ABOUT OUR PHILOSOPHY
“Most significantly, the purpose of teaching swimming is to promote physical fitness, develop leadership qualities and sportsmanship, encourage team involvement, foster self- discipline, build self -confidence and provide a competitive swimming experience in an environment where a swimmer's full potential may be reached.
While achieving personal best times is a main goal, it is not the only focus of my coaching direction. As a coaching staff, we are far more interested in using the sport of swimming for teaching life skills. Some of these life skills are
• Goal Setting: Helping swimmers determine how to set and accomplish goals.
• Prioritizing: Helping swimmers to place the important things in their lives first and recognizing when swimming may not come first.
• Self-Motivation: Most things in life come from within, not from the outside. One of my favourite quotes has always been “The Desire to Win must Come From Within.”
• Work Ethic: The great work principle: Hard work always pays off.
• Limits and Boundaries: Each swimmer should strive to achieve his/her highest potential and not compare himself/herself to others. We encourage swimmers to be in control of the things that they can control and to not worry about the things they cannot.
• Team Work: A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. TEAM HAS A STRONG CHAIN.
• Healthy Lifestyle: Swimming for life. We teach our swimmers how to eat well, take care of themselves, and avoid injuries so they can continue to enjoy swimming throughout adulthood.
• Responsibility: Decisions are made each day that affect swimming as well as other aspects of the swimmers’ lives. Every decision comes with consequences that our swimmers learn to weigh in order to make increasingly responsible decisions.
My emphasis is on self-improvement. We allow our swimmers to develop a sense of self-pride and confidence through hard work and dedication. Those who work hard are not necessarily the fastest swimmers, but are always the most dedicated swimmers, as there is a direct correlation between the effort put into the sport and the result achieved.”
Training sessions are the most important aspect of learning swimming. Consistent training is needed to progress through the classes of swimmers. Training schedules are designed to provide only slightly more time than is required for a swimmer to accomplish this. Therefore it is important that each swimmer attends as many practices as possible in order to derive the full benefits of the program. Pool availability is our most limiting factor. Don’t waste it.
ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PRACTICE
1. Each training group has specific attendance requirements appropriate for the objectives of that group. As a general rule, the least possible interruption in the training schedule will produce the greatest amount of success. The club does, however, encourage younger swimmers to participate in other activities in addition to swimming.
2. Swimmers should be ready to swim at least five minutes prior to the start of their practice.
3. Plan to stay the entire practice. The last part of practice is very often the most important. Usually, there are also announcements made at the end of each practice.
4. If a swimmer must leave practice early, please notify the coach before practice begins to minimize disruptions during the practice session.
5. Please be aware that practice schedules often change around swim meets.
SWIMMERS TRAINING RESPONSIBILITY
As a swimmer’s level of swimming ability increases so does his/her responsibility. The program is designed to encourage all swimmers to be Senior Swimming bound. As swimmers improve this is a deep commitment that requires great effort on all parts. A swimmer has responsibilities to the team, the coach, his/her parents, and most importantly to themselves. Swimmers need to prepare themselves for a 100% effort each time they come to practice. Swimmers will be required to bring specified training accessories (i.e., goggles, flippers, etc.) to workouts. It is the swimmer’s responsibility to make sure these items are properly adjusted and that spares are readily available. Equipment adjustment and repair will not be accepted as excuse to miss part of a training session
PRACTICE SESSION BEHAVIOR
A swimmer will:
1. Maintain a cooperative and respectful attitude toward the coach
2. Maintain conversational voice levels.
3. Be escorted to the pool deck by a parent and ready to begin practice on time. Swimmers should be in the pool area with all necessary equipment, ready to begin practice at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time at which their practice is to begin. This will allow for proper stretching and any pre-practice instruction necessary.
a. NO running on pool deck.
b. NO diving without a coach’s permission at any time.
c. NO pushing or shoving another person either in or out of the water.
d. NO splashing.
e. NO chewing gum.
f. NO spitting.
g. NO obscene, derogatory, or profane behavior or language.
5. Respect the personal property of teammates or restitution for damage will be expected.
6. Attend regular practice session as determined by the coach.
7. Be responsible for own swim gear and keep all facilities clean.
8. Demonstrate cooperativeness and respect to all persons involved with SDAA.
9. Gladly pitch-in if asked to assist a coach or parent member.
10. Refrain from playfulness as deemed by the coach that can become frightening, harassing, bullying or hurtful to others. 11. Resolve differences through conversation and compromise. Disputes not successfully resolved verbally should be referred to the disciplinary committee member on deck.
12. Practice lane etiquette. Swimmers who stop in the middle of any set for any reason should rejoin their lane as quickly as possible with the least disruption as possible. 13. Avoid unreasonable physical contact. There should not be physical contact between swimmers, which would be considered unreasonable. The SDAA coaching staff and /or disciplinary committee will deal with these actions immediately.
14. Not throw any objects. Any items in the pool area can be dangerous if thrown.
15. Refrain from the use of addictive substances. Any swimmer known to use alcohol, illegal drugs, steroids or tobacco is subject to suspension from the team.
16. Swim warm-up/warm-down as part of the practice. The SDAA coaching staff will announce when warm-up/warm-down begins. At all SDAA functions, whether it be practice, meets or social gatherings, the SDAA coaching staff expects all members to behave in such a way that their actions reflect positively on the team.