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Common Swim Team Terms

Common Swim Team Terms

As a new swim parent or swim fan you may find yourself occasionally wondering why the people around you seem to be speaking gibberish. Your swimmer, coach, or fellow swim parent start talking your eyes start to glaze over with confusion…  Cuts, seeds, tapers, psych sheets, heat sheet…. and what exactly is a split and […]

Technical Suits

Technical Suits

Technical suits are always a big topic of discussion in the swim world.  So what exactly are they, when should you wear them, and what else do parents need to know about them before you break out the big bucks?   What are technical suits and how do they work? Technical suits are specially made […]

8 Tips for Parents Passing the Time at Swim Meets

8 Tips for Parents Passing the Time at Swim Meets

Let’s face it, swim meets can be long and boring. If your kids are like mine, they want to go to every day of every meet….so those hours can add up pretty quickly, particularity considering most meets are about 4 hours long, and that doesn’t event get into prelim/finals meets! Parents new to the sport […]

11 Ways for Swim Families to Save Money

11 Ways for Swim Families to Save Money

If you’ve been around the swimming world for any length of time you’ve undoubtedly noticed that swimming is an expensive sport!  There’s not a lot you can do to get around some costs because at the end of the day pools must be rented, coaches and life guards must be paid, equipment and suits must […]

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

Today I’d like to discuss heat sheets and psych sheets.  As with all new things they can be a little confusing at first, but used properly they will help guide you through your day at a big swim meet.  These handy little meet programs are typically sold at the door for a few dollars.  Some […]

How To Survive Your First Invitational Swim Meet

How To Survive Your First Invitational Swim Meet

Going to your first invitational meet is fun, exciting, and slightly terrifying for new parents.  I’m not going to lie to you, at first it is going to be stressful but never fear if you prepare properly and embrace the experience you’ll be an old pro at this meet stuff in no time.  So today […]

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How to Stay in your Swim Team Communication Loop

Whether you are brand new to the swimming world or a long time veteran, staying informed of what’s going on with your team is a must.  Good teams are fast paced and always have something going on.  Whether it’s pictures, meets sign ups, social events, practice changes, t-shirt sales, meet results, there is always something […]

How to Care for your Swim Suit & Save Money

How to Care for your Swim Suit & Save Money

Swimming, as I’m sure you are learning, is an expensive sport.  So for a lot of us it is important to figure out how to save money.  One way to do that is to learn about proper swim suit care. Believe it or not, having separate competition and practice suits and learning to properly take care […]

Preparing for your Swim Team First Practice

Preparing for your Swim Team First Practice

The first practice is kind of like the first day of school, both exciting and a little scary for both swimmers and parents. It can be worse if you have no experience with swimming and you have no idea what to expect.  While every team is different and you should find out exact details from your team, […]

How to Read a Swim Meet Entry

How to Read a Swim Meet Entry

If your team uses the very popular HyTech Meet Manager and Team Manager software, as almost all teams in our area do, then when you see the events posted for meets you will see a list of swimmers ordered alphabetically by last name with entries that look like the following: (Note that this is the […]