1. How do I sign my child up for the Tritons?
All swimmers register online and must be registered prior to attending practice. If you are a returning swimmer - attend practice on April 1. If you are a new swimmer, attend the skills assessment on March 23 so that the coach can assess your swim skill level and assign you to the correct swim group.
2. Do I have to attend all of the practices?
No, we understand that people have other commitments. However, keep in mind that the more practices you attend, the faster/better you get, the better the coaches get to know you, the better you get to know your teammates. etc. If you don’t go often, you start to get bored/frustrated at your lack of progress, you want to go even less, and before you know it you’ve stopped going altogether, and it’s too late for a refund. Also, if the team spends one whole practice working on a particular skill, such as dives or flip turns, and you miss it, you’re then at a tremendous disadvantage at the next meet.
3. Do I have to go to all of the meets?
No, however, in order to qualify for Championships you need to participate in at least 4 league meets not including the Mini Meet. Also the more meets you attend, the better you get. The meets are also where the coaches get to know you better. If you don’t attend meets, you miss the camaraderie, you start to get bored with the practices, etc. If you think about it, being on the team but not attending the meets is like joining a baseball team and not showing up for the games. Remember, to attend Championships, you must swim at least two individual events at four meets.
4. How long are the meets?
It depends. Dual meets, which are between just two teams, go pretty quickly, and usually end in mid-afternoon. Invitationals and Championships, where all six teams participate, can last until 6:00 PM or later.
5. Does it cost money to attend the meets?
There are no additional charges to swim in a dual/tri-meet or invitational meet. At this time all fees are included in the registration fee.
6. Do the parents have to work at the meets?
Absolutely. Every family is responsible for one two-hour shift at every meet. Signups will be online and there will be people at the pool to explain the jobs to you. Children will not be allowed to check in to the meet if the parents aren’t signed up for a job.
7. Once my child has finished swimming, including relays, may we leave?
If it’s an away meet, then as soon as your child has completed his/her relay, you may leave, once your camp area is cleaned up. At a home meet, however, all families must stay and help tear down the meet. This involves putting away chairs, rolling up electrical cords, taking down pop-ups, and general clean up. If everyone participates, this process takes under thirty minutes!
8. If I go to a meet, can I leave early?
In an emergency, you can leave early, as long as you’ve cleared it with your coaches and a board member. Here’s why: If you’re signed up for a meet, you’re automatically entered in the relays. The freestyle relays are at the very end of what can be a very long day, and if you cut out on a relay, that means that three other people who have waited until the end can’t swim. To the younger swimmers, especially, this disappointment is huge. The parents of the people who waited can get pretty upset, too! Also, relays are worth double the points of individual events, so losing relays can cost the team a lot of points.
9. How are the relays determined?
By time. at the Head coaches discretion. Swimmers are usually arranged on a relay by time, however many things factor in to relay placement. How often your swimmer practices, balancing out teams to achieve the most points possible, and attitude. Each meet allows a certain number of relays - Tritons will swim as many relays as we are allowed within each age group so long as we have enough swimmers to fill a relay team.
10. What’s the difference between a medley relay and a free relay?
On the medley relay, each swimmer swims a different stroke (back, breast, butterfly, and free), while on a free relay, everyone swims freestyle. Medley relays are the first events of the day, and free relays are at the very end.
11. What is the Mini Meet for?
The Mini Meet is an opportunity to set baseline times for all of your swimmers’ events. Most Improved Swimmer awards are given based on improvement from the Mini Meet. For the first few meets, relays are determined using Mini Meet times and coaches discretion. The Mini Meet is also run like a meet, so people can get a feel for what the different jobs are.
12. My child is always the fastest swimmer in his/her lane. Why doesn’t the coach move him/her to a harder lane or time?
Sometimes the coaches think that a swimmer hasn’t mastered some basic skill necessary to move to a more challenging practice (like flip turns, or certain drills). Sometimes a coach might feel that a swimmer lacks the maturity to be in a harder practice, where the swimmers have to be able to watch the clock and make the set without talking or horsing around. If you think your child is in the wrong lane/practice, feel free to approach the coach BETWEEN practices, and discuss it in a non-confrontational way. You can also bring your concerns to a Board Member and they will approach the coach at an appropriate time.
13. Can my child go to practice late?
If the coach knows beforehand that someone is going to be late, or if it’s a once in a while thing, it can be overlooked. Chronic tardiness is not OK, nor is showing up to practice without proper equipment and attitude.
14. My child has been on the team for two years, and still can’t do butterfly/flip turns/dives; when will he/she learn these things?
The coaches work on all strokes and skills in an orderly fashion. It’s possible that your child missed a day when a particular skill was introduced, though of course they will go back from time to time and work on them again. Flip turns, for example, can be practiced by the swimmer at every practice, every time he/she comes to a wall. Many drills are also precursors to learning the actual stroke; dolphin kicking with a kickboard is actually part of learning butterfly, for example. Breaststroke and butterfly, in particular, are tackled during the second season. If you feel that your child is missing something that he/she should know, then please approach your child’s coach between practices to get clarification. Talking to a coach doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will be taught that particular thing immediately, only that you’ll be given information regarding why he/she doesn’t know that skill yet.
15. Can I drop my child off at a meet and leave? Will it be safe?
Please do not drop your child off at a meet and leave. There can be literally thousands of people at a meet, and there’s no way to know who belongs there and who doesn’t. Unless the swimmer can drive himself/herself to the meet, then a parent or responsible adult should be there to watch the child, and to watch the child swim. Tracy Tritons cannot be responsible for children who are dropped off and left unattended at the meets. If there’s no way for a responsible adult to accompany a child to a meet, then arrangements need to be made in advance with another parent or family to watch that child.