What is a Heating Area?
The Heating Area is where the next 5-6 heats of swimmers get ready to swim. The volunteers working there will check the swimmers in, get them together with the other swimmers in their heat and line them up according to the lane they will be swimming in.
How Do I Know When My Swimmer Needs to Be There?
At our home pool there is a tall pole with 2 sets of numbers on it in the baby pool area. It is facing the main pool. This range of numbers represents the events that are currently heating (getting ready.) Not all pools have these numbers. Sometimes you just have to listen to the announcer. In this example, Events 10-16 should be in the Heating Area.
On the other side of our pool, behind the officials, you will see a sign with yellow numbers on it. That number represents the event that is currently swimming in the pool. Many pools do not have this number and you will need to listen to the announcements to determine which is event is in the pool.
At all pools, watch the numbers and pay attention if the Announcer is calling out heating numbers.
Ex: Your swimmer is marked: 12-1-3
That first number is the Event number. Event # 12. That is the number you need to pay attention to. So if you look at the Heating sign and it says 10-16, your swimmer should be in heating! Make sure they have their goggles and cap and get them to the heating area. The volunteers in there will check them in and take it from there. It’s their job to get them into Heat 1 and Lane 3.
The Assistant and Junior Coaches will be helping to find kids if they are not in heating when they are supposed to be so please be sure you are somewhere in the team seating area so they know where to find you.