, i-pods, etc. to pass the time while you wait.

  • Food - Swimmers should have extra food and water to have between events. Suggestions are water, sports drinks or juice, granola bars, fun fruits: bananas, apples, yogurt, bagels, cereal, and sandwiches.

Before the Meet Starts

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins. These times will be listed on the meet info file posted on the web site or emailed by your coach.

  • TEAM swimmers sit together so look for other members of our team.

  • Swimmers need to report to the coach for check-in and warm-up instruction.

  • After warm-up, swimmers should go back to their area and wait for their first event. This is a good time to go to the bathroom, get a drink and check the heat sheet for their events and get them written down.

  • According to USAS rules, parents are not allowed on deck unless they are serving in an official capacity. Any questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or conduct of the meet should be referred to the coach.

  • Heat sheets - A heat sheet is your way of knowing what event, heat, and lane your child is swimming in. Heat sheets are usually for sale in either the lobby or concession stand at each meet. They usually cost around $10.00. It lists all swimmers in each event in order of "seed time". (When the team entry is sent in, each swimmer and his/her best time in that event is listed. If the swimmer is swimming an event for the first time, it will be entered as a "no time" or "NT". A 'NT" swimmer will most likely swim in one of the first heats of the event. It is a good idea to bring a highlighter or pen to mark your child's events in the heat sheet and to write down their time after they swim.)

  • After the swimmer swims his/her race they should, a.) ask the timer what their time was and  b.) go directly to the coach and discuss the swim. After talking to the coach about their swim they may come to you for hugs and praise. Parents are there to give support and encouragement to the swimmer. Let the coach worry about the technique.

  • Parents - it is very warm in pool buildings. Please dress accordingly so you will be comfortable – layers are best!