Pirate Swim Club Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is two-fold: to explain to new members just what the Pirate Swim Club is and to outline various policies that affect all swimmers, year after year. It should be read by all families so that they may become familiar with important facts and rules of the club.
What is the Pirate Swim Club?
Pirate Swim Club (PSC) is a non-profit, parent run organization. Our club is governed by USA Swimming and Utah Swimming Inc. PSC has been serving Magna and surrounding communities for fifty years providing a year round program for athletes.
Mission Statement, Vision, & Philosophy
Mission statement: The mission of the Pirate Swim Club is to support and promote the sport of swimming through hard work and dedication. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our members and our community.
Vision: To inspire and enable our members to achieve their dreams in competitive swimming and in their lives. "Dream it. Achieve it.”
Club/coach philosophy: Steady and committed training is the only road to ultimate long-term success. Aerobic development and maintenance with proper technique is the foundation for swimming achievement in all strokes over all distances. Communication between coach and swimmer, coach and parent, and swimmer and parent is vital.
Teamwork: Pirate Swim Club is a team that is built upon the commitment, support, and participation of the board, coaches, swimmers, parents/guardians, and the community at large. PSC believes that its success in achieving the team’s goals is dependent upon the cooperation of all members.
Coaching: PSC is committed to providing comprehensive, expert swim/stroke training by an experienced coaching staff. In addition to swim training, PSC promotes the practice of healthy lifestyle habits, such as good nutrition and sleep.
The Swimmer: PSC believes that each swimmer is an individual with different backgrounds, needs, and goals. The club focuses on the development of positive self-esteem and individual goal setting. The team encourages swimmers to represent PSC by participating competitively on a year round basis. PSC believes that all members should model team spirit and sportsmanship.
PSC’s Comprehensive Future
PSC has created a comprehensive swim program that serves swimmers of all levels.
PSC Learn to Swim Program: The PSC learn to swim program offers swim lessons for individuals 5 years and older. Instructors provide beginning instruction for the non-swimmer, as well as advanced stroke training for more experienced swimmers.
PSC Pre-Comp: Our pre-comp group takes the swimmers from our Learn to Swim program and prepares them for competition. They receive instruction from the deck and in the water.
PSC Competitive Team: The PSC competitive team is a USA swim team that operates year round. They compete regularly and receive advanced stroke training on a regular basis.
The Pirate Swim Club
PSC Board of Directors
The board is made up of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and the head swim coach. Other positions are filled as needed. The Board of Directors meets together on a monthly basis to discuss issues related to our organization as a whole.
The volunteer swim parents/guardians manage PSC’s business planning and fiscal responsibilities. Election of Board Members is held each year. Board Members are elected to serve a two-year term. Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Responsibilities of the Board
One of PSC’s goals is to create an environment of team cohesiveness. By providing regular social, team-building opportunities, the Board hopes to nurture the team and to instill a sense of team pride. Parents/guardians and swimmers will be more motivated to be a part of PSC, when they feel valued and enjoy themselves.
The PSC Board will maintain vital relationships with the community of Magna, and Granite School District.
The Board will manage the budget of the team. The team will build relationships within the community and seek business sponsorships to establish a strong financial base for future growth. PSC will also submit grant applications under its 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
All PSC coaches must meet high criteria set forth by USA Swimming. Each coach holds a current First Aid and CPR Training for the Professional Rescuer certification. Coaches are also required to complete the USA Swimming Safety Training for Coaches Course. PSC coaches have also passed a background check. All of the above requirements must be kept up to date for a swim coach to remain in good standing with USA Swimming and the Pirate Swim Club.
PSC coaches’ main responsibility is to mold all of our swimmers into the best swimmers that they can be. In addition, coaches mentor swimmers in life skills and positive values.
Coaches shall build relationships with team families, to achieve mutually-set goals for each swimmer.
Coaches also help the team to build relationships with other aquatic organizations.
As the Parent/Guardian of a competitive swimmer, your main responsibility is to provide a caring, supporting environment. This support will encourage your child to feel good about his or her interest in competitive swimming. Show your support by ensuring your swimmer’s attendance at practices and swim meets.
Parents/guardians are not participants on their child’s team but contribute to the success experienced by the swimmer and his or her team. Parents/guardians serve as role models, and children frequently emulate their attitudes. Strive to be a positive role model. Most important, show good sportsmanship at all times toward coaches, officials and other teams.
Parent Code of Conduct
As a Parent of the Pirate Swim Club (PSC) Swim Team, I will abide by the following code of conduct:
1. Practice teamwork with all parents, swimmers & coaches by supporting the values of Discipline, Loyalty, Commitment, and Hard Work.
2. As a parent, I will not coach or instruct the team or any swimmer at a practice or meets (from the stands or any other area) or interfere with coaches on the pool deck. Any communication with the coaching staff will occur either prior to the start of a coach’s shift or after the conclusion of his/her coaching day.
3. Demonstrate good sportsmanship by conducting myself in a manner that earns the respect of my child, other swimmers, parents, officials & the coaches at meets & practices.
4. Maintain self-control at all times & know my role.
Swimmers – swim,
Coaches - coach,
Officials – officiate,
5. Enjoy involvement with the PSC Swim Team by supporting the swimmers, coaches & other parents with positive communications & actions.
6. During competitions, questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials are directed to a member of our coaching staff only.
7. As a parent, I understand that criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, &/or any participating swimmer will not be permitted or tolerated.
I understand and agree to the above terms and condition of the Pirate Swim Club in exchange for the privilege of my child(ren), registered with this agreement, to participate in the activities and swimming program of the Pirate Swim Club.
Should I conduct myself in such a way that brings discredit or discord to PSC, or USA Swimming I voluntarily subject myself to disciplinary action.
PSC maintains the right to terminate any membership with/without cause in the interest of our vision, mission and objectives.
Athlete Protection Policy
Pirate Swim Club is dedicated to providing a safe and positive environment for our swimmers’ physical, social, and emotional development, as well as providing an environment that is free of misconduct. In the event that any Pirate Swim Club coach, club member, or volunteer observes any kind of inappropriate behavior, such as policy violations, or other kinds of misconduct or suspects physical or sexual abuse, it is the personal responsibility of that person to immediately report their observations to any Pirate Swim Club Coach or Pirate Swim Club Board Member. The policy can be found on the Pirate Swim Club website.
PSC Practice Groups
The Pirate Swim Club offers a wide variety of training group levels, each developed and structured with the purpose of creating a long-term passion for competitive swimming. We do our best to make swimming fun, exciting and fulfilling for each team member, from swimmers at the State and National level to those who recently completed swim lessons.
The PSC practice group criteria has been developed to responsibly train athletes as they grow and mature. Young swimmers are continually going through tremendous changes both physically and emotionally, even within one season. Emphasis in proper technique training, aerobic development, kicking and dryland training make up the foundations of our program’s levels no matter what stages of growth and development a swimmer may be in at any point in time.
Determining the Best Fit
Because all kids develop at different stages and rates, a cookie cutter method does not work. As a result, coaches use a three-layered approach in determining the best fit for each swimmer's stage of development:
• Age of the swimmer
• Physical abilities (practice and meets)
• Emotional readiness
Many misunderstandings happen when swimmers (and parents) focus mainly on the time standards criteria for group moves. Often, this mindset means that a swimmer's season successes (or failures) are based solely on whether the swimmer moves to a new practice group. Swimmers want to avoid this mindset in their training and when determining success; much more goes into the coach's decision to move swimmers to a new training group then just simply achieving "Champ" or "A" times.
Below is a detailed breakout of what the coaches look for in the three-layered approach for group placement:
Age of the Swimmer
• Jr. Pirates ages 6-9
• Blue group: ages 6-12
• Gold group: ages 8-13
• Junior group: ages 9-15
• Senior group: ages 13+
• Practice Training
• Sustained effort level throughout practices and practice sets
• Attends practices regularly
• Prepared to begin practice on time
• Completes full practices and practice sets without multiple
interruptions and stopping
• Successfully completes all challenge sets
• Trains up to ability in practices (example: swimmers who achieve higher time standards at meets, but continually train at the back of the group in practice, or behind swimmers who may not have achieved higher time standards, are considered not swimming up to their ability level)
• Consistently training among the leaders of the group
• Goes above and beyond the bare minimum
• Meet Performance
• Time Standards
• Event repertoire (i.e. a mix of distances - 50s, 100s, 200s, and the four competitive strokes)
• Demonstrates “coach-ability"
• Listens while the coach is speaking
• Grasps instructions/concepts quickly
• Able to receive feedback and apply instructions in training and
• Demonstrates emotional maturity
• Demonstrates sustained concentration on the task at hand
• Positive influence among teammates.
• Acts responsibly in and out of the pool
• Has an “I can” attitude (especially when things are not going as
• Demonstrates resiliency and overcomes adversity
• Demonstrates intrinsic motivation
In determining group placement for the upcoming season, coaches are not hasty in their decision. We observe swimmers' training patterns, and collaborate with one another to determine the best fit for each swimmer. The entire process takes a full season to figure out, which starts on the first day of practice.
When the coaching staff has observed that all three layers are present, they will begin initiating the swimmer’s move to a new and more appropriate level. Swimmers and parents should keep in mind that in the larger scheme of a swimming career, practice group placement is only temporary and moving to a more rigorous group lies within the swimmer’s own preparation, attitude and effort. In order to meet increased rigors and intensity in training of the next practice group, swimmers MUST demonstrate they can swim above and beyond the challenges of their current practice group. Coaches place swimmers in groups where they will have the best opportunity to reach their full potential, as well as prevent injury and avoid getting overwhelmed and discouraged.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your swimmer's coach.
Swimmers in this group just finished the Pre-comp group in our Learn to Swim program. They will focus on learning all 4 strokes, proper starts, and turns. They will begin competing in mini and developmental meets.
Jr. Pirate requirements:
100 Freestyle with side breathing
2x 25’s backstroke
4x 25 kick
Move up requirements to Blue Group:
4x50 kick on 1:30
6x50 freestyle on 1:20
Main focus for this group is building upon what they learned in Jr. Pirates. They will continue to develop all 4 competitive stroke techniques as well as proper starts and turns.
Move up requirements to Gold group:
6 x 50 kick on 1:30
4x 100 freestyle on 2:00
2x 25 breastroke and butterfly
Practice attendance advised for optimal results 3 practices a week.
Swimmers in this group need to have a knowledge of all 4 competitive strokes. Main focus is completing the 100 IM legally by the end of the season, technique is still a focus in this group, 50% of practices are kick and drill based with the intention of developing good habits and a good foundation for the future.
Move up requirements to Junior Group:
6 x 100 free swim on 1:45
6 x 100 kick on 2:30
4 x 100 IM
Practice attendance advised for optimal results 4 practices a week.
Swimmers in this group need to be able to train all four competitive strokes. The main focus is to swim the 200 IM legally at most meets. Once again kicking is a main focus of practices, but swimmers will train in longer distances as well as complete test sets to prepare them for the Senior Group.
Move up requirements to Senior Group:
8 x 100 free swim on 1:30
8 x 100 kick on 2:00
2 x 200 IM
Practice attendance advised for optimal results 5 practices a week.
Swimmers in this group need to be able to train all four competitive strokes. The main focus is to swim the 400 IM legally as well as complete the IMX ranking. The group focus is on preparing swimmers to swim at the next level.
Practice attendance advised for optimal results 6 practices a week.
Practice Group Assignments
The assignment of the Swimmer(s) to a group shall be the decision of the coaching staff. Practice group changes will be made at the completion of long course and short course season. An assignment may be modified during the swim year if the coaching staff believes a different team would be more appropriate for the swimmer.
Swimmer Code of Conduct
As a swimmer & member of the Pirate Swim Club (PSC), I will abide by the following code of conduct:
1. I will conduct myself with dignity and respect for others and for the property of others.
2. I will be on time for practice, training sessions, and meets.
3. I will comply with all team rules.
4. As a matter of team pride & courtesy to meet hosts, pool facility operators, & janitorial staff member, swimmers I will leave the PSC team area in a neat & clean condition at the conclusion of each practice session. I understand this also applies to pool locker/rest rooms, bleacher areas, pool decks, etc.
5. I will practice and teach good sportsmanship.
6. I will promote positive team spirit and morale.
7. I will offer congratulations and encouragement to his/her opponents.
8. I will support my teammates at practice and at competition. Working together as a unit will benefit each team member and is an important part of PSC spirit.
9. I will follow verbal directions of the coaching staff. At no time will disrespectful attitudes by any swimmer be tolerated.
10. I will respect the rights and space requirements of other groups using the swimming facility.
11. I will follow the Code of Conduct at home, at away events and at any event where PSC is represented.
I understand that at no times will the following be accepted:
1. Use or possession of any illegal substance (i.e. alcohol, drugs, tobacco).
2. Destructive behavior.
3. Inappropriate or unruly behavior, including fighting or striking another athlete.
4. Inappropriate language (swearing or derogatory comments) or lying.
5. Stealing and vandalism.
6. Bullying or isolating another swimmer.
7. Interference with the progress of another swimmer during practice or at any other time.
Consequences for Violation of the Code of Conduct:
This code shall be in force for all PSC swimmers during practice, during swim meets, and at events sponsored by, or in which, PSC is represented. Disciplinary actions can range from, but are not limited to; reprimands, repetitions of a drill, pushups, etc., being sent home from practice or meets at the parents’ expense, expulsion from the team, being barred from competition, or receiving other disciplinary action that the board deems necessary if the member fails to adhere to the Code in part or in whole.
SUSPENSION: Coaches may suspend a swimmer from practice for disciplinary reason for a maximum of three days. Coaches may also recommend to the board that a swimmer be expelled from the club if in his/her judgment, the swimmer is unable to conform to the disciplinary guidelines established for swim practice and club participation.
Safety and Behavior
The Pirate Swim Club board of directors reserves the right to terminate the membership of any individual whose behavior places the Pirate Swim Club in an unfavorable light or jeopardizes our participation in any pool use or sporting event. All swimmers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and act as appropriate ambassadors for the club. They should act as role models for other swimmers at all times.
Equipment: Check with your coach–not all items are required for all groups:
Practice Suit (must be specifically designed for competition and training)
When a new team suit is adopted swimmers will be asked to purchase the new design. However, allowance will be made for a time for swimmers to wear their previous season’s suit. Swimmers need to wear the team suit and cap at all swim meets.
Lost & Found
You are strongly encouraged to label all of your swimmers equipment. Labeled equipment found at practice can easily be returned to the swimmer. Unlabeled equipment found around the pool deck will be placed in the pool office. It will be kept for 30 days and then if not claimed donated to a local charity. Swimmers should keep all personal belongings on the pool deck and not in the locker room during practice sessions. The club is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Dues & Association Memberships
In consideration of the participation of the swimmer(s) in PSC’s program, the Parent/Guardian agrees to pay the dues for the Swimmer’s practice level that is set forth. Monthly payment of dues shall be due and payable on the first day of each month. Dues may be prepaid at any time. Swimmers are expected to pay for the entire month no matter how many days they attend practice. If the swimmer is transferred to a different team by the coaching staff, the fees for the new team will be invoiced in the next billing cycle. If advance payments have been made the difference will be invoiced to the swimmers account. If the monthly dues payment is not received in full by the 15th of the month, a late fee of $5 per month will be assessed to the family’s dues account. Payments may be placed in the payment box by northeast door at the pool, you may set up auto pay through Team Unify, or they can be mailed to:
Pirate Swim Club
PO Box 811
Magna, UT 84044
Parents must notify the head coach or a Board Member in writing (email) by the 15th of the month prior if they will not be returning the following month. Failure to notify the head coach or a Board member by the 15th of the month prior will result in payment of fees for that month even if the swimmer does not swim.
USA Swimming/Utah Swimming Membership
All swimmers on the Minnow, Dolphin, Shark, and Junior teams must be registered with Utah Swimming, our local USA Swimming organization. This annual LCS membership fee of $75 per swimmer is due upon new membership registration and upon renewal of memberships in September. The USA membership is an annual membership from September through December.
An Outreach membership fee of $7 per swimmer is available, if the Parent/Guardian submits a current Federal Subsidized Lunch letter from their child’s school with initial registration and/or upon renewal.
Failure to pay
If the monthly dues payment is not received in full by the last day of the month, a notice of delinquency will be e-mailed. If Parent/Guardian fails to pay any delinquent dues or assessment, including late fees, within 7 days from the date of such notice of delinquency, the swimmer shall be suspended from further participation in all PSC activities, including, but not limited to, practices and meets.
If Parent/Guardian becomes delinquent in payment of dues or assessments because of financial hardship, he/she may apply to the board for a waiver of late fees and suspension. A waiver may be granted if satisfactory arrangements are made for payment of the delinquent amounts. He/she may also apply for a scholarship once the account is current.
PSC is a parent run organization. In order to purchase equipment and maintain our program we must engage in fundraising. Your family will be responsible to raise a minimum of $100 per swimmer per year. Families with more than two swimmers are only required to raise money for two swimmers. This is an annual commitment and will not be prorated should you take time off or leave the team. PSC hosts two fundraisers a year. In September they host the Run or Walk the Plank fun run. Each swimmer is required to find two people to participate in the run. In February they host the Heart Plunge, each swimmer is responsible for selling 50 tickets for the drawing.
Families who do not wish to participate in the fundraising programs offered by PSC may do so by paying a one-time fee of $100 at the time of registration, or an additional $8 per swimmer per month with their monthly dues. Please select this option at registration.
Community Service Projects
To emphasize service and to give back to the community of Magna that supports the Pirate Swim Club, the team may coordinate various community service projects. Participation is encouraged.
All groups receive a one week break at the end of the summer competition season. This is near the middle of August. This break has been factored in when calculating monthly payment of annual dues.
At registration PSC will offer a discount on total dues for families with three or more swimmers. There are no sibling discounts for scholarship participants or swimmers receiving otherwise discounted dues.
PSC’s primary methods of communication are e-mail and the team website, www.pirateswimclub.com. The website includes the calendar, meets, news, and events. The site is updated regularly. Please check for new and updated information. You may also access your swimmer’s best times on this web site. Go to MY MEET RESULTS.
PSC encourages open communication. Please feel free to email coaches or board members, telephone us (801-898-2355) or leave messages in the office for your swimmer’s coach.
E-mails will be sent to inform parents/guardians and swimmers of upcoming events, such as swim meets, team social events, fundraising opportunities, volunteer events, etc. Be sure to keep your e-mail address current on the website. If you need help updating email contact a member of the board or a coach.
You may visit our website to send an e-mail to the coaches or board members.
Annual Mandatory Meeting
This meeting is held before short course season starts, and is meant to:
Discuss the upcoming season and team events
Communicate training objectives
There will be a separate meeting for each of the teams. The 30 minute to one hour meeting will include a brief presentation by the Board of Directors, a few words from the Head Coach, and a brief question and answer session. You may be asked to complete a short questionnaire and survey. This is one of the few MANDATORY events we have, so all PSC families will need to have an adult representative in attendance. The date and time of the meeting will be e-mailed out a month prior so you can mark your calendar.
As in any large organization involving significant numbers of families PSC cannot always be all things to all people. Although conflicts in our club are few, they occasionally arise, and we have a protocol for dealing with them.
If you have a concern about administration of the club, coaching, finances, other swimmers’ behavior, other parents’/guardians’ behavior, or other related matters, please contact a Board Member (a current list of board members can be found on the website www.pirateswimclub.com). Your concern will be taken to the following board meeting and mediated.
By its very name, the purpose of competitive swimming is to compete and that means attending swim meets! Individuals seeking membership in the Pirate Swim Club should understand that we are a competitive team, not a recreational team. Swimmers should be willing to accept the responsibility of membership and participate in meets. For many new swimmers, taking the first step and going to their first competitive meet is a big undertaking. Our coaches understand this and are happy to share information about each meet and what meets may be good for beginners.
Short & Long Course Seasons
USA Swimming recognizes two seasons within each calendar year. The season beginning around Labor Day and ending in mid-February or March is referred to as the short course season. During the short course season meets are recognized as “yard”
events. There is also a long course swim season that begins in March and ends in early August. Meets during long course season are recognized as “meter” events.
A tentative meet schedule will be sent out prior to the start of both seasons.
Swim Meet Procedures
As a competitive swim team, we encourage all of our swimmers to attend swim meets and compete in events recommended by their coaches. Swim meets provide an opportunity for the swimmers to measure the progress of their training and practice. They are also a social time, which enables the swimmers to build friendships with fellow teammates.
Your swimmer’s coach will select the events that they will participate in at each meet. The coaching plan, swimmer ability, coach-swimmer goals, and other factors will be considered as the events are being selected. Swimmers and parents/guardians are able to request events during the sign up process, but the coaches make the final decision.
Newer swimmers will initially be placed in events that they will succeed in. As their skills build, they will be placed in more challenging events as determined by their coach.
A meet entry fee (approximately $10.00) and event fees (approximately $3.00 per event) are required for entry in a swim meet. Meet fees for swim meets are the responsibility of the parent. The Treasurer will invoice the swimmer’s account and payments may be made along with the following month’s dues. Delinquent meet fees will result in a suspension in meet privileges until the swimmer’s account becomes current.
Upon passage of the meet sign up deadline, PSC submits all entries and meet fees to the meet host. Meet fees are non-refundable to PSC once they have been submitted to the meet host. If a swimmer is unable to attend the meet (for any reason) after the submission of the entries and payment, the swimmer will still be responsible for payment of the meet fees. If PSC coaches or staff make an error in a swimmer’s entries, the team will be responsible for the subsequent erroneous fees.
Signing Up for a Swim Meet
Not all groups attend the same meets throughout the season, so please check the meet schedule on the website to determine if a swim meet is appropriate for your swimmer’s level before you commit. Please pay particular attention to the deadline and commit your swimmer through your www.pirateswimclub.com account as early as possible!
E-mail from Team
Each family will receive an e-mail from PSC before each swim meet. The e-mail will contain a link to the PSC website. Click on the link to go to the EVENT SIGN UP page of the PSC website.
Home Page Access
If signing up through the home page of the PSC website (instead of directly through the e-mail link), find the swim meet you would like to enter under EVENTS. It should be listed as a red heading. Click on the rectangular box beneath the heading “Attend this event.” ”Attend this event” will also take you to the EVENT SIGN UP page of the PSC website.
Commit to this Event
The EVENT SIGN UP page will bring up a chart with the swimmer(s)’ name(s) from your family. Click on the swimmer’s name in the left column. A commit to the event heading will appear for that swimmer. When accessing the pull down bar, there will be a choice of “yes, please sign (name) up for this event” or “no, thanks (name) will not attend this event.” Please mark NO if you do not plan on attending, so that the coach knows that you have considered your attendance at the meet. If you mark YES, you will have a choice of session to attend. If the meet is held on Friday and Saturday, you may select one or both days to attend. Make sure to select the rectangular box on the bottom right corner that states “save changes” or your request will not be processed. The screen will change to show the athlete’s name, a box with a check mark, and “committed.” You must repeat this process for each of the swimmers in your family. Failure to commit or decline the meet will result in your swimmer’s coach signing your athlete up for that meet. You will be responsible for any fees associated with that meet.
Notes to the Coach
On the EVENT SIGN UP page, there is a rectangular box for notes. Although the coaches will select the events that your swimmer will participate in, you may place a request or suggestion to the coach in the notes section. Please note that your swimmer may not be able to participate in various events due to a minimum or maximum time requirement. The coach will ultimately determine if the event is appropriate for the swimmer.
Confirming your Events
PSC recommends that you return to the EVENT SIGN UP page to see which events your coach has selected for your swimmer. Do this as soon as possible after the meet closing date, which can be found on the meet form. If you find an error, please contact your coach immediately.
Important Swim Meet Information
Each swim meet will have a meet sheet that will provide information such as location, date, time, directions, events, cost of events, etc. Please consult this meet sheet prior to signing up. It can be accessed through the PSC website. This will take you to the Event page where you can select the meet and see a brief description. The meet information for each meet can be found under the swim meets tab on the website, it will be attached toward the bottom of the meet name and date.
Your family is required to volunteer time at meets that your swimmer(s) participates in. PSC will provide timing assignments based on the number of chairs required, the number of swimmers/families in attendance. When PSC receives a timing assignment, you will be emailed a day or so prior to the meet. If you are not able to work it is YOUR responsibility to find someone to work for you. The penalties for failing to fill your timing requirement are:
First offence: Written warning
Second offense: $50 fine
Third offense: Suspension of meet privileges
PSC encourages its families to help orient new swimmers to meet protocol at their first swim meet. It helps PSC foster and maintain unity as we reach out and support our new members.