HAST MEET ENTRIES
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Welcome to the new season! And to many of you, welcome to OTAC!
Here are some expectations I have of the Bronze team. Please read through them and let me know if you have any questions.
I understand some swimmers are gone some days during the week for various weekly events, so what I would like you guys to do is send me e-mails letting me know your swimmer's weekly swim schedule so I can better plan my weeks and therefore better coach your children. For example, if you know that they have to miss every Tuesday and leave early every Friday or something, that's the kind of thing I would like to know. If they're sick and going to be gone for the day, or if they are going to be late, just go ahead and shoot me an e-mail that morning or a text (You should have my number from the email). Please make sure you write your name and who your child is in your text, if that's how you choose to let me know.
Attendance is very important, especially as your swimmer progresses through the levels and in their abilities. Please make sure they are in practice when possible. I also do a little reward at the end of each month called "Swimmer of the Month" which is just a little treat and certificate. To qualify, a swimmer needs to have a high attendance and a high performance grade on all days attended. I also consider a swimmer's treatment of and respect for their peers and myself. I grade each swimmer's performance daily on a scale of 1-3, 3 being the highest. I also make a note if they're late or have to leave early, so please try to have them there on time, though I do understand that carpools run late, etc. This award is a good motivational tool for the kids to work hard, pay attention, and treat their teammates, as well as myself, with respect and courtesy.MEETS
I also take into account meet attendance and performance. Practice attendance is not the only kind of attendance; meet attendance is also very important in a swimmer's training. It gives them the opportunity to meet new swimmers from other teams, race a larger variety of events, increase their sense of team spirit and unity, and receive better individual race feedback from me. Intrasquad meets are great, but when I have an entire heat full of swimmers to watch, it's hard to have constructive feedback for every swimmer. This is why invitational or mini meets are so great; I only have 1-3 kids per heat and I can get their times and feedback to them a lot better. I HIGHLY encourage each family to attend away meets when at all possible. You could arrange carpools and take turns, etc. Once meet attendance is up, I can incorporate Team Spirit, Coach's Helper, and Swimmer of the Meet awards.
Lastly, there are a few things I will start expecting each swimmer to have when they arrive to practice. Most importantly, a water bottle. The drinking fountain is a little ways away from our practice area, and I would prefer if the kids had a water bottle next to the pool so they won't get out in the middle of a set to get a drink of water. If it's a cheap, plastic bottle (Aquafina, Dasani, etc) then if it's left I'll just toss it, but if it's not then please make sure you sharpie their name on it. Also, I would like the kids to start bringing fins, a kick-board and a pull-buoy with them. These can be purchased at poco-loco swim shop. Some kids bring mesh bags (also at poco-loco) with all of their equipment, including their fins, in it. I would recommend this, though the bag is not required, just suggested.
PLEASE SHARPIE YOUR CHILD'S NAME ON ALL EQUIPMENT!!
Thank you so much, I look forward to a great season!