Just Swim Charlotte was created in 2013 exclusively for the purpose of swim meet administration. Our goal was to deliver a fun and easy swim meet experience to new and veteran teams alike. Swim meets for our participating teams typically last anywhere from 2hrs to 3hrs. Technology is an instrumental tool in alleviating the burden on volunteers, and we have a collaborative atmosphere among coaches which puts families interests first.
Despite all of our innovation, there is no substitute for volunteers - but we try HARD to keep the need for volunteers to an absolute minimum. For dual meets, each team provides 3 timers, for tri-meets, 2 timers. These individuals hold the watches at the end of the pool and manually stop the clock when the swimmer reaches the wall. The use of technology is instrumental in reducing the burden on volunteers who would rather be watching the children compete. The host team provides the tattoo-awarders at each meet. Our goal is to help minimize the volunteer needs from the participating teams.
Swim Meets can seem crazy and confusing. If you are a 1st year parent, latch on to some veteran parents; they carry a wealth of information. Download our 'What to Expect at a Swim Meet' guide below for lots of tips on surviving a summer swim meet!
Have you ever noticed swimmers with writing on their bodies? Well, there is a good reason for that! Swimmers don’t have heat sheets, so how do they keep track of what events they are swimming in? By writing on themselves, of course! This is a timeless tradition in the world of competitive swim and youth swimmers LOVE to participate. Each swimmer should have their Event information written on their arm (or leg) a grid showing the Event number, the Heat number, the Lane number.
JSC comes to every meet with the equipment listed below to run and ensure a fun & stress-free swim meet for our teams.
We have trained staff members who come to facilitate each swim meet. Look for the orange shirts on deck for any questions along the way.
A Starter, Clerk-of-Course, Head Timer and Computer Coordinator are all paid roles who deliver meet administration.
Hy-Tek's Meet Manager software collects, stores and organizes all of the data for each meet.
From Colorado Timing Systems, this device serves as a limited PA while providing the familiar audio tone that all swimmers know so well.
Small lane speakers serve the starting blocks, while an additional speaker acts for PA purposes resulting in clean audio distribution across the entire pool deck.
Stopwatches sync with the Start System for electronic coordination when each race is initiated. At the conclusion of each race, data is sent wirelessly to a computer running Hy-Tek's Meet Manager software.
Swimmers are awarded with Heat Winner Tattoos and Event ribbons at each swim meet. Personal Best ribbons for swimmers who attain a personal best during a swim meet as well.