Swim Meets Faqs
Below is some information on the different types of swim meets your swimmer can be involved in and other details relating to meets in general that you may find useful. If you have any questions regarding anything below, feel free to ask a member of the coaching team or the committee.
Generally club events encompasses anything that the club runs on it’s own. This will include Time Trials and the end of year Club Championships. These meets don’t require entry times.
South Lanarkshire Development Meets
SL Development meets are hosted by the 6 clubs in our area; Blantyre, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Lanark, Rutherglen and ourselves. Typically these are held at the Larkhall pool 3 at the start of the year and 3 at the end of the year. Development meets are used to help younger swimmers gain confidence and introduce them to swimming competitively outside of club events. It also helps the swimmer gather times for entries into the next level of meet. For these type of meets the swimmer must be faster than a certain time but slower than a cut off time.
Some swimmers are given an opportunity to swim competitively through graded meets. These meets will usually have a cap on the times which a swimmer would enter with, so if the swimmer's times are 'too fast' they will not get a form for these meets.
Are at a slightly higher level and will sometimes set 'consideration times' which means that a swimmer must be faster than this time in order to receive an invite for the meet.
What a swimmer should take to a meet
It is a good idea to have a swim suit for each warm up and another to change into for each session plus enough towels to get dried off. A Club shirt and cap should be worn at all meets. Please make sure all clothing is clearly marked with the swimmer's name. Swimmers should have a spare cap and two pairs of goggles in case any split during the meet! Ideally Lunch and snacks should be healthy options – sandwiches/wraps/fruit/cereal bars etc. A refillable water bottle is also a must to keep the swimmer hydrated. Please do not include a lot of crisps or sweets and under no circumstances should swimmers bring 'energy drinks or energy sweets' such as Red Bull or equivalent.
What does a swimmer do when they arrive at a meet
We will have a coach and or a team manager at every meet. Swimmers should look for them on poolside and report to them as soon as they arrive. They will then be told which seating area we are using and when the warm up for their age group will start. Swimmers should remain on poolside at all times so that they are available to be sent to marshalling in time for their swims. If they need to go to the toilet or to speak to a parent, they must let the Coach or team manager know where they are going. If a swimmer has finished their swims in a session and is ready to go home or go for lunch, they must let the coach or team manager know before they leave poolside.
How do you know the order of swims
The events will be listed on the entry form in numerical order. Most meets will be over 2 days at the weekend and will have four sessions. Events 101, 102, 103 etc will be in Session 1, Saturday morning; events 201, 202, 203 etc will be Session 2, Saturday afternoon; events 301 etc, Session 3, Sunday morning and 401 etc, Session 4, Sunday afternoon. All swimmers should be there in time for the start of the warm up for the session in which they are swimming. Details are on the front of the entry form.
What to do if the swimmer can’t make the meet
If you find you are unable to attend a meet for which you have been accepted please let the coach know as soon as possible that you wish to be withdrawn. This will allow the host club to give notice to any reserve swimmers that they will now get their swim. If you have to withdraw on the day of the meet or if you are running late please text the coach’s phone or message the facebook page. The phone number can be found on the club website. This phone will be switched on the evening before and for the duration of a meet.