Santa Teresa Sea Otters

  1. What should I bring with me to the swim meet?
  2. When should I arrive at the swim club for meets?
  3. What are the expectations for parents to volunteer at swim meets?
  4. What is the requirement for swim suits, caps, and goggles?
  5. How do I know when my child will be swimming in a meet?
  6. Where do I take my child when I hear their event number announced?
  7. If my child is done swimming, can I leave the meet even though it isn’t over?
  8. How do I know if my child will be in a relay?
  9. What is the relay policy?
  10. How can I find out how my child performed with their event?
  11. Why do the results show my child was disqualified from their event?
  12. What awards are given out to swimmers?
  13. Where do I pick up ribbons?
  14. Is every swimmer eligible to swim in the Championship Meet?
  15. What are the guidelines regarding Sea Otters Team Records?

What should I bring with me to the swim meet?

  • Bring sunscreen, blanket, chairs, cash for the snack bar, something to read or play with in between events, and of course, swim gear – swimsuit (plus one more if you want to change into a dry suit after warm-ups), goggles, caps, towels

When should I arrive at the swim club for meets?

  • If you are scheduled for set-up, please plan on arriving by 5:30 am. If not, we recommend showing up at the swim club between 6:30-7:00am to set up your spot for a tent and to have time to check in. According to the by-laws of the league, swimmers will be scratched from their events if they are not registered 45 minutes before the 8:30 start time.

What are the expectations for parents to volunteer at swim meets?

  •  ​Volunteering is an essential part of our swim season.  It takes roughly 90 adults to run a swim meet. The positions are not difficult and are very social. Since we don’t charge a volunteer fee like many other leagues, we expect each family to sign up to volunteer for 5 meet shifts, 1 snack shack shift or Sea Otters event shift, and 1-2 Champs shifts,  Volunteer shifts will open on April 29th at 8am and you will be able to sign up for all your shifts for the season at this time (excluding Champs).  You will receive an email prior to this with more information on how to sign up as well as more information on shift duties. If you have questions, please contact, Allison Rice or Alicia LaMarche at (831) 212-0345 or ​volunteers.stseaotters@gmail.com​. ​Please see the Conduct and Volunteer Policy for information regarding not fulfilling your volunteer requirements. https://www.teamunify.com/team/recstso/page/swim-meets/volunteer-descriptions
     

What is the requirement for swim suits, caps, and goggles?

  • Swimmers must wear a team swim cap and swim suit (NO Club Team swim caps or swimsuits allowed). If you do not have a team suit, please wear blue or black.  All athletes receive one ST cap this season. 
  • In the spirit of Cabana and amateur athlete swimming, knee-skin tech suits will not be allowed during dual meets.  Swimmers are welcome to wear their tech suits at Champs.  We will be enforcing this throughout the season.

How do I know when my child will be swimming in a meet?

  • When you arrive at the swim club, the first thing you should do is register your child. When registering, they will initial next to their name, and circle each event individually. Write down their event numbers and keep them with you. Some swimmers write their event #s on their arm with a sharpie. The announcer will give ample warning to get over to the Clerk of the Course for their events and announce each event number.

Where do I take my child when I hear their event number announced?

  • Take them to the Clerk of the Course, which is the staging area where swimmers wait to receive their lane and heat assignments for a swimming event. Make sure you identify where it is at the start of the meet. Swimmers should arrive ready to swim with swim cap and goggles.

If my child is done swimming, can I leave the meet even though it isn’t over?

Yes, if you are not scheduled to help clean-up and your child is not scheduled to be in a Freestyle Relay. We certainly understand there are other activities you may have scheduled, but please tell the coach if you need to leave early

How do I know if my child will be in a relay?

  • The relays are determined by both prior seed times and coaches' decision. They are set prior to the start of each meet by the Head Coach. The Freestyle relays are also set prior to the meet, but may be adjusted by the coach that day. You must notify the Head Coach by Wednesday 6:00 p.m. prior to the swim meet if your child will be missing events at the meet.

What is the relay policy?

  • The relays will be decided at the coaching staff’s discretion. Please notify a coach prior to Wednesday, each week, in writing or via email, if you will not be available for a relay. Relays will be posted for Friday’s practice.  Please contact Coach Les with any questions.  Lesliejgreenwood2005@yahoo.com or 408-348-1491.

How can I find out how my child performed with their event?

  • Swimmer times and overall dual meet scoring will be posted at the swim meet shortly after the conclusion of the event. Home meets will also use the Meet Mobile application for results recorded during the meet. Team scores will be posted on the Sea Otter website at ​www.stseaotters.com ​and on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Teresa-Sea-Otters/179119128788246 

Why do the results show my child was disqualified from their event?

  • Our league follows the USA Swimming rules for identifying infractions. It is meant to be an instructional tool as well as to keep the competition fair. The stroke and turn judges are trained to watch for certain infractions depending on the event, and they give the swimmer the benefit of the doubt when it’s a close call. The most common infractions are leaving the blocks too early on a relay, not staying on the back during backstroke and improper kicking during breaststroke or butterfly. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org

What awards are given out to swimmers?

  • Ribbons are awarded for each swim meet (1st through 6th place). Trophies are awarded at the awards night at the end of the season.  Special awards include MVP for overall high point boy and girl, Coaches' Award for boy and girl, and Most Improved at each group.  Swimmers ages 10 and under who don’t receive a ribbon for being one of the top finishers will be awarded a Participant ribbon. In addition to other ribbons that may have been earned, all swimmers who compete in at least one event will receive a participant ribbon and all Heat Winners will receive a Heat Winner ribbon.

At the Championship Meet, ribbons or medals are awarded for each event. Place ribbons or medals are awarded for 1st through 8th place in individual events, and 1st through 6th for relays. A swimmer winning a heat, but not placing in that event, will receive a Heat Winner ribbon. Each swimmer who has not won a ribbon by placing in an event, or winning a heat, will receive one participation ribbon for the meet.

At the Awards Ceremony, all swimmers will receive a trophy. The High Point and 2nd High Point trophies are awarded to the swimmers who scored the most points for their team in their respective age groups. A Most Improved trophy is also awarded in each age group to the swimmer who has shown the most progress over the course of the season with regards to their stroke mechanics "and/or" their times. All other swimmers will receive a Participant trophy. Two MVP trophies are awarded (1 boy & 1 girl) to the two swimmers who scored the most points for their team. Two Coaches Award trophies are awarded (1 boy & 1 girl) to the swimmers that most represented and exemplified the spirit of the Sea Otter mission statement. Medals are presented to swimmers who earned a Personal Bests at the Championship, Gold for three events, Silver for two and Bronze for one. Lifetime Achievement awards are presented to graduating swimmers who have been with the Sea Otters for a minimum of 7 years.

Where do I pick up ribbons?

  • Ribbons from each meet will be available the TUESDAY after each meet, at swim practice, outside the office. Ribbons are filed by family in the ribbon boxes. Ribbons are awarded for each individual event 1st through 6th place, heat winners, and improved times. All swimmers who compete will receive a participant ribbon. 1st and 2nd place ribbons are awarded to the A relays only. If you have any problems or questions regarding ribbons, or if your name is misspelled, please send an email to

Is every swimmer eligible to swim in the Championship Meet?

  • There is no minimum seed time set for events, but swimmers must swim in at least one individual event in three dual meets to qualify for the Championship Meet. Participation in at least 3 dual meets during the season is strongly encouraged. Any swimmer who does not compete in at least three dual meets will not receive priority registration the following year. ​Special circumstances such as injuries will be reviewed.

What are the guidelines regarding Sea Otters Team Records?

  • The Sea Otters have a rich tradition and we enjoy celebrating individual and team accomplishments. We display the fastest three swimmers in history for each event on our record board. They are not necessarily the fastest three times in history since each swimmer's name is only listed once per event. Record times must come from a league sanctioned Dual or Championship Meet. Times during practices, practice meets or races ending in disqualification are not eligible to be considered a team record.