SWIM MEET BASICS
PLAN TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 4:30 pm at home meets and 5 pm at away meets. We will warm-up, there will be an officials meeting (for anyone judging, timing, scoring starting) and the meet will officially begin at 6:00 pm. Swimmers should wear their team suit to the meet (or a solid black suit), have their goggles properly fitted and wear a team cap. When you arrive, take your children to the get their swim number and then over to their appropriate age group marked spot. Not sure where that is? Just bring your swimmer to the coaches. Home team warms up at 5:00 pm and visitors at 5:30 pm.
PLEASE DO NOT PUT SUNSCREEN ON SWIMMERS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE.
The marker won't write on top of sunscreen.
1. 6 AND UNDERS WILL COMPETE IN THE FREESTYLE, backstroke and breaststroke. These swimmers will be escorted to the clerk of course by a parent "kid-pusher" one for the boys and one for the girls. Identify who this parent is as soon as you can.The Coaches will determine in which events and heat the swimmers will participate in.
2. 7/8's AND 9/10's, 11/12's 13/14's and 15-18's will compete in medley relay, backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle relay. Swimmers may only swim three main individual events per meet. The Coaches will determine in which events, heat and relays the swimmers will participate in. 7/8's and 9/10's have kid pushers, one for the boys and one for the girls.
3. SWIMMERS AGED 4-10 RECEIVE A RIBBON FOR EVERY EVENT THEY SWIM. Even a disqualified swimmer receives a Participation Ribbon.
4. Swimmer results will be posted to the website as soon as possible after the meet, usually by the next day. Place ribbons should be picked up at the pool the day after the meet.
5. A SWIMMER MAY BE DQ'D BY A STROKE JUDGE FOR IMPROPERLY PERFORMING A STROKE. This happens to even the best swimmers at times. If you want to understand stroke technique go to USA Swimming or you can review many of the swimming videos on YouTube. Use of lane ropes, pool sides, or bottom of pool will result in a DQ. The stroke and turn judge is NOT to be approached by a parent, visitor or coach at the meet.
6. EARLY TAKE-OFF BY AN INDIVIDUAL IN A RELAY WILL RESULT IN A DQ FOR THE ENTIRE RELAY TEAM.
7. THE HALFWAY POINT IS at the beginning of BREASTSTROKE. This is when first half volunteers are released and second half volunteers begin. Second half volunteers - PLEASE report on time.
8. SWIMMERS SHOULD STAY WITH THE TEAM. The kid pushers should not have to play hide and seek to find their swimmers. Parents please know where the swimmers are at all times. They must be available for their events.
9. THE MEET WILL LAST UNTIL AT LEAST 9:30-10:00. At Home meets, we have the concession stand to provide food and drinks at a reasonable cost. Most other teams also have some sort of concession stand. It's a good idea to pack water and healthy snacks/sandwiches, though, to get you and your gang through the meet.
10. FEEL FREE TO BRING THINGS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR CHILD DURING THE MEET. Books, coloring books, cards, are all good ideas. Don't bring anything valuable, or anything you don't want to lose. LABEL EVERYTHING.
11. GATHER YOUR THINGS BEFORE IT GETS DARK. Once the sun goes down it is hard to find things in the dark. Please, please, please help pick up trash and keep the area clean.
12. PARENTS BRING LAWN CHAIRS TO SIT IN.
13. PER TSA BY-LAWS, NO ALCOHOL, SMOKING, PROFANITY OR VERBAL ABUSE IS ALLOWED AT SWIM MEETS.
14. SWIMMERS / SIBLINGS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN OR NEAR THE BABY POOL or TENNIS COURTS DURING THE MEET.
15. SWIMMERS MUST COMPLY WITH RESTRICTIONS OR REGULATIONS SPECIFIED BY THE HOME TEAM POOL.
16. If it is necessary to clear the deck due to in-climate weather DO NOT LEAVE, but please clear the deck swiftly and safely.
17. The team usually enjoys a little team camaraderie after a meet so listen up for that special announcement!
18. Remember that this is all for fun so ... HAVE A GOOD TIME!
Swimming 101 for Parents
THE FOUR STROKES
The four competitive swimming strokes are freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
In freestyle events, the competitor may swim any stroke. The stroke most commonly used is sometimes called the crawl, which is characterized by the alternate stroking of the arms over the surface of the water surface and an alternating (up-and-down) flutter kick.
Backstroke consists of an alternating motion of the arms with a flutter kick while on the back. On turns, swimmers may rotate to the stomach and perform a flip turn and some part of the swimmer must touch the wall. The swimmer must finish on the back.
The breaststroke requires simultaneous movements of the arms on the same horizontal plane. The hands are pressed out from in front of the breast in a heart shaped pattern and recovered under or on the surface of the water. The kick is a simultaneous somewhat circular motion similar to the action of a frog. On turns and at the finish, the swimmer must touch the wall with both hands simultaneously at, above or below the water surface.
Some consider the butterfly to be the most beautiful of the strokes. It features a simultaneous recovery of the arms over the water combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the swimmer must keep both legs together and may not flutter, scissors or use the breaststroke kick. Both hands must touch the wall simultaneously on the turns and the finish.