Getting ready for a meet

What to bring?

Make sure your child wears the colours of the Club: swim cap , swimsuit, pants, t-shirt and hoodie.

Swimming bag :

  • Two towels
  • A swimsuit (and a second extra)
  • A team swim cap (and a second extra)
  • Goggles (and a second pair extra)
  • Clothes to keep warm : t- shirt, sweater, shorts, pants (uniform of the club)
  • A pair of Crocs shoes or sandals o A bottle of water or juice to avoid dehydration
  • Easy to digest food, peanuts (food swimmer is used to eating) snack

Also:

  • Put the initials of the swimmer on his team wear
  • Avoid bringing valuables

To know about the meets - average length: 4:00 hours.

  • On arrival: The swimmer must report their coach and stay with teammates during the competition.
  • Warm-up: Verify the time of the meet the day before and arrive early.
  • Program: Check the timing of events in which your child participates.
  • Before each race: The swimmer must report to the coach to listen to the instructions and get logistic information (number of event, series and lane).
  • Controller (marshalling): The swimmers gather in a specific area. They will be organized according to their start time.
  • After the swim: The swimmer may request for his time from the officials responsible for his lane. The swimmer returns to his coach and discusses his performance.

Instructions for parents

  • During the competition: Parents should not intervene on the side of the pool.
  • Swimmers are allowed to visit their parents only if the coach gives them permission.
  • We recommend that you bring a book, newspaper or socialize with other parents!
  • Become an official: As a swim meet official, you are making the event possible while having a poolside seat to watch the action . You will have a guaranteed place and food provided. This is nicer than overheating in crowded stands!

Support your child

  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats well before the meet.
  • Let the coaches give instructions to your child. This will prevent your child from feeling anxious or confused.
  • Be the number one fan of your child! Support him unconditionally. Do not be disappointed when you see he did not perform well.
  • If your child comes out of the pool with a best time, but finishes last, help him to understand that he has improved, he has performed well and that the event has been a success!
  • Do not use rewards to stimulate your child's performance. Each race should be a unique experience for him. External rewards are known to reduce intrinsic motivation.
  • Finally, if you have questions about your child's performance, talk with the coaches after practices or meets.