ElitSwim offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.
It is the goal of ElitSwim to offer level-specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each swimmer to the best of their abilities.
All parents/caregivers should park in designated areas for dropoff and pickup. Younger kids should be walked to pool entrance. All pickups should be at the pool. The San Ramon Olympic Pool(California High School) and Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center(DVAC/Dougherty High School) parking lot can be very challenging and not a safe place for unaccompanied swimmers, particularly after dark. We recognize the added inconvenience of having to find a parking spot, but our kids’ safety is the most important priority.
Parents are to remain in the designated parent areas: Best location is always across the pool from where the coach is instructing the swimmers. Please do not stand behind the coaches while they are coaching and don't be on a visible side of any swimmer and most important do not try to talk to your child’s coach during practice. Coaches and swimmers must be the focus on their work and free from all distractions for achieving their full potential. Coaches will be available for a few minutes after practice to talk to parents.
Swimmers and parents need to make every effort to be on time for practices. When the kids get in late, it is distracting to their fellow swimmers who are in the middle of their practice. Swimmers should have all of their equipment with them so that they can participate fully.
ElitSwim has a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate locker room conduct, disrespect toward coaches or other swimmers, or pool personnel. Good citizenship is assumed and enforced in all team activities.
All families are encouraged to be part of making ElitSwim a great place for kids to thrive as swimmers and people. We encourage all parents to get involved in some way. We are looking to you for new ideas to make our team the best it can be. Along with those wonderful ideas, we need your help to make them happen. Ask our management staff how you can get more involved.
- To have a successful program there must be understanding and cooperation among parents, swimmers, and coaches. The progress your youngster makes depends to a great extent on this triangular relationship. It is with this in mind that we ask you to consider this section as you join ElitSwim.
- You have done a great deal to raise your child. You create the environment in which they are growing up. Your child is a product of your values, the structure you have provided, and the model you have been. Human nature, however, is such that a parent loses some of his/her ability to remain detached and objective in matters concerning his/her child's athletics. The following guidelines will help you keep your child’s development in the proper perspective and help your child reach his/her full potential as an athlete.
- The coach is the Coach!: We want your swimmer to relate to his or her coach as soon as possible concerning swimming matters. This relationship between coach and swimmer produces the best results. When parents interfere with opinions as to how the swimmer should swim or train, it causes considerable - and sometimes insurmountable - confusion as to whom the swimmer should listen. If you have a problem, concern, or complaint, please contact the coach immediately.
- Best kind of parent: The coach’s job is to motivate and constructively criticize the swimmer’s performance. It is the parent’s job to supply the love, recognition, and encouragement necessary to make the child work harder in practice, which in turn gives him/her the confidence to perform well in a competition.
- 10 & Under: Ten and Unders are the most inconsistent swimmers and this can be frustrating for parents, coaches and the swimmer alike! Parents and coaches must be patient and permit these youngsters to learn to love the sport. When a young swimmer first joins ElitSwim, there may be a brief period in which he/she appears to slow down. This is a result of the added concentration on stroke technique, but this will soon lead to much faster swims for the individual.
- Parents’ Role: Please make every effort to have your swimmers at practice on time. Realize that your child is working hard and give all the support you can. Encourage good diet and sleeping habits.