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Swim Meet Buddies

A core part of our team spirit comes from our long standing tradition of Swim Buddies. Every swimmer is assigned a buddy. Big Buddies are generally 12 & Olders. Little Buddies are 10 & Unders, with a strong emphasis on 8 & Unders or first-year swimmers. Our goal is to have all Little Buddies assisted by Big Buddies at all swim meets. 

Buddies are asked to give a small token of encouragement and friendship throughout the season. Most families do some form of encouragement at every meet, but this is not required. It can be a handmade sign, a card,  a healthy snack, a favorite candy… any small trinket! 

Ideas for buddies

  • "favorites" from the form (candy, chips, protein bar, drink)
  • Red/Black nail polish
  • Playing cards, small game
  • Pad of paper, markers, pens or crayons
  • Playdough
  • Small craft
  • Hair clips
  • Matchbox cars
  • Ball
  • Book
  • Swim cap
  • Water bottles
  • Spray bottles
  • Quarters for Meet snacks
  • Lip gloss
  • Anything red/black!

Big Buddy Responsibilities 

  • Greets Little Buddy at each meet.
  • Determines Little Buddy events and heats, and writes that info on Little Buddy's arm
  • Congratulates them at end of race and gives them their towel, and walks them to their parents (if necessary)
  • Answers any questions and supports the Little Buddy
  • Knows that Big Buddies, as teenagers and older Gators, carry a lot of automatic respect from younger swimmers. Little Buddies will be proud to be paired with Big Buddies and will look forward to spotting their faces in a crowded swim meet.
  • CHEER CHEER CHEER CHEER CHEER and more CHEERING!!!
  • If the Big Buddy is unable to attend a certain meet, they are encouraged to find a sub and let the Little Buddy know about the change.
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