Swim Meet 101
What you should NOT to bring to a swim meet
- Electronic gaming devices such phones, iTouches, iPads or other devices that keep you from socializing with friends and cheering for teammates!
- Older swimmers who carry phones are expected to use them to contact rides, etc. Not to text, call or use social media while at Tallyho events.
What you should bring to a swim meet
- A Tallyho suit
- Two pairs of goggles
- A Tallyho cap
- At least two towels
- Sweatpants and sweatshirts (even in Washington in the summer you can get cold and shivering wastes important energy!)
- Water or sports drink (no soda!)
- Good snacks - fruit, power bars, bagels, cereal - anything high in carbs but no sugars
- Good sportsmanship!
How to have a great meet
- Attend practice and work hard to be in the best position to swim
- Go to bed early the night before the meet
- Arrive at the meet early and be ready to swim when warm ups start (MSCL warm ups are too short and you need to take advantage of every minute)
- Take warm up seriously
- Keep warm - when you exit the pool, dry yourself off and put clothes on (shivering wastes important energy)
- Participate in Team Cheers
- Do not leave the team area without permission from a coach
- Know what events you are swimming, listen for those events to be called
- After each race, stay in the water until all your competitors have finished, get your time, and then report to a coach
- Support your teammates and be nice to your opponents
- Stay hydrated and eat good foods(if you get thirsty it is too late)
- No candy, soda or other sugar
- Stay until the end of meet -- but if you need to leave early get permission from a coach
- Pick up a minimum of a five pieces of trash before you leave, return any chairs you moved - make sure our team area looks better than when we arrived
- Applaud your teammates when they receive their ribbons
How are A-Meet lineups decided?
- The coach uses the top times from the season to create the lineup. Generally speaking, the top 6 in Free, and top 3 in Back, Breast, Fly & IM are entered. This varies because sometimes athletes are out of town. You may be called upon to swim even if you're outside of those top few!
- In addition, there is some strategy as 1 swimmer can swim only 3 strokes, IM & 1 Relay. Relays are created at the meet based on top times. An example is when we have the same 3 kids who hold the top 3 times in every event for their age group. All 3 cannot swim all the events! So sometimes we go to the next best top time available!
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