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Meet FAQs

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 Meet Info 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.

How many events does a swimmer swim?
Swimmers may only participate in up to 3 individual events and 2 relays (1 relay for 6&U). You may find your swimmer in fewer events. This is because it is not always possible to have all swimmers swim the relays.

What are the age groups?
Swimmers are separated by boys and girls. The age groups are:

  • 6&U
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12
  • 13-14
  • 15-17

What time do the meets start and end?
Start and end times vary. Typically the meets start between 7:00 & 7:30am and end between 1:00 & 2:00pm. The end time will be dependent on the requirements of where the meet is held and the number of swimmers participating. It's important to know that the 6&us are done right after the break which occurs right at the halfway mark of the meet.

What is the order of the Medley Relay?
Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle.

What is the order of the Individual Medley?
Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

What does 'DQ' mean?
As much as we all would love it to, it does not mean Dairy Queen. DQ stands for disqualification. In these cases, the swimmer has been disqualified for swimming the stroke incorrectly, an early exchange in a relay, or false starting a race. An explanation of the DQ can usually be found in the swimmers family folder with their ribbons.

Do I need to purchase the team suit?
Not necessarily. The Marlins choose a new swim suit on yearly basis, and suits will be available 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 meets located?
All Marlins home meets are at Sendero Springs Pool located at 4203 Pasada Ln in Round Rock, TX. 78681.

Away 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 before each meet.

Where do swimmers sit during the meet?
Swimmers will sit in tents that are setup by gender (boy/girl) and age group (6&u, 7-8, 9-10, etc). Each tent will be labeled and will be supervised by wonderful tent parents. The tents provide a safe/shady place for swimmers to stay while parents volunteer. They also are a place for them to have fun with their teammates while waiting for their next event. Tent parents will help the swimmers get to the ready bench in time for their event. This means making sure they have their cap and goggles on, ready to swim! Please talk to your children about showing respect for the tent parents and other swimmers in their tent.

Where do parents sit during the meet?
Parents do not sit with their swimmers. There will be a designated space for parents and friends/family to set up their own tents and chairs.

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. Everyone plays their part to make sure the meet runs smoothly. Here are some tips to prepare for the meets:

  • Print off heat sheets the night before the meet.
  • Give yourself extra time as parking is difficult at some locations. Don’t be late! Coming late effects the entire relay team. Also, swimmers need to warm-up prior to the meet.
  • Upon arrival, both your swimmer and you will need to check in at the entrance. After that, please check in with your swimmer’s tent parent. IMPORTANT: 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 #. This can be done by the parent before hand or by the tent parent in your child's team tent. This makes it easier for the Ready Bench to get all the swimmers lined up for events.
  • 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 under swimmers 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
    • TIP: Bring an extra cap and goggles in case they get lost or broken/ripped)
  • Flip flops
  • Towel(s)
  • 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.
  • Healthy snacks and water (lots of water!).
  • Sunscreen
    • TIP: if applying before coming to the meet, please leave a spot on the swimmers upper, right arm for events and their name to be written on with Sharpie
  • Entertainment for your child (coloring books, paper, activity books, looms, sticker art, etc)
  • Cash for the concessions
  • Warmups/heavy shirts for cool mornings
  • TIP: Put your child's name on EVERYTHING they bring with them (cap, goggles, towels, coolers, etc).

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! You can find more information on volunteering on our Volunteer Page.

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 meet location will be shared prior to the meet. 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.

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