Everything you ever wanted to know about being a
GATOR 10 & Under team parent, but were afraid to ask… 1. Have
a designated area that you will be using throughout the evening. It is probably best to bring a big blanket
for swimmers to sit on and also to designate your area. This area should be close to the pool so that
swimmers can watch some races and not be far from you (i.e. set up close to where the grass meets the
cement in our pool…at away pools, make sure you are in the front portion of our
2. Identify and introduce yourself to all
swimmers in your age group. Also, be
sure the swimmers and parents know who you are.
Likewise, all PARENTS of swimmers need to make sure their child checks
in with his/her team parent upon arrival.
IT WOULD BE BEST IF PARENTS SIT CLOSE TO THEIR CHILD’S TEAM AREA SO THAT
YOUR CHILD IS NEVER FAR FROM THE TEAM PARENT.
If you have two or three children, try to position yourself in the
middle of the team areas.
3. As a
general rule, the swimmers (with cap and goggles) should be behind the blocks
at least 2 full events ahead of when
they swim. Look at the order of events
to see when you need to report. For
6&U Freestyle, should report to the
blocks during the 11/12 butterfly 8&U Medley Relay should report to the
blocks at the beginning of the meet (15/17 girls 200 Free), etc
4. Lining up Relays:
a. Swimmers 1 & 3 report behind the block
b. Swimmers 2 & 4 report to the opposite
end of the pool
applies to 10 & Under relays only. Older relay swimmers line up behind the
order to assure that the proper swimmer is in the proper place the team parent
generally makes 2 lines.
(Lane 3) – Swimmers 1 and 3 line up, #1 first, #3 behind
In another line –
Swimmers 2 and 4, #2 first, #4 behind
(Lane 5) – Swimmer 1 lines up behind the #3 swimmer of Relay (Lane 3), Swimmer
3 lines up behind this swimmer
-Swimmer 2 lines up
behind the #4 swimmer of Relay (Lane 3) , Swimmer 4 lines up behind this
to line up additional swimmers in the same manner should you have more relays.)
that point have the swimmers all join hands creating two lines that like this:
NOTE: At home meets,
regulation GATOR swimmers will be placed in lanes 1, 3 and 5; and at away meets
we will swim in lanes 2, 4, and 6. Exceptions may occur with exhibition
swimmers or when events/heats are combined by the starter.
adult takes the #1 and #3 swimmer to the starting blocks. Drop each group of swimmers off at their
appropriate lane. This adult also takes
the LANE SLIPS and turns them in to the timers.
adult takes the #2 and #4 swimmer to the other end. Drop each group of swimmers off at their
up Individual Swimmers:
that all swimmers need to be at the blocks 2 races ahead of time. You need to start gathering your swimmers
well before they are to be at the blocks.
(Do not wait for the first call before you start gathering them for
races with multiple heats:
up swimmers by heat and lane. So, you
should have 3 lines this time. The lines
would be Lane 1, Lane 3, Lane 5. Have
the swimmer in Heat 1, Lane 1 stand in front of you. Next, call Heat 1, Lane 3; then call Heat 1,
Lane 5 to start a third line.
b. Once you have the three lines started, call
the Heat 2 Swimmers. Place Heat 2, Lane
1 swimmer behind the Heat 1, Lane 1 swimmer; then place the Heat 2, Lane 3
swimmer behind the Heat 3, Lane 3 swimmer; finally place the Heat 2, Lane 5
swimmer behind the Heat 1, Lane 5 Swimmer.
(If you have additional heats, continue to have them fall in behind the
swimmer in the heat ahead of them)
c. Have all swimmers in each lane grab hands
so you’ll have three lines. The lines
should look like this:
LINE #1: Heat 1, Lane 1 – Heat 2, Lane 1 – Heat 3,
Lane 1, etc.
LINE #2: Heat 1, Lane 3 – Heat 2, Lane 3 – Heat 3,
Lane 3, etc.
LINE #3: Heat 1, Lane 5 – Heat 2, Lane 5 – Heat 3,
Lane 5, etc.
all swimmers to their lanes and have them stay in heat order.
e. Order your lane slips by heat and lane.
So, for the above example, you would have 3 sets of lane slips (This
could be done ahead of time).
f. Give the set of lane slips directly to the
timer indicating what age group they are for.
Please do not give lane slips to swimmers. If the timers have already switched ends
of the pool, you need to get the lane slips to them well before the swimmers’