Meet Survival Guide
Meets are tons of fun for our swimmers! Please remember to let the coaches coach. They take the time each week to talk to swimmers and help prepare for the upcoming meet.
If your child has a question, please have them talk directly to the coaches so there is no confusion.
WHAT TO BRING TO A SWIM MEET (LABEL EVERYTHING):
Chairs, blankets to sit on (the ground is sometimes damp)
Something to do between events (card games)
Money for food at concessions stand, healthy snacks
Water (also sold at concessions)
Umbrellas or small tent for shade
Goggles, plus spares in case of breakage
Extra swimsuit for emergencies
Warm clothing for between events, depending on weather
On cool mornings it is crucial that swimmers be kept warm. Bring extra towels, blankets, sleeping bags, robes, or anything else to keep your kids warm!
DO NOT WRITE ON YOUR BODIES WITH ANY KIND OF MARKER, it transfers to deck chairs.
Meets are held on Saturdays (except for the Intersquad meet). Warm-ups typically begin at 6:45 a.m., and meets generally end by 2 p.m.
Swimmers must declare for swim meets on our website. Parent must be logged into your account to do so. Please notify the coach or a parent rep if a last minute emergency prevents you from attending the meet.
Meets consist of a series of events, defined by age group, gender, distance, and stroke. For example: 8 & Under Boys 25M Butterfly. Each event may have multiple heats depending on the number of entrants in the event. There are two types of events, individual and relay. Relay events have 4 swimmers on a team.
Please try not to leave until the coaches complete their relay at the end. The team cheer thanking the other team happens after this race. It's great to have our swimmers participate in this closing moment!
Before swimming in an event, swimmers report to the heating area. This is a holding area for the upcoming events, where the swimmers are organized in rows of chairs that represent heat and lane assignments.
Heating volunteers make sure all swimmers for the event are present and in place to move to their event together. Flip charts outside of the heating area show what events are being heated, and what events are being swum. The meet announcer also calls events to heating.
The roped-off areas around the pool are specifically for the coaches, officials (starter/referee, timers, runners, stroke judges, heaters, etc.), and swimmers involved in the current event. Parents and swimmers not involved in the current event are asked to stay behind the ropes.
MEET CLEAN UP
Please remember to help us keep the pool area clean, both at home and away meets. Clean up your area when the meet is over, help pick up and empty trash in general, and make sure the kids help so they know this is their responsibility too.
WHERE TO SET UP CAMP
Generally, the home team sets up inside the pool fences, and the visiting team sets up outside the fence. Swimmers can hang out together at both home and away meets in our tent area. At away meets, you can check the volunteer sign-up sheets at the Cherry Knolls tent to see your jobs/shifts. You should also be able to find the volunteer coordinator or a parent rep at the tent if you have questions or problems.
DIRECTIONS TO OTHER POOLS
See the RMSL website: www.rmsl.org.