Meets are held on Saturdays. Warm-ups begin at 6:45am, and meets generally end by 2pm.
Swimmers must participate in at least two dual meets in order to be eligible for Prelims and Finals.
Swimmers must declare for swim meets via this swimtopia website. You must be logged into your account to do so. Please notify the coach or team rep if a last minute emergency prevents you from attending the meet.
Meets consist of a series of events, which are defined by the age group, gender, distance, and stroke. For example: 8 & Under Boys 25M Butterfly. Each event may have multiple heats depending on the number of entrants in the event. There are 2 types of events, individual and relay. Relay events have 4 swimmers on a team.
Franklin families are asked to bring a 6 pack of beverages to each home meet to donate to our concessions.
Before swimming in an event, swimmers report to the heating area. This is a holding area for the upcoming events, where the swimmers are organized in rows of chairs that represent heat and lane assignments. Heating volunteers make sure all swimmers for the event are present and in place to move to their event together. Flip charts outside of the heating area show what events are being heated, and what events are being swum. The meet announcer also calls events to heating.
The roped-off areas around the pool are specifically for the coaches, officials (starter/referee, timers, runners, stroke judges, heaters, etc.), and swimmers involved in the current event. Parents and swimmers not involved in the current event are asked to stay behind the ropes.
MEET CLEAN UP
Please remember to help us keep the pool area clean, both at home and away meets. Please clean up your area when the meet is over, help pick up and empty trash in general, and make sure the kids help so they know this is their responsibility too.
WHAT TO BRING TO A SWIM MEET:
Chairs, blankets to sit on (the ground is sometimes damp) Something to do between events
Money for food at concessions stand, healthy snacks Water (also sold at concessions)
Umbrellas or small tent for shade
Goggles, plus spares in case of breakage
Extra swimsuit for emergencies
Warm clothing for between events, depending on weather
On cool mornings it is crucial that swimmers be kept warm. Bring extra towels, blankets, sleeping bags, robes, or anything else to keep your kids warm.
WHERE TO SET UP CAMP
Generally, the home team sets up inside the pool fences, and the visiting team sets up outside the fence. Swimmers can hang out together at both home and away meets in the Franklin Team tent area. At away meets, you can check the volunteer sign up sheets for the jobs you volunteered for at the Franklin tent. You should also be able to find a parent rep at the tent if you have questions or problems.
DIRECTIONS TO OTHER POOLS
This information can be found on the RMSL website, www.rmsl.org. Printed directions will also be available at Franklin in the week preceding away meets and Prelims.