Frequently Asked Questions
What ability level do the kids need to be at to join the team?
Tiger Aquatics offers programs for the Novice (has swim lesson experience) through Olympic level swimmer, age 6-21.
Do my swimmers need to attend practice every day?
At the age group level, we encourage our younger swimmers to participate in other activities away from the pool. It is imperative in the sport of swimming that as a swimmer ages their dedication level increases (i.e. higher practice attendance percentage) in order to achieve their full potential.
Are you required to swim in meets?
Swimmers are not required to swim in meets. Each season the coaches will distribute a calendar of meets. Swimmers will be encouraged to attend. Some swimmers are not ready to swim in competitions or are uncomfortable with competition, we recognize this and will tailor the program to the needs of the individual.
How often are there swim meets?
Most swimmers should expect to swim in 1-2 meets per month. The meets are of different levels with different time standards. Swimmers will qualify to swim in only certain meets. The coaching staff works very hard to put together the best meet schedule for all levels on the team.
How do I sign up for a meet?
All swimmers of Tiger Aquatics will be entered together as a TEAM by the coaches. At the beginning of each season, an e-mail will be sent out with an attachment of the meets Tiger will participate in. Parents need to look over the schedule and mark which meet(s) their swimmer(s) will attend and return the paperwork to the swimmer(s) respective coach within one week. When the meet sheet is available the coaches will enter all Tiger swimmers and not have anyone left out of the meet.
Do parents work at the meets (home and away)?
Yes, we cannot run the meets without the parent's help. At our home meets, work shifts are signed up for in advance. All parents are required to work a certain number of shifts. At away meets we ask all parents to help with timing in our team assigned lanes. If everyone helps for a brief shift, the work is shared evenly.
What is a USA Swimming card used for?
Each swimmer must be a registered member of USA Swimming. Proof of membership is your card. Membership includes an insurance policy that allows USA Swimming teams to hold practices and to host meets. Your USA Swimming membership number is a combination of birth-date and letters from your name. You should bring your USA Swimming card to every meet in case there is ever a question regarding your membership status.
What is the proper diet for a swimmer?
First and foremost swimmers should always drink a great deal of water. The human body is over 65% water and the proper intake of water on a daily basis is critical. A well-balanced diet with large amounts of fruits and vegetables is always a good place to start. Avoid fast foods, and saturated fats that are found in potato chips, fried foods, and other quick snacks. Eating a healthy snack before and after each practice session will help keep the blood sugar level at its proper level. During a meet swimmers should stay hydrated throughout the day (extra important in warm weather), and eat foods that are easily digestible (fruits, etc).
How does a swimmer move up in groups?
The decision to move a swimmer up is made by the coaching staff. The decision is based on the progress the swimmer(s) has made in training, and what the coaches feel is best for your child's long term success.
Why am I not allowed to talk to the coaches or sit on deck during training sessions?
Our insurance does not cover parents or siblings on the pool deck. In addition, your presence is a distraction to your swimmer, the coach and the group. Parents are allowed to view practice from the bleacher area.
Should I sign my swimmer up for lessons and/or swim camps?
USA Swimming and many colleges (including here at Pacific) offer camps during the summer. These camps (especially the one here) can be a great experience for your swimmer. However, if you are looking for additional instruction, camps and lessons should not be necessary, in most cases. All the techniques for successful swimming will be covered at the various practice sessions. If your swimmer is interested in a swim camp or additional lessons, the coaching staff will offer suggestions that will compliment what we are doing in our practices.
How can I be a good swimming parent?
The most important concept is to be supportive. Support your swimmer best by making sure they attend practice and meets on a regular basis. Support your swimmer by making sure they are getting a proper diet and rest. Support your swimmer by helping them understand that in swimming, like everything in life, there will be good times as well as bad times. Both can be important learning opportunities. Help your swimmers make the most of their opportunities and help teach them to accept responsibility for their actions. Avoid giving your swimmer instruction or "coaching" your swimmer. Your main job is to support their efforts regardless of the results and encourage them to strive to reach their maximum potential.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS - PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK YOUR COACH.
You can contact the coaching staff at (209) 553-0202