We all love summer league swimming, but let’s be honest, hanging around the pool until 11 P.M. after the swim meet is NOT ideal. Not to mention, trying to get the kids in bed after the big win isn’t the easiest of tasks. Wouldn’t it be nice to get home at a reasonable hour? Luckily for you, we know a few ways that will get you out of the pool and into bed a little sooner!
Here are 10 ways you can speed up your summer league meets:
Start on Time.
It sounds obvious, but the earlier you start the meet, the earlier you can go home. Make sure you tell your team to arrive at the pool early, this way the kids can get their numbers & events written on them so they’ll be ready to jump in the pool once warm-ups begin. Besides, everyone knows that the first ones to arrive get the best seats in the house!
The Clerk of Course = Super Hero.
It takes a special kind of person to corral kids hyped up on candy while maintaining a smile on their face. Without the Clerk of Course, you might lose a couple of those young swimmers that venture off to the playground and snack bar : ). Make sure the volunteer you have given this responsibility to is well prepared.
HINT: Look for the swim mom who has had experience in swim meets and knows the routine. Having someone with a little experience will minimize extra time spent tracking down kids for their races!
Combine heats and events.
We like to follow the N.S.L.B. (No Swimmer Left Behind) Rule. There is no reason a swimmer should be swimming solo. Not only is it adding time to the meet, but also might be embarrassing for the kid swimming all by himself. Let them get competitive and race it out!
Swimmingly™ allows for the easiest way to combine heats and events right on the pool deck without any disruption. With a couple taps on your smart phone, you can begin combining those older kids’ (Girls & Boys) relays to get the meet moving that much quicker.
HINT: Combine the boys and girls 13-14 and 15 & Up 200 Medley Relays to save a quick 15 minutes!
Stop hand-writing ribbons.
Kids love to get them, parents don’t enjoy writing them. We are all about rewarding all of the swimmers for their hard work as quickly as possible after the swim meet. Writing ribbon labels is a tedious and tiresome effort by those amazing volunteers. That means they might miss their kids swim…No thank you!
Swimmingly™ allows for your swim teams to print the ribbon labels at any time during or after the swim meet! Eliminate some volunteers, enjoy watching the swim meet, and no more hand cramps!
Start using dive-overs.
Dive-over starts are common in club swimming. This technique requires swimmers to stay in the pool until the next heat starts. So when Heat 1 finishes the race, Heat 2 will start before Heat 1 clears the pool. This saves time having to wait for kids to climb out of the pool, especially the younger swimmers who struggle to get out on their own.
Speed up your scoring process.
Swimmingly™ AUTOMATICALLY scores the meet for your teams with live results right from the Scorekeepers device!
Establish a storm-protocol.
It always seems to thunder and storm on meet days, doesn’t it? Prevent long wait times by talking with the opposing team’s coaches before the meet. Decide what you will do in the case of a thunder delay before you are in the situation. We suggest establishing what event the meet may be “called” beforehand and/or determining at what point you can reschedule.
Say goodbye to paper-slip runners.
This is not only a waste of time, energy, and volunteers, but also paper. Save the paper!!!
Swimmingly™ automatically transfers the swimmers’ times and DQ’s directly to the Scorekeeper, most commonly known as the “Computer Person.” Talk about saving a ton of time…
There are certainly many ways to speed up your long summer swim meets. These are a few that will do just the trick and get your club started for Summer 2016! As you can see, Meet Central™ can help with many of these short cuts.
Swimmingly™ is now running swim meets in 20 states and 4 countries! We are releasing Version 3.0 for this summer that will include some great new features and enhancements. So if you’re ready to shorten your swim meets and catch up on sleep, take a look at what Meet Central™ can do for your summer swim team!
Time, Judge, and Score your summer swim meets in Less Time, with Less Paper, and with Fewer Volunteers!
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