What to expect at the meet

Arrival: Be aware of the time you should arrive at the meet site. Coaches request swimmers to be at the pool 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of warm-ups so that they can go over some last-minute information. When you arrive, find the team area and set up your gear. Parents will have a chance to meet other parents as well as your child’s friends.

Warm-up: The coach will direct the team to participate in  a warm-up together. The children should be on the pool deck and ready (cap, swimsuit, and goggles on) by the announced warm-up time. Before or after the warm-up the coaches will have a brief team meeting to go over any important information you and your child need to know.

The actual meet: At most meets there will be a Meet Program published and sold which will list which heat (group) and lane your child is in for their events. It is very important to check this when you arrive and bring any errors to the attention of the coach or Team Manager. Younger swimmers (and some older swimmers) find it helpful to have the Event/Event Number written on their arm or leg with a pen or permanent marker.

Once the meet begins, an event will be called and the child will report to the coach for the short briefing and be sent to the Marshalling Area. The Marshalling Area is a staging area where the swimmers are organised prior to being escorted to the blocks by volunteers.

All swim meets have a Marshalling Area and an information board that indicates the event that is being called (this is known as the “claims board”) and the event in progress.

Once the race is over the swimmer should go to their coach to receive feedback about their race.

Results for each event are posted. This allows you to check the details and record them. You may choose to fill in your child’s swimming log at this time.

After the meet: Once a swimmer has completed all their events, including relays, they are free to go however we encourage them to stay and support their team mates. Sometimes at away meets, a parent will organise a team dinner that all members are welcome to attend. If it is a multi-day meet, be sure to have towels, warm-up costumes, dry and ready to go for the next day.

All results are available on the ACT or NSW Swimming website depending on the location of the swim meet.  This usually happens within a day or two of the meet.