New Parent Checklist
Downloadable/Printable checklist to help you prepare for meets
What is a Heat Sheet? What does it say?
The Heat Sheet is a program that shows all the participating swimmers and what events they will participate in as well as the heat and lane number. The meet announcer will say the event and heat number and there is typically a board posting this information.
Changes to the Heat Sheet will be made the morning of the meet based on swimmers who don't arrive on time or do not attend and so need to be "scratched" from the race.
Event Number: There are 32 events in each meet - the Individual Medley, Freestyle Relay, Backstroke, Freestyle, Medley Relay, Breaststroke, and Butterfly.
Heat Number: In each of the 32 events, there may be "heats" to break up events so that they may be accommodated by the number of lanes at the pool.
Lane Number: This will tell you which lane your swimmer is scheduled to be in.
Seed Time: Once a swimmer participates legally in an event, they will have a "seed time" in that event for the next meet. Swimmers are placed in heats and relays according to their seed times.