WINDJAMMERS PARENT INFORMATION
SWIM, DIVE & WATER POLO SEASON: JUNE 1 - JULY 22
JOINING THE WINDJAMMERS
WATER POLO TEAM
The Windjammers Practice Schedule can be found here.
Swim practice is offered 2x per day Monday - Friday. Swimmers may attend in the morning, afternoon or both practice times. Morning practices tends to have lower attendance which allows for more individual attention. Please notify your coach when you will be out of town or missing multiple practices.
Practices are once per day Monday - Friday.
Practices are on Wednesday & Friday mornings.
Practice is only cancelled if there is thunder and lightning. If it is raining with no thunder there will be practice. Air temperature does not affect practice. If the water temperature is less than 60 degrees there will be a "dry-land practice". A text notification will be sent to notify all swimmers of any swim practice/swim meet cancellation or delays.
ALL ABOUT SWIM MEETS
The summer season as a Windjammer is fun and rewarding. Swim meets allow the athletes the opportunity to be set goals and see visual progress of those goals. Athletes work with their age group coach to pick swim events to try at each meet. Our season begins with a fun meet at LSC called Time Trials. This year, time trials will be held on June 14th. At this event, each athlete swims every event they are able to, in order to set their first official race "time". A swimmers best time is used as their "seed time" for subsequent meets. The seed time determines which lane the swimmer will race in.
The regular season consists of 5 dual meets. Each meet begins with a 30 minute warm up session per team and the meet is typically 2-3 hours long. A dual meet is a swim meet against one team of swimmers. At these meets, swimmer work with their coach to select 3-4 events to swim in. The swimmer can race in up to 3 individual races and 1 relay (or 2 individual & 2 relays), not to exceed 4 races. Swimmers race in their age group. All swimmers receive a ribbon for their place at the meet in each event. Over the course of the season, swimmers work to improve their "best time".
WINDJAMMER SWIM MEET EVENTS
SWIM MEET VOLUNTEERING
It takes a village to host a swim meet!
|Timer||The timer uses a stopwatch to record the time the swimmer takes to reach the finish line. Each lane has 1-3 timers.|
|Head Timer||The head timer times each race with two stopwatches for substitution in case of a lane timer failure.|
|Writer||The writer records the times from the timers.|
|Runner||The runner brings the recorded times to the scoring table.|
|Food Table||At our meets, we order food for purchase (sandwiches, pizza, pasta, etc). Volunteers assist collecting payment and distributing food at the meet.|
|Announcer||The announcer announces the next event for the swimmers and when to step onto the blocks for their race.|
|Starter||The starter is the official that starts the race for the swimmers.|
|Scoring Table||The volunteers at the scoring table input the race times and disqualifications.|
|Official||The official observes turns, finishes, and strokes and ensures all rules for a particular stroke are followed. Disqualifications (DQs) are reported
Due to uncertainties surrounding meet details at this time, we are unable to determine exactly how many slots a family must fulfill and how many slots (timers, writers, etc.) at each meet we will need. Therefore, we will not be able to do the traditional sign up at this point. As the season gets closer, please be on the look out for an e-mail with a sign up for volunteer slots and be prepared to help out at each meet in which you have a child swimming.
CAN'T MAKE A MEET?
Can't make a Meet? Notify your Coach! We ask that you notify their coach in advance in writing if your child cannot make a meet. Please be aware that the coaches take a great deal of time putting together swim event line ups so if your swimmer is unable to attend, please notify the coaches as soon as possible.
WHAT TO TAKE TO MEETS
HOW TO READ A HEAT SHEET:
A heat sheet is your guide to know when and where to watch for your child in the pool. Whether you are a swimmer or parent of a swimmer, you need to know how to read a heat sheet. Heat sheets contain a listing of all swimmers by event number, heat, and lane assignment. This will allow the swimmer to keep up with where they need to be and when.
BEFORE THE MEET STARTS
*Arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins.