We all know that there aren’t many swim meets out there that go off without a hitch. One problem might lead to another and your meet is now 30 minutes behind schedule.
This recurring “little hitch” or other issues include anything from the lack of willing volunteers, broken equipment, and of course the unfavorable weather that happens to occur EVERY swim meet. These problems are sometimes unavoidable. Here is a list of a few issues that we all see regularly…
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So you’re a week out of your big meet. Your teammates around you are bouncing off the walls talking about how “fresh” they feel. You smile and nod, too scared to let on the secret you are holding in: you feel horrible!
First thing to do is to take a deep breath; this is one of the most common things you will experience in your swimming career – the infamous “Taper Funk” or “Taper Blues.” Odds are, some of your friends who are talking about how good they feel, might even be hiding some insecurities about their taper as well. It is all going to be okay. Here are some helpful things to apply when that doubt starts to creep up on you…
Swimmers are a rare breed. They have the willpower to wake up before the sun rises to jump into a cold pool, and still conquer a day filled with school, work, and probably another round of practice. You’ve probably been around a swimmer (or smelled one), even if you didn’t realize it. How can you identify a swimmer if you aren’t sure? Here are 10 ways that you can easily spot a swimmer:
This is usually a good indicator that you’re in the presence of a swimmer. In fact, if you’re with a female, odds are her hair is in something called a “swimmer bun” (the original, though less-fashionable, version of a “top-knot”).
1. “Can I get a sharpie?”
We all see the infamous sharpies flying around the pool deck and we certainly know that you can never have enough of them. At first, they are used to write down the swimmers’ events, heats, and lanes on their arms. Next thing you know, there are 8 year old sharpie tattoo artists coming out of nowhere!
2. “6 & Unders…Please report to the clerk of course!”
Matt Kredich, the University of Tennessee Head Coach, has incredible things to say about Meet Central. With 20+ years of coaching under his belt, coach Kredich knows the ins and outs of swimming, from summer league to the international level. Recently, we asked him what he thought about Meet Central and how he thinks it can improve summer league swimming. Continue reading Matt Kredich Talks Meet Central™