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Meet Etiquette


Swim meet etiquette


Swim meets take a great deal of volunteer time from our parents so it is really important that you make sure your swimmers are well-briefed on how they are expected to behave.  Most are angels, of course, but we’ve had a few issues with longer meets so make sure you run through this with your kids every night before they swim:


·         Contact the session Team Manager directly regarding scratchings or withdrawals. Contact details for each session are on the roster sent out by our Official’s Coordinator

·         Make sure that swimmers have plenty to eat and drink, and do so regularly

·         Make sure your swimmers know what they are swimming in each session, event and heat number and roughly what time (quite a few have it written on their arms in magic marker before they arrive)

·         See if the swimmers can keep track of what event the meet is up to and when they are swimming so they don’t badger the team managers with questions about how long until they’re racing

·         It’s a good idea to purchase programmes ( they are normally about $2), so you and they can follow our club swimmers – a nice way of getting involved in the meet and knowing when their events are (and in some cases what their events are!!) – as a modern alternative there’s a great free app for iPhone and Android called MeetMobile which you can load event data into for a few $ at bigger events – and get updates on race results during the day even if you’re not at the pool. 

·         If swimmers are going for a walk ( or the bathroom) ....please tell the team manager that you are going, we are not going to go looking for you if you are not there to be marshalled.

·         Whilst it is the timekeepers responsibility to check the name of the child in the events/lane, it is good practice for the swimmers to get in the habit of telling the timekeepers their name and checking they are in the right lane

·         At the end of the race swimmers need to move away from the touch pads and stand quietly and still at the side of the lane while the next race starts..... not waving to their friends in the stands!

·         It’s great to see the kids having a good time, but they do need to remember that quiet is required at the start of each race when the whistle is blown

·         And last bit not least, all swimmers should make sure they don’t leave anything behind when they go home – it’s good practice to check around all the seats near where you’ve been sitting and get your mates to tidy up too - it’s not fair to expect the team managers to have to clear up litter or lost property!


Thanks J



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