The Waverunners swim program provides a supportive and encouraging environment designed to develop the swimmer's mind, body and spirit. Participation by the swimmer in other activities is encouraged in order to develop a well-rounded person. The program has four principle objectives.
- To provide children of all levels of swimming ability with the opportunity to develop their capabilities and to attain their highest level of competitive proficiency.
- To develop character by encouraging personal excellence and establishing challenging but attainable goals which each swimmer can achieve through hard work and discipline.
- To establish and maintain the swimming experience as fun, enjoyable and enthusiastic.
- To foster team spirit while encouraging and recognizing the individual achievements of our swimmers.
PHILOSPHY AND TEACHING STYLE
While we recognize the need for physical conditioning, we believe that young swimmers benefit more from proper stroke development than from swimming endless laps. Our practices include many drills specifically designed to improve technique. We want our swimmers to think of swimming as a lifelong sport, not an after school activity. Most importantly however, we believe that swimming should be fun. Our swimmers enjoy swimming and being together as a group.
PHILOSPHY OF COMPETITION
Our team attends approximately eight meets each season. These meets are designed to provide our swimmers with the opportunities to enhance their swimming abilities. In the middle of the season we have an open meet, where our swimmers have the opportunity to qualify for the all star-team. A championship meet culminates the season where swimmers have the opportunity to give their best performance.
One extremely important consideration for swimmers and parents; there will be some meets where swimmers will do well, while at other times the same swimmer will not be as successful. This learning process will include both successes and set-backs for swimmers as they learn swimming techniques.
PARENT SWIMMER COACH RELATIONSHIP
To have a successful program, there must be complete understanding, trust and cooperation among parents, swimmers and coaches. The progress your child makes depends on this triadic relationship.
You have done a great deal to raise your child. You create the environment in which they are growing up. Your child is a product of your values, the structure you have provided, and the model you have been. Human nature however is such that parents lose some of the ability to remain detached and objective in matters concerning their children. The following guidelines will help you keep your child's development in the proper perspective.
- Every individual learns at a different rate and responds differently to the various methods of presenting skills. The slower learner obviously takes more time to learn, and this requires more patience on the part of the parents and coaches, who must both remember that the child's ultimate swimming potential may be as great or greater than that of the faster swimmer
- When an athlete first comes to the team and starts practicing it is possible that his/her times will fall off in the short term. This is usually due to our emphasis on the skills of each swimmer during the early season. Once the skills have been developed the swimmers turn their attention to more challenging practices while still maintaining their skills. After the swimmers have developed their skills and practiced hard they are ready to swim their best. Our preparations for each season are designed to have the swimmers ready for their best performances at the end of that season.
- Plateaus can occur at one time or another in every swimmer's career. Plateaus can be both in competition and in training. A plateau signifies that the swimmer has mastered lower-order skills, but they are not yet sufficiently automatic to leave the attention free to attack newer, higher-level order skills. It is important to explain to the athlete that plateaus occur in all fields of physical learning. The more successful athletes are those who work through this momentary delay in improvement and go onto achieve greater performance, approaching their personal potential. Ten and under are the most inconsistent swimmers, and this can be frustrating for parents, coaches and swimmers alike. We must be patient and permit these children to learn to love the sport and continue their development.
- Parents must realize that slow development of competitive drive at an early age is normal and perhaps more desirable than precocious or forced early development. It is important for children to learn to adapt to reasonable levels of emotional stress. The small disappointments they must learn to handle as children prepare them for larger ones they are certain to experience as adults.
- It is the coach's job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmer's performance. It is the parent's job to supply love, recognition and encouragement necessary to help the young athlete feel good about herself/himself.
- Parent's attitudes and models often dictate those of their children. A child might not be consciously aware of what is taking place while subconsciously absorbing powerful messages about their parent's desires. For example, be enthusiastic about taking your child to practices and meets, fundraising projects, meetings etc.. Don't look at these functions as chores.
- If you have questions about your child's training or team policies, contact your child's coach directly before or after practice, or call the office and leave a message, 569-7900 x 411. Criticizing the coach in front of the swimmer undermines the coach's authority and breaks the swimmer - coach support which is necessary for maximum success. Do not attempt to speak to a coach during a practice.
- No parent should behave in such a way as to bring discredit to the child, the team or to competitive swimming. Any disagreement with a meet official should be brought to the attention of the coach, and handled by the coach.
- Be sure that your child swims because he/she wants to. People tend to resist anything they "have to do". Self -motivation is the stimulus of all successful swimmers.
- The etymology of the word "competition" goes back to two Latin words, "com" and "petere", which mean together to strive. Avoid "playing" your child against his/her nearest competitors, thereby creating vendettas within the team and swimming community. Close competition provides two great services for the athlete: it brings out the best in them and shows where improvement is needed.
- The communication between coach and swimmer is very important. A two-way relationship must exist daily at practice. It is imperative that the coach have the swimmer's full attention at these times. It is for this reason that we ask parents to watch only from the observation area of swim pool and not participate in the coaching in any manner.
In general, it is best for parents to refrain from making stroke corrections or trying to coach their swimmer. When parents interfere with opinions as to how the swimmer should swim, it causes considerable, and often, insurmountable confusion as to whose advice the swimmer should follow. If you differ with something, please confer with the coach.
Remember, particularly in the case of younger swimmers, that the attitude of parents in regard to their outlook on the sport has an important effect on the child. In swimming, as in life, nobody can "win" or succeed all the time - there will always be some disappointment. Every child can gain from his/her experience whether or not he/she ever wins a single race. The important thing is to keep on striving to do better next time. The secret is not to produce great swimmers, but rather to produce great young people who swim.
The coaches' job is to supervise the entire competitive swim program. The Waverunners coaching staff is dedicated to providing a program for swimmers that will give them the opportunity to maximize their potential as competitive swimmers, Therefore, the coaches must have total control of matters affecting training and competition.
- The coaches are responsible for placing swimmers in practice groups. This placement is based on the age and ability level of each individual. When it is in the best interest of the swimmer, he/she will be placed in a more challenging group/lane by the coach.
- Sole responsibility for stroke instruction and the training regimen rests with the Waverunners coaching staff. Each group's practices are based on sound scientific principles and are geared to the goals of that group.
- The coaching staff will make the final decision concerning which events and meets our swimmers will swim. The coaching staff will conduct and supervise warm-up procedures for the team. After each race, the coaches will offer constructive criticism regarding the swimmer's performance. (It is the parent's job to offer love and understanding regardless of their child's performance.)
- The building of a relay team is the sole responsibility of the coaching staff.
SWIM MEET OPERATIONS
NJSL Dual Meets
Parents must sign up for at least two swim meets at which they can time or work at the bake sale. The sign up sheet will be posted on the Bulletin Board. Parents who have not signed up to time voluntarily will be assigned where and when they are needed. Parental participation is mandatory and essential for our meets to run smoothly and on time. A FEE WILL BE ASSESSED IF A PARENT DOES NOT FULFILL THIS COMMITMENT.
Certified officials are necessary to run all meets. Courses are offered if you are interested in becoming an official. Please speak to one of the coaches if you are interested in becoming a certified official.
The JCC Swim Team Bulletin Board is located on the wall next to indoor pool. The bulletin board contains Dual meet information, meet schedules, bus departure times and parent volunteer opportunities.
The bulletin board is very important for communication. Please check this board on a regular basis to keep abreast of any changes or upcoming events.
An Aquatic sub-committee has been formed to assist in the operations of the swim team. Committee members are parents of swim team members. The committee is responsible for:
- budget preparation, management of the financial affairs
- resolving difficult problems which cannot be resolved by the head coach
- ordering, organizing and distributing team clothing
- recruiting timers, scorekeepers, officials for every swim meet
- responsible for organizing bake-sale at all home dual meets
- arranges and hosts the Annual awards party in the Spring
Every child that attends a dual meet will swim. Because of the large number of swimmers in some age groups and events there will be first and second heats. The first heat is the official heat and will consist of the faster swimmers who will have the chance to receive first, second and third place ribbons. Sometimes, your child may be entered in an event that is not his/her best stroke. Please support the coaches decision in regard to events that your child is entered. Once a meet starts, changes cannot be made. Any concerns or questions you have can be discussed privately with the coaches. Attendance at dual meets is mandatory. The head coach MUST be notified IN ADVANCE if a swimmer cannot attend a meet. Last minute changes to the line up are difficult.
Open Meet & All Star Team
The Open Meet held each year in December/January is the qualifying meet for the All-Star Team. To enter, a swimmer must be top 8th and have been in at least three meets prior to the Open meet. Each swimmer may enter up to three (3) events in the Open meet.
Entry into the Novice Meet is based upon the swimmer having a fastest personal time that is equal to or slower than the 8th fastest time recorded in the Open Meet in that event. This is a team scoring meet and team trophies awarded to the top three teams
The State Championship is held each year in February/March. Swimmers that have participated in four (4) or more meets during the season and made qualifying requirements may swim in the State Championship.
SWIM MEET PROCEDURES
- Swimmers should arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of warm up so they can check in with their coach, stretch and be ready for warm up.
- Waverunners are to sit together in an area designated by the coaches so the coaches can easily find our swimmers should the need arise.
- While waiting swimmers should stay warm and remain quiet.
- After swimming a race each swimmer should find out his/her time from timers and immediately see the coach.
- We encourage swimmers to remain on deck throughout the meet to cheer for their teammates and to be available if they are needed for a relay. The swimmer must notify the coach prior to the day of the race if he/she must leave a meet early.
- parents are only allowed on deck in order to time or officiate.