2019-2020 Swim Team Registration
Open for Returning Members
7/14/19 - 6/28/20
Open for New Members
7/14/19 - 6/28/20
Welcome to QuickSilver Swimming!
August 2019 - July 2020 Swim Year Registration
Dear Quicksilver Families:
Our new season begins Monday, August 19! I would like to thank you for registering with QuickSilver Swimming.
A huge “thank you” to all our returning families for placing your trust in our new team structure. The 2018- 2019 swim year was eventful and exciting for our club. Over the past year since we voted on a structure change, we achieved Bronze Medal Status in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program. QuikcSilver leveled up from “Level II” to “Level III” in the USA Swimming’s Club Recognition Program (based on organizational practices and structure for swim clubs) and we are expecting to achieve the highest level of “Level IV” by this fall. We stabilized our budget through hard work as a team and are hoping to be able to freeze our dues in place for the 2020- 2021 season. We made athlete protection our highest priority; we added a Safe Sport Coordinator role and sent our coordinator to national trainings, held town halls to educate our coaches and families, and have sought to be a MAAP recognized program. For this coming year, we are asking all parents to complete the new USA Swimming Safe Sport training as well. We held town hall meetings to share information with interested parents and give parents an opportunity to communicate with our senior coaches directly throughout the school year. We organized several community events and swim meets to help bring our team together. We are committed to utilizing the amazing facility we have at Gunderson for the benefit of our club and the community as much as possible.
We have been working tirelessly over the past eight years to create a special program for the kids. QuickSilver swimmers had a phenomenal year. Our age group swimmers achieved more USA Swimming national rankings than ever before. The coaches built a training trip curriculum around teamwork, leadership, and service. Our High School swimmers have done a tremendous job preparing themselves to attend excellent colleges through a combination of exceptional academics and nationally competitive swimming. We have had swimmers representing some of the top schools in the nation including Stanford, MIT, The University of Chicago, and Cal Tech. We also have had athletes on swimming scholarships at Stanford, San Diego State, Cal State Bakersfield, and more.
QuickSilver sent two swimmers to the USA Swimming Olympic Trials last Olympic cycle and we hope to take a larger contingency in 2020. I believe that we will continue to progress, because we have a great group of swimmers, parents, and coaches who believe in the team! Thank you to all of the parents and community for their continuing support.
Please take a look at our core values (below) built around long term progress. Join QSS in our quest to make each new year the best we’ve ever had!
Our Progressive Approach
Welcome to the QSS 2019- 2020 swim year! QSS would like to share the key elements we strive to achieve as a team and that set us apart from the competition:
- Coaching matters: QSS invests in high quality, experienced professional coaches and targeted 20-1 group ratios. Our coaches study and stay current in the latest improvements in the sport by regularly attending clinics and educational classes. QSS coaches bring that knowledge and experience to the pool deck every day for the benefit of our swimmers.
- A-Z plan for each swimmer: QSS focuses on the present, but with the future in mind. QSS is designed to offer a planned progression for our swimmers to get the most out of their swim careers. Progression is based on individual goals and the commitment level each swimmer wishes to bring to the sport. QSS’ program is built on the most important parts of swimming: (1) constructing stroke technique to eliminate drag and potential injuries; (2) correct stroke technique at goal pace. Our core belief in swimming as a progression requires mastering each step before moving on to the next phase to unlock our true long term potential.
- Responsibility: Swimming teaches responsibility and ownership of swimmer’s actions. In the water, swimmers achieve what they train to achieve. There are peaks and valleys as they grow, but in the end, swimmers get earned results. QSS helps each swimmer gradually progress from group-to-group, learning leadership skills at the top of a group and challenging them to de determined to rise when at the bottom of their group; both leadership and determination are life-skills that teach swimmers responsibility.
- Good habits in & out of the pool: QSS creates well-rounded student-athletes. Our swimmers are some of the best students in the nation from the elementary to collegiate level. Swimmers learn time management skills by attending practice while achieving excellent academic results. Swimmers who learn to balance academics and swimming will have effective time management skills for life.
- Consistent & focused meet attendance: QSS swimmers typically attend one meet per month as identified by the coaches. The vast majority of QSS swimmers participate in meets. Because swimmers work hard throughout a season to peak at a championship meet, it is critical swimmers attend their championship to reap the benefits of their hard work. Missing a championship meet equals missing your best potential times (akin to doing all the academic work for an entire semester and then skipping the final). The best time to take family vacations is immediately after your swimmer's big meet rather than before or during the meet. Championship meets will vary based on swim level, but may include the following:
- Fall/Winter: Race to JO's, 14 & Under JOs, Sectionals, U.S. Junior Nationals, U.S. Nationals
- Spring: 10 & Under Champs, Race to JO's, JO's, Far Westerns, HS Conferences, CCS (+ post meet)
- Summer: Zone Champs, JO's, Far Westerns, Sectionals, Futures, U.S. Junior Nationals, U.S. Nationals
- QuickSilver Team Culture
Swimming is a family commitment that requires both swimmers and parents to become a valued team member. Swimmers are encouraged to cheer for their teammates at meets, support their group members at practice, and hold teammates accountable for making QSS the best team possible. Parents are encouraged to support our team by becoming officials, volunteering to help enhance team functions, helping provide meets for our swimmers, and being good adult role-models on teamwork and life skills. QSS coaches and parents work to provide team building activities and generating the team atmosphere that will help our swimmers prosper. We would like to invite you to join us in our quest to build a truly special team, and help make this year the best we’ve ever had!