Swim meets during the summer have the same events taking place in the same order each meet.
Order of Meet Events can be found here
The meets are generally 2 ½ to 3 hours long and move along very quickly. There is rarely a lull in the action.
We swim “dual meets” in the summer, which simple means it’s US against another team.
The home team always swims in the even numbered lanes, generally lanes 2, 4, and 6.
The visiting team swims in lanes 1, 3, and 5.
Before the swim meet, the coaches make up the meet sheets that tell us who is swimming what events and in what lane. An index card is made up for each child with his/her name, event number, event name, and in what lane the child is swimming.
These cards are handed out during the meet by a parent volunteer, just prior to the time for the child to go “line up” behind the starting blocks to get ready to swim. The card is then handed to a timer who is at the swimmer’s block. The timers use this card to record the children’s times.
Parents of 8 and under children are of crucial importance to our team. We rely on them to keep all the younger children together in the team area. When we’re handing out the event cards, we need to be able to find them quickly and easily, to avoid having a child miss a race.
It may seem that we’re handing out cards for events that seem a long way off. Races go very quickly, especially in the older age groups, who swim quite fast! When a card is given to your child, it’s crucial to get your swimmer to the designated area as soon as possible.
All children swim in their age groups. They are broken down as follows: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18.
It’s summer. Meets can be hot! Make sure to put lots of sunscreen on both yourself and your child. Bring water and a good hat.
For away meets, families should bring their own chairs, since seating may be limited at some pools.