Swim Meet FAQ’s

My athlete wants to swim more events at the meet?
They cannot. The events they are entered in prior to the meet are the events they must swim.

We can’t make it?
Tell your coach or send us an e-mail. Sometimes your athlete may be in a relay and by not coming, they relay must be scratched.

I forget something?
Ask a teammate. They may have an extra cap or goggles. At most meets, there is a vendor that sells caps, goggle, suits and other items.

We have to go?
Tell the coaches. Please do not just leave. We are a team and count on each other. We may have entered your athlete in a relay and if you are leaving we may need to scratch or change the relay.

I want to talk to a coach during the meet?
Have your athlete approach the coach and have him or her to step away from the deck.  The coach may not have the ability to be immediately available.  The coach will locate you as soon as possible.

My athlete does not want to swim an event they are entered in?
The athlete needs to come and talk with the coaching staff.

My athlete was entered in different events that I selected on the website?
The coaching staff reviews each entry any may amend them to help challenge an athlete. Sometimes an athlete does the same event every meet because they are nervous to try something else. If we change an event lineup, we will make sure to enter an athlete in an event they will be physically able to complete.

My athlete has never done an event and they have an entry time in the meet program?
We may enter our swimmers with a time. Based on practice sets, we can usually tell about how long an athlete should take to finish an event. Sometimes we’re on or off. The published time is not meant to discourage an athlete if they do not achieve it. Conversely, the time is not a gauge to determine if the event was a success if the athlete beats the time.

What is considered a good swim or race?
Our coaches analyze individual swim races on the following basis: 1.) Did the swimmer show technical improvement in the race? 2.) How did the swimmer do versus a previous time? 3.)  How did s/he place in the event relative to the two initial criteria?

My athlete gets DQ’ed?
DQ’ed, or Disqualified, relates to a swimmer making a rules infraction during a swimming race. While these happen more frequently in the beginning of a swimmer’s career, they can happen at higher levels. Please have the swimmer talk with his/her coach. There are times that the coach is not informed of a DQ.  We will work to speak with the officials for an explanation.

My athlete wins a ribbon or medal. When will they get it?
We will distribute all awards at practice. We will distribute these along with best time ribbons for those who achieved those at the month awards night.

My athlete needs a team cap? 
Caps are available on deck with the coaching staff at meets for free.

I’m selected to work a volunteer job and can’t?
Please find a member of the coaching staff. When we host meets, it is imperative that we staff the positions fully. More so, if you can swap with another team member that would be great!

How do I pay the entry fees for the meet?
SYCH will enter and pre-pay entry fees for each swimmer. At the end of the month, we will send you an invoice with the accrued amount that you can pay with your CC, DC or check.

Is there any forms or paperwork I have to fill out?
No. SYCH fills out all entry forms and submits on the swimmer’s behalf.

How long will the swim meet last?
That varies greatly by meets. However, meets are about 2:45-3:15 in length from the start of the competition.   Warm ups are generally an hour prior to the start of the meet.  Getting your swimmer out of the shower and locker room may well take the longest.

What’s a relay?
A relay is an event where 4 swimmers from the same team compete against teams of other clubs. A team can enter as many relays as they can fill. SYCH, in general, will only participate in relays situated as the first event of the session or at Championship meets. SYCH pays for the entry cost of a relay.

Why do we have practice the day before and/or after the meet?
Practice the day before a meet will help the swimmer work on the finer points of racing, starts, turns, pace work. We recommend all swimmers go to these practices.  Practices the day following a meet are even more important.  While we realize that swimmers and parents are tired the next day, swimmer’s muscles particularly need active recovery to help in regeneration and rejuvenation. We typically will not have a “difficult” practice, but it is important we get in so that we can continue to progress.