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Meet Hints | What . . . When . . . How-to

What to Bring — Swimmers

  • Team Suit, Team Shirt, Team Cap & Plenty of towels (3 to 4 depending on number of events)
  • Warm clothing (mornings at meets can be cool)
  • Blanket or towel to sit on
  • Cards, word games, smile, good attitude. NO ELECTRONICS (electronics and H20 do not mix)

What to Bring — Parents

  • Chair(s) and Shade/tarp if you have one & extras are needed
  • Cooler for fruit, juices, water, snacks etc.
  • Extra Cash — a snack bar will also be available during meets
  • Sharpie marker
  • Heat Sheet — print at home
  • Camera
  • Visors, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, especially for nose and shoulders (apply at home when at all possible).
  • Positive attitude & team cheer.

When to Arrive

  • Arrive early — at least 15 minutes prior to Orca warm-up time. Look for "Note from Coach" prior to meet.
  • Warm-up times will be posted on the web site prior to each meet. As a general guideline, swimmers should be ready at 6:45 for home meets & 7:15 for away meets.
  • Dual meets start promptly at 8:00 a.m. unless otherwise specified.
  • Swimmers are expected to be on time for warm-up and available for relay substitutions.
  • Times for the Championship Meet will be posted toward the end of the season.

At the Meet

  • If you can arrive at the meet early to stake out a "team area" (preferably with some shade) that's helpful!  If you have extra hands available please help "tent people" with area set-up.
  • Swimmers should stay in team area, within their age-group area. If leaving age-group area other than to swim, swimmers should let the assigned age-group parent know.
  • Listen for your event and be ready to go to the "ready bench." 
  • Parents - please know where your swimmer is at all times. Please reinforce to your swimmer that they are responsible for remaining with their age-group parent leader.
  • It is ultimately the swimmer's responsibility to get to the ready bench and the blocks on time.
  • Make sure you check with the coach & your age-group parent before you leave the meet. You may be needed for a relay!
  • Please use trash cans for your garbage. We are a clean team!
  • One other mandatory item — Have FUN :)

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