Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get started?
A: We offer tryouts for all swimmers at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. We do ask that swimmers have 25 yards of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and at least 12.5 yards of butterfly. Once a swimmer has been evaluated, your evaluator will let you know what steps to take next.
Q: How do I register my child for Menlo Aquatics and the Summer Menlo Mavericks teams?
A: To start, attend an evaluation session Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Burgess Pool. There, our coaching staff will direct you in the next steps.
Q: Where is there information regarding Summer Menlo Mavericks teams?
A: We post our information seasonally from April- August. You may visit the team site at www.menlomavericks.com for ALL Summer Swim Team information.
Q: Does Menlo Aquatics help with financial aid?
A: Yes, we do offer a subsidy program to help families that may need financial assistance. You may follow this link for more information.
Q: Do I have to register my swimmer with USA Swimming?
A:Yes, we require all Menlo Aquatics swimmers to register. Registering USA. Joining USA Swimming will allow your child to swim in club meets and experience faster improvement. As a Menlo athlete, swimmers are able to join internal swim meets, held several times a year. USA Registration is taken care of through your inital annual dues.
Q: Why Menlo Aquatics?
A: The Menlo Aquatics is a year round swim team which aims to create a swimming community that is extremely positive about being in and around the water. We emphasize learning sound techniques through our committed and competent coaches in a pleasant and positive environment. With a team segmented into groups to meet the needs of swimmers of all ability levels, the Menlo Aquatics athletes receive the best quality of coaching, instruction, and fun. Our team follows a pattern of one swim meet, one offsite fun event (bowling, laser tag, movies) and one onsite event from stroke clinics to mini meets while offering fun things after such as ornament decorating or candy meets.
Q: What is the swim meet policy?
A: Swim meets are an important factor into the sport of swimming and a large majority of our swim meets are Time Trials, rather than a true competition. With Menlo Aquatics, we enjoy encouraging our swimmers to take on personal and team challenges by going to swim meets. Our coaching staff does not force swim meets on swimmers and families, but we highly recommend them. This allows swimmers to take the next step and help the coach and swimmer continue in the education and instruction of swimming.
Q: How do I suspend my child's membership?
A. Simple, you may follow this link(CLICK HERE) and complete the online form and submit it. Please note, suspensions must be turned in before the 1st of each month for the suspension to take effect. (ie- want to cancel out of December, a form needs to be completed and submitted before November 30th)
Q: How do I enter a swim meet?
A: An email notification will be sent out by the team website, once received, you will need to log in to our team site and commit your swimmer(s) to the event posted.
Q: Do the Menlo Aquatics Coaches offer Private Lessons?
A: YES!! Simply notify your coach that you are interested in private lessons and your coach will take care of the rest.
Q: It looks like my child has too much fun, shouldn't she be working harder?
A: Be happy that your child is having fun! According to a recent study conducted by USA Swimming children who experience fun while participating stay in sports longer (Tuffey, Gould, & Medbery, 1998). At this stage of the game, the most important aspect of development is the mastery of skills, which means learning to swim the strokes with proper technique. Fundamentals must be established prior to true “training” taking place. And, if she is having fun in the process of learning, she is more likely to continue to swim.
Q: My child seems to be bouncing off the wall during "taper." What is that?
A: Tapering is a gradual reduction in training workloads in preparation for major competition. Some Age Groupers do not need to taper at all: a little rest and they are ready to go. As training increases, swimmers need more rest and the process of tapering is introduced. Swimmers taper only a couple of times a year, for their major competitions. Taper is not something that occurs for every meet! “Taper time” is an exciting time for a young swimmer and there are two reason for this: - Physiologically your child is expending less energy because the workload has been reduced. - Psychologically there is less mental fatigue as he is doing less physical work. Additionally, the anticipation and nervousness associated with the upcoming competition contributes to your child's bouncing off the wall. Do not worry, it will soon be over.
Q: My daughter's coach makes her sit on the side of the pool. What's that teaching her?
A: The coach has set up expectations of proper behavior both in and out of the water. Hopefully, your child is aware of the consequences of testing these boundaries. Obviously the coach is reinforcing what is expected of the children at practice. We encourage you to reinforce the coach's practice expectations by discussing your child’s behavior and the consequences of that behavior. Hopefully, this “time out” begins to reinforce self-discipline, accountability and respect for others.
Q: My son came home and said he had his best result on a test set of 100s on 1:45, what does that mean?
A: Some coaches use test sets to measure improvement. This particular challenge set consists of swimming a certain number of 100s on every 1 minute and 45 seconds, which is the send off. Praise your child for this accomplishment. In addition to achieving the physical goal, your child is also learning to swim on an interval, read the pace clock, and accomplish practice goals. Congratulate him on his efforts and let him know you are proud of him.
Q: Shouldn't my child be swimming more laps instead of doing all those drills?
A: Your child needs to develop a solid foundation in stroke mechanics. Drills and drill sets serve the specific purpose of teaching skills and fundamentals. Drills develop motor coordination, motor skills, and balance. In fact, your child’s coach may prescribe a particular drill, just for your child, in order to improve a part of her stroke. In addition, she may actually be experiencing a “training” benefit from drills. Drills require concentration and aerobic energy to do them correctly.
Q: Some days he likes to just play with his friends. Should I force him to go to practice?
A: You should not force your child; you want his participation to be his decision. Reinforce the choices and decisions he has made to start swimming. For example, your son chose to go to practice on Tuesday and Thursdays, on other days he has the freedom to do other activities. As a parent, explain your expectation that he fulfill the commitment he made by joining the team. You don't want to force your child into a sport that he does not enjoy, yet you want your child to be involved in a 'lifetime sport', to learn about making and keeping a commitment and to interact with peers So, what are you to do? Instead of allowing your child to make a daily decision about going to practice, allow him to decide whether or not he wants to swim for the season. Once the decision is made to swim, he is making a commitment to the team and needs to follow through on it by attending practice on a regular basis. A haphazard schedule is detrimental to the swimmer’s overall development. Interestingly, when asked to reflect on the role of their parents in their swimming, athletes from the World Championship team talked about being pushed to swim by their parents on a weekly basis but knowing they could quit if they stopped having fun with swimming.
Q: What will happen to my child's meet results if he only makes half of the offered workouts because he is participating in other sports?
A: Children involved in other activities can benefit in the areas of coordination and balance, as well as improved social and intellectual development. Specialized training in one activity does not necessarily need to take place at this stage of development. Will your son’s teammate who makes all practices have better results? Probably, because his teammate is working solely on developing swimming skills. It is up to you to explain to your child that making the choice to participate in other activities can have its consequences. Tell your son that he should not compare his results to that of his teammate, but to focus on the fact that he is benefiting from and enjoying both sports.
Meet Check list:
- Racing swimsuit- Should be worn to the met if the meet is within an hour of home
- Practice suit/ back up suit- just in case
- Goggles- 2 pair (both race ready)
- Swim caps- 2 (if desired)
- Towels- 2 or more
- Sweat suit/Parka or something to keep warm (yes, even in the summer months)
- Glasses case- for those swimmers that wear glasses
- Snacks- High protein
- Flip-Flops/Slippers- keep the feet warm and easy on/off during warm up and events
- Chairs/blankets- Usually 1 per family member
- Books/cards/entertainment (parents too)
- Pens(sharpie) for marking hands and writing in the program
- Highlighter to highlight events in the program