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In keeping with the philosophy of providing a quality, competitive swimming program for young athletes of all ages, abilities, and levels of interest, SRVA offers several levels of professional instruction and training.

 

The Pre-Novice Group is for the brand new young swimmer with no swimming experience, but is water safe. It is designed to start young swimmers into the sport of swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities.  Emphasis is on helping to make the young swimmer more comfortable in the water and teaching the fundamentals of swimming. The coach is in the water with these young swimmers. These swimmers only swim in the warmer months.

 

The Novice Levels 1 & 2 are for the young new swimmer with limited swimming experience who can swim one lap of freestyle across the pool. It is designed to start young swimmers into the sport of swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities.  Emphasis is on helping to make the young swimmer more comfortable in the water and teaching the fundamentals of swimming.

 

The Novice Levels 3 & 4 are for the beginning swimmer with some swimming experience.  It is designed to start young swimmers into the sport of swimming while allowing maximum opportunity to participate in other activities.  Emphasis is on teaching the fundamentals of the four strokes by means of drills and games that make swimming fun.

 

The Competitive Levels 1 & 2 are for swimmers with knowledge of all legal strokes and turns and are ready to learn more advanced stroke techniques.  The objective of these groups is to improve their technique and conditioning.  Swimmers are still encouraged to participate in other activities.
 

Junior Varsity / Varsity groups are for swimmers who have a basic knowledge of all four competitive strokes and would like to improve their swimming skills. Practices focus on correct stroke technique drills, endurance exercises, and team development. A positive attitude and sportsmanship are emphasized. Dryland training consists of moderate calisthenics and stretching. These groups are intended for swimmers and families that want a less demanding and less competitive swim schedule.  The emphasis is for these young people to develope swimming as a life skill and to keep fitness levels up while pursuing other activities or sports.

 

The Pre-Senior Group is a transitional level in which swimmers move to competitive training.  The objective of the group is to learn the fine points of competitive swimming: short and long term goal setting and race strategies.  Coaches work with individual swimmers to set personal goals.  Cross training is also part of their daily practice.
 

The Senior Group continues the emphasis of competitive training strategies started in the Pre-Senior group.  The athletes have varied personal goals, and training is designed around those goals in a team-structured environment, all the while working to develop swimmers to their maximum potential.

 

Parent Involvement and Social Functions

  • The Team could not function without the volunteer effort of the parents. Other than paying the bills each month, there are many jobs that need to be done and fun events to attend.

  • The Annual General Membership Meeting is held in October to vote on the new budget, new board member, changes to the by-Laws, and other items effecting the team.

  • The Awards Banquet is held in the fall to recognize the accomplishments for the previous year. Details are in the newsletter as well as a separate notice.

  • Swim Meets last all day, weekend, or several days. A Lot of time is spent waiting for your child to swim. This is an excellent opportunity to become better acquainted with other parents and learn about the club and swimming in general. Each team is expected to have parents who will officiate- if you have an interest in this important function, please speak with the coach. They will let an official know that you are interested or have questions.

  • In addition to officials, each team is expected to provide timers during the meet.  All parents are expected to spend 1-2 hours each day timing so this burden is shared fairly and evenly amongst all team families. This is an excellent time to become better acquainted with other families.

  • Parents are needed to serve on the Board. Most terms are for two years. The positions are described elsewhere. If you have an interest, talk to any Board member.

  • SRVA run swim meets require the effort of all team families. These are an excellent source of income for the team. Each family will be contacted prior to the meet with more information. This effort usually involves time working during the meet, and a food donation, which will be used at the snack bar during the meet.

  • Each year a party is held for the parents in the home of one of the families. Invitations will be sent for this event.

  • Swimming is a way of life for the swimmer as well as for the family. Enjoy your child and the environment he/she is a part of, it’s one of the healthiest around!

 

SRVA Fundraising


Just what makes SRVA a great swim team? It’s the kids, the coaches, the fun, hard work, dedication and a wonderful group of parents who put forth a great deal of effort, time and commitment to support a sport that truly benefits their child’s whole development.

Swimming is a parent participatory sport. The team relies heavily on volunteers to keep things running smoothly. Don’t let this intimidate you! Swimming is one of the greatest sports to be involved with and the benefits are endless.

One of the easiest ways to help support our team is through our fundraising program. Participation in the program is simple, requires nothing out-of-pocket - just sign-up, helps the team keep rates low, and helps pay for a variety of team expenses, including:

  • Team-wear (shirts and caps) for selected meets

  • Social functions (Ice Cream socials, Barbecue, Halloween Party, etc.)

If you shop (on-line or on-land) you can support our team. Below are links to our many fundraising options.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the team with any questions or suggestions regarding fundraising.

www.eScrip.com go to sign up. Our group #5225005
San Ramon Valley Livermore Aquatics

www.raleys.com we will be happy to provide you with
a quality of life card. Just register your card number
make sure to give your card to the salesperson before
you pay.

www.schoolpop.com enables shoppers to shop at
hundreds of name brand web sites. Just designate
SRVLA as your non-profit organization.