Meet Guidelines

What to Bring

  • Team Suit & Towel
  • Team Apparel (t-shirts, sweats, parka)
  • 2 Pairs of goggles (one is an extra)
  • 2 Caps (one is an extra)
  • Water Bottle, filled
  • Healthy snacks
  • Appropriate shoes


Arrival and Warmup

  • Please arrive on time and report to coach immedaitely. Specifc warmup times will be sent via email by the coaches typically the Wednesday before a meet.
  • Complete the warm-up as directed by coach.
  • Heat sheets are available for sale and normally also posted on a wall somewhere.

Check the Meet Announcement and documents to check for the warm up times. Most meets will have estimated warmup times. When the arrival time says "Immediately Following Conclusion" of some earlier session, check the projected Timeline to see when the earlier meet will end. Meets can move faster than expected, sometimes up to 30 minutes faster, so keep that in mind. 


Your Races

  • Know and be ready for your events and relays
  • BE AWARE AT ALL TIMES of which event and which heat is currently going on.
  • Meet with the coach before and after each event.
  • Be at your starting block well before your race.
  • Check in with the timer in your lane and let them know you are there.
  • You may want to warm up before and cool down after your event.

Check the heat sheets to find out which heat you will be swimming for your events. Many swimmers mark their events and heats on their arms with a Sharpie.

Many meets will announce 1st, 2nd, and final calls for an event heat, but not always. It is your responsibility to be at the starting blocks well before your heat. This will minimize the chance of missing your race. If the timer knows you are there, this will also minimize the chance of missing your race. Even when you are at your starting block, BE AWARE of which event and which heat is currently going on. Sometimes heats move very quickly, and swimmers have missed races even after arriving at the starting block well on time. The timer will not always alert you that it's your turn to step behind the block.

If you have a lot of idle time between your events, depending on your training group, you should be warming up before your particular event and cooling down after. Most locations will have a designated warmup pool for that purpose. If you are unsure about whether or not you should warm up or cool down, check with your coach.


During the Meet

  • Participate in the Team Cheer
  • Be supportive to all your teammates – cheer them on
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship behavior at all times
  • Clean up your area before leaving the facility
  • Have Fun!

Please refer to the BISC Parent Handbook for more comprehensive information on swim meets.