When are the swim meets?
Except for the city swim meet, swim meets are on Wednesday nights. Typically, warmups start somewhere between 05:00 and 0:600 PM, and meets run until around 09:30 PM. For parents with younger or newer swimmers, you will typically only swim during the first part of the meet, so the time commitment is shorter.
What Equipment does my child need?
Your child should wear a competitive swimming suit. For girls, this is a tight-fitting one-piece suit without frills. Boys should wear jammers or briefs (no trunks please). Buying a team suit is optional but encouraged.
In addition, swimmers will need goggles, and a swim cap is encouraged but not required.
The swim team will provide additional training equipment for your child, such as kick boards and pull bouys.
How do I know what event my child is supposed to swim?
Heat sheets will be posted on the event link the day of the meet.
What is a Medley Relay?
A Medley Relay is a relay with 4 swimmers where each of the swimmers swims a different strokes. Think of a vegetable medley with 4 different types of veggies. The first swimmer swims the Backstroke. The next swimmer swims the Breaststroke, then the next swimmer swims the Butterfly, and the final swimmer swims a really fast Freestyle. Each member of an 8 and under relay swims 1 length of the pool. In all of the other age groups each swimmer swims a 50 of their stroke.
How can parents help?
We need lots of parent help. We need volunteers to help time, start, referee, record times, print ribbons, collect cards from timers, etc. Kids are very proud or their parents when they see them participating in their swim meets. Parents can also help by being supportive and encouraging of their child. Hopefully our kids will develop a life long love of swimming not just for competition, but also for health.
Will my child get to participate in the City Meet?
Any swimmer may compete in freestyle at the city meet if he/she wants to. All swimmers in non-exhibition events will be selected at the coaches’ discretion based on competitive times. Your child must swim in 2 dual meets in order to compete at the city meet.
Timer, Scribe, Stroke and Turn Judge, Place Judge, Runner, Scorekeeper, Referee, Starter? You want me to do what?
Timer: Starts a stopwatch when the Starter gives the signal and stops it when the swimmer touches the wall then records the time on the time card.
Place Judge: Watches the finish of the race and verbally states the order of finish for all six lanes.
Scribe: Writes down what the Place Judge says onto the official finish form.
Runner: Collects all place judge forms and time cards after each event and delivers them to the Scorekeeper.
Scorekeeper: Evaluates the place judge forms and time card information, assigns the official order of finish and awards points for each event. Also keeps a running total of the overall meet score and performs an audit at the end of all events to verify that the score is correct.
Stroke and Turn Judge: Watches a specific area of the pool during each event and identifies any violation of rules that might occur. Rules violations are signaled by a raised hand.
Starter: Identifies the event that is being swum, gives the command to the swimmers to take a starting position and provides the signal that begins each race.
Referee: Knows the rules, asks for both sides of any disputes and is the final say in any disagreement about procedure or rules enforcement.