Swim meets are held once a week for a total of 6 meets, and 1 Championship meet. Meets usually start at 6 pm. The first warm-ups, usually for the HOME team, are about an hour before the meet starts-so please arrive by 4:30pm and be ready to warm up by 4:45 pm for HOME meets. However-we can always use help setting up. Board members are setting up as early as 4 pm. (Please help if you can). For AWAY meets please arrive by 5 pm at the pool parking lot. Typically the team caravans together to the away pool. Meets are a fun time for swimmers to race, win ribbons, and show what they have learned. Parents enjoy seeing their swimmers and socializing with neighbors. These are scored meets, and the Salem Fields Swim Team works hard each day for just these few meets, please try to attend each meet so your swimmers points will count towards the team’s total.
The coaches would really like to see as many families as possible stay until the end of the meets this year. They understand that some of you have little ones who must get home and put to bed but if possible one parent and the swimmer should try to stay especially at home meets to support their team. The end of the swim meets get quite exciting as the finals relays are sometimes where we win the meet!!! It is great way to show support for the team and gives younger swimmers a taste of what is yet to come as they continue swimming.
We ask that ALL swimmers check in with a coach prior to leaving the meet. This ensures that nobody accidentally leaves prior to an event. Also, sometimes substitutions need to be made due to a swimmer becoming sick, etc. and it helps coaches to keep all swimmers accounted for.
If you will be on vacation or unable to attend a meet, please notify coaches in advance by text or e-mail as well as declaring it on the swimtopia website. It is very frustrating to plan a meet only to discover at the last minute that a certain swimmer is not there.
June 20 College Heights AWAY **Exhibition Meet 5 P.M. START
June 27 Woodlands HOME
July 5 Curtis Park AWAY
July 11 Spotswood HOME
July 18 Dahlgren HOME
July 23 Ferry Farm AWAY
Aug 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS AWAY (Spotsy YMCA)
If a swim meet is cancelled the make-up meet will usually be held at the same pool, at the same time the next day.This decision is made by the RSL Representative of both teams in the best interest of the swimmers.
Cancellation of Swim Practice and Swim meets
Swim practice will not be cancelled due to rain. Please come to the pool unless you are notified of a cancellation. However, practice and swim meets will be delayed by 30 minutes after each incidence of thunder and lightning. Practice may be cancelled at the coach’s discretion if there is not sufficient time remaining after a thunder break to have a good workout .In order to receive cancellation messages please register at www.rainedout.com Swim meets are held in the evening, and as we all know weather can be very unpredictable in the summer. As soon as the RSL representative hears of a cancellation, the information will be sent out by email if possible as well as on www.rainedout.com. If weather creeps up during a meet, the officials do everything they can to get the meet in at the scheduled time. It is very hard to reschedule during the short summer season. If you are told to wait in your car during a swim meet for safety precautions all swimmers and their family members MUST move quickly to their cars for shelter. Please do not linger in the parking lot. DO NOT leave until a coach or board member has told you to go.
Training dates and locations
Tuesday May 15- Idlewild
Saturday May 19- Fawn Lake
Wednesday May 23- Spotsy YMCA
Wednesday May 30th Aquia Harbor
Saturday June 9- Hampton Oaks
Thursday June 14- Hopyard Farms