Mock Meet - The mock meet is the first “meet” of the season. It is not a competition against another team but a trial run for swimmers and volunteers. All swimmers will swim every stroke (no relays,) and times will determine the seeding for the first dual meet and swimmers strengths for relays.
Meet Entries - Our coaches determine the events each swimmer competes in. Swim meet competition is both an individual and team sport. Swimmers are needed in each event with the maximum potential to achieve individual and team success.
The “A” relay team will consist of the four fastest times. The “B” relay team consist of the next four fastest times.
Absentee Swimmers - If a swimmer cannot be at a meet due to vacation, illness, or another conflict, let the coaches know, in writing, the Tuesday of the upcoming weekend meet, so he/she can be scratched from the list of swimmers. Should something happen after Tuesday that would prevent a swimmer from attending the meet, parents should call the coach or coach liaison. This is EXTREMELY important in assigning the swimmers to relays and individual events so that the meet runs quickly and efficiently.
Before the Meet - To swim your best, get a good night’s sleep before the meet and eat a high carbohydrate dinner. Eat something light and not sugary for breakfast. Avoid candy and sodas during the meet, and drink plenty of fluids (water, Gatorade).
Check-in - Swimmers MUST check-in on the morning of the meet. The check-in times for each meet will be given to swimmers during practice. At home meets, there will be a check-in table. For away meets, check-in is in front of the clubhouse. (If you should miss it, check in immediately when you arrive at the pool). If you do not check-in, you will be scratched from all relays!! After check-in, swimmers can find out the number of their events and get the numbers written on their hands.
Warm-up - All swimmers will participate in a short warm-up to get used to the water and practice starts, finishes, strokes, and turns.
What to expect at the meets - Lots of kids, noise, heat, excitement, food, and fun! Bring something for your children to do while waiting, like cards, games, books, etc, and something to sit on while they wait for their events. Food and beverages may be purchased or brought from home. Be sure to bring plenty of fluids for the swimmers.
Heat Sheets - A heat sheet is a guide to all of the events and swimmers at the meet. They usually cost $1 to $2. Ads can be purchased in our home heat sheets for your swimmer with a good luck, picture or anything you would like.
During the Meet - It is very important that swimmers stay in the team area. Swimmers are called to line up several events before they actually swim, and they need to be where they can hear their event being called. Other guidelines:
- Wear sunscreen.
- No running, wrestling, throwing things or rowdy behavior.
- Never leave a meet without notifying a coach. Even if you think you are done, it may be possible that you are needed for a relay.
- Whether home or away, keep your area neat and pick up all trash before you leave.
Timeframe of Meets - Swim meets are held on Saturdays. Check-in times start around 6:15 to 6:30 am depending on the time to travel to the meet. Warm-ups usually start around 7:00 am. Meets normally start at 8:15 am and end around 2:00 pm. The Divisional Swim Meet could last until 4:00 pm, as it is a meet with all six teams in our division.
Events - Each meet consists of 78 events. Each event may have more than one heat of swimmers. A swimmer may enter up to 5 events per meet, with the maximum number of individual events limited to three.
Before Leaving - Before leaving the meet, all swimmers must check-in with the coach to ensure they are not in a relay and are done for the day.