Parents/Helpful Info

Registration Information:

Please view the parent-required PowerPoint presentation.  It will provide some team policies, general guidelines and helpful information in regard to being a member of the Aquajet Swim Team.   Please click on the link below to view the PowerPoint. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByZeYwE53Hm0LUNFcW9PdnVEcnM/view

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Coach’s Remind 101 – By signing up for this you will receive text messages from the Aquajet Coach regarding practice, meet information, schedule changes, important team information.  You can opt-out at any time.  This is a one-way text messaging and email system.  With Remind 101 all personal information remains completely confidential.  Click here to see details on how to sign up for the Coach’s Remind 101. Remind 101

Bully Policy 5-1-14

Common Swimming Terms:

Short Course Season: swimming season which runs from September through the first of March.  Events are swum in a 25 yard pool.

Long Course Season: swimming season which runs from May through the end of July.  Events are swum in a 50 meter pool, usually outdoors.

IM or Individual Medley events: the term IM refers to any event in which the swimmer swims all four strokes in the same event.

Events: An event is a race with a designated stroke and distance.  For each such stroke a separate event is held for boys and girls in each age bracket.

Scratches and Disqualification:

A scratch is when a swimmer decides not to compete in the event he/she is entered in.  You must check with the coach for proper procedures as well as entry information.  There are time limits for scratching at some meets.  FEES WILL BE ASSESSED TO THE SWIMMER FOR ANY SCRATCHED EVENTS.

Disqualifications can be made only by the officials during the race.  Most disqualifications are for improper strokes.  When this occurs, the officials notify the coach and sometimes the swimmer.  Disqualifications are not made to penalize a swimmer but to help them improve.

Volunteer:

Parents will be asked to help in various capacities at all of the meets we host during the course of the year. Likewise, our team will be asked to provide volunteer timers at many of the out of town meets that members of the team may attend.  It is vital that all parents be prepared to volunteer to help in whatever capacity is needed whether at home meets or away. Without your help and cooperation, there will be no club.

Guide to Swim Meets:

To make competitive meets as pleasant as possible parents should consider their own comfort as well as that of their swimmers.  At indoor meets, remember it is usually hot and humid in the pool area.  Dress in layers or lightweight clothes.  Informality is the rule.

At outdoor meets, remember it can be extremely hot, cold, wet or dry.  Sunglasses, sunscreen, lawn chairs, sweaters, shorts, raincoats, hats, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or small tents are some of the equipment you will see at meets.  Our team provides awnings at all outdoor meets for both swimmers and families to use.

Age group swimmers are remarkably well behaved considering the waiting such meets entail.  This is a good time to teach your child card games.  Supply books, games, playing cards, etc. to help pass the time.  Take things that do not require too much physical exertion as they are to rest when not competing in their events.

Have your swimmers arrive at the meet for a warm-up period, usually one hour before the meet starts.  The Coach will announce such information at workouts before the meets.  Be sure your swimmer is kept warm during waiting periods between events.  Socks, shoes, warm-up suits or pants and jackets are supplies you want to have at each meet.  In the summer a hat or head covering would also be helpful and sandals for walking on hot concrete.

Following each swim workout and shower, swimmers should dry their ears thoroughly to help combat the problem referred to as “swimmers ear”.  There are products you can purchase for swimmers ear from sporting goods stores or pharmacies.

Link to Other Meet Possibilities

The Midwestern Swimming website has a list of other meets available to swimmers for the 2016 Long Course Season.  You can click the link below to get meet information .Click here:  http://www.mwswim.org/EventsCurrent.jsp?_tabid_=23291&team=mwslsc

South Dakota Swim Meets:  Click here:    www.sdswimming.org

Tri State League Swim Meet Calendar:  Click here:  https://sites.google.com/site/tristateswimleague/home

Nutrition Information

USA Swimming Nutrition Tips

FAQ’s

Q: How often are swimmers expected to be at Practice:

A:  Practice leads to  improvement. We encourage swimmers to attend as many practices as possible.

Q: How many swim meets is my child supposed to attend:

A:  Attending swim meets is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.  Swim meets are a very important part of the program and not attending will limit your swimmer’s experience.  Swimmers and parents should review the team’s meet schedule and plan accordingly.  The coach can also advise you as to whether or not your swimmer is ready to participate in a competitive environment.

Q:  What should I bring to a swim meet?

A:  Each swimmer should have: a suit;  two towels (one for the meet and one for after the meet when they want to shower); a set of goggles (possibly a spare pair also); an Aquajet swim cap; clothing that is easy to get on and off for that time between events; healthy snacks like fruit, pretzels, crackers, bagels, peanuts, fruit snacks; shampoo and conditioner and brush for after the meet.

Q:  Do I need to help at swim meets:

A:  The sport of swimming depends on many volunteers.  Without the help and cooperation of parents and others there would be no competitive swimming.  Each family will be required to help in some way at all home meets.  We will need help with providing timers, set-up and clean up, and people to run the concession stand.  We will need volunteers to be officials.  When we travel to away meets, they will ask for volunteer assistance in providing some of these same positions.  It benefits everyone when we have people ready to step up and help.

Q:  What are the benefits of a USA Swimming membership?

A:  The greatest benefit is that it provides the opportunity for your child to participate in more swim meets and have more opportunities to improve especially in the summer.  It also provides catastrophic insurance at practices and sanctioned USA Swimming meets.  Swimmers also receive newsletters and other information from USA Swimming.  As members of USA Swimming they are teammates with swimmers like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin!

Q:  Who do I contact if I have a concern about the program?

A: Please contact the coach first.  Talk to the coach before or after practice about any concerns you may have.  The Aquajet Swim Team also has a Board of Directors made up of parent volunteers.  You may contact any of them with concerns.  Contact information for the Coach and Board of Directors can be found in the Parent Handbook and in the About Us section of this website.