2019-20 Wahoos Swim Coaches:
Allison Maxfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here is a Word file of many pool workouts, ranging from developmental 1000 meters to advanced 5000 meters.
Pick one and have fun!
What to Expect at a Swim Meet - for Swimmers and Parents:
Swim meets can be very intimidating, especially for new swim families. The swim meet environment looks very out of control and unorganized, but I assure you it is not. Things do not always run smoothly, but there is a method to the madness. Below are a few tips that I think will allow you to be prepared and make your swim meet experience more enjoyable.
-- Coach Allison
- Expect to Arrive Early: Most meets start early ~ around 9AM. Warm-ups generally start at 7:45a.m. You will be informed prior to the day of the meet when to arrive for warm-ups.
- Find your Coach: There will be a designated “team area”. This is where the team members meet and sit together throughout the meet. Look for your Coach or team captain here.
- Warm-Ups: Every swimmer will participate in team warm-up. Each team will be assigned specific warm-up time and lane(s). Be prepared to be in the water on time for the team warm-up.
- Event Numbers: The event number corresponds to the race that you are swimming. (Ex. 100 Fr) Girls will always swim ODD Events, Boys will always swim EVEN Events. The coach will send event assignments to each swimmer prior to the day of the meet. The swimmer's name will be on a list (heat sheet), with all the other swimmers in that event, with their heat and lane assignments. The individual swimmer will be asked to write his/her events/heats on their arm in marker to keep track of their events during the meet.
- Heat and Lane: Since everyone cannot race at the same time, events are broken into heats. Event and heat assignments are usually known prior to the actual meet but heat and lane assignments are also posted somewhere in the competition area. The coach can help you locate this area. Swimmers are placed in heats with swimmers of like times; the slower times going in the earlier heats and the fastest times in the last. The swimmer with the fastest recorded time will be in the center lane in each heat.
- Prior to Race: Swim meets seem very chaotic at first, but there are things to help you out. If you listen to the announcer, he or she will be announcing what event and heat are in the water throughout the day. It is the swimmer's job to check what event is being marshaled (called) throughout the day. These event numbers will be posted somewhere in the pool area where most swimmers have a clear view of them. You should be ready to race, and have checked in with your coach, a minimum of two events prior to your event being marshaled (called). Checking in with your coach is very important. It allows a final discussion of race strategy, tips and ideas before the race. It also lets the coach know that you are ready to swim, not off napping or playing. There is nothing that will upset your coach more than missing a race.
- After Racing: Check with the coach IMMEDIATELY. After-race discussions are very important. Discussion about what worked and what didn't needs to happen while the race is fresh in both the swimmer's and the coach's mind.
- Disqualifications (DQ's): If a swimmer is judged to have broken a rule during the race, an official may determine the swimmer is disqualified in that race. -However, this is not always a final decision. The Official must inform either the swimmer or the coach of the DQ. The coach has the opportunity to discuss the ruling with the Head Referee should he/she feel it was called incorrectly. There are numerous occasions when the disqualification is overturned. Remember that these are often great learning opportunities for many new and not so new swimmers.
- Down Time: Swim meets typically run about 7-8 hours. There will be down time in between races. All swimmers and families are encouraged to bring water, healthy snacks, chairs, books, magazines, homework, headphones, iPods and anything else that will occupy you during down time. However, don't let these become distractions from the primary task at hand. Keep track of what event is being marshaled. The coaches reserve the right to tell any swimmer to put anything away, including electronics, if the coach feels it is a distraction from the swim meet and the day’s events.
-- Coach Allison
Swimmer's Log: Print this log to record your times from every meet. Know your Champs times and your goals and track your progress to them!
USA Swimming Rule Book 2016 (click to view)
USA Swimming Mini-Rule Book 2016 (click to view)
Important Information on Shallow Water Blackout!
Check out this video with Bob Bowman concerning a very real issue in swim training. Safety first.
USA Swimming Online Coach Clinics
USA Swimming Tips & Training
Go Swim Drills
USA Swimming Motivational Times
This is from the www.usaswimming.org website:
"Here you will find age group time standards designed to encourage age group swimmers to step their swimming up to the next level. These time standards guide you from just starting out in your age group to reaching your highest potential. Start at Level B and work your way up to Level AAAA times."
2017-20 Age Group Motivational Standards (Single Ages)- Updated 06/12/2017
Note that these times are listed by age and gender in 3 categories:
pages 1 and 2 = Long Course Meters
pages 3 and 4 = Short Course Yards
pages 5 and 6 = Short Course Meters
Also note that our EFSL Individual Championship times are based on the BB time standards.
The American Swimming Coaches Association offers chevrons to reward time achievements across these motivational standards.
This past year, Wahoos swimmers received patches for A/AA/AAA times.
Wanna get hyped? Check out these videos!