Junior & Senior Requirements & Expectations
Learning & Development: - Champions have a growth mindset!
In this sport, everyone will have a bad swim, a bad meet, a bad practice. Regardless of how amazing or not so amazing your swim was, there is always something that can be learned and taken from your race. Make the most of each practice/swim, 100% vs 99%- Give the extra 1%!
Attendance: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of practice. Practice attendance directly affects your performance and will affect your group placement in future seasons. Depending on age, experience, and goals, required attendance can vary. A general rule would be at bare minimum 2-3 practices per week.
Practice Suits: Each individual is required to wear a regular competition swimsuit. It is encouraged to stay away from recreational swim wear such as board shorts for males and bikinis for females. Additional suits which create drag (“drag suits”) are not recommended.
Competition Suits: During regular season meets, we will be wearing the team suits. This is a requirement for competitions. Technical suits will not be worn during regular season meets, unless discussed beforehand with a coach.
Caps/Goggles: At each practice, meet warm-up, and competition, it is required that each swimmer wear the issued blue TAHO swim cap. Writing on TAHO swim caps is not permitted. This helps not only identify each swimmer, but also creates team unity. Males and females with short hair are not required to wear swim caps at practice but are encouraged to do so at meets.
In regard to goggles, it is all about the preference of the swimmer. Some may prefer clear, dark, or tinted goggles. When we swim outside, it is highly recommended that a swimmer use tinted/mirrored goggles to protect their eyes from the sun
Equipment: The required equipment is a suit, pair of goggles, Swim cap, and a kickboard (supplied at practice, no need to purchase one).
Effort: We will be practicing and bonding as a group on a daily basis. A positive attitude, quality work ethic, and family atmosphere are contagious. At the same time, a negative attitude, laziness, and resentment towards others will create a chaotic atmosphere. Whether at practice or competition, I expect your best effort every time you are in the pool or participating in dryland activities. There will never be a time that I ask something of you that your mind and body are not capable of performing. You are capable of amazing things! Remember, at competitions, you get out what you put in during practice!
Communication is a two-way street. Just as your coaches will communicate what pace you should hold or what technique adjustment you need to make, we need you to communicate with us when you cannot attend a practice, need extra feedback with regards to swimming, want to swim a specific event, etc. For things like meet entries and other ‘office’ related things, please talk to the coach.
For parental communication or in case of emergencies, Erik’s phone number is 775-331-0123. I am always happy to talk about any issues that arise throughout the season.
Team Unity: As a member of the Tahoe Swim Club, you are expected to support and encourage one another. At each meet, I expect you to wear team apparel, compete in team suits/caps, and CHEER FOR ONE ANOTHER. There will be no bullying, profanity, or violence of any nature at practices, meets, or team functions. There is a no tolerance policy in regard to bullying, profanity, or violence, regardless if it is seen by a coach, parent, or another team.
Finally, I expect each individual to learn and have fun!
Sincerely, Your Tahoe Swim Club Coaches