THE “HOW TO” OF SWIM MEETS
What To Take to the Meets
- Swimsuit, team cap and goggles (if used)
- Baby or talcum powder, to dust the inside of the swim cap (this helps preserve the cap and makes it easier to put on)
- At least two towels per swimmer
- Something to sit on, e.g. chair, sleeping bag, blanket
- Hat, sunscreen, umbrella or other shade structure
- Games - anything to pass the time between events
- Food such as granola bars, Fun Fruit, yogurt, cereal, jello cubes, sandwiches, fruit, drinks such as Hi-C, fruit juice, Gatorade
- Sharpie for labeling your belongings and for writing event numbers on swimmer’s hand as a reminder
- Label EVERYTHING. (Imagine how many swimmers have identical team logo items!)
Before the Meet Starts
- Arrive at the pool before the close of check-in time.
- Upon arrival, find a place to put your swim gear.
- Swimmers and volunteers, find the check-in location and check-in.
- Once “checked-in”, the swimmer should write each event number on his hand in ink (this helps the swimmer remember what events to listen for).
- Report for warm-up instructions with cap/goggles. It is very important to warm-up with the team.
- After warm-up, settle in and wait for your events to be called. This is a good time for a drink or trip to the bathroom.
During the Meet
- The meet will usually start about 10-15 minutes after warm-ups are over.
- Event numbers are called, usually over the loudspeaker. Swimmers should report to the “Clerk of the Course” with caps and goggles.
- The swimmer swims the race. After each race the coach will provide positive comments and/or suggestions for improvement. Between events, relax in the shade. This is also a good time to check out the bathrooms, get a drink or something light to eat.
- When swimmers have completed all events, they may leave. Make sure, however, that they have not been assigned to a relay before you go. Also, clean up any trash you may have left in your area.
- Volunteers, turn in any equipment you used: stopwatches, clipboards, etc.