Team Handbook


We are dedicated to creating and enhancing a swim and water polo program that is effective in strengthening and improving our community ties with local schools and build an aquatics community.  We are committed to excellence and dedicated to developing world class citizens and world class athletes.  Our goal is to have a nationally recognized aquatics program that teaches and trains all levels of athletes and to empower young people to be champions in and out of the water for a lifetime.


Our swim program is made up of three different levels: Learn-to-Swim, Pre-Competitive, Competitive and Masters. Our water polo programs begin at 10 & Under and goes up to 18 & Under.  We have a place for everyone!


 This program offers lessons for non swimmers which can be either private or small group with no more than 4 swimmers per group.  The goal is water safety and to provide a fun and healthy learning environment for those young individuals who are new to swimming and want to learn the basics of each stroke, setting the foundation for mastery of the important swimming skills.  Once a student has mastered the appropriate skills, the instructor will evaluate the swimmer with the potential to move into the Pre-Competitive program.

Guppy Swim Group/Pre-Competitive:

The Pre-Competitive Program is our developmental group made up of kids of various ages who are just beginning to be introduced to the sport of swimming. The purpose of this level is two-fold. First, we emphasize stroke technique and drill work. The kids may not do many yards, but they will learn to swim with excellent techniques, including starts and turns. Their other main emphasis is fun. The pre-comp coach is instructed to ensure that they learn, but that they enjoy doing it. At this stage, meets are encouraged but not mandatory.


 The Competitive group is our age group team made up of five levels, Junior, Bronze, Silver, Gold and the Senior Team which is the next level for all of our swimmers. Swimmers will move up to the age group team and through the various levels based solely on the recommendation of the coaches. Once the swimmers have begun to participate in meets and have showed steady improvement, they will be moved up to the Age Group Team. Here, they will gradually begin to do more yardage, and the focus will turn to more competitive swimming, including meets. Our goal is to get the swimmers to the level that they can swim in all the “A” level meets. The swimmers will typically progress through the lanes until they reach the top level of the age group. From there, they will be considered for advancement onto the Senior Team. Age is not a factor on the Age Group Team – development is.  Below are the requirements for each group:






Minimum number of practices per week




5 M-F



Minimum hours per practice






Stroke Requirement

2 Legal Strokes

4 Legal Strokes


Senior Team:

To be considered for this level, the coaches look primarily at three things. First is attitude. This consists of everything from how the swimmers react on deck, to how they interact with their teammates and coaches, and to how committed they are. We expect swimmers at this level to handle themselves maturely and to have the utmost respect for their coaches and fellow athletes. Secondly, we look at practice habits. Do they consistently attend the vast majority of workouts? Do they remember their equipment? Are they able to understand and execute sets properly? Can they handle the intervals used by the Senior Team? The Age Group coaches’ recommendations are very important in this regard. The final factor is performance or meet times. If they are able to do the work and show the commitment, maturity, and desire, then the times will drop.

At the senior level, swimmers are expected to participate once a month in “A” level meets. They are also expected to participate in any meets the senior coach feels necessary, (ex. Distance meets). Swimmers at this level are also expected to participate in any National or International level meet that they qualify for and to compete at the highest level possible. To become a better swimmer, they must push themselves to race better swimmers.

Masters:  Elite Aquatics Sports team is a registered United States Masters Swimming club.  Members must be 18 years of age and up, and swimmers can vary in ability.  All swimmers must join the Southern Pacific Masters Association (SPMA) and can do so directly on line at

The goal of the Masters Program is to improve technique, whether you are interested in simply swimming for fitness or planning on competing in swim meets, triathlons, or open water swims.  For additional information contact [email protected] or 714-402-7166.

Age Group Water Polo: 

This program is comprised of community athletes who have not yet reached the high school level.  They will be taught the fundamental skills of the game, and proper swimming techniques.  They will have weekly practices and will participate in local & regional tournaments.

High School Water Polo: 

This program is comprised of our 16 & Under and 18 & Under age groups.  They also will be competing for our local high schools as well as regional tournaments in our summer program.


Practice Equipment

Swimmers will need the following equipment:  Only EAST swim caps may be worn;  goggles (including extras), suits (including extras), water bottles, kick boards, pull buoys, fins and paddles (senior team and age group team only – age groupers must check with their coach first). Other equipment may be suggested (snorkel, etc.) but is not required.  Swimmers will also need shorts, t-shirt and appropriate shoes for dry land practice.

Water polo players will need the following equipment:  Only EAST swim caps may be worn; goggles, suit; shorts, t-shirt and appropriate shoes for any dry land practices.

Game/Meet equipment

Athletes will be required to wear an EAST shirt, swim suit and cap at all games and all sessions of all meets.  Generally, any EAST shirt may be worn, but at certain meets and at the discretion of the coaches a specific shirt may be required. EAST caps are to be worn at all competitions in which EAST is attending.


 Private lessons are available from the coaching staff for anyone feeling they need extra one on one attention.


Will be handed out at the time of registration and posted on the web site.  It’s the responsibility of the athlete and their parents to monitor changes that will be posted on calendar section of the team website.


1. Athletes are encouraged to support their teammates at practices as well as during competition. Working together is important and each member should recognize his/her role in the EAST family.

2. EAST swimmers are expected at all times to follow the verbal directions of the coaching staff. At no time will disrespectful attitudes be tolerated.

3. Abusive language, lying, stealing, or vandalism will not be tolerated.

4. Swimmers may leave practice only with the coach’s permission.

5. Swimmers are expected to follow the rules and regulations set by the coaching staff.

6. Swimmers are expected to follow the practice etiquette established by the group coach. This enables practices to run smoothly and safely.

7. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at EAST and will not be tolerated.  Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim.  The Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all our members.  If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach, board member or athlete.


All athletes will be entered into the meets by the coaches.  A $100 escrow fee is paid at the time of registration for each swimmer.  Once an athlete’s commitment is made to swim in a meet or play in a tournament and the deadline is reached for entry, no refund for meet entries will be given. When the escrow account reaches $25, we will charge a credit card to replenish the account back to $100.


1. First and foremost a pool deck can be a very dangerous place so you must treat it with respect.

2. Please recognize that the pool deck is both a classroom and a workplace and certainly not a playground or day care. Swimmers are encouraged to be at their scheduled practice 10-15 minutes prior to the start. In an effort to keep the pool deck safe and structured swimmers should not enter the pool deck more than 15 minutes prior to their practice. Swimmers are of course welcome to sit in the gallery if they arrive prior.

3. Absolutely no running on the pool deck, there is water everywhere and can make the deck slippery.

4. No swimmer should ever enter the water without a coach present.

5. Keep your area clean and organized, having towels, equipment, and bags all over the pool deck can cause someone to trip and fall.

6. If you need to be excused during a practice to use the restroom or just have to leave early be sure to check with the coach so that we know where everyone is at all times.

7. Parents, you are certainly welcome to stay and watch practice but you must stay in designated areas (seating gallery) while your child is practicing. This is a must as to not interfere with a practice in session.

8. Our coaches are available following practices, through email or by appointment. It is important that the coach can focus all of his/her energy on the group in the water, let us do what we do best.

9. Horseplay in the locker rooms is strictly forbidden, failure to follow this rule may result in a swimmer’s locker room privileges being revoked. Our older swimmers should keep in mind that younger athletes will be sharing these facilities and their language and behavior should be a proper EAST example.

10.  No deck changing is permitted; locker rooms are the appropriate place to change.

11. EAST is fortunate to have access to these facilities and please keep in mind while this is our home we are guests of Placentia Yorba Linda School District and we need to respect their property by taking care of the pool. A good general rule is to leave your area cleaner than when you found it. If we work together we can keep this facility clean and safe for years to come. These are just a few rules and I am sure each group coach will review more specific rules during practice time.

These directions are to be taken seriously. Every athlete and parent should help enforce them as they are in place so that we can provide a safe and healthy practice environment.

We thank you in advance for following these rules.

The Parent’s Role in the EAST Program

Parents are asked to demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times by conducting themselves in a manner that earns the respect of their children, other swimmers, parents, officials and the coaches at meets and practices.

 Criticizing, name-calling, use of abusive language or gestures directed toward the coaches, officials, and/or any participating swimmer is not permitted and will not be tolerated.

During competitions, questions or concerns regarding decisions made by meet officials are directed to a member of the coaching staff.  Parents address officials via the coaching staff only.

EAST maintains the right to terminate any membership with/without cause in the interest of our vision, mission and objectives.

Open Lines of Communication

Communication is the key to a successful experience in the EAST program. General questions about the program can be directed to any member of the staff. However, if your questions are specific to your child, then it is best to communicate directly with your child’s coach.

Avenues of Communication

In order to keep our membership well informed, we have developed several avenues to communicate information. Please make every effort to take advantage of the following:

 EAST Website:

EAST Practice Group E-mails: Group emails from coaches provide continual practice group updates.

Bulletin Boards: Check the bulletin boards for program information.

Open Door Policy: Each coach maintains office hours for calls and scheduled visits.

Parent Meetings: EAST periodically conducts general parent meetings and specific practice group parent meetings.

SPLASH: A newsletter published by USA Swimming, Inc. is mailed as a benefit to each registered member of USA Swimming. The newsletter includes a variety of articles and information about every level of competitive swimming.

SKIPSHOT:  A monthly magazine published by USA Water Polo that is mailed as a benefit to each registered member of USA Water Polo.  The magazine includes a variety of articles and information about every level of water polo.

Websites: The following websites are helpful for information.

• Southern California Swimming:

• USA Swimming:


* Southern Pacific Masters Swimming:

* USA Waterpolo:

Facebook page:  EAST-Elite Aquatics Sports Team 

Year-Round Swimming

Short-Course and Long-Course

Every year is divided into two swimming seasons—short course and long course. Each swimmer at EAST is registered with USA Swimming and allowed to participate in both swimming seasons. The EAST coaching staff encourages all swimmers to continue swimming through both seasons.

The short course season usually runs from early September through March. A series of championship meets for all ages and levels of swimmers is conducted from late February through March. These competitions are held in 25-yard pools.

The long course season typically runs from April through early August. These competitions are held in 50-meter pools. We strongly encourage our swimmers to swim during the long course season for their long-term development.  The Championship Long Course season is from July to August.  During long course season coaches can run 25 meter practices at their discretion.