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
- 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.