Eagle Swim Club Parent Meeting Recap

2017 Fall Parents’ Meeting


My three rules for happy swimming:

  • Have fun (fun in swimming not always extrinsic)!

  • Take care of each other (we’re teammates!)

  • Don’t talk when the coach is talking


Practice protocols

  • You are not required to attend the first day of practice. :)


  • Park in the Peavine Deck (free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends)

  • All practices take place at the indoor pool (Woodruff Physical Education Center).


  • Access the pool through the security gates (#3 & 4 are near the pool, #1 & 2 nearer the center of the building)

  • Let the receptionist at one of the desks know you are attending Eagle Swim Club practice, they will let you in

  • Under no circumstance are the gates to be forced open or jumped

  • Please inform your children and anyone dropping them off or picking up of these rules


  • FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS may be hectic as we get to know each other and swimmers get placed

  • PLEASE, be patient!

  • Try to be on time.

  • Swimmers are to use the locker rooms on the pool deck level

  • Parents are welcome to observe practices from the stands

  • Please address questions to  me before or after practice, not during

  • If you are not able to pick your children up immediately after practice, please let me know.


Fall Practice schedule

  • You will be informed when there is NOT practice, otherwise there IS practice.  (I’ll post the schedule of known cancellations on the website.)

  • Swimmers may attend any and all practices

  • Monday and Wednesday

    • Iron/Bronze/B2/Silver/Silver 2/Gold:  6:45-7:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday and Thursday

    • Iron/Bronze/B2:  6:00-7:00 p.m.

    • Silver/Alph-Beta:  6:00-7:15 p.m.

  • Saturday:  11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (all groups)


About Coach Hamburger

  • 30 years of coaching experience.  (all levels from learn to swim to Olympic Trial Qualifiers)

  • Iowa Hawkeye by birth - South Carolina Gamecock by marriage!

  • Contact info: / 404-683-7291


ESC Team

  • ESC is beginning its fourth year being USA Swimming affiliated

  • ESC has been, and will continue to be, a place for young swimmers to experience year round swimming without the normally expected obligations (attendance, meets, fundraising)

  • Striving to be the club through which your swimmers can explore swimming to their full potential


Coach Hamburger’s Coaching

  • I am available before or after practice every day (after practice is always the best unless you make an appointment)

  • Process driven – do enough things right and good things will happen

  • I hate garbage yardage (swimming  just for the sake of swimming) – swimming will be specific (quality above quantity at all times)

  • Expectations are managed based on regularity of practice attendance

  • Goal setting will be emphasized

  • Coaching style:  I don’t sugar coat things when they are bad.  I am also very complimentary when things are good.


ESC Assistant Coaching Staff

  • Assistant coach are Emory Varsity Swimmers in addition to Emory University Assistant Coaches Chris Marshall and Cindy Fontana and Emory post-graduates.

  • Assistant’s will be administrating workouts I write every day based on weekly-monlthy-seasonal-annual plan

  • My intention is to be rotating between all the groups, getting to know all of the swimmers, sometimes taking lead, but also assisting my assistants

  • Practices run Dynamically and Organically - not randomly!