EmPOWERing Swimmers FOR Success in LIFE. A USA Swimming / Gulf Swimming member organization in Katy/West Houston
Help! It's My First Swim Meet!!!
*a bit outdated but still useful
UPCOMING MEETS -- Please refer to the Members Portal for Meet Entries
Meet Bop -- a free phone app that is used by many host teams to provide info on current heat/event, timeline/delays, and swim alerts.
Meet Participation Overview
What Does "Circle In" Mean?
At most long course meets (and longer short course events) swimmers must “Circle In” (check-in) to be eligible to swim.
Near the entry to the pool, locate the swimmer listings which are typically posted on poster board and organized by gender, then by age-group. On each age-group poster board, you will see the events of the day, with a listing of each swimmer who entered the event.
The swimmer needs to circle the number next to their name for each event they entered for that particular day.
Plan on arriving early at the pool. Circle-In lists are pulled about 45 minutes before the start of the meet. If a swimmer has not circled in, he or she cannot swim their events. You should arrive before the first warm-up of the session and circle in EARLY.
Follow us on Twitter: @PowerForLife3
Meet Mobile -- real-time swim results for Android and iOS devices.
What Should I Bring to the Meet?
Team cap (plus a spare – they can rip)
Goggles (plus a spare – they can break)
Towels – 2 to 3
Beverages to re-hydrate – water or sports drinks
Snacks to refuel – carbohydrates, protein, fruit (no candy or greasy food)
Print-out of the meet timeline from the Gulf Swimming Website
Print-out of the warm-up sessions, times and lane assignments for Power for Life from the
Gulf Swimming Website
Pop-Up Tent -- Some venues will not allow spectators to "set up" in the stands
Chairs –depending on the pool facilities, you may or may not need them, but it’s a good idea to have them in your vehicle
Sunscreen, bug spray for outdoor meets
Do I make the cut?
USA Swimming Qualifying Time Standards are here.