• Attending swim meet is an expectation for all groups. Swim meets are a fun way for swimmers to experience a great team activity and see the result of all their hard work at practice!
  • Swimmers are automatically entered in all swim meets
  • Swimmers are only allowed to miss three (3) meets per season (excluding meets they do not qualify for)
  • All swimmers qualifying for championship meets are required to attend
  • Please see the Meet Sign Up tab for instructions on how to committ to attend a swim meet.
  • Go to the Team Uniform and Gear tab for links to buy team suits and equipment



  • All Scarlet Codes of Conduct for swimmers and parents apply at swim meets. Unsportsmanlike or other inappropriate conduct could result in disqualification or removal of your swimmer from the meet, and could result in the entire Scarlet team being barred from the meet. Under no circumstances should a coach, parent, or swimmer argue with or yell at officials, coaches, or other swimmers. No negative, angry, or threatening text or phone messages should be sent.
  • Under USA Swimming rules, parents are not allowed onto the competition area of the pool deck other than to help with the timing or officiating. Questions or concerns about results, meet conduct, or an officiating call should be brought to the coach on deck.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled warm-up for your swimmer’s session. As with practice, meet warm-ups are crucial to prepare to swim fast. If your swimmer is unable to attend a meet in which they are entered or will arrive late, call or text the Head Coach ASAP.
  • Swimmers must comply with Covid-19 safety protocol of the facility to compete. If swimmers are not able to comply with or meet the criteria of a facility's Covid-19 policy they will not be allowed to compete.
    • Rutgers no longer mandates negative Covid tests or vaccination for entry, officiating, or spectating.
    • Scarlet Aquatics has taken enhanced health and safety measures for all participants. All persons participating must follow all posted instructions while at the Werblin Recreation Center Pool. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. All persons visiting the Werblin Recreation Center Pool voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.



  • Have your swimmer dress, find the team, and get ready for warm-ups. Being a good teammate is important at meets. Scarlet expects swimmers at meets to remain on deck with their team and coaches (not in the stands with parents).
  • If you don’t already have one, purchase a heat sheet and look for your swimmer’s entries. Be sure to check for relays! If you see Scarlet relays in your swimmer’s age group or in open events that don’t list swimmer names, check with the coach on deck to confirm whether your swimmer is on a relay. 
  • Use a highlighter or a pen to mark your swimmer’s races in the heat sheet (Please see “What to Bring to a Swim Meet,” below). Parents may write a positive/motivational message on their swimmer’s back, however swimmers may not write on each other’s backs. All items written on swimmers should remain positive.
  • When spectators are allowed, Parents on the team may sit together, so look for some familiar faces!
  • Most swimmers will mark their events on their forearm, thigh, or hand with a grid that looks like this:


E (event #)

H (heat #)

L (lane #)


It is best to use a sharpie, as other pen or marker will not hold up well in the water. They may have a temporary tattoo for a few days, but no lasting damage.


Prior to the race, swimmers should:

  1. Talk with their group coach about the upcoming event.
  2. Report to the assigned lane a few heats prior to the swim. Be prepared to race with goggles and cap. Scarlet and its coaches are not responsible if swimmers miss events because they were not on the pool deck and ready to swim when the referee signals the heat to get up onto the starting blocks. 
  3. Swimmers who are not swimming in upcoming heats should support and cheer on their teammates!


When your heat is next, swimmers should:

  1. Put on cap and goggles, and ensure your swimsuit is tied (for boys).
  2. Stand behind blocks.
  3. Listen for four short whistles. At that time, step behind the blocks.
  4. One long whistle blast means step up on the blocks or enter the water for backstroke races.
  5. Starter will say, “Take your mark” where you assume your starting position. Ensure at least one foot is curled over the block edge.
  6. Beep means RACE


When a swimmer has completed a race, they should:

  1. Immediately report to their group coach receive feedback about the race. 
  2. After speaking to the coach, the swimmer should warm down as advised. Briefly visit their parents, rehydrate, and, regardless of race result, stay positive. 
  3. After that, it’s back to the pool deck with the team!


When your swimmer has completed all of their events for the day, please have them check with the coach on deck before going home. Also, be sure to pick up all of your swimmer’s awards on the last day of the meet, unless the meet information states that awards will be given to the coaches. Most teams will not mail or “hold” awards for swimmers to pick up at a later date. Your swimmer has earned their ribbons, medals or trophies, and should be proud!

It is also important to clean up your area and leave the team area as clean or cleaner than you found it.  



Swimmers need to be aware of the basic rules governing each stroke. Stroke infractions can result in a disqualification (DQ) being called by an official, which voids the time the swimmer achieved in the race.

It’s important to understand that the officials call DQs not to penalize swimmers, but to help educate them about proper stroke techniques and ensure a fair race for all swimmers. Remember, most officials are themselves swim parents and want to see swimmers succeed!

Swimmers should use their DQs to direct their training. If they received a technical disqualification (something in their stroke went against the rules) the swimmers should try to work on that at practice. Getting disqualified is not something that should ruin their whole day. While it might be upsetting, try to limit the negative feelings to five minutes. After that, they should get excited for their next event, talk to their coach, and think about what they need to do in that event to swim well. 

You can find the current rulebook at USA Swimming




  • Team suit or approved alternate all-black TYR or non-branded suit, Scarlet swim cap, goggles (extras in case they break)



  • Flip-flops or other non-slip shoes
  • Sharpie marker (to write event/heat/lane assignments on arm)
  • Items to keep busy
  • Blanket or sleeping bag to rest on
  • Sweat pants, sweatshirt, socks, and shoes to keep warm (especially at outdoor meets)



  • Water and/or a sports drink with electrolytes such as Gatorade (no soda, energy drinks, or caffeine)
  • Granola bars, Clif bars, or other nutrition bars
  • Oranges, bananas, grapes, or other raw fruit and vegetables
  • Low-sodium crackers, popcorn 
  • Trail mix
  • PB&J or turkey/ham sandwich
  • Cheese
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Low-fat muffins or bagels
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Dry cereal/granola 


The importance of water and staying hydrated cannot be emphasized enough! Exertion occurs during the race, but also standing in line waiting for your heat, cheering for your teammates, and wandering around the meet. As a rule of thumb, always carry a water bottle/sports drink with you, and try to take a gulp every 3-5 minutes. By the time you feel thirsty, you have lost 2% of your body liquid, meaning you are starting to get dehydrated!

More nutrition information can be found at USA Swimming