Click here to view a copy of the handout from last
week's parent meeting.|
The parent meeting was intended for all parents of Bronze, Silver,
Gold, and Platinum swimmers. If you were unable to attend, please
print the above file, as it includes many details not
contained in this email. If you did attend, this email contains
links to several of the resources mentioned during the meeting, as
well as the corrected summer meet schedule.
Code of Conduct
We reviewed the Swimmer Code of
Conduct that is agreed to during team registration, and that will
be signed by the athletes. Coach Wes also discussed our Cell
Phone/Locker Room policy. This is a USA Swimming Policy, and is
intended to protect your athletes. We ask that parents help us to
strictly enforce this policy.
We discussed swimmer nutrition, and its role in the training and
performance of your athlete: Quality carbohydrates are the best
fuel source for swimmers. During training periods, half of all
meals should be carbohydrates, 25% should be veggies, and the
remaining 25% should consist of lean protein. High protein diets
often leave swimmers deficient in carbohydrates. When choosing
protein, think quality over quantity. Be sure to avoid high-fat
meals before and during workouts/meets. Lean protein and quality
carbs should be consumed for recovery. Some recovery superfoods
include bananas and cherries. Bananas replace lost electrolytes,
and cherries are full of antioxidants for repair.
The most important highlight of this portion of the meeting,
however, emphasized what NOT to eat. Please, DO NOT feed your
swimmers the following items during important competitions: Candy
bars, energy drinks or coffee, sodas, sugar free drinks (sugars are
beneficial during a meet, but look for natural ingredients with
minimal processing), and fried foods. Additional information on
swimmer nutrition can be found on the "Team" drop-down menu of our
website, or by clicking here.
Summer Meet Schedule
Next, we reviewed the Summer meet
schedule, which is included in the attached file for easy printing
to hang on the fridge, or place in your planner (the swim meet
nutrition suggestions are printed on the back, for convenient
access to meet snack and meal ideas). Upcoming swim meets can also
be found on our home page, monthly newsletters, and the "Events"
tab of our website.
Included in the summer meet schedule, you will see the upcoming
GRPA District meet. In order to attend this meet, you MUST submit a
valid copy of your swimmer's birth certificate. We are telling you
this in advance so you can go ahead and make sure you have a copy,
or have time to order a copy if necessary. The deadline is included
in the meet
information, and there can be no extensions or
exceptions to the deadline.
Gold and Platinum swimmers will
receive the long goal-setting form, which can be filled out online,
or printed and returned to the pool. Silver swimmers will receive
an abbreviated form.
Bronze swimmers will not receive goal-setting forms, however we
encourage parents to set 3 process-oriented
goals with their swimmers. Write them down in a goal
notebook, and review progress at the end of each month. How many
goals did you achieve? Once all goals have been accomplished, set 3
more. Some examples include:
Having goals makes practice fun,
because you can achieve something each day. The feeling of success
when reaching your goals is also very motivating.
will flip turn off every wall for an entire practice (then an
entire week, an entire month, etc)
will breathe on both sides of my freestyle
will do a legal breaststroke kick for an entire practice (then an
entire week, an entire month, etc)
will improve my race endurance, i.e., I will swim 50s instead of
25s, 100s instead of 50s, etc.
will swim an entire practice without getting out (then an entire
week, an entire month, etc)
will swim the butterfly or IM for the first time at a swim
USA Swimming has developed a set of incremental, Motivational Time
Standards, which can be useful in helping your swimmer to set
attainable race goals. These Time Standards, along with State,
Sectional, and National meet standards, can be found on the "Team"
drop-down menu on our website.
Setting up Team Text-Messaging
We encourage every family to make
sure SMS/text messaging is set up on your account. This is our best
form of communication from meet deadline reminders, practice
cancellation notifications, and more. Clickhere for
instructions on setting this up.
Poll: Summer Practice Schedule Change
Coach Wes would like feedback on
changing the summer practice schedule for Silver, Gold, and
Platinum practice groups (Bronze and Blue will not change). This
change would mean Gold and Platinum would have one longer morning
practice, instead of two practices in the morning and afternoon.
Silver would continue to have a one-hour practice, but this would
be held in the early morning. Gold and Platinum would start between
6:30 and 7:15. Silver would probably start around 8:00. All
practices would end by 9:00. This would allow families to have
training out of the way early, and their summer afternoons/evenings
free for other activities. This should also reduce the number of
training days lost due to summer afternoon thunderstorms.
the poll and let us know your preferences and/or