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MAC Handbook

OFFICIAL TEAM HANDBOOK

MURRAY AQUATIC CLUB

 

Murray Aquatic Club (MAC) is a licensed USA Swimming Club that offers a year-round competitive swim program providing instruction and training for swimmers of all levels and abilities.  MAC is committed to promoting the sport of swimming in an energetic competitive atmosphere.  MAC provides the opportunity to help individuals achieve excellence, not just in sports, but in life.

 

MISSION:

The mission of the Murray Aquatic Club is to empower every swimmer, regardless of age or ability, to reach his/her highest personal potential, both as an athlete and as a person.

  • Provide swimmers with the highest quality coaching
  • Maintain a supportive and productive swimming environment
  • Recognize each individual, and value his/her efforts on behalf of our team
  • Encourage mutual respect between swimmers, coaches and families
  • Promote through competition for swimmers of all levels the ideals of:
    • self-discipline
    • hard work
    • goal-achievement
    • pursuit of excellence
    • teamwork
    • good sportsmanship
  • Develop highly skilled individuals and therefore, a highly competitive swim team
  • Foster outstanding volunteer support

 

Being a part of Murray Aquatic Club, swimmers will foster self-discipline, self-confidence, responsibility, perseverance, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.  These traits can produce world-class citizens, as well as world-class athletes!  Swimmers learn to strive for excellence, and to face challenges with courage.

Welcome to the Murray Aquatic Club!

 

TEAM STRUCTURE

Murray Aquatics Club is a government run institution created to provide a competitive swim program delivering instruction and training for participants of all levels and abilities in the greater Salt Lake area.  The team is directed on a daily basis by the head coach and assistant coaches. 

 

MAC is a licensed USA Swimming team and all swimmers MUST be USA Swimming registered.  USA Swimming is the national governing body for amateur competitive swimming in the USA.  USA Swimming administers competitive swimming in accordance with the Olympic & Amateur Sports Act.  They provide programs and services for all members, supporters, affiliates and the interested public. Along with the above services, members receive:

  • Six issues of USA Swimming’s award-winning Splash Magazine
  • Opportunity to qualify for/compete in USA Swimming sanctioned meets, Zones to Olympic Trials
  • Eligibility to participate in local and national swimming camps
  • Ability to track your times and improvement through the extensive times database
  • Excess accident and liability insurance
  • Motivational programs such as Age Group Top 10, Scholastic All-America and more

 

USA Swimming provides the USA Swimming Athlete Outreach program for athletes whose family is currently in need of financial aid in order to join or maintain their membership in USA Swimming.  The Outreach Program is an annual reduced registration fee of $7.00.  For more information, see the Head Coach or go to www.usaswimming.org

 

The Murray Aquatic Club is supported by the MAC Parent Association (MAC-PA).  The purpose of the MAC-PA is to provide the volunteer leadership necessary to perpetuate the program’s success.  Responsibilities of this group include the planning and execution of various team functions, events, fundraisers, equipment purchase and maintenance.  MAC encourages your involvement and participation to provide the critical support necessary for the success of our Club.  Please contact a MAC-PA member listed on the accompanying MAC CONTACT INFORMATION page to become involved in volunteering today.

 

FACILITIES:

Murray Aquatic Club operates out of the Murray Park Center on a year-round basis.  The state of the art aquatic facility includes an 8 lane, 25-yard competition and training pool.

Murray Park Center, 202 East Murray Park Avenue, Murray, UT  84107 (801) 284-4200

 

GROUP STRUCTURE & TRAINING

Murray Aquatic Club uses a tiered group structure to divide individual ability level and to provide a swimmer with goal oriented progression. 

 

BRONZE GROUP:

  • Minimum Entry Standards: completion of Level 6 (or demonstrate equivalency) in the American Red Cross Swim Lessons.  Ability to swim 25 yards of legal Freestyle (w/side breathing) and 25 yards of legal Backstroke.  Ability to successfully function in a group teaching setting without disrupting the classroom environment the coaching staff utilizes for instruction.
  • Age Range: 6-14 years of age
  • Training Schedule:
    • School Year: M-F 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Summer: M-F either 7:00 am to 8:00 am OR 8:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Practice Expectations: attend at least 3 practices per week (w/a maximum of 5)
  • Swim Meets: attend a minimum of 3 per year
  • Competitive Goal: legally swim each stroke without disqualification

The primary focus of the group is stroke skill development.  All technical aspects of the four competitive strokes (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly) will be taught along with each racing start and turn used in competition. The primary endurance training component at this level is kicking.  Once the swimmer is capable of swimming each stroke correctly there will be a gradual increase over longer distances.  Swim meets are introduced at this level and expected in order to develop the skills that are taught in practice.  We understand some swimmers will be apprehensive to compete, so meets are aligned with ability.  Swim meets are typically offered once every 5-6 weeks.

 

SILVER GROUP:

  • Minimum Entry Standards: demonstrated success in bronze group (or equivalency) and head coach approval.  Ability to understand and legally swim all 4 competitive strokes successfully without disqualification.
  • Age Range: 9-14 years of age
  • Training Schedule:
    • School Year: M-F 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm/Sat 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Summer: M-F 7:00 am to 8:30 am/Sat 7:00 am to 9:00 am
  • Practice Expectations: attend at least 4-6 practices per week
  • Swim Meets: attend a minimum of 5 per year
  • Competitive Goal: to qualify and compete at the State Swimming Championship meets.

The primary focus of the group is aerobic development, IMX development, and learning basic race strategies for all strokes and all distances.  The coaching staff will continue to refine all of the technical skills learned in the Bronze group, but the aerobic development of the athlete will increase in importance at this level of the program.  Dryland will be introduced at this level of the program with a focus on developing core strength, flexibility, and muscular endurance (no weight training).

 

GOLD GROUP:

  • Minimum Entry Standards: demonstrated success in silver group (or equivalency) and head coach approval.  Considered the advanced training group.
  • Age Range: 13 years of age and over
  • Training Schedule:
    • School Year: MWF 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm/T&TH 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm/Sat 7:00 am to 9:00 am
    • Summer: M-Sat 7:00 am to 9:00 am (Murray Park Center)/ M&F 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm Long Course Workout (Kearns Fitness Center)/T&TH 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm evening workouts (Murray Park Center)
  • Practice Expectations: attendance at all scheduled practice sessions with minimum participation at least 5 of 6 practices per week (during school year) and 9 practices per week (during the summer season).
  • Swim Meets: attendance at all swim meets with minimum participation at least 7 per year
  • Competitive Goal: to qualify and compete at the State Swimming Championship meets, Western Zone Championships, High School State Championship meet, and any regional or national level meet qualified for.

The primary focus of the group is to maximize the athlete’s talent and potential in the water.  A comprehensive training plan will be utilized based on individual and team goals.  The training plans at this level include a number of components to include getting the appropriate mix of training intensity, duration, volume, specificity, and recovery which requires the athlete to be in attendance for each session.

 

*Note: MAC athletes of high school age (9th-12th grades) may participate in the high school competitive season.  MAC swimmers who participate represent their schools at these meets. High school swimming is governed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rulebook.

 

PRACTICE OBSERVATION BY PARENTS:

Parents are welcome to observe MAC practice sessions from the bleachers.  In order to provide the ideal training environment please read and understand the following guidelines:

  1. The MAC practice environment is much like a classroom environment at your child’s school.  Please consider that as you observe the session and respect the teaching/training environment the staff is committed to fostering
  2. Parents should not attempt to communicate with their child during a practice session.  The MAC coaching staff will handle all necessary disciplinary action and involve the parents if they deem necessary.  If an emergency arises, please approach the coach first and request the removal of your swimmer from the practice session.
  3. Please do not approach the coaching staff with general questions or concerns during a practice session.  The coach’s attention and focus needs to be maintained on the lesson/practice plan for the day and the safety/instruction of the group.  A coach will make every reasonable effort to answer your questions outside of practice time.  You may direct any question to the Head Coach via email at swim4murray@gmail.com.
  4. Parents are not swim coaches and should not participate in coaching the swimmers at practices or meets.  The MAC coaching staff is professionally certified and uniquely qualified to provide instruction and feedback to your swimmers.  Please respect these boundaries and don’t hesitate to ask questions if you don’t understand something that you are observing in practice or at meets.
  5. Parents are expected to respect the rules of the Murray Aquatic Club.  Please ensure that any siblings of MAC swimmers abide by these rules and respect the practice environment described above.

 

SWIM MEET OVERVIEW & PHILOSOPHY

Swim meets are at the very heart of why the Murray Aquatic Club exists.  The sport of competitive swimming has a thrilling history and when you join a team like MAC, the implication is that you are ready and willing to begin the exciting process of becoming a competitive swimmer.  Swim meets play a vital role in the development of swimmers at all levels of the MAC program.  This overview of our swim meet philosophy will provide the basic information about what swim meets entail, how to sign your swimmer up, the MAC guidelines for swim meet participation, and a description of the types of swim meets we participate in.  You will come to understand the exciting competitive edge of the MAC program.

 

SWIM MEET PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES:

BRONZE LEVEL – Swimmers at this level are encouraged to attend swim meets once every 4-6 weeks.  The primary purpose for swim meet participation at this level is to apply the technical skills learned in practice at race speed.  Swim meets are a great opportunity for your swimmer to enjoy a competitive team atmosphere, and feel their progress.

 

SILVER LEVEL – Swimmers at this level are highly encouraged to attend swim meets once every 4-6 weeks.  The primary focus for swim meet participation at this level is learning to pace and race each distance of all four strokes and the individual medley (IM).  This is a fun atmosphere as these swimmers get involved with the IMX program, swimming the majority of events offered in their age group.

 

GOLD LEVEL – Swimmers at this level should be attending every swim meet on the schedule.  Swim meets at this level play very specific roles in the training process and each one is included for a reason.  The training process at this level is much more advanced and the season plan is geared to prepare the swimmer for peak performance at specific times of the season.

 

SWIM SEASON OVERVIEW:

USA Swimming Short Course Season begins in September and continues through a series of LSC (Local Swimming Committee) and Regional swim meets that take place in March.  MAC is a member of the Utah Swimming LSC.  Meets are conducted in a 25-yard short course pool during this season.

 

USA Swimming Long Course Season typically begins at the conclusion of the short course season.  MAC will participate in long course meets as early as April and as late as July each year.  The LSC and Regional long course swim meets take place in mid-July.  Meets are conducted in 50-meter long course pools, which is the Olympic distance.

 

Murray High School swimming provides for MAC athletes of high school age (9th-12th grades) to participate in the high school competitive season.  The first high school meets typically take place in early November and the UHSAA Regional and State Championship meets take place in early February.  Meets are conducted in a 25-yard short course pool.  Select competitions such as the state meet may be observed by USA Swimming officials in accordance with Utah Swimming rules in order to make the times posted at these meets by USA Swimming members eligible to be added to the national USA Swimming database.

 

SWIM MEET ENTRY PROCEDURE:

The MAC coaching staff prepares the team entry for each meet well in advance of the meet entry deadline established by the host club.  The MAC coaching staff will establish a meet entry deadline for the team and post it on the current season’s meet schedule.  Email reminders will be sent out to the team as the entry deadline approaches.  The official meet announcement will be posted on the MAC website once it is released by the host club.  This document will give an overview of the meet format and provide any details released by

the host club.  *It is important to remember the entry deadline posted by the MAC coaching staff is the one you are responsible for in terms providing submission information and payment if you want your swimmer to compete.

 

Please use the following steps to sign your swimmer(s) up for swim meets:

  1. Check and make sure your swimmers group is included in the swim meet.  Often swim meets are targeted for specific age groups or time standards.  (i.e. 10&Under, Invitational, BB times, etc.).  If you have any questions about your swimmers eligibility for the meet, please check with their primary coach.
  2. Using the email signup link you received, confirm swim meet attendance by clicking on “Attend.”
  3. Select the events from those listed that your swimmer would like to participate in.  There will be limits on the amount of events you can select (usually 3 per day).
  4. Each family is responsible for the meet entry fees associated with the meet once the team entry has been sent to the host club.  You must calculate the amount due, make a check out to MAC and turn into a coach or drop into the meet entry drop box outside the head coach’s office.

 

TYPES OF SWIM MEETS:

  • Dual Meets – A dual meet is a meet between two teams.  The format can vary depending on the purpose of the meet.
  • USA Swimming Age Group Meets – This is the most common type of meet that MAC participates in.  Age Group meets typically take place over 1-3 days and include multiple events contested in multiple age groups (i.e. 8&Under, 9-10 Years, 11-12 Years, 13-14 Years 15&Over or OPEN).  These meets can be run with a variety of meet even lists and formats.  Most of them are conducted in a timed final format, which means the swimmer will only complete in each entered event once during the meet.
  • Utah State Championship Meet – Utah hosts two state championship swim meets each year.  Short course state championship meet is in early March.  Long course state championships meet is in mid to late July.  These meets use the prelim/final format for most age groups and events, which means that swimmers will swim in heats during the morning prelims, with the top qualifiers advancing to the finals session in the evening.
  • Regional – The regional championship meets involve the USA Swimming ZONE we participate in, which is the Western Zone.  For age group and senior swimmers, the Western Zone Championships take place in August and the swimmers that qualify will represent Utah Swimming at the meet. 
  • National – The national level is the highest level of the sport that members of USA Swimming participate in unless they qualify to represent our country in international competitions.  The short course Junior National and National Championships take place in December and the long course championships in August.  The US Open, US Olympic Trials, and Grand Prix Series are also national level competitions that take place on the national calendar depending on the year.

 

TYPE OF SWIM EVENTS:

Short Course Events (SCY) Include –

  • 25 Free, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free
  • 25 Back, 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 Back
  • 25 Breast, 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast
  • 25 Fly, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 Fly
  • 100 Individual Medley (IM), 200 IM, 400 IM

 

Long Course Events (LCM) Include –

  • 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 1500 Free
  • 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 Back
  • 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast
  • 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 200 Fly
  • 200 IM, 400 IM

 

TIME STANDARDS:

Each year USA Swimming establishes time standards or “Cuts” for each of its major meets, from BB or age group meets to Olympic trials, swimmers are always striving to make their next cut.  Time standards are designed to encourage age group swimmers to step their swimming up to the next level.  These time standards guide you from just starting out in your age group to reaching your highest potential.  Start at level B and work your way up to level AAAA times.  Current USA Swimming time standards can be found at www.usaswimming.org.

 

We ask that each MAC family consider the importance of these meets when you plan your meet participation each season and that you make plans to have your swimmer attend as they achieve standard qualifier times.

 

In addition, MAC requires family support and asks that parents/siblings of swimmers help volunteer in our team assigned duties at “away” swim meets and fill volunteer jobs helping run our “at home” swim meets.

 

USA SWIMMING – SWIM MEET BASICS

BEFORE THE MEET STARTS:

  1. Arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins. This time will be listed in the meet information handed out to all swimmers and also in the team newsletter.
  2. Upon arrival, find a place to put your swimmer's blankets, swim bags and/or sleeping bags. The team usually sits in one place together, so look for some familiar faces.
  3. Find the check-in place. Usually, parents are not allowed on deck so this may be a responsibility of your swimmer or your swimmer’s coach. Make sure your swimmer checks in with his or her coach! Check for special posted instructions in the check-in area.
    1. Usually one will need to circle the swimmer's name or "#" before each swimmer's name, in each event he or she is swimming, that day. If this is not done, the swimmer will not be allowed to swim that event. Check-in is required so that the people running the meet know who is actually at the meet. After check-in, the meet administrators "seed" the swimmers into heats. Heat and lane assignments will be posted, so be sure your swimmer knows where to look!
    2. Sometimes the meet is "pre-seeded" and no check-in is required. You and your swimmer can find heat and lane assignments by purchasing a program.
  1. Once "checked in", write or have the swimmers write each event-number on his or her hand in ink. This helps him/her remember what events he/she is swimming and what event number to listen or watch for.
  2. Your swimmer now gets his/her cap and goggles and reports to the pool and/or coach for warm-up instructions. It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with the team. A swimmer's body is just like a car on a cold day-he/she needs to get the engine going and warmed-up before he/she can go all out.
  3. After warm-up, your swimmer will go back to the area where his/her team is sitting and wait there until his first event is called. This is a good time to make sure he/she goes to the bathroom if necessary, gets a drink, or just gets settled in.
  4. The meet will usually start about 10-15 minutes after warm-ups are over.
  5. According to USA Swimming rules (because of insurance purposes), parents are not allowed on deck unless they are serving in an official capacity. Similarly, all questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or the conduct of a meet, should be referred to a coach. He or she in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper channels.
  6. Psyche Sheet or Heat Sheets. A psyche sheet is usually available for sale in the lobby or concession area of the pool. It lists all swimmers in each event in order of "seed time". When the team entry is sent in, each swimmer and his/her previous best time (up to the date that the entry was submitted) in that event is listed. If the swimmer is swimming an event for the first time, he/she will be entered as a "no-time" or "NT". A "no-time" swimmer will most likely swim in one of the first heats of the event. A Heat sheet may be available close to the start of the meet that lists the actual heat and lane a swimmer will be competing in.

 

MEET STARTS:

  1. It is important for any swimmer to know what event numbers he/she is swimming (again, why they should have the numbers on their hand). He/she may swim right away after warm-up or they may have to wait awhile.
  2. Most meets are computerized. There are generally two ways a swimmer gets to his/her lane:
    1. A swimmer usually reports directly to his/her lane for competition a number of heats before he/she actually swims. Check with your swimmer's coach for specific instructions.
    2. In some novice meets, a swimmer's event number will be called, usually over the loudspeaker, and he/she will be asked to report to the "clerk of course" or “bullpen”. Swimmers should report with his/her cap and goggle.
    3. Generally, girls events are odd-numbered and boys events are even-numbered. Example: "Event #26, 10-Under Boys, 50 freestyle, report to Clerk of Course." The "Clerk of Course" or “bullpen” area is usually where all swimmers checked in before the warm-up.
    4. The clerk will usually line up all the swimmers and take them down to the pool in correct order. You can expect at least 4-8 heats of each event.
  1. The swimmer swims his or her race.
  2. After each swim:
    1. He/she is to ask the timers (people behind the blocks at each lane) his/her time.
    2. Depending on the coach’s instructions, the swimmer may be asked to do some recovery swimming if a "warm down" pool or lanes are available.
    3. The swimmer should then go immediately to his or her coach. The coach will discuss the swim with each swimmer. Some coaches may wish to talk with the swimmer before her recovery swim.
  1. Generally, the coach follows these guidelines when discussing swims:
    1. Positive comments or praise
    2. Suggestions for improvement
    3. Positive comments
  1. Things you, as a parent, can do after each swim:
    1. Tell him how great he did! The coaching staff will be sure to discuss stroke technique with him. You need to tell him how proud you are and what a great job he did.
    2. Take him back to the team area and relax.
    3. This is another good time to check out the bathrooms, get a drink or something light to eat.
  1. The swimmer now waits until his next event is called and starts the procedure again. When a swimmer has completed all of her events she and her parents get to go home. Make sure, however, you, as a parent, check with the coach before leaving to make sure your swimmer is not included on a relay. It is not fair to other swimmers who may have stayed to swim on a relay where your swimmer is expected to be a member and she is not there.
  2. Results are usually posted somewhere in the facility. Awards are often gathered for a team and given to the coach at the end of the meet. The coach will give the awards to the swimmers at a later time.

 

WHAT TO BRING TO A SWIM MEET

FOR SWIMMERS:

  • At least 2 towels
  • 2 caps
  • 2 pairs of goggles (tinted for outdoor, sunny meets)
  • 2 suits
  • Water Bottle
  • Chair
  • Sharpie
  • Sunscreen/chap stick
  • Always bring team warm ups or a light windbreaker or sweatshirt/sweatpants, and shoes.  Sometimes it gets chilly for the swimmers while they wait for their events.
  • Money to buy a heat sheet (program showing order of events to include swimmers heat/lane).  Heat sheets sell anywhere from $2.00 to $12.00 depending on the size of the meet.
  • IPod, book to read, playing cards, homework, headphones or MP3 player for music, etc. (sometimes there is a lot of waiting between events)

 

FOR PARENTS:

  • Sunglasses
  • Pain Relief
  • Water Bottle
  • Blanket
  • Portable Folding Chair (sometimes there are bleachers for parents/swimmers to sit down, but they are not always available or in the best location)
  • An umbrella or poncho for protection from the rain (if outdoor).  Remember swimming is not cancelled for rain unless there is lightning.
  • Cooler
  • Pen to write your child’s times down
  • A highlighter to mark MAC swimmers’ events and lane assignments on the heat sheet
  • A sharpie/pen to write your child’s EVENT (E), Heat (H) and Lane (L) assignment on their arm so they make sure they are where they need to be at the right time.

 

IMX AND IMR DEVELOPMENT

USA Swimming has a number of fun programs to help swimmers reach the next level in their swimming careers.  One of those programs is the IMX series designed to help various age groups compete in multiple events, rather than specialize in one stroke too early.

IMX & IMR are programs designed to motivate and challenge swimmers within their age group.  Basically, swimmers receive power points from each of their swims (according to their age group).  Those points are then tallied, and the swimmer with the most points wins!  There is an IMX & IMR award given at the Utah State Championship each year as recognition to these hard working swimmers.  Read up on the programs below and get started today.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Sign-up online at www.usaswimming.org
  2. Set up a My USA Swimming Account – it’s free and super easy
  3. You are ready to go!

 

A note about IMR & IMX Scores – An IMX or IM Ready score is only established after a swimmer has swum all of the events required for their age group in a sanctioned meet since the start of the current season; both short and long course seasons start September 1 and end August 31 for IMX/IMR purposes.  Additionally, a swimmer must complete all events in the same course (SCY or LCM) to have a score in that particular course.

 

IM READY (IMR):

The first step in the IMX Challenge is IM Ready or IMR.  To get IMR, swimmers compete in a series of five events at shorter distances.  Below are the listed line-ups by age groups:

  • 9&Under/10-year olds: 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)
  • 11-year olds/12-year olds: 200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM (SC) or 200 IM (LC)
  • 13 to 18 year-olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Once you’ve swum each individual event at least once at an official meet you can log-in to your Deck Pass Account, and find out where you rank against all the other swimmers on your club team.

 

IM XTREME (IMX):

Ready to move forward?  The next step is the IM Xtreme or IMX.  The IMX ranking includes a series of five or six events at longer distances.  Once you’ve completed the IMX program, you can find out where your IMX score ranks nationally, within your zone, within your LSC rank and on your club.  Below are the listed line-ups by age groups:

  • 9&Under/10-year olds: 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
  • 11-year olds/12-year olds: 400 or 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
  • 13 to 18 year-olds: 400 Free (LC) or 500 Free (SC), 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

 

HOW DO I SCORE POINTS:

Rankings in the program are based on power points, a system developed by USA Swimming and Hy-Tek.  See the Power Points on the USA Swimming website for more information and to use the Power Point Calculator.

 

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE:

Participation in the IMR and IMX is easy.  USA Swimming automatically scores and calculates results for all athlete members.  Swimmers only need to sign up for a Deck Pass Account, then compete in each required event, at a sanctioned meet, at least once in a season.

 

Swimmers have the option of printing certificates that displays their scores for either IMR or IMX.  They can also optionally print their national, zone, LSC and/or club rankings.

 

All of the above information is provided directly on the USA Swimming website which you can access at www.usaswimming.org

 

TEAM EQUIPMENT & APPAREL

 

BRONZE TEAM:

  • Team Suit for Meets
  • Practice Suit
  • Goggles/Swim Cap
  • Kick Board (Park Center does have some available)
  • Training Fins

 

SILVER TEAM:

  • Team Suit for Meets
  • Practice Suit
  • “Drag” Suit
  • Goggles/Swim Cap
  • Personal Equipment Bag
  • Kick Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Hand Paddles (see coach for size recommendation)
  • Training Fins (see coach for style recommendation)

 

GOLD TEAM:

  • Team Suit for Meets
  • Practice Suit
  • “Drag” Suit
  • Goggles/Swim Cap
  • Personal Equipment Bag
  • Kick Board
  • Pull Buoy
  • Hand Paddles (see coach for size recommendation)
  • Training Fins (see coach for style recommendation)
  • Snorkel

 

TEAM GEAR:

Team suits are purchased through the team representative or through Aquaholics website or directly at Aquaholics store.

AQUAHOLICS

583 Fort Union Blvd

Midvale, Utah 84047

(801) 748-0588

shopaquaholics.com

 

MAC swimmers are required to wear the team swim cap at competition.  See a member of the coaching staff to obtain/order a team swim cap.

 

Practice suits should be competitive training suits.  Boys typically wear briefs, “Drag” suits or Jammers.  Girls typically train in regular one-piece suits.  The primary competitive swimwear brands include Speedo, Nike, Dolphin and TYR.

 

All other equipment can be purchased online at www.swimoutlet.com or through local swim shops (example below).  Be sure to ask about discounts for MAC team members.

 

POOL ‘N PATIO

2171 East 3300 South

Salt Lake City, Utah 84109

(801) 485-5550

poolnpatiosupply.com

 

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Annual USA Swimming and MAC Team Membership Fees - $100 per swimmer

  • USA Swimming Membership Fee
    • $75 per swimmer
  • MAC Membership Fee
    • $25 per swimmer
  • These fees are required, there are no exceptions
  • Complete registration form, write check for $100 to MAC and submit to Coach

 

Group Training Fee – based on group level participation.  Fees are paid to the Murray Park Center either online at www.mcreg.com or at the front desk.  You have the option to pay monthly, seasonally or yearly, but you must have paid before the first practice attended each month.

  • Estimate Monthly Fee:
    • Bronze Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $35/$40 per month
    • Silver Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $40/$45 per month
    • Gold Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $45/$50 per month
  • Estimate Seasonal Rate: (example December to February)
    • Bronze Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $90/$105 per month
    • Silver Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $105/$120 per month
    • Gold Group (Member/Resident and Non-Resident) $120/$135 per month

 

MAC Team Fundraiser – Each year the team puts on two home meets.  All swimmers must attend the meet.  If a swimmer does not participate they must pay the entry fees regardless prior to the meet entry deadline.  Current estimate for a typical home meet is approx. $25, making the required yearly payments for home meets around $50 per year.

 

Swim Meet Entry Fees

Fees are determined by the host club and will be listed on the online meet entry form.  Once you have registered your swimmer for a meet, it is your responsibility to calculate the total due and submit to your coach a check written to MAC.  If payment is not received by the deadline, your swimmer will be scratched from the meet.

 

All Checks are to be made payable to:

Murray Aquatic Club or MAC

 

Payments may be deposited in the drop box next to the Head Coach’s office or mailed to:

Dale Ralph

2512 South 450 East

Bountiful, Utah 84010

 

 

TEAM COMMUNICATION

Murray Aquatic Club communication plan uses the following tools in our efforts to keep our members informed and prepared for success in and out of the water.

 

TEAM WEBSITE:

www.murrayaquaticclub.com

The team website is the centerpiece of the communication plan.  The website will include all pertinent information regarding member registration, team structure, practice and swim meet schedules, team announcements, and team contact information.  It will also act as an archive for team policy documents, meet results, meet information, directions to away meets, team records & top times, parent and swimmer education articles.

 

EMAIL:

swim4murray@gmail.com

The MAC coaching staff will utilize email as the primary form of direct communication with the team as a whole.  Any time sensitive announcements, practice changes or cancellation, meet entry deadline reminders and upcoming swim event information will be sent out via group email.

 

PARENT MEETING:

The MAC coaching staff will host pre-season group parent meetings.  These meetings will cover group objectives, coaching philosophy, and athlete/parent expectations.  Additionally, a member of the coaching staff will attend the regular MAC Parent Association meetings to support voluntary leadership and successful programs.

 

PARENT/COACH CONFERENCE:

The MAC coaching staff may request an individual meeting with an athlete and their parent(s).  This type of meeting could be scheduled to discuss any number of items ranging from athlete development to disciplinary issues.

 

COMMENTS, COMPLAINTS OR ISSUES:

The MAC coaching staff aims to respectfully address any disagreements that may arise between parents, athletes and coaches.  Please utilize the following steps when communicating complaints or concerns with a member of the MAC coaching staff:

 

  • Speak directly to your child’s primary coach about the matter.  This may require a parent/coach conference.  Please note that it is not appropriate to discuss matters of this nature during practice time or on the pool deck with other parent or athlete members of the team present.
  • Speak directly to the head coach regarding the matter.  The head coach will address the complaint with the coach in question (if necessary) and may request a parent/coach meeting to resolve the issue.
  • Communicate directly to the MAC Pool Manager.  A written complaint may be required at this time in order for the Pool Manager and Head Coach to come to a final decision on the matter.

 

 

MAC CONTACT INFORMATION

COACHING STAFF:

 

MAC PARENT ASSOCIATION (MAC-PA):

  • President: Mike Findlay
    • (801) 953-5610
    • mikefindlay@yahoo.com
  • Vice President: TBD
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  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ryan Brimley
    • (801) 556-7969
    • rbrim@hotmail.com
  • Program Development Chair: Marcie Mason
    • (801) 718-7887
    • marciekmason@yahoo.com
  • Communications Chair: Teri Findlay
    • (801) 949-6225
    • teriann02@hotmail.com
  • Officials Chair: Kristina Gale
    • (801) 822-4209          
    • kristinagale@gmail.com
  • Equipment Chair: Sandy Johnson
    • (801) 232-1922 or (801) 631-3074
    • kyleandsandy@gmail.com
  • USA Swim Registration Chair: Ann Peterson
    • (801) 288-9475
    • asp84123@comcast.net