Do you have questions about our first meet? Here are some frequently asked questions that we usually answer. if you don’t find what you are looking for, please email the head coach or team coordinator. We will do our best to answer your questions.
How Does a Swim Meet work?
An “event” at a swim meet consists of a gender, stroke and a distance. For instance, the girls 25-yard freestyle, the boys 25-yard freestyle, the boys 50-yard freestyle, and the girls 50-yard butterfly are four separate events. A 25-yard race is one length of the pool, and a 50-yard race is 2 lengths.
Since there are usually more swimmers entered in each event than there are lanes, there may be several races, or “heats”, in each event.
Freestyle Relay: Four swimmers each swim freestyle. However, the distance swum per relay participant differs by age group.
Medley Relay: Four swimmers participate, each of whom swims a different stroke. The first swimmer swims Backstroke (BA), the second Breaststroke (BR), the third Butterfly (FL), and the fourth Freestyle (FR). An easy way to remember this is: BA, BR, FL, FR are in alphabetical order.
100 IM (individual medley) is an event in which ONE swimmer swims four different strokes: 25 yards of butterfly, 25 yards of backstroke, 25 yards of breaststroke and 25 yards of freestyle, in this order.
All competition is age-group competition which means that children swim against others of the same age and gender. There are two point-earning or “live” swimmers for each individual event per age group and gender; and there are two point-earning freestyle relays and two point-earning medley relays per age group and gender (except 6 & unders who do not swim the medley relay). Non point-earning individual swimmers and relays are entered into the meet as exhibition as indicated by an “X” in the meet program.
Swimming is both an individual and a team sport. Each swimmer should thrive to better their personal times from previous meets. They should also cheer and encourage their teammates because the team score is determined by total number of points, NOT by how many firsts a team wins. Please stress this to your children.
All finishes are judged finishes, which means that, the order of finish is determined by judges, NOT by times. Times for each event are used to help the swimmer and coach chart the progress of the swimmer.
What are the volunteer requirements?
Every family, new and returning is expected to volunteer four times during the season, there are lots of opportunities during the meets and outside the meets. Click here for volunteer job descriptions. Volunteer slots will be made available at least one week prior to the meet.
What time should I be at the swim meets with my swimmer?
What should I bring to the meet, other than my swimmer?
What should my swimmer eat, if anything, before the meet?
1-2 hours before the meet, try to feed your swimmer something with protein and carbohydrates- a popular choice is pasta with chicken or a sandwich. Also make sure that they are drinking water/Gatorade during the morning and hours before the meet!
When will I find out what events my child is swimming?
The weekend before each dual meet, Coach Amanda creates the line-up which has to be turned in on Monday mid-day to the other team. She tries to make sure everyone gets to swim individual events and relays. She can usually make changes to the line-up after Monday, but doing so typically has a ripple effect on teammates. For example, she has had to cancel relays in the past due to kids pulling out of the meet at the last minute. Therefore, if you know that your child will not be at a meet that he or she is signed up for, then please re-submit a meet availability form by the Friday before a dual meet or the Monday before County. After this deadline, if you need to make a change due to an emergency, please email Coach Amanda Tarpley. After Monday’s exchange with the opposing team, she will send out the line-up. Please look it over so you will know what events your child is swimming.
How do I make sense of the line-up information you have emailed to me?
The line-up will come as a word document or web file. You will find your child’s information sorted by name. Please refer to the example below.
Prior to arriving at the meet, please:
Mark your child’s name and age group on their back using a dark-colored Sharpie pen. (Sharpie DOES come off if rubbed with rubbing alcohol or acetone! Your swimmer won’t be tattooed, don’t worry!)
Also, please write your child’s events/heats/lanes on his/her arm.
What is the difference between the IM and the Medley Relay?
How long will the meet last?
Three to four hours is the approximate length of a meet. Warm-ups start at 5 pm for the home team and 5:30 pm for the visiting team. Barring any delays, the meet is supposed to start at 6 and run until about 9 or 10 pm. Note: The 6 and unders swim early in the meet and are usually finished by 7:30, so parents, choose your volunteer assignments accordingly.
How will my swimmer know when to report for his/her race?
When will my child get official results/times from the meet?
Official results are sent out as soon as possible after the meet. Ribbons are distributed during practice, if your child does not receive ribbons on Wednesday, they are placed in the family’s vertical file folder.
Swimsuit – ALLIANCE T-Splice for girls and Splice for boys – blue and green
Made by TYR. Designed for the performance and recreational swimmer. The female Maxback allows maximum freedom of motion and reduced drag. The extra wide straps arch around the shoulder blades and lower back to ensure the perfect combination of great fit, comfort and support. Fully lined. The jammer has a drawstring waist 80% Nylon/20% Lycra .This can be ordered online from the LBC Teamunify website.