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On Deck Info Session Notes 2017-2018
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Over 40 years of swimming excellence


Georgetown Indoor Pool - 70 Guelph Street, Georgetown, ON L7G 3Z5 (Behind Georgetown District High School)

 

Squad 1 & 2 Information & Expectations 2017-2018
Group Expectations
  • Building the passion and love for competitive swimming
  • Continuing the development of Strokes
  • Continuing the development of turn skills for all 4 strokes and IM transitions
  • Understanding the basic of sets
  • Understanding of how to use the pace clock
  • Knowledge of what they are swimming in upcoming competitions
  • When to see their coach
  • Building positive training habits
Practice Expectations
  • Be on deck 10-15 min prior to practice start time
  • Ensure that you have all your equipment ready (kickboard, pull buoy, paddles, fins, snorkel)
  • Be ready to swim (Mentally, Physically and Emotionally)
  • Respect fellow swimmers and coaches
  • Swimmers are expected to make 50% of practices
  • Technique! All the time!!
  • Give others a chance to succeed
  • Self-discipline yourself *recovery, stretching, nutrition, sleep, dryland ect. *
  • Compete your heart out! Anywhere-anytime-all the time!
  • Honor your teammates and parents support with your efforts *make practice count
  • Know your stats (can be found on meet mobile, our website or Swim Canada) PB’s, splits, goal times and qualification standards
  • Treat others with respect and Dignity * You do well when your team does well.
  • Patience- Persistence- Perseverance. Swimming is your craft- treat it that way- Mentally endure the “ups and downs”
  • Tell the truth- to yourself, to your coach, your friends, your parents. Be real!
Meet Expectations
  • Be on deck 15 min before warm up time begins and must check in with coach
  • Arrive in Team uniform (HHBF track suit, t-shirt, cap and suit)
  • Arrive to the meet with knowing of what events they are swimming each session
  • Understand the meet protocol (where to go for events, when to step on the blocks (after whistle), when to dive (after the beep), when to exit the pool after the swim (once all swimmers have finished)
  • MUST see coach before every event swum
  • MUST see coach after every event swum
  • Pre- race briefing and Post race briefing is crucial. The best replay is directly after!
  • Swimmers must stay in team area unless the coach is informed
  • Positive support of your teammates and yourself. Encourage to cheer loud!
  • Must wear team gear on the podium
Meet Entry Protocol
  • Coach will enter swimmers in events for all meets
  • Parents are to confirm attendance on our website before closing date
  • Certain meets require a qualification standard to compete, time standards are located on our website, meet package and swim Ontario (Central regions, Festivals, Provincials)
Contacting the Coach
  • If there are any questions regarding the program, schedule or competitions, the first contact is your swimmers coach
  • Refrain from “gossip”. The coach has many of the answers you are looking for and misinformation can cause confusion and lead to problems within the club
  • If you are going to miss a practice or meet, please email the coach immediately

 

Welcome Intro Comp Families

1. What is the Blue Fins Intro Program?

The Intro Comp Program is an introduction to the world of competitive swimming. We continue to focus on the fundamental basics of the four competitive swim strokes of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly, as well as starts and turns for all strokes and relay races. We start to introduce the concepts of being an athlete - including proper hydration, nutrition, use of equipment, exercise in and out of the water and personal goals.

2. Coaching Structure

Head Coach - Brianna Motluk
Junior coaches - Emma Bissonette and Darian Zuraw

3. Attendance

The more practices you make the better! The season is designed to have each swimmer work on different aspects of the four strokes over the week. Missing multiple practices can have negative aspects to their progression. Please let me know if your swimmer is sick or unable to make a practice via email wherever possible.

 

4. Equipment

All swimmers should have a pair of goggles, a swim cap and a reusable waterbottle at practice. Swimmers should own a competition bathing suit - ie a Jammer style for boys and full piece suit for girls. At this age I do not suggest buying extra personal equipment as it can become expensive as swimmers grow. If you are interested in purchasing equipment please check with me beforehand as I can suggest where to purchase for the best options.

 

5. Parents on Deck

We do ask that parents remain in the lobby if they choose to stay and watch practice. If you do need to talk to your swimmer please wave me down and we can arrange to meet at the changeroom or at the hallway next to the lifeguard office.

 

6. Competition

We are starting to introduce the concepts of competing at swim meets in the Intro program. It is expected that swimmers will attend meets. The sooner swimmers start to compete the more comfortable they become in this environment. Home meets are considered mandatory. This allows us to get proper times so they are slotted into an appropriate heat, swimming against others with similar times. It also allows coaches to get a better understanding of what concepts swimmers are struggling with, in order to place more importance on them in practice. At this level they will be automatically entered in all swim meets for their level and it is up to the family to decline if needed. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what to bring to a swim meet.

 

7. Communication

At any time I can be reached by email at coachbrianna@haltonhillsbluefins.com. I will try and reply within 24 hours. I will be at the pool at least 15 minutes before and after every practice in case anyone has questions. Just wave me down – even just to say hi! Much of the team communication comes through our team website and email. Each swimmer will have a mailbox in the lobby. You can also check out our parent board in the lobby for information as well. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

8. Reference Material:
Use these sites - they are full of great info!
1) HHBF website (haltonhillsbluefins.com)
2) Coach Chris’ Blog (bringoutyourbest.blogspot.ca) 3) USA Swimming (usaswimming.org)
4) Swim Ontario (swimontario.com)
5) Swim Canada (swimming.ca) 

 

 

Welcome Intro Families 

1. What is the Blue Fins Intro Program?

The Intro Program is an introduction to the world of competitive swimming. We focus on the fundamental basics of the four competitive swim strokes of Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly, as well as starts and turns for all strokes. We start to introduce the concepts of being an athlete - including proper hydration, nutrition, use of equipment, exercise in and out of the water and personal goals.

 

2. Coaching Structure

In the Intro Program I (Brianna) am the head coach of each group. Every group has also has a junior coach assisting me. For the 2017-2018 season the junior coaches are as follows:
Intro A – Coach Claire

Intro B – Coach Ally Intro C – Coach David

 

3. Attendance

The more practices you make the better! The season is designed to have each swimmer work on different aspects of the four strokes over the week. Missing multiple practices can have negative aspects to their progression. Please let me know if your swimmer is sick or unable to make a practice via email wherever possible.

All practices are structured with a small warm up on deck, a kick set, drill set and swim set, and then working on dives at the end. This means it is important for swimmers to be on deck 5-10 minutes before the start of practice to allow for time to get equipment and go over the practice before getting in the water.

 

4. Equipment

All swimmers should have a pair of goggles, a swim cap and a reusable waterbottle at practice. At this age I do not suggest buying extra personal equipment as it can become expensive as swimmers grow. If you are interested in purchasing equipment please check with me beforehand as I can suggest where to purchase for the best options.

 

5. Parents on Deck

We do ask that parents remain in the lobby if they choose to stay and watch practice. If you do need to talk to your swimmer please wave me down and we can arrange to meet at the changeroom or at the hallway next to the lifeguard office.

 

6. Competition

We are starting to introduce the concepts of competing at swim meets in the Intro program. It is expected that swimmers will attend home meets. This typically run on Saturday mornings in place of practice once every few months. This meets will allow swimmers to become comfortable with the different aspects of a competition as well as to get official recorded times. This is important for away meets so they are slotted into an appropriate heat, swimming against others with similar times. It also allows coaches to get a better understanding of what concepts swimmers are struggling with, in order to place more importance on them in practice. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about what to bring to a swim meet.

 

7. Communication

At any time I can be reached by email at coachbrianna@haltonhillsbluefins.com. I will try and reply within 24 hours. I will be at the pool at least 15 minutes before and after every practice in case anyone has questions. Just wave me down – even just to say hi! Much of the team communication comes through our team website and email. Each swimmer will have a mailbox in the lobby. You can also check out our parent board in the lobby for information as well. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 
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