What to Expect at Swim Meets:

Below are guidelines for swim meets. Please support the Gold Medal Swim School’s goals for all swim meets: Fall in love with racing….”racing is fun”.

Racing: Swimmers 7 years old and younger will swim 25 yards (1 lap). 7 and under start off the side, not the blocks. Swimmers who are 8 years old can choose to swim 25’s or 50’s for their races. Swimmers 9 years old and older swim 50 yards (2 laps) and have the option of starting off the blocks. All swimmers are invited to swim all four strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle) but picking even 1 is great!

Awards: Racing is organized by age groups and gender: 6 and under, 7-8 years old, 9-10 years old, 11-12 years old, 13-14 years old, and 15-18 years old Races and distances are called “events” usually events are ordered and numbered. Not all meets have the same order. Each event will have a series of “heats” “races” with 8 or 10 kids in each “heat”. Summer swim meets: Ribbons will be awarded 1st-8th place of each heat. Races are not always organized by time and may be more “random” placement. Fall/Spring meets ribbons are awarded 1st-8th place and swum in groups based on similar times. Medals are awarded at the Championship meet each season the for the top eight swimmers only. All meets: Swimmers show ribbons or tell coaches time at team area and earn an otter pop!

Team Spirit: Swimmers are expected to participate in meets as a team Cheering for each other is highly encouraged Team tents will be set up with team gear, tattoos, stickers, water and otter pops. Swimmers are encouraged to sit together at team tent, cheer each other on, play games and hang out in-between events.

Coaches Responsibilities: Gold Medal Coaches will stand at team tent, behind blocks and at the finish. We don’t offer technique tips at swim meets. This is saved for practice. Gold Medal coaches will encourage swimmers to be their best and stay positive….

Swimmers Responsibilities: Arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins. Arriving early helps kids feel less stressed. Find your coach or any GMSS coach and say “hello”. Once you have checked in with your coach, have the swimmers write each event-number on his or her hand in ink. This helps your swimmer, you and the coach quickly identify what events he or she is swimming and what event number to watch for. IF A PRE SEATED HEAT SHEET IS AVAIBLE. Get ready to enter the pool for “warm-up” instructions. Parents: “warm-up” at this age is a VERY loose term. Mostly it is developing good habits and getting some butterflies out. Attend the team meeting which is held after the warm up A “psych sheet” will usually be posted (fall/spring and some summer meets) at the meet venue or available online via a mobile device/cell phone. See the enclosed link with how to read and understand a heat sheet:

Report to correct event, heat and lane: Swimmers should try for a PR (personal record) time as well as RACE as fast as possible. Swimmers should “hang out” in-between events and play games, cheer for team mates, and relax. Swimmers are responsible to get to the starting area the event prior to their event.

What to bring to a swim meet: Something to sit on like a folding chair or blanket Swim suit, Goggles, Team Shirt, Team cap, and Towels (1 for each event) Games, coloring books, toys or anything to pass the time Snacks and water! Anything healthy and hydrating like fruit or watered down Gatorade

Parents: Parents are encouraged to cheer for their kids! Help ease anxiety by keeping it light and fun- Limit technique suggestions and encourage them to RACE as fast as they can!!!!! Give lots of high fives and smiles. Possible questions to ask: “What did you think of your swim?” “Are you proud of your effort?” Help your swimmer return to the team area and relax…play with friends and grab a Popsicle!

Once you have attended one or two meets this will all become very routine. Do not hesitate to ask any coaches or other parents for help or additional information.

If you have questions or comments about your swimmers meet or practice performance we would love to hear from you…please email Jenn Stephens and she will get back with you within 48 hours.

Take a moment to celebrate your child…swim meets are a time to shine and show off all the hard work they have put in during the past weeks.

Swim Lessons

(3 months to 3 years)

Starfish Level
(2+, All welcome)

Seahorse Level
(Starfish graduate)

Dolphin Level
(Seahorse graduate)

Seal Level
(Dolphin graduate)

Stingray Level
(Seal graduate)

Swim Team

Swim Team Level 1
(6+, Stingray graduate)

Swim Team Level 2
(Coaches approval)

Swim Team Level 3
(Coaches approval)

High School Prep
(Coaches approval)

Olympic Development
(Seal through Swim Team)

Adult Swim

(13+, all welcome)