What does my swimmer need to bring to meets?
At meets, swimmers are required to wear CAC paraphernalia at all times. No high school or summer team caps, suits or t-shirts will be accepted, and swimmers not wearing appropriate apparel will be admonished.
My swimmer really likes his meet suit, and I really don’t want to spend the money on another swimsuit, can he wear it to practice too?
Meet suits should not be worn to practice. Out of Breath has black polyester suits for men & women available for purchase, which should last at least a calendar year and are preferable to the team suit during workouts. You can also find great deals on practice suits & other equipment at SWIMOUTLET online.
I don’t want to drive to Loveland early on a Saturday morning. Can we go to a meet at DU instead?
Swimmers may only participate in the meets attended by CAC Coaches. Having swimmers compete at meets without a coach reflects poorly on our team and will not be tolerated under any circumstances. We have selected meets that we feel will best promote success for all our swimmers and our team, and no individual goal supersedes the importance of the team and its growth - we've found meets where teams run a good, efficient meet. Just because a meet is in Loveland doesn't mean you need to spend the night - in fact, you'll probably be there less than 6 hours!! Now that our team is so large - we have to split up based on groups so that we are using our coaches in the best way possible. So no - your swimmer can't go to the Age Group meet - we have a limit on how many swimmers we can bring each place.
We woke up early on swim meet day to drive to the meet and my swimmer is really sick and I don't want her to swim. How do I let the coaches know she won't be at the meet?
The best way to let the coaches know is to email Coach Alexis or Coach Darryl - we have our iPhones with us at the meet and will be checking our email religiously, especially if kids aren't at warmup on time. If you know the night before - voice mail is great, but email still is more reliable.
My swimmer is signed up for an event that we didn't sign up for online - why is that?
Sometimes the coaches want swimmers to try new events that they think they might be successful in and they'll change entries to accommodate that for their group. If you have a specific concern - please check with your group coach. You can also check on the website by clicking EVENTS then ATTEND THIS EVENT then click your swimmer's name. They will then see the events that they are signed up to swim.
We signed up for the 1000 but my swimmer didn't get to swim? Why is that and do I get a refund?
Unfortunately, distance events (400 & above) can be cut down to the top heats by the meet host to stay under the required time allotted for the meet. Sometimes, they'll make swimmers swim two in a lane (usually only LCM meets) to make sure everyone gets a swim, but only if they have the timing capacity. And you don't get a refund - because you paid for the chance to swim the race - like the lottery, you don't win every time. If coaches know that this situation might occur, we will try to guess a time to try to get your swimmer in, but that doesn't always work either!
What is the different order of meets? How does my swimmer qualify?
Silver State - 14 & Under State or JO's (summer) - Zones - Sectionals/Grand Prix - Junior Nationals - Nationals - US Open/Olympic Trials. Swimmers qualify by participating in USS Sanctioned competition. HS dual meets and Summer league meet times do not count for USS meets.
What should I expect at a meet?
I could go into a long description - but here's a few links that do a better job (Click on the link for more information). You can also talk to one of the more experienced parents on deck - they'll be happy to help and you'll make a new friend! Coaches will be focused on your swimmer and everyone else's swimmers, so if you have a question - try to wait until the end of warmup to talk to them, when things have settled down - or arrive early!!
How do coaches select relays?
At championship meets (State/Sectionals/Nationals), the coaches will pick relays that we believe will produce the fastest result. Practice attendance and work ethic are taken into account, but the predominant factor is TIME. At in-season meets like Loveland or Estes Park - we'll make up relays based on who attends the meet and what we'd like to see them race. Sometimes we will make all the relays equal so they have to race each other. It depends on the meet and what we're trying to accomplish.
There were relays listed on the meet information, why aren't there relays at the meet?
During in-season meets, time is a huge factor in determining if there are going to be relays. CSI and USA Swimming have a rule that requires that all 12 & Under competition is completed within 4 hours. While this is great for parents on a tight schedule - usually that means that relays get scrapped early on to make sure all the kids get to swim in the meet in their events. For senior swimmers - it's usually dependent on the timing of the little kids session and how long the senior session is going to be...generally anything over 5 hours isn't going to have relays.
What if my swimmer doesn't go a best time?
Swimmers will not always swim a best time every time they get in the water. Maybe their goggles filled up, maybe they slipped on a turn, maybe its just not their day, maybe we've been training hard. The focus of the season is to optimize performance in February & March so we're not concerned if kids don't swim lights out every time. To put it in perspective - Michael Phelps hasn't gone a best time in the 200 fly since the Olympics in 2008 - AND THAT'S OK. He's gone best times in his breaststroke and his sprint freestyles, which will help prepare him for awesome swims in London in 2012. While we're not looking two years away, it's important for swimmers to try new events and perhaps discover new talents and have new best times. As a parent, it's important to ALWAYS be supportive and NEVER be critical of a performance. Usually your swimmer has a good idea of how they did, and they've discussed it with the coaches already - just say "good job" and "I'm proud of you and your effort" and move on to the next race, next meet or next activity. Celebrate success and failure with equal enthusiasm and your swimmer will continue to thrive in the sport as they will pursue success for themselves - not to please someone else.