LASA Novice June 1
Location: Palisades High School
Fee: $27.00 per swimmer
Please read everything below — We are firm believers in teaching our families how to interpret meet info rather than simply giving out answers to parents. This not only eliminates your dependence on our staff for answers you can find yourself but speeds up your ability to make that decision in a timely manner. The first few meets may be chaotic and confusing, but once you learn the basics of how a swim meet works, it will be easy to follow!
2. Parents Responsibilities to Their Children
The main responsibility for parents at meets it to just be mom and dad. Be their biggest fan. Be excited to watch them and cheer for them. Please do your best to not give swimming advice, that's our job. Be motivational, encouraging, positive, and happy! Leave the race strategies, breathing patterns, stroke, start and turn reminders, and race analysis to the coaches.
3. Parents Responsibilities at the Meet
4. Kids Responsibilities at the Meet
5. Disqualifications (DQ)
DQ refers to a “disqualification’” and it occurs when a swimmer does not swim a stroke correctly or “legally”. While no child ever enjoys getting DQ’d, it happens to almost every single swimmer at some point, especially new swimmers. The stroke and turn judges at USA Swimming meets observe swimmers during their events and if a child swims the stroke incorrectly they will DQ that swim and will let the child know what they did incorrectly. The swimmer’s time in that swim will not count toward their official USA Swimming time. Your child’s coaches will never be upset with a swimmer for getting DQ’d, and we will encourage the swimmer and let them know how they can fix their stroke so that it doesn’t happen next time. Being disqualified is not a bad thing, it is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Please explain to them that it's a great learning experience, not a failure!
6. Times & Places
At Novice meets, the coaches do not focus on times and places. We focus on technique and the effort they have put in the race - this is what matters the most. When your child is new to the sport or young, they may drop time at most meets as they improve and grow - as they get faster and better with technique, the drops will get smaller and may not happen at each meet. Times are the least of their worries at this age and skill level!
Problems emerge when winner/loser comparisons overshadow the importance of competing with oneself to do things better than they have been done before. At this point, competition stops building character and confidence and begins to tear it down. In the right environment, swimmers learn competitiveness by being taught to concentrate on mastering specific techniques.
Our goal is to provide a healthy perspective to help children understand success and failure. So, emphasize and reward effort rather than results - concentrate on how to improve performance rather than on what happens if the child wins or loses.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of us. Thank you all for your support and care in our swimmers and in the sport!