Swim meets are a great family experience! They are a place where the whole family can spend time together. Listed below are answers to common questions about swim meets. If you have any questions not listed here, please contact us.
What Occurs Before the Meet Starts?
- Arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins. This time will be listed in the meet information emailed out to all GO Kingfish members.
- Upon arrival, find a place to put your swimmer's blankets, towels, swim bag, and other items. The team usually sits in one place together, so look for some familiar faces.
- Find the coach and check in with us. This will let us know you are here, and that we can proceed with things as planned, like relays and warm ups. Before the meet starts. Again, please arrive 15 minutes early.
- Once 'checked in', write each event-number on your swimmer's hand in ink. This helps him/her remember what events he/she is swimming and what event number to listen for.
- Your swimmer now gets his/her cap and goggles and reports to the pool and/or coach for warm-up instruction. We are a team, thus we warm up as a team!
- After warm-up, your swimmers will go back to the area where his/her towels are and sit there until the next event is called. This is a good time to make sure he/she goes to the bathroom if necessary, gets a drink, or just gets settled in.
- The meet usually starts about 10-15 minutes after warm-ups are over.
- Remember, unless you are helping out or serving in an official capacity at the swim meet, parents are not allowed on deck. They must be in the designated spectators section.
- Heat Sheets- A heat sheet is usually available for sale in the lobby or concession area of the pool. Heat sheets generally list all swimmers in each event in order of 'seed time'. When the team entry is sent in, each swimmer and his/her previous best time in the event is listed. It the swimmer is swimming an event for the first time, he/she will be entered as a 'no time' or 'NT'. A 'NT' swimmer will most likely swim in one of the first heats of the event.
What Happens During the Meet?
- It is very important for your swimmer to know what event numbers he/she is swimming (this is why they should have the numbers on their hand). They may swim right away after warm-up or they may have to wait.
- A swimmer's event number will be called, usually over a loud speaker, and he/she will be asked to report to the 'clerk of the course'. Swimmers should report with his/her caps and goggles. Generally, girls are odd numbered events and boys are even numbered events.
- Before a swimmer reports to the clerk of the course they must talk to their respective coach before doing so. This will be the last time for the swimmers to go over race plans, and other details the swimmers need to be reminded about.
- The clerk of the course is where the swimmers are put into their respective heats and lanes. It should be noted, that some swim meets do not have a clerk of course, and thus after speaking with his/her respective coach, show up directly to his or her assigned block as listed in the heat sheet.
- The swimmer swims their race.
- After each swim:
- He/She is to ask the timers (officials who are timing the race) his or her time.
- He/she goes immediately to their respective coach! The coach will ask him/her their time and discuss the swim with each swimmer
- Generally the coach follows these guidelines
when discussing swims.
- Comments and/or praise
- Suggestions for improvement
- General thoughts from both
How Can I Help my Swimmer during the Meet?
- Tell him/her how great they did! The coaching staff will be sure to discuss stroke technique and race strategy with them. You need to tell him/her how proud you are and what a great job he/she did.
- Remind them to drink some water/stretch/and each a light snack. And to stretch.
- The swimmer repeats this routine again once their next event number is called.
- When a swimmer has completed all of his/her events he/she and their parents get to go home. Make sure, however, you , as a parent, check with the coach before leaving to make sure your swimmer is not included on a relay. It is not fair to other swimmers who may have stayed to swim on a relay where your swimmer is expected to be a member and he/she is not there. We speak on this subject from experience!!
What Should my Swimmer Take to a Meet?
- Most important: Swim suit, goggles, and two Go Kingfish competitive swimming caps.
- Towels-Realize your swimmer will be there awhile, so pack at least two.
- Something to sit on-Example: sleeping bag, an old blanket, or anything that will be comfortable to sit on. The swimmers will be spending a lot of time on it.
- T-shirts: Two or three GO Kingfish shirts, because they get wet, and you will want a dry one at some point.
- Games: travel games, books to read, playing cards, ect.
- Food: Each swimmer should bring a small
cooler. This cooler should contain:
- Fresh cut Fruit
- Drinks: Water, Gatorade, and/or juice.
- Snacks: Granola Bars, yogurt, cereal in plastic bags, sandwiches.
- PLEASE NOTE: No Pop or Candy are allowed on deck
Once you have attended one or two meets this will all become very routine. Please do not hesitate to ask us or another GO parent for help!