There are three basic ingredients to a successful kids swim meet:
- Air horn for the start (swimmers’ love for the sound corresponds with their parents’ hate).
- Pizza for the after-party.
Lifeguards willing to look the other way when it comes to maximum hot tub occupancy standards.
On top of this I would add a fourth ingredient, one integral to sporting success no matter the level: a rockin’ warmup soundtrack.
With a meet last weekend I had the opportunity to put together a playlist. There’s a few newer pieces in there, but it’s admittedly pretty heavy on the classics old people like me grew up racing. They get the job done, though!
This should cover far longer than any kid warming up could need. Let me know if you have any other suggestions in the comments!