Santa Teresa Sea Otters

Due to Covid, we are executing a season with a lot of changes. We are splitting our meets into two sessions: 10 & Unders and then 11 & Up. We need all of our families to volunteer for a shift at EVERY meet, and in some cases, for them to double-up. All families will be required to wear masks while at the pool, for meets and events, and we are limiting adults to two per family, for every meet and event. We are so excited to have a season, and need all of our families help in order to execute in a safe and fun manner!

  • Team information regarding practice times, activities, fundraising, and more can all be found on the GENERAL CALENDAR.
  • Sign-ups for volunteer shifts, swimmer meet sign-up, etc., can also be found on the TEAM EVENTS CALENDAR, or using the OnDeck mobile app. For these types of things, you will sign-in to your account using the credentials you created at registration.
  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 shack, 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, a pop-up for shade (we encourage our families to double of triple up) and any food/drinks you want if you don’t buy from our snack shack.

When should I arrive at the swim club for meets?

  •  A complete pre-meet timeline will be shared via our team Newsplash’s the week prior to each meet. 2021 is different because of the split sessions, so please be sure to refer to those emails when they come out.

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 the 2021 season is so different, we need all families to sign-up for at least one shift, at every meet, and at least two additional shifts (any meet/any shift). If you do not sign-up you will be assigned shifts, and if you cannot make them, you are responsible for backfilling those shifts. If you do not show up for a shift, or do not cover an assigned shift, you will be charged $50/shift. The family who takes your uncovered shift will receive the $50. If you have questions, please contact Allison Rice or Alicia LaMarche at (831) 212-0345 or [email protected].

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

  • Swimmers must wear a team swim cap and, preferably a navy/yellow or solid navy or solid black suit. Normally, we offer a team suit, but due to Covid, we are not offering team suits in 2021. (No Comp Team suits or caps are allowed.) All swimmers will receive one ST swim 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.

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 check-in your swimmer for his/her events. When registering, they will initial next to their name, and circle each event individually. When checking in, there will be sharpies to write your swimmer event numbers on your hand, and their hand. 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.

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.

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. In addition to other ribbons that may have been earned, all 10 & Under swimmers who compete in at least one event will receive a participant ribbon, we award personal best ribbons for all time improvements, and all heat winners receive a Heat Winner ribbon. Ribbons are usually available by the swim club office at practice the week following the meet. There are no awards for the Donut Meet.

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 [email protected]

Is every swimmer eligible to swim in the Championship Meet?

  • Eligibility for the championship meet requires swimming in at least one (1) individual event in at least three (3) dual meets of the current year as a registered Cabana League member of his/her respective swim team. This requirement will only be waived for the special circumstances of major illness, injury, or death in the immediate family.

What are the guidelines regarding Sea Otters Team Records?

  • Age-qualifying swimmers who swim at a meet that meets the League Bylaws for Meet Officials is eligible to break a Sea Otters record. Races ending in disqualification are not eligible for a team record.  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.