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Swim Team 101

There are so many things to learn about swim team! Take a minute to review!

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What Happens at Practice?

Practices:

Swimmers should attend at least 3 practices per week (between Thursday to Wednesday); choose your times from the schedule provided.

Parents and Siblings:
Parents of 7 and under must stay on site for the duration of practice. Other parents are encouraged to stay and visit or drop off as needed. The splash park is NOT open during practice for siblings, per pool management.

At practice:

Kids will split up into lanes by age range: 45 min. in the pool, and 15 min. of exercises on deck.

Swimmer Information box:

There’s a traveling file box at practice that has file folders for each swimmer. Check this box weekly to receive or give info to the coach. Ribbons will be in this box as well on Thursday mornings following the meets.

RSVP For Meets in Advance

There will be online sign up at the beginning of the year. YOU MUST Let the coaches know which events you will have to miss – so they don’t schedule your swimmer in a relay and mess up their relay team!   

Posting of Meet Events:

Each Wednesday morning, the coaches post a listing of every swimmer and their races for the night. Check in the morning to let your child focus on the events, or just find out when you show up at night to your event.

Questions:

Technique or stroke questions - go to the coaches.

Logistics or meet questions - go to a Swim board member (ie, another parent).

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Swim Gear

Swim Suits:

Official Swim Team uniform suits and speedos are available for purchase through Swim Things on 40 Hwy (ask to be shown Lasers or Cruisers uniforms). Swimmers are encouraged to wear these at meets, but not required. For practices, they can either wear their uniform or wear another athletic suit or speedo.

Goggles:

Invest in multiple pairs of goggles for the season, put your name on them if possible! Always bring a back-up pair at meets. Costco sells great ones every season; try to buy quality ones because they will last longer and are well-used.

Swim cap:

Personal preferences; can increase speed and can protect hair from chlorine. Tip: spray your child’s hair before the pool with a spray bottle mix of water/conditioner, to help protect from chemicals.

Towels:

For practice, one towel. For evening Swim Meets, pack multiple towels – they get drenched, and it can get very chilly in the dark. Bring hoodies/sweatshirts for evening meets as well!

Family Supplies for Meets:

  • Wagons - arrive in style with all your gear, it could be a long walk from your parking spot!
  • Tents - families routinely setup tents in the hot sun
  • Chairs/Blankets - bring what you need to spread out in the grass for the meet
  • Coolers - BYO picnic and drinks!
  • Food Trucks - there usually is food on hand to purchase if you dont have time to pack!
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During the Meet

Heat Sheets:

New for 2021 - Your swimmers events will be shown on the Swimtopia app. There will not be printed heat sheets available at the meet. Follow along, and make sure your swimmer is lined up in time for each event! Do NOT let them miss their event because they are distracted or playing on the playground.

Loudspeaker and “The Zoo”:

There is a Meet Director who will call out events throughout the night. Listen carefully and keep your swimmer on track! When called, your swimmer checks into the “Zoo” to get lined up for their event. If your child misses their event, they do NOT get to make it up.

Cheering

Have your swimmer make signs! Decorate their body with sharpee tattoos! (“Eat my bubbles!”) Cheer for all the swimmers and for your team! Enjoy the team spirit!

End of your Events:

When your swimmer has done their last event, you are free to go home. Unless you are volunteering 2nd shift (Events #36-70), then the volunteer needs to stay until the end.

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Ribbons and Scoring

Ribbons & Scoring

Each meet, your swimmer will win ribbons according to their scores. Ribbons are available either during the event, or the next morning at Thursday Morning Ribbon Rallies at practice!

DQ’s – “Disqualified”

At a swim meet, you can get DQ’d by a Stroke & Turn Judge if you do not swim a stroke correctly, or end your swim by touching with the wrong number of hands. To ensure fair competition for all swimmers, rules are equally applied to all swimmers regardless of age or experience. Being disqualified is not the end of the world! Almost all swimmers have been DQ’d at some point.

Getting DQ’d is a learning experience, not a failure.

If you get DQ’d at a meet, your coach will receive a DQ slip with your name and the reason that you were disqualified. Your coach will explain why you were DQ’d, usually at practice, so that you can improve for the next meet.

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