USA Swimming Visit Notes

Notes from Parent Meeting with USA Swimming

General Announcements:

  1. Reminder of 12 News visit tomorrow.  We will meet at the pool at 4:30 and leave at 4:45. I am in need of parent drivers so please let me know if you can help.  We will return to the pool immediately after.  Kids should bring their suits to practice.  We will swim if we return in time.  For those not attending the 12 News visit tomorrow, we will hold normal practices.
  2. Swim Meet May 16-17 we are hosting!  Hosting meets is important to us financially and we need parents to help.  Please sign-up for jobs on the web site. No training is required for most roles.  Many teams require $350-400 bi-annual or annual assessments if you don’t work swim meets.  We can do that but we are holding off for now and asking everyone to participate.
  3. Team Unify Web site (   Let me know if you have any trouble logging into the web site and I can address the issue.  Please declare your attendance at all posted swim meets.  We plan to move to billing through the new site May 1st.  Please include your CC information.  I plan to send invoices for review on April 25th to give you 5 days for review.  Invoices will run through the new system on the 1st of each month.

Bill Krumm USA Swimming

USA Swimming serves 3 main purposes

  1. Build Base for teams and athletes
  2. Promote sport
  3. Sustain competitive success

How we fit within USA Swimming

               340,000 athletes, 59 LSC (local branches – i.e. Arizona Swimming) and 2800 club teams (AZAC)

10 teams in the US now over 1000

47 teams in Arizona covering about 5000 athletes

Coaches in swimming are professional, trained and certified.  They must maintain certifications to remain active.

Focus is on long term athlete development.  Swimmers really develop into amazing young adults

Learn many great life skills – time management, reliability, teamwork….

Swimming is a healthy activity and is safe.  Other sports are declining (i.e. football) but swimming is increasing in membership

Swimming is a lifelong activity

We promote self improvement

Cultivate positive mental attitude and building self esteem

Understanding Swimming Careers

Growth and development vary

Difference between early and late maturation

Early success not indication of long term success

Kids often get away early with size but don’t always last in the sport

Focus should be on development not winning of losing

6-10 year olds Focus on Fun

11-14 year olds – Focus more competitively

15-18 year olds – Specialization

19+ year olds – High Performance

2012 Olympic Games only 1 college aged male on the Olympic Team – all others were post graduates.

Your best swimming can be later in life.


Parent focus should be on fun, enjoyment, love of the sport

Seek coach input before making changes to your child’s schedule (ie. 3 month break to play soccer) Develop a plan together will help coaching, parents and swimmers feel better

Being a full time athlete in a full time job – leading to talk on nutrition


Nutrition  (As a team, we would like more focus in this area)

Food is functional fuel

Athletes need to think of themselves as a race car – would you put non premium gas in a race car?

Why would you put junk food in your body?

Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel.  All the time not just the day of the swim meet.  Complex carbohydrates are necessary.         

               Fruit (whole fruit)


               Whole grains

               Whole grain cereal

               Beans, lentils

               Whole grain Bread, pasta – not white / processed

Shared Ryan Lochte’s story.  Took him 3 months after changing diet to feel better and a full year before  he saw real results in the pool.  Now he will never go back to eating junk food.


               Help repair and recovery

               Lean meats, fish, chicken, cheese, milk, yogurt, nuts, soy products, peas, beans

               Rule of thumb: Less or no legs on the animal the better for you


               Fuel low intensity workout

               Good for you in moderation

               Tuna, salmon

               Handful of nuts, no more


               Watch Portions carefully


               Walk into practice dehydrated – you will accomplish nothing in practice

               First thing in the morning drink 2-3 cups of water

               Drink before you are thirsty

               Monitor fluid loss – weigh yourself before and after practice.  Look at urine color

               Electrolyte drinks are good for you.  Need them >90 min

               Water is top priority

               Stay away from energy drinks and stimulant drinks – dangerous

Danger of dietary supplements

               No regulation

               Labels are misleading

               Athletes are responsible for what goes into your body

Shared Jessica Hardy shorty – tested positive for banned substance, got her sentence reduced when she proved her supplement was contaminated.

Not just what you eat but when you eat

               Do not go more than 2-3 hours without a snack

               5-6 small meals

Never skip a meal – ever!

Breakfast is critical

Chocolate milk < 30 min after practice is recommended

Eat to train not train to eat!

Recommended sites   Find supertracker  (I found a App as well) to help you


Being a Great Swim Parent

Provide a stable, loving, supportive environment

Swimmers want you to be present but only to support

Never criticize

Never coach

Encourage dreams

Understand this is a process and is challenging but goals should be realistic

Coaches instruct and give feedback to swimmers

Parents encourage and support  swimmers

Coaches and Parents communicate to support swimmers

Encourage parents to help at swim meets.  You can still watch your swimmer compete but it reduces the stress on you and your athlete.

In a typical team

2% of parents are leaders

5-10% of parents are doers

15-20% of parents do something

68-78% of parents are belongers

Roles for parents include:



Helping the LSC





Team equipment


Be involved but not overly involved

Parent section on the web site.


High School swimming

               Season is Aug-Oct (championship 1st week of Nov)

               AZAC coaches try to partner with high school coaches to develop a plan

               Most high school coaches will work with us, a few won’t

               High school swimming is fun but not necessary to enter college swimming

               Please talk to your coaches before starting a new high school program

College Swimming

               Everyone can swim in college

               All of Bill’s information was consistent with our college talk documentation

               It is all about finding the right fit

               Focus on great academics and fast swimming

               High character kids are really important

               College coaches talk the club coaches word in their decision process

               We talk to college coaches very often

               We need to schedule a college talk soon with focus on the sophomore and Jr classes