When do I need to sign up for swim meets?
Swim meet sign-up and volunteer selections for meets will open up during the first week of practice. An announcement will be made on the website when sign-ups are open. See the Meets page for meet dates. We recommend signing up at the beginning of the season for ALL the meets you will attend. Meet sign-ups close the Sunday night prior to the meet.
Does my swimmer have to be at every meet?
All swimmers must compete in at least 2 meets during the season or forfeit the opportunity to participate on the Marlins team the following year. It is recommended that Marlins team members swim as many meets as possible in the season, in order to improve their event times and to allow the maximum number of chances to qualify for Invitationals. Participation in the Championship meet is required.
Do I need to purchase the team suit?
Not necessarily. The Marlins choose a new swim suit on yearly basis, and suits will be availble for purchase through the team. If you do not wish to purchase the team suit, you may swim in a solid black suit. The Marlins parent handbook states that swimmers are required to swim in the Marlins team suit or a solid black suit. Suit purchasing information as well as other team gear can be found on our Team Gear page.
Where are practices and meets located?
All Marlins practices and some meets are at Sendero Springs pool, 4203 Pasada Ln, Round Rock, TX 78681.
Other meets are held at nearby competitor host pools throughout the swim season. Information on meet locations, warm-up start times, and meet start times will be posted on the website and emailed to the team each week.
What should I expect at the meets?
Our swim meets are a lot of fun! There's music, food and friends! We start before dawn and end after lunch, and everyone plays their part to make sure the meet runs smoothly.
- Print off heat sheets the night before the meet.
- Give yourself extra time as parking is difficult at some locations. Don’t be late!
- Upon arrival, check in at the entrance (both your swimmer and yourself as the volunteer) and also check in with your swimmer’s tent parent. If swimmers don't check in, they could be scratched from relays.
- Mark your child’s right arm with a sharpie, indicating their name, Event #, Heat # and Lane #.
- The tent parent will watch over the kids between events and will help them with caps and goggles in preparation for their events. The tent parent will also line up the swimmers and take them to the ready bench. Please, encourage your children to stay in the tents or let the tent parents know if they need to run to the restroom, concessions, or to briefly see their parents.
- You can meet up with your swimmer after their event either at the end of the pool or back at their tent for a pat on the back.
- Most pools have an event counter. Ours is located on a pole in front of the baby pool.
- Our merchandise team will have a tent at home meets where extra Marlin caps, goggles and spirit wear can be purchased.
- Most meets have a concessions stand, usually cash only.
- 6 and unders are generally done with the meet by 1 pm. Everyone else ends closer to 2 or 3, depending on where the meet is held, who we are up against and the size of the teams.
- When leaving the meet please help your swimmer clean up their tent area.
- Consider downloading the Meet Mobile and/or Meet Bop phone aps to track events.
- Keep an eye out for email notifications.
What should I bring to the swim meets?
- Marlins swim cap and goggles
- Chair for your swimmer to put in their tent
- A tent and/or lawn chairs for the adults and other non-swimmers in your family. Parents do not sit with the swimmers - there will be designated space for parents and friends/family to set up their own tents and chairs.
- Healthy snacks and water (lots of water!)
- Activities for your child
- Cash for the concessions
Do I have to volunteer at swim meets?
In a word, yes!
In more words… All parents are required to volunteer for one shift per swimmer (but no more than two shifts per meet, so don’t panic if you have 3, 4, or more swimmers!).
We promise, volunteering is FUN! You will meet a lot of other Marlin swimmers and parents, and working makes the meet go faster, too. The Marlins organization is volunteer-run, and we look forward to having you in our swim family!
What are divisional and invitational meets?
Throughout the season our coaches, parents are swimmers are focused on individual improvement, but at the last meet of the season, the Divisional Championship Meet, we are looking to bring home the trophy! This means we need every one of our swimmers in attendance. It's a team effort that everyone should be a part of. When you sign up to be a Marlin, you are committing to attend this meet!
After the season, there is a special meet where swimmers attend by invitation. This means that swimmers need to meet a time standard to attend. The last several years this meet has been held at Texas A&M. Invitational qualification times are listed in the Resources tab. Swimmers that have made an invitational time are given a silver swim camp to reward their accomplishment.