Mansfield Aquatic Club Parent Orientation Class
What is Mansfield Aquatic Club? • USA Swimming Sanctioned Swimming Team • Grass-roots of the USA Swimming Olympic Program All of the athletes you see in the Olympic Games began with a team like the Mansfield Aquatic Club, somewhere in the United States.
Philosophy & Expectations • 10 and under swimmers • Have Fun • Learn Proper Technique • Learn how to read a pace clock • Learn the expectations of behavior FUN & TECHNIQUE VS WORK
Philosophy & Expectations • 11-12 swimmers (Intermediate School Age) • Have Fun • Further refinement of technique • Exposed to interval training • Coaches begin to stress work ethic • More emphasis on competition FUN & TECHNIQUE VS WORK
Philosophy & Expectations • 13-14 Swimmers (Middle School Age) • Have Fun • Tweak Technique • Race specific training is introduced • Strong work ethic is expected • Competition is stressed FUN & TECHNIQUE VS WORK
Philosophy & Expectations • 15-18 Swimmers (High School Age) • Have Fun (a different kind of fun) • Polish technique • Stroke and distance specific training • Fully committed to reaching full potential • Competition is what it’s all about FUN & TECHNIQUE VS WORK
Success In Swimming PERSEVERENCE IS KEY • Success in does not come after days and weeks, but after months and years. • “Feel” for the water does not come overnight
Swim Practice • Attendance • Not mandatory until high school age • Common Sense: the more a swimmer attends, the faster they will progress • Daily Routine • Swimmers in the pool. Parents watch from upstairs. • Swim Shop is open 5:00 – 8:00 PM Daily • Check the web site for facility closings
Swim Meets • Uniform • Blue/Gold team suit – available in the D&J Shop • Team Warm-ups: purchase upon promotion to the Silver Team • Team Cap to be worn at all meet • Swimmers sit with the team, not with mom and dad.
Swim Meet Classifications • Senior Circuit Meets – Elite level meets for swimmers of high school and college age. • “A” Meets – Highest level of Competition for swimmers age 14 and under • “BB” Meets – Experienced Swimmers • “B/C” Meets – Beginner Meets • Age Groups: 8&U, 10&U, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 • Pools: Short Course, 25 yards / Long Course, 50 Meters • ..\My Documents\Time Standards.pdf
Swim Meet Entries MAC Entry Form.pdf Order of Events.pdf
Swim Meet Conduct • Role of the coach • Instruct • Give encouragement • Critique Performance • Role of the parent • Transportation • Sustenance • Love and Support
Parent Involvement • Meet Operations • Computer • Awards • Officiating • Hospitality Social Events • Activity Coordinators
Important Resources • MISD Natatorium & Mansfield Aquatic Club • www.mansfieldisd.org/aquatics • Mansfield Aquatic Club Blog • www.mansfieldaquatics.blogspot.com • North Texas Swimming • www.ntswim.org • USA Swimming • www.usaswimming.org
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