Frequently Asked Questions


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What should my child bring to practice? 

How can I prepare my child for practice? 

Is my child automatically signed up for each meet? 

What if my child gets sick or has a last-minute conflict, and cannot attend a meet?

May I choose the strokes my child swims? 

What are Invitational meets? 

What is the difference between a League meet and a Non-League meet? 

How do I read the Swim Meet Program?

How do race officials know what race and lane my younger swimmers are in?

What should I bring to Swim Meets?

What is the typical schedule for a meet?

How do I RSVP for a meet? Do I need to tell someone if my swimmer is going to attend a meet?

 



   

 

 

What should my child bring to practice? 

  • Goggles
  • Swim cap (if your hair is long enough to cover your eyes)
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit appropriate for swimming laps
  • Avoid swim shirts, as they limit arm mobility

 

How can I prepare my child for practice? ​

Arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled practice time. Change onsite or arrive already in swimsuit.  Have cap on, goggles ready. 5 minutes before the start of Dry Land practice, swimmers should head to the pre-practice area (near the basketball hoop). Coaches will lead Dry Land practice prior to swimmers getting in the water, and at this time will also give an overview of what they will work on during that day.

 

 

Is my child automatically signed up for each meet? 

 

What if my child gets sick or has a last-minute conflict, and cannot attend a meet?

Email the Directors as soon as you know - [email protected] 
 
 
May I choose the strokes my child swims? 
 
For all Dual meets, Coach Andrew picks what your child will swim. For INVITATIONAL MEETS, you choose the events. You do that by committing to the meet, and selecting the events to swim as guided. The instructions will t ell you how many you can sign up for. Usually the maximum is 3 or 4 individual events.
 
 
What are Invitational meets?

 

Invitationals are meets with more than 2 teams in attendance.  In these meets, you may choose the strokes your child swims. There is a fee for each event they sign up to swim (known as Splash Fees, typically $5.00 per event). Parents may be required to work job shifts at invitational meets, which are dictated by the host team and are separate from the standard 30 points of Parent Jobs required by LT.  

 

The following meets are considered Invitationals:

  • PHAQ 9 and Under Meet - Saturday, May 30: Only kids 9 and under are eligible for this meet.
  • Battle of the Ages - June 20 and 21: (2 day meet where each child swims against ONLY their age) i.e. if you are 7 years old, you only race 7-year olds). This meet offers different events that allow swimmers to try double-distance if they choose.
  • HOX Last Chance Meet - July 19: Just after our League Meet, this meet offers a “Last Chance” to qualify for County.  Even if qualifying for County is not your swimmer’s goal, this meet is a well-run, fun opportunity to race in a fast pool.
  • Scottsdale Invitational - July 22: This meet his hosted by another team in our League, Scottsdale Swim Team.  It offers another “last chance” to swim in a fast pool, at Northgate High School.
  • Contra Costa County Championship (“County”) - July 31, August 1-2: This is meet that swimmers must qualify for. There are specific times for each stroke and event needed to attend this meet. More information is available on the County website and on our LT Goal Times page.
 
What is the difference between a League meet and a Non-League meet? 

 

League meets are dual meets with the 7 other teams in our league (DCSL). Points are scored according to places earned. These usually take place on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  The League season culminates with the DCSL Championship meet on July 18.  

 

In 2020, we have a team goal of 100% attendance by all swimmers at every League meet, as well as the DCSL Championship on July 18.

 

Non-League meets are dual meets against teams NOT in our league. Coach Andrew may assign kids to swim strokes they don’t typically swim in these meets with the goal of making them well-rounded swimmers.

Q: How do I read the Swim Meet Program?

A: See the instructions below.

 

Medley Relays

 


Q: How do race officials know what race and lane my younger swimmers are in?

A: For 8 & Under groups, please mark your swimmer as described below.

Parents please help us keep the meet on schedule by marking your 6-U and 7-8 swimmers:  STROKE  HEAT – LANE

Stroke Key

MR Medley Relay (heat, lane, stroke)
IM Individual Medley
FR Freestyle
BR Breaststroke
BK Backstroke
FLY Butterfly
FRR Free Relay (heat, lane, position)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example

MR 1-3 BK  (for Medley Relay heat 1, lane 3, backstroke)
FR 2-5   (for Freestyle, heat 2, lane 5)
BK 1-1  (for Backstroke, heat 1, lane 1)
FRR 1-3 #4  (for Free Relay heat 1, lane 3, 4th swimmer)

 

 

 

Q: What should I bring to Swim Meets?

A: Items on the list below are recommended.

  • Team swim suit and team cap
  • Goggles
  • Several towels (suggest one towel for each event being swum)
  • Flip-flops or warm slippers
  • Sweats (even warm days start out or end up cool)
  • T-shirt/hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag - blanket
  • Winter jacket - swim parka 
  • Snacks or money for snacks, WATER
  • Cards, hand held games, books etc.
  • Folding chair 
  • Sun shade/tent (shade is often provided but limited)

PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING! And check the Lost and Found area on a regular basis.

 


Q: What is the typical schedule for a meet?

A: The typical schedule for a Wednesday night and Saturday morning meet are below. The times can vary though, so check the current newsletter or the event page on the website to get the schedule for a specific meet.

Typical Wednesday Night Meet Schedule
Wednesday night meets often start early - Check the start time for each meet!
5:00    Home Team warm-up starts
5:00    Snack Shack/BBQ Workers check-in at the Snack Shack
5:30    Away Team warm-up starts
5:40    Meet Job Workers check-in with Meet Job Schedulers
5:50    Coaches and swimmers meeting and cheer
6:00    Meet begins
9:00    Meet typically ends around 9pm

Typical Saturday Morning Meet Schedule
8:00    Home Team warm-up starts
8:30    Away Team warm-up starts
8:40    Meet Job Workers check-in with Meet Job Schedulers
8:50    Coaches & swimmers meeting and cheer
9:00    Meet begins
10:00  BBQ Workers check-in at the Snack Shack
12:00  Meet typically ends around 1:00

 


Q: How do I RSVP for a meet? Do I need to tell someone if my swimmer is going to attend a meet?

A: Yes! All swimmers must make a declaration for each swim meet (whether swimming or not) at least 3 days prior to the meet.

How to Declare for a Swim Meet (with screenshots below the steps):

  1. Go to www.ltst.org
  2. Sign-in to your account
  3. Click [Calendar & Parent Sign-up]
  4. On the home page find the list of swim meets
  5. Identify the swim meet you are declaring for – click [Attend /Decline]
  6. Click your [swimmers name]
  7. Use the Declaration dropdown to declare [YES] or [NO]
  8. Click [Save Changes]

The deadline to commit for Saturday meets is the Wednesday before at 11:59pm. The deadline to commit for Wednesday meets is the Saturday before at 11:59pm. A reminder email will be sent prior to the window closing. 

updated 3/17/2016