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Summer Squad FAQ

What is the PLAT Summer Squad?

The PLAT Summer Squad is the part of Platinum Aquatics (PLAT), which is a year-round swim team affiliated with USA Swimming.

 

All summer squad coaches have been certified by USA Swimming. Coaches have ongoing training with the PLAT staff, American Swim Coaches Association and the World Wide Swim School. 

 

Summer Squad swimmers will compete in 2-3 FUN meets. The focus of the summer squad is FUN, FITNESS, and FUNDAMENTALS. The summer squad gives swimmers the opportunity to learn more about the sport of swimming in a safe, fun, and encouraging environment. 

 

What is the cost of the Summer Squad?

Summer Squad has a flat rate practice cost, plus a USA Swimming FLEX membership fee. 

 

Why do I have to register with USA Swimming? What is a transfer form?

Platinum Aquatics is affiliated with USA Swimming and has liability insurance provided through that membership. All swimmers & coaches are registered with USA Swimming to provide coverage for everyone.

 

If your swimmer has previously registered with a different USA Swimming club, you will need to complete a transfer form to attach to Platinum Aquatics.  South Texas transfer form

 

Who will be coaching the PLAT Summer Squad?

The PLAT Summer Squad has a great staff of coaches. Coach Greg Spano is the Head Coach of the Platinum Aquatics and oversees the Summer squad program. Coach Mary Spano will be helping oversee the program for Summer 2020 as well. We are lucky to have several of our coaches return year after year.  Jr. Assistant Coach(s) will include Mia Kraan, and Azariah Perry.

 

What is the minimum age & skill level to participate in the Summer Squad?

Swimmers need to be 5 years old, potty trained and have the ability to swim 25 yards without in water assistance.

 

What if my child is younger than 5, but can complete the required skills?

 We set the age requirement to ensure that practices are age appropriate. If your child is under 5, joining Learn to Swim may be a better fit. Please contact Coach Mary to discuss the options available.

 

Are private lessons needed? 

 Private lessons are not expected or encouraged at our program. If your child can not master a skill in a reasonable amount of time a coach may bring up the option. Several of our coaches are available for private lessons before or after practices.

 

What about the weather? Do we swim in the rain? 

The Hardin Swim Center is an indoor facility, so we do practice in the rain. If there are extreme weather conditions that require us to cancel practice, we will post the cancellation under the weather tab on the front page of the website and send an email. 

 

The weather tab will be updated before the email is sent, so please check here first.

 

Please do not call the facility to ask if practice has been cancelled, check the weather tab on the front page of the website and check your email.

 

 

Swim meets - how do I sign up? Who picks the events?

All Summer Squad swimmers will be automatically registered for the summer squad meets. If your child CAN NOT attend, please let your coach know or decline the meet on the website. All events will be selected by the coaching staff.

 

Do I need to purchase a team suit or other gear? 

No. Swimmers need only a swimsuit and a pair of goggles and a cap to participate. Girls will need a one-piece practice suit (no two-piece suits), boys will need a jammer or brief (no board shorts or basketball shorts). Kickboards will be provided. Suits may be purchased at Academy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or our team store through Swim Outlet (a link is on the front page of the website under the pictures).

 

Will I be required to volunteer at the meets?

Yes, parent volunteers are required to run the meets. There are lots of ways to help at the meets including set up/tear down, timing, gathering swimmers. A sign-up form will be emailed out prior to the meet.  Parents not volunteering will not be allowed in the Swim Center. 

 

What are the practice requirements?

Learning to swim is like any other skill, it takes consistent practice to get better

 

How do I watch my child during practice? on deck?

For safety, security and insurance reasons, only coaches, swimmers, and certified adults are allowed on deck.   At this time, due to COVID restrictions, parents are not allowed in the facility.

 

While watching practice, when we return to normal, please do not talk to or signal your swimmer. Distracting them from what they are doing and what the coaches are saying will only hurt their experience.