Summer swim meets should be held on Saturday mornings
First swim meet of the year: lightning, delay… thunder, delay… late-night, shortened meet, early work. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer swim. But I think it could be so much better with one simple change: Saturday morning meets. Why?
Practice: Summer swim league is recreational/developmental. Having a mid-week meet causes a lighter practice the day of the meet and normally a “fun” (if not canceled) practice the day after.
Why not practice all week? In a short season, Saturday meets would add at least a week’s worth of extra development for swimmers just learning about this great sport.
Thunderstorms: They happen occasionally in the summer evenings. They delay meets, cancel meets and make them run wicked late.
Traffic: Is there traffic around here between 2 and 6 p.m.? While Saturday morning has traffic, too, with early meets , folks could be in the pool before traffic begins in earnest.
Work: Some folks work, and they even work in places where there is traffic.
Dinner: A healthy meal before a meet is better than the cruddy food served at meets.
Pool closed less: If you start meets early Saturday, they generally end around noon when most pools are set to open, thus taking away less residential pool time.
The main reason I have heard to keep meets during the week is to support kids doing a second sport on summer weekends. I hope this is not a deciding factor. And I am sure there are other reasons.
But if the focus is the kids and learning swimming skills, I believe coaches and parents would support Saturday morning meets. Or at least we could agree to stop listening to the one parent who can hear thunder 100 miles away!