Tips for your first meet
Maybe this is your first swim meet. Or perhaps you want a reminder since it's been a long year. We've got you covered!
Here are a few tips and tricks starting out the summer season:
- Write your child's events on their arm. This seems odd at first, but it helps all swimmers, parents and volunteers get the kids to their events. Once the heat sheets are distributed (typically the night before the meet), the following goes on your kids' upper arm, just below the shoulder: their name and everything they swim. Typically you list the event number, heat, lane and what they swim. You should also use a black sharpie or permanent marker so it doesn't wash off during warmups. But don't worry! Volunteers are ready to do this for you if you haven't done it before!
- Get your child's swim bag ready. Of course, this includes their goggles, cap and towels. We'd also suggest an extra pair of goggles. If you are swimming at the Natatorium, you might want an extra towel, robe or parka to wear in between races. We'd also suggest this include snacks and a bottle of water, as it's a long day. Kids also bring simple fun things for amusement between races, like games, coloring books, cards, crafts, and much more -- as long as they keep up with these items. And don't forget your masks...
- Bring at least two face masks in two plastic bags. The Natatorium continues to require everyone to wear face masks in the building, and swimmers will wear them any time they are not in the water. We suggest bringing two face masks in two separate plastic bags; please write your child's first and last name on each plastic bag. Your child will wear the face mask, then put them in a plastic bag just before they swim. If your child is swimming one lap, a runner will pick up the plastic bags and deliver them to the opposite end of the pool.
- Come to warm ups. These are not optional. Plus, they are a good way to get the kids ready mentally and physically for racing!
- Get your child to the Age Group Parent. These parents will keep each age group together and get them to their events. Unfortunately, parents are not allowed on deck (except if you are volunteering).
- Review the Natatorium's COVID guidelines. Take a quick look here for a reminder.
- Respect COVID procedures in the parent area in the Natatorium's bleachers. Of course wear a mask and remain socially distanced from people not in your household. There is also a section for parents to stand when their swimmer is actively racing. Please only stay in that designated area when your swimmer is racing, and promptly clear the area so other parents can see their swimmers as well.
- Have patience. This is our first summer swim meet after a year off from COVID and with the new procedures. We will do the best we can to run a smooth meet, and more importantly, help the kids enjoy themselves! Thank you in advance for your patience.
- Have fun! This is all about the kids! We want them to keep learning and growing as swimmers -- and have fun!
We look forward to seeing you at the meet. GO MARLINS!