Important Things to Know Before and At 'A' Meets:
- 'A' meets are 'dual' meets, i.e., against one other team. Swim and dive events are scored, and those scores combined to determine the outcome. The meet is overseen by an official from the Swim Conference.
- If you are in the line-up for an 'A' meet but cannot make it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. If you need a ride, please contact us in plenty of time to secure you a spot. Please do not simply fail to show on the day. An empty lane or dive spot means ceding points to the other team unnecessarily.
- Swimmers/divers should check in with the coaches at the appointed times so as to be ready for warm-up.
- Parents, please let us know if plan to volunteer (most often for timing or ribbon writing, but we always love to train new recruits on scoring and other 'jobs').
- Divers warm up first; then swimmers.
- Diving events are first. The final meet score is derived from both diving and swimming events. Each diver is scoring points for PRST - and it can be nerve-wracking up on those boards. Cheer on our fearless divers as they lead off the Dolphins!
- The diving events can last an hour but it depends on the number of divers so do not wander off. Once diving is over, swimming events start IMMEDIATELY.
- Swim events are conducted in age groups (youngest to oldest in each event - back, breast, fly, free, then relays). Encourage swimmers to hang with the team - and not wander off between events. It is okay to visit with parents/visitors but please DON'T LEAVE THE MEET WITHOUT GETTING AN OKAY FROM THE COACHES. Things can change during a meet, and you may still be needed...
- Equip swimmers with goggles, caps, towels, water and a healthy snack. Single dollar bills make the refreshment table folks happy!
- Please do not allow children to bring or buy candy while competing at meets (the coaches will confiscate any contraband...) Bring single dollar bills to meets to buy water and healthy foods.
- Support your swimmers and divers but please....no coaching from the sidelines and cheer on ALL swimmers - and keep cheering until the last swimmer finishes.
- Please be careful when cheering, however, not to actually distract the swimmers - many have lost their rhythm (and been disqualified in the process) for trying to communicate with someone on the sidelines!
Last but not least - HAVE FUN!!
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