How to Register for a Swim Meet

Please watch this video for an overview of how to register for a swim meet:

 

First Swim Meet - What to Expect

What to Bring (Swimmers):

  • Team Swim Suit (if you do not have a team suit, wear a solid black suit if available)
  • Team Cap (required)
  • Goggles (required)
  • Sweat suit/warm-ups
  • Flip Flops or other waterproof Shoes
  • 2+ towels
  • Entertainment (books, cards, paper, pens, MP3 player).  Do NOT bring valuables that could be lost, stolen or damaged by water.
  • Gatorade, Water, snacks (fresh fruit, granola bars, etc)

What to Bring (Parents):

  • Cash - for spectator entry fee and optional heat sheets/concessions.  Most swim meets have an entry fee of $2-5.  Heat Sheets - this tells you when your athlete will swim and what lane they will be in - are also for sale, usually about $2. 
  • Snacks/Drinks
  • Dress in layers!  Pools can become very warm when they are full of spectators and swimmers.  
  • Stadium seats or cushions.  Many pools are like ours with concrete stairs/seats.  Some pools have bleacher seating. 

When you Arrive:

  1. All swimmers are required to Sign in when they first arrive at a swim meet.  This lets the club hosting the meet know who is in attendance and ready to swim.  Be sure to arrive before the stated warm-up time so you will have time to sign in.  If you’re not sure where the sign in sheets are, ASK!!  Occasionally meets are "Pre-Seeded" which means swimmers do not need to sign in.  Always ask if you are unsure about sign ins. 
  2. Next, your swimmer will need to find their coach and get ready for warm-ups.  Your coach will tell the swimmers where they are expected to sit along with other team members until individual events are called.  Parents are not allowed on the pool deck per USA Swimming standards and procedures.
  3. After your swimmer has finished their last individual event, make sure that they check with their coach before they leave the meet.  The coaches may have signed them up for a relay event.  If you leave before the scheduled relay event, this may cause your teammates to forfeit the relay event.

General Meet Expectations:

  • Swimmers are expected to arrive at the meet at the proper time for warm-up and be ready to get in the pool at the designated time.  This means that swimmers will probably need to be at the pool early to get changed, stretch, and have all equipment (goggles, cap etc.) ready.
  • Swimmers are expected to wear their team attire (unless wearing a speed suit to obtain championship times).  All swimmers should wear their team FA cap.
  • Swimmers are expected to follow the coaches’ instructions during warm-up and for meet procedure.
  • Swimmers are expected to know their events and seeding and be on time to swim their events.  This information can be obtained from the coaches prior to warm-up.
  • Swimmers are expected to follow up with their coach after each swim to discuss their performance.
  • Swimmers are expected to support their other teammates and to be respectful to other teams competing at the meet.
  • Parents are expected to encourage their swimmers and support the team.

Swimmer Events on Arm

How to mark swimmer’s arm for meets

Before arriving at a meet, it is helpful for swimmers to know what events/strokes they will be swimming.   Heat and lane information for each swimmer will be listed on the heat sheet, but those won't be available until after warm-ups.  So to help your swimmer prepared...

1. Parents - Use the illustration below to draw a table for Event, Heat, Lane and Stroke.  

2. Parents - Fill in the Event and Stroke information before they arrive at the meet. 

3. Swimmers will then fill in the Heat and Lane once the heat sheets are available. 

E= Event

H= Heat

L= Lane

S= Stroke

Source: Bluff City Bluefins

Meet Results

As soon as we receive official results from meet hosts we will post the results to our website.  

  1. Log into your online account
  2. Click "My Account" on the left side
  3. Click "My Meet Results" 
  4. Results will be displayed and you can sort by specific dates, strokes, distances, etc. 

Meet results are also available in the team mobile app OnDeck.  Our club code is "zzfa" all lower case.  

At many meets, the results will be available in real-time to a moblie app called MeetMobile.