We are new to swim team. What do we need to know?
In order for your child to participate, they must be able to swim across the pool unassisted. This is a safety issue for all our swimmers and coaches. Practices happen Monday-Friday with meets happening on Tuesdays and Thursdays (see schedule for specific dates and times). Meets are NOT mandatory, although MOST kids do them. Team suits are NOT mandatory, although MOST kids do wear them. All parents are "required" to help out at at least one of our home meets- there will be more information about this as the season draws closer.
My child will miss a practice or two. Do I need to tell the coach?
If you need to miss practice or two here and there, that is fine. We all have busy schedules and do our best to fit in lots of activities. *Meet events will be at coaches discretion and based on practice attendance and participation. In order to be considered for the Conference Meet (July 13 in Decorah) swimmers must attend a minimum of 7 practices and swim in 3 meets.
I am going to miss a meet. What do I do?
Please make sure you sign in for the meet as NOT ATTENDING. Don't just do nothing... it will leave us wondering if you forgot. The only notification we need is for you to "DECLINE" the meet on the meet sign-up page.
My child is going to be involved in multiple activities this summer. What do I do about that?
Decorah Swim Team (DST) has qualified coaches who LOVE coaching and know swimming. They build a rapport with the kids over the season while teaching all the important swimming techniques and fostering a love for swimming. Kids who belong to DST develop self-discipline, good sportsmanship and time management skills. They experience success and learn how to deal with defeat, while becoming healthy and physically fit.
Being at practices is an important part of our swim team for all of the aforementioned reasons. Kids who are not there to practice with the team do not get the social benefits and team building experiences as those kids who come consistently. Practices for DST are more than just swimming skills and technique.
We STRONGLY encourage kids to attend DST practices regularly. This is important not only for their physical progress but for the development of team effort and spirit.
The DST is more than an opportunity to swim in a meet. This should not be a reason for joining. We encourage swimmers to make a commitment to be a part of our team- both at practices and at meets. If you child is not going to be at ANY of the practices, it is probably best for them not to join.
We encourage swimmers choosing to do both DST and other activities to find a balance to get the benefits of each.
Do you have other questions you'd like answered? Contact us and we'll do our best to help you!