The Fayetteville Aquatics Swim Team (FAST) is a member of North Carolina Swimming and United States Swimming (USS).
Outline of Information
Meet Our FAST Coaches
The FAST Philosophy
Practice / Practice Schedule
FAST Viewpoint on Competition
Swim Meets and Participation
Official Rules & Guidelines
Meet Our FAST Coaches
Elite Group: Head Coach and Owner - Coach Oscar Roverato
Gold Group: Coach Brynn Manning
Silver Group: Coach Christine Natvig
Bronze Group: Coach Ke’haulani Kiwaha
FAST Triathlon Team: Coach Gee
The Fayetteville Aquatics Swim Team has been in existence since 2012.
Our philosophy is to:
Promote competitive swimming in a healthy and supportive environment
Provide the opportunity to learn and develop the basics of competitive swimming to one’s fullest potential
Teach good sportsmanship and teamwork
Teach swimmers to respect authority, play fair, and strive to improve
Teach the value of team loyalty and friendships
Develop self-confidence, self-motivation, and self-discipline
Encourage the lifelong habit of physical fitness
Encourage fun through sport
Every parent strives to provide the best opportunities for their children. Swimming is one of those opportunities that offers children a time to explore, have fun, learn to take direction from coaches, and connect socially in a safe environment. Swimming is not only a sport, it is also fun and sustainable fitness for life.
Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits.
Physical Development – Swimming is considered the ideal activity for developing muscular and skeletal growth by many physicians and pediatricians. Why do the doctors like it so much?
Swimming develops high quality aerobic endurance, the most important key to physical fitness. In other sports an hour of practice may yield as little as 10 minutes of meaningful exercise. Age group swimming teams use every precious minute of practice time developing fitness and teaching skills.
Swimming does a better job in proportional muscular development by using all the body’s major muscle groups. No other sport does this as well.
Swimming enhances children’s natural flexibility (at a time when they ordinarily begin to lose it) by exercising all of their major joints through a full range of motion.
Swimming helps develop superior coordination because it requires combinations of complex movements of all parts of the body, enhancing harmonious muscle function, grace and fluidity of movement.
Swimming is the most injury-free of all children’s sports.
Swimming is a sport that will bring kids fitness and enjoyment for life.
Intellectual Competence - In addition to physical development, children can develop greater intellectual competence by participation in a guided program of physical activity. Learning and using swimming skills engages the thinking processes. As they learn new techniques, children must develop and plan movement sequences. They improve by exploring new ideas. They learn that greater progress results from using their creative talents. Self-expression can be just as much physical as intellectual. Finally, their accomplishments in learning and using new skills contribute to a stronger self-image.
Each swimmer will be assigned to one of three ability/age groups. If siblings are assigned to different practices, the faster child may be reassigned to the lower practice at the parent’s request, but not vice-versa. Ages may vary depending on experience, endurance, and when the swimmer began competitive swimming.
Bronze Group: swimmers are relatively new to the team or 8 years old and younger. They will be introduced to the competitive swimming techniques and rules. Swimmers will learn basic mechanics of the four competitive strokes.
Silver Group: swimmers (ages 9 – 11) know their strokes, are beginning to build speed but have not developed endurance. Swimmers will continue to learn and practice basic mechanics of the four competitive strokes, starts, turns, finishes and reading the pace clock. Emphasis will be placed on competitive swimming rules and team building.
Gold group: The Gold group is for the advanced age group swimmers. The minimum age is 11 years old. Swimmers are able to swim all four strokes well and maintain good technique on low intensity interval sets. Transition to race training along with technical training is made. This group is designed to “launch” off of the technique base that has been established in the previous years. A more equal emphasis is placed on physiological training and technique work. It is important that the technique learned in previous years not be permitted to deteriorate under increased training loads. Swimmers are encouraged to meet higher attendance expectations and are educated in time-management and goal setting. A continual emphasis is placed on kicking, drills, starts and turns. They learn that hard work can be fun!
Elite Group: The Elite Group is reserved for a special group of swimmers who are willing to commit to a very demanding training schedule in order to achieve their highest potential in competitive swimming. Pursuing college scholarships is their main goal.
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.
Coaches working on the pool deck cannot be responsible for swimmers arriving early or awaiting rides.
Please make an appointment with the coaches before or after practice to discuss your swimmer. The team wants all swimmers to receive the coaches’ full attention during practice. NO PARENT IS ALLOWED ON THE POOL DECK DURING PRACTICE TIME.
No food, drink, candy, or gum is permitted in the pool area. Swimmers should always bring water or sports drink in a plastic container for practice.
FAST is dedicated to providing optimal practice times for its varied age groups with consideration given to family schedules and awareness to other responsibilities each swimmer faces outside the pool. FAST provides year-round practice opportunities for its swimmers utilizing both indoor and outdoor facilities in Fayetteville. FAST utilizes the indoor pool at Fayetteville State University (FSU) for all practices scheduled during the months of September – May. Outdoor practices take place June – August at Westover Recreational Pool as well as the indoor pool at FSU.
FAST is in a “space sharing” relationship with FSU and with Westover requiring FAST to be flexible with other community groups who also utilize these spaces for aquatic needs. As a result of this space sharing relationship practice times periodically change based on occupancy of each pool location. FAST’s relationship within the Fayetteville community pool sites offers exposure for the community to become more aware of the team, the sport of swim, and the growing sport of swim in Fayetteville.
Emails are sent frequently to keep all swimmers informed of practice times and locations. The team website also provides up-to-date practice information.
Email– Our main way of communicating with our parents and swimmers is through email. Please make sure that you have a valid email address and phone number on file with the team. Sometimes we have to make quick decisions regarding practice when inclement weather is present, and we will contact everyone through the phone tree system.
Coach Oscar email is: email@example.com
New Parents Meeting - There will be a meeting for new parents early during the season. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce new families to competitive swimming, to discuss the practice and meet schedule, to meet the coaches, and most importantly to answer any questions.
FAST Viewpoint on Competition
Attendance at meets is very important! On average, FAST will participate in swim meets one to two times each month. Each swimmer is encouraged to participate when possible.
The Fayetteville Aquatics Swim Team emphasizes competition with one’s self. Winning ribbons, medals, or trophies is not our main goal. Even if the swimmer finishes first, but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performances, he/she is encouraged to do better. The individual’s improvement is our primary objective.
Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance.
FAST want to see their swimmers:
Act like a champion whether the swim was “good” or “bad”
Show respect for officials
Congratulate other competitors
Display determined effort
The swimmer should report to his/her coach immediately after each event they compete in. A swimmer is praised for improving his/her stroke or time. It is the coach’s job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmer’s performance. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide love and encouragement that bolster the swimmer’s confidence along the way.
Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes. This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his/her potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming. A swimmer’s “best” stroke may change as they mature and his/her body goes through physical changes.
Participation in a swim meet is strictly up to the individual swimmer and his/her family. However, team members are encouraged to attend as many meets as possible to experience and assess their swimming accomplishments. Accomplishments include lowering times and improving strokes. Meets also provide a fun opportunity to help each swimmer learn how to participate in a competitive environment and excel within the competitive format.
Most swim meets charge an entry fee. Swimmers will be entered in a meet only if they signed up in the FAST website and the meet entry fee has been paid prior to the deadline. Please pay all your fees by check or cash, plainly marked with the swimmer’s name and the meet on it. Checks made payable to: FAST Swim Team. Some meets allow late entries at double the fees and if empty lanes are available.
A team member who is scheduled to compete but is sick the day of the meet must notify the Coach who will be attending the meet. FAST cannot refund entry fees to an absent swimmer because FAST must pay the fee whether the swimmer competes or not. A swimmer registered to attend a meet that causes a relay to scratch will be billed for that relay if a valid excuse is not received prior to the meet.
All team members must be on time for warm-ups. This practice enables the coaches to finalize relay entries. If your child is not present for warm-ups they may not be allowed to participate in a relay team. A swimmer should not leave a meet prior to its conclusion without notifying the coaches.
No practice will be held on the days the entire FAST team is scheduled to attend a swim meet unless otherwise notified.
The following are a few things you should bring to a swim meet: folding chairs (there may be bleachers), cooler with snacks, blanket for swimmers to relax on, and games. Remember to dress for weather conditions.
Heat Sheets. A heat sheet is usually available for sale in the concession area of the pools. It lists all swimmers in each event in order of their best times in the event.
Refer all questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or the conduct of a meet to the coaching staff. They, in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper channels.
Coaches will determine meet events for each swimmer with consideration given to each swimmer’s individual goals and to team objectives.
All team members are encouraged to wear a team suit and a team cap to all meets.
Official Rules & Guidelines
The FAST swim team will conform to all North Carolina Swimming rules, as applicable. United States Swimming (USS) rules will be followed as required.
Requirements to become a FAST swimmer will be set by the Head Swim Coach. These requirements may change from time to time depending on the number of swimmers in the different ability groupings who wish to participate, the coaching staff available, the pool time available, etc. Generally, however, a beginning swimmer must swim 25 yards.
The Head Coach shall assign each individual swimmer to an appropriate practice group. Both ability and maturity of the child will be considered in the practice group criteria set up by the Head Coach.
If siblings are assigned to a different practice, the faster child may be reassigned to the slower practice at the parent’s request, but not vice versa.
Birth certificate copies are required at the time of registration. If a photocopy of the swimmer’s birth certificate was not brought to registration or one was not provided previously, it should be done as soon as possible.
A parent or guardian will accept full responsibility for all fees incurred by or for their swimmer.
Fees incurred by a swimmer attending a swim meet are nonrefundable. Meet fees must accompany the meet entry form for the swimmer to be entered.
Swimmers are expected to treat coaches and the other swimmers with courtesy and respect. Any child whose behavior is inappropriate will be subject to discipline at the discretion of the coaches. Parental objection to this discipline should be voiced to the FAST Head Coach.
All questions and concerns regarding team policy and operation should be directed to the FAST Head Coach.
Parents are not allowed on the pool deck nor should they talk to the coaches during practice. If a parent wishes to discuss his/her child’s progress, an appointment should be scheduled with the coach for a time before or after practice.
Swimmers must not be left unattended at the pool when their practice is not in session.