- Be at practice when it is offered. Age group swimmers do not need to taper. Coaches will limit yardage and difficulty level as needed. Trust your coaches.
- Go to practice a little early. Time with your teammates and Coaches is time well spent. Coaches often use time before practice for extra teaching. Don't miss out!
2. SWIM WITH EXCELLENT TECHNIQUE.
- Swimming with excellent technique leading up to a meet is crucial. Concentrate on technique during practice and it will stick with your during your races naturally.
- If you are given the opportunity to work on turns, starts, finishes, etc., conquer the skill you are practicing! Don't waste a single wall.
3. SWIM WITH INTENSITY.
- Intensity is simply doing something with great energy, strength and concentration. Swim with focus and an intent to get better.
- If the coaches tell you to sprint, SPRINT. If they want you to practice race finishes, then do it!
4. EAT AND SNACK WELL.
- If not always, at least commit to eating well during meet week. Limit sweets and increase fruits and veggies. It is also vital to drink adequate water.
5. REST UP.
- If you are younger than 10, you need 10 hours of sleep. If you are 11 or older, you need 8-9 hours of sleep. Plan ahead to get your homework done in time to allow for adequate sleep.
- Take naps if needed. Limit screen time to rest your eyes and brain.
When you are prepared and you know you have been working hard, you will likely be pleased with your results at the meet.