Before the Meet
Swimmers: pack the following
- Team bathing suit, swim cap, and t-shirt
- Two towels (suggested)
- Two pairs of goggles (suggested)
- Cash for concessions purchases
- Healthy snacks, like granola bars, fruit and Gatorade
- Books, cards or games for in between events
- Feed your child a substantial non-sugary snack about an hour before warm-ups are to start. Plan to feed your child dinner at the meet. Have your child drink water or Gatorade; no soft drinks or colas.
- Pack goggles, cap, and several towels; dress your child in his team suit or acceptable equivalent. Swimmers may not wear caps from year round or high school teams unless they are turned inside out.
- Throw some folding chairs in the car; most swim clubs do not have enough seating for parents. Plan on providing your own seating.
- Bring a highlighter, a black Sharpie and a pen as well as some cash to buy snacks
- Plan for extreme weather, whether it is heat or rain.
What NOT to Bring:
- Do not bring alcoholic beverages. This is expressly forbidden by the GCSL rules and regualtions.
- Do not bring glass of any type
- Do not have your child bring personal electronic equipment to the meet. Your child should be interacting with and cheering for teammates and focused on the events they have to swim.
- Unless you have received an email from the Team Reps that the meet is delayed or canceled, you should come to the pool (Home or Away). We will send any cancelation/delay information via email and Rained Out.
- You can sign up to receive text messages about last minute weather changes by going to https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=1e4b0f5aff230a796fce
At the Meet
- Allow time to get to the pool, park and get settled before warm-ups are scheduled to start. Immediately check in with the coach and the volunteer check-in (if you are volunteering).
- If you weren’t able to print a heat sheet in advance. Buy a heat sheet from the concession stand if available, or view on Meet Mobile.
- Find the Piranhas section of the pool deck (each team will have a side) and set-up your chair. At home meets, our section is on the concession stand side. The visiting team sits in the shallow end.
- Using a Sharpie, write your child’s events and other information from the heat sheet in a grid somewhere that you child can see it. Kids generally like them on their forearm. The grid will allow both you and your child to keep track of what events he will swim.It should look like this:
|And so on….|
- 10 and UNDER PARENTS: Please write your child’s last name on the back of their left shoulder with a Sharpie. Having their name on their back will help the clerk of course identify kids to get them lined up for their race. All the kids look the same with their identical suits and caps on!
- You may stand and cheer for your child as he swims, but make sure that you don’t get in the way of the timers and stroke judges. Doing so can disqualify your child. Usually the best place to see is on the side of the pool. Absolutely no flash photography is to be used at any point during a swim meet.
- Once your child has finished swimming his events, IF he is 6 or under, AND you are not scheduled to work the meet in any capacity, you may go. If your child is 6 or under, and you are working the meet, you will want to make arrangements for your child to be taken care of after he finishes swimming; many parents will work different meets so that one parent can take small children home while the other parent fulfills the volunteer obligation.
- If your child is older than 6, check in with the coach before you leave; the coach may need them to swim in the relays that occur at the end of the meet. No swimmer over age six may leave the meet without the coach’s permission. If you know your child can’t stay for the relay, you must notify the coach before the meet. If your child is scheduled to swim the relay and you leave, the entire relay has to forfeit.
Sample Meet Timeline
Sample Timeline of a Home Swim Meet
4:00 Pool Closes to PPRSC Membership, swim meet deck set-up begins
4:30 Swimmers arrive
4:30-5:30 Volunteers arrive and check-in with Volunteer Coordinator
5:00 Concession sales begin
5:00-5:30 Swimmer warm-ups
5:30-5:50 Away Team warm-ups
5:40 Volunteer Meeting inside clubhouse
5:45 Piranha Swimmer Cheers
5:45 Shrimps report to Clerk of Course
5:50 Star Spangled Banner
6:00 Meets Begins. Shrimps swim first
6:10-6:15ish Event 1 Begins
9:00ish Swim Meet ends
After Meet results finalized, pool deck cleaned up