Greater Latrobe Aqua Club
was organized in 1990 for the purpose of instruction and training
in the sport of swimming. GLAC is a member of the Chestnut
Ridge League and experienced swimmers may also register for
Allegheny Mountain Swimming (AMS), the Local Swim Committee of USA
FAQs and How to
Q: Is there an age
limit to join GLAC?
A: Yes, the
athlete must be at least 5 years old. The swimmer also
must be capable of swimming one length freestyle of a 25 yard pool
and be comfortable standing in the 3 ft shallow end.
Q: When can new
swimmers join GLAC?
A: New swimmers
may join GLAC at anytime during the season. A new swimmer
MUST attend a practice before completing online
registration. Contact us to setup a FREE 3 day trial
period. This will help
your swimmer decide if he/she likes the sport. During the
trial the swimmer will be tested and placed into the
appropriate practice group. If you complete registration prior to the free
three day trial, a refund may not be provided.
Please set up the FREE 3 day
trial first. (See below.)
Q: Where does
the team practice?
GLAC's home is at the Greater Latrobe Senior
High School pool.
Q: How will you
determine the group in which my child should
A: The primary
determining factor is swimming ability. It is not good for
swimmers to participate in groups for which they are not yet
ready. We also try to avoid large age differences in the
practice groups. Placement is wholly determined by the GLAC
Q: What equipment does the swimmer
Each swimmer needs their own cap,
goggles, kick board and fins. Swimmers in older groups will
also need a pull buoy and possibly a snorkel (white group only).
This equipment may purchased at team Partner
Q: Does the swimmer
need to attend every practice?
attendance is not required. We encourage our swimmer to
swimmers to have multiple interests and understand there will
occasionally be conflicts. That being said, it is important
to remember that your child will get out of swimming what they put
Q: What is a swim meet
A: Swimmers are
assigned 2 or 3 individual events to swim and a relay or
two. Coaches prepare new swimmers for the first meet with a
mock meet during practice. Swimmers compete within age groups (8
and under, 9-10, 11-12, etc.) A typical swim meet lasts 2 -3
hours depending on the number of swimmers. GLAC is part of
the Chestnut Ridge League, which includes clubs such as Derry,
Hempfield, Norwin, Mt. Pleasant, etc. There are both Home and Away
Q: Does the swimmer
need to attend every meet?
A: No, you are
able to signup for the meets you are able to attend. However,
meet attendance is strongly encouraged as means to measure the
swimmer's progress. Every time a swimmer races, they have an
opportunity to perform a personal best time. We measure
progress by comparing your child to what they previously have
Q: Is there a separate
swim team at the high school level?
A: The Greater
Latrobe School District sponsors a high school swim team.
Most high school swimmers are members of GLAC, but one does not
need to be a club member in order to swim for the high school swim
team. The club provides valuable training in preparation for
the high school team and during off season.
Q: Do I have to go to
Greater Latrobe School District to
A: No, our club
welcomes swimmers from any school district.
Q: Will my child know
A: Many GLAC
members are from Greater Latrobe and surrounding school
districts. The swimmers practice together several times a
week which allows swimmers to make excellent and long-lasting
friendships outside of the school which they attend.
READY TO SIGN
1. Print and fill out the
3 Day Trial Form
2. Let us know what days your
swimmer will attend. A GLAC Board parent will meet you at the
pool to answer any questions. Contact.
3. Complete online registration
only AFTER the trial period.
4. Your swimmer will be assigned
to a practice group and will need cap, goggles, kick board, etc. as
needed depending on practice group.