Swimming 101

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Why Choose The Sport of Swimming?

Why Choose Valpo Swim Club?


 Valparaiso Swim Club uses an age group program designed to develop the child physically, mentally and emotionally in a organized, step-by step way. 

A well-defined, long-term approach of gradually increasing performance levels and technique is crucial for optimal performance during a swimmer’s physiological and psychological prime. 

The emphasis in the early stages of participation must be placed on developing technical skills and a love for the sport. 

We do not promote swimming miles and miles with bad strokes and awful technique. Efficient swimming comes first...Later, a more demanding physical and psychological challenge is introduced to the training program.  ‘Too much too soon’ is more often the cause of failure to achieve maximum potential in a senior swimmer and can cause "BURN-OUT"....    

VSC promotes Pride-Excellence-Commitment-and great Sportsmanship!

We take great pride in our team, our families, our community and are dedicated to building a strong character in and out of the water.


There are many benefits to getting your child involved in competitive swimming, including:

- Swimming promotes time management and they are among the top academically-achieving athletes.

-Swimming promotes physical development.

- Swimming develops aerobic endurance and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise.

- Swimming enhances a child’s natural flexibility and promotes muscle development.

- Swimming develops superior coordination.

- Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.

- Swimming is a sport that will bring children fitness and enjoyment for life.


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What is Age Group Swimming about?

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“Age Group Swimming” generally refers to swim meets in which swimmers compete
only against other swimmers in their assigned age group. Events are also organized by
stroke (e.g., freestyle, backstroke, etc.) and by gender
 (i.e., boys compete only against boys, and girls compete only against girls).

The Age Group State Championship Meet has three age groups: 10 & Under, 11-12, and
13-14. A typical meet, however, would have the following age groups: 8 & Under, 9-10,
11-12, and 13-14.
 In special "SYOA" or “swim-your-own-age” meets there are even more age
groups: 7 & under, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Some meets will include older
swimmers, e.g., 15-18 and “Senior” swimmers (19 and older).

Competition Strokes and Distances
Swimmers compete in four strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.
In addition, “individual medley” events are held in which swimmers must
swim lengths of each stroke during the race.

During the winter short-course season, the events often offered are:
8 & Under Swimmers (10 events): 25 yard and 50 yard races in each of the four strokes,
plus a 100 yard freestyle and a 100 yard individual medley
 (25 yard lengths of each of the four strokes).

9 & 10 year old Swimmers (10 events): 50 yard and 100 yard races in each of the four
strokes, plus a 200 yard freestyle and a 200 yard individual medley
 (50 yards of each stroke).

11 & 12 year old Swimmers (11 events): All of the 9 & 10 year old events (see above),
plus the 500 yard freestyle.

13 & 14 year old Swimmers (14 events): The 50 yard, 100 yard, 200 yard, 500 yard,
1000 yard and 1650 yard freestyles, 100 yard and 200 yard races in each of the other
three strokes, plus the 200 yard and 400 yard individual medley races.

Summer long course events are similar, except that the distances are measured in meters
and there are no races shorter than 50 meters.

“Short Course” (fall/winter season) vs. “Long Course”  (spring/summer) Meets
Swimming competitions are divided into “short course” and “long course” competitions.
Short course meets are held in 25 yard pools, the size pool you typically see in a high
school. The events in a short course meet are measured in yards, e.g., the 25 yard
freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, etc. All winter season meets are short course, including
the state championship held in March.
Long course meets are held in 50 meter pools, the size pool you see in the Olympics. The
events in a long course meet are measured in meters, e.g., the 50 meter freestyle, 100
meter breaststroke, etc. Most summer season meets are long course, including the state
championship held in July.



Who does the coaching and what are their certifications?

We have a staff of professional, experienced coaches who love what they do.  They are all certified through USA Swimming and are required to maintain CPR, Coaches Safety & First Aid plus other coaching certifications.  





Do I have to buy a USA Swim Card to join the team?

Yes!  We require all of our swimmers to have a USA Swim Card.  This fee is added to the registration fee and is non-refundable.  Benefits include: 

* Subscription to USA swimming's award-winning Splash Magazine.
* Opportunity to swim in USA Swimming meets, open only to members!
* Eligibility to participate in local and national swimming camps.
* Opportunity to qualify to become a member of the U.S. World or Olympic Swim Teams! 
* Ability to track your times through a "My USA Swimming" account.
* Excess accident and liability insurance – covers all USA Swimming-sanctioned activities. 
* Opportunity to receive a certificate of accomplishment by achieving Top 10 times.
* Discounts on travel – special rates on United for travel to USA Swimming events.  Check out this link for more information




Does my swimmer have to compete in meets?

No..  Competing is always optional; however, it is strongly encouraged.

Yes, swimming is a great exercise that will help encourage healthy habits for a lifetime, but most kids are not motivated by those kinds of "adult" goals. Kids' goals are more immediate, whether they're highly competitive or not. They want to feel that they can do something. Competitive swimming is a terrific way for kids to feel a sense of individual achievement while at the same time being part of a team.

While not every swimmer can come in first, every swimmer can strive to achieve their personal best in every event they swim. Dropping a second or more off your previous time in an event is always a reason to celebrate and proves that hard work at practice pays off. 


Do I have to be a good swimmer to join the team?
You need to be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards - the length of most indoor pools.  We will teach you the rest.  If you cannot swim the minimum, our lesson program will teach you how and you can move to the team when you are ready.  Everybody has a place at VSC.


Types of Meets VSC Goes To…

& Which Should my Swimmer Attend?

Valparaiso Swim Club does a wide variety of types of swim meets.


OPEN WATER-   Open Water swimming presents a unique set of challenges to swimmers. There are no lane lines, walls, or starting blocks to dictate what it takes to win.  The elements often play a deciding role in determining the winner of an Open Water event.  The unpredictable conditions also make it possible for women and men to compete alongside one another.  Many people are excited to get involved in Open Water swimming, either for a new twist on training or to take advantage of the expanding competitive opportunities. Swimming in lakes mainly.

We do have a team of Open Water Swimmers that attend these meets whenever possible and they train for each race and distance. If your swimmer is interested, we can talk further about those opportunities and training. Most OW events require qualifying times to enter- example—A time in the 500 free or BB times in the 1650.

DUAL MEETS- Our Club vs. one other club- Most often we compete as a whole club and swim 2-3 individuals events and  one  relay per person. There are times when we split up our club, and have older kids take advantage of a travel meet on this day/weekend and use this Dual meet for experience with our younger swimmers.

Invitational Meets- These are the most common competitions that VSC attends. We are very lucky to live in Indiana where swimming is a highly competitive sport, and in North West Region- where competition is at its finest! Illinois teams often join in at Munster and Lake Central Invites and we have a great weekend of fast swimming. If we need to stay low key and go for experience then we have alternate Invites to attend also. Sometimes we will do a travel meet to IU or Purdue University and always go to IUPUI in Indy for Championship meets. Fishers, Ft. Wayne, and Notre Dame sometimes make our list too. 

Conference – Conference is a FULL TEAM meet. We need 100% commitment from everyone to attend, to help our team win as many events as we can. Every Year we come home with MANY Conference Champions, winning 11&12 girls overall for the past 4 seasons, as well as 8&Under Girls overall.  Our boys team has been a close 2nd place and our whole team has placed 3rd overall from all the teams in the NWI region—which is SUPER AWESOME!!!!---- but we are always so close to 2nd place!!  Many of the teams use their High School swimmers where we do not have many that come back for this meet for us.  But I know we could still pull out a 2nd place if we all participated!!! This meet ends the season for all swimmers NOT MAKING TIME CUTS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS.

**Coach usually chooses events for conference meet


Championship Meets-  Championship meets are swum after conference. These meets have time qualifying standards or a time cut to meet. Some of the meets we attend are:  NW Divisionals (B cut meet), Indiana State Meet, Speedo Sectionals, Futures, and we are progressing into JR. Nationals and Nationals. We also are looking into overseas meets, as we have some swimmers interested with dual citizenship.



-Swim Meets-

Step by Step Instruction On How To Sign Up for a Meet online

Go to ( click >“team events/meets” >“edit commitment”>

>click on “swimmers name”>

>Declare your swimmer -pull down menu  ” YES please sign them up or NO Swimmer will not attend”<

“If NO”—then please SAVE your changes on bottom right corner of page

“If YES”—then scroll down and you will see Day 1/Day 2/ Day 3 plus events under each day.

Choose events your swimmer would like to swim or scroll back up to the ” NOTES: “ section and leave a note for coach. First tell coach which days you are available, if not all 3. Then ask coach to choose events for your swimmer.    Example:  Julia can attend all 3 days- please choose events for her-

**There will be some meets where the coach automatically chooses events for your swimmer. Swimmers will not be asked to swim more than they can handle or strokes they have not learned.**

Your account will be billed for swim meet fees, and each meet has own facility fee/own charge per event. All information is in the meet packet-attached on website for every meet.

Meet Packets: The meet letters contain the information of the entire meet, including which days the event takes place, what time (morning / afternoon / evening) YOUR SWIMMER WILL SWIM, and overall information for the facility-fees for entry and parking etc... Parents DO NOT need to fill out forms in the back of packet—those are for coach only.

Once you sign up for a Meet and the deadline has passed, the meet file has been submitted to the Club hosting the event. Please do not expect to be refunded your money if you have something come up and cannot attend the meet.  I can “scratch” your swimmer from the meet, but I cannot get your money refunded.