I would like to welcome you to the Swim Team of Placentia. Our aquatic programs have many benefits, including the people you and your child will meet. Since our program is available all year long, the camaraderie among athletes is unique; many teammates become lifelong friends. In addition to being around fine people, our aquatic programs provide one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for cardiovascular and overall fitness.

Possibly the greatest benefits of participating in an organized aquatic programs are the life skills your child will develop. These skills include time management, self discipline and sportsmanship. Your child will reap the benefits of swimming long after his/her participation ends. Our athletes go on to be very successful and productive adults largely due to what they have gained from our programs.

TO START: PLEASE SELECT "START REGISTRATION"
It does not cost you anything to go through the registration process. Process takes about 1 minute. Once you submit, Coach Devon will respond with more information. If you do not receive a response, please email Coach Devon directly at: swimcoachdevon@yahoo.com

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE

The Swim Team of Placentia (STOP), a year-round non-profit organization, offers guided youth programs for children ages 4 & up, from the most novice to the most competitive and skilled athlete.  The team runs independently of the school district and the city, but works with both to provide a quality program for the community.  When a young person becomes a member of STOP he/she learns the values of competitiveness, self-reliance, sportsmanship, and team work, as well as the physical skills for continuous success in the world of aquatics. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS          

The administration of the affairs of STOP are vested in a Board of Directors composed of four Officers and five Directors at Large.  The guiding mission of the Board is to focus on the needs of the swimmer.  The Board exists to ensure the continuation and excellence of STOP by providing necessary business functions, assisting and supporting the coaching staff, and facilitating communication between the parent, team members, and coaches.  Board positions are elected annually. 

UNITED STATES SWIMMING (USA-S)  

STOP is a registered team of USA Swimming which is the National Governing Body for amateur competitive swimming in the United States.  From its headquarters located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, the USA Swimming staff interacts with over 300,000 athletes, over 20,000 non-athlete personnel, and 2,800 swim clubs.  As the National Governing Body of the sport, USA Swimming is charged with the responsibility to formulate rules, conduct national competitions, disseminate safety and sports medicine information, select competitors to represent this country in international competitions, and insure the development of its member clubs and swimmers.  USA Swimming meets are designed to protect the swimmer and provide fair and equitable conditions of competition. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SWIMMING  (SCS)         

Southern California Swimming is the Local Swimming Committee that oversees this region of USA Swimming.  It is 1 of 59 LSCs throughout the country.  SCS is made up of 6 Committees.  STOP is part of the Orange Committee which encompasses Orange County and some of its surrounding areas.

TEAM PHILOSOPHY          

The team philosophy is encompassed in the words Courage, Perseverance, and Integrity.  Courage is the willingness to accept risks and endure failings.  Courage does not exist unless there is a situation which presents the opportunity for success.  We encourage our athletes to embrace these opportunities and not fear the outcome.  Perseverance is the backbone of success in any endeavor of life.  One cannot succeed at the highest levels without enduring set-backs.  These difficult times can create a lack of faith, low self-esteem, and an obvious drop in enthusiasm.  Perseverance is the quality that transcends these difficult times.  It allows the individual to find the true strength of his/her character.  Integrity is the commitment to one's personal goals and values.  Without integrity one lacks the responsibility to accept his/her role in the outcome of competition.  We teach our swimmers to rely on themselves for determining their success and failure.

COACH'S PHILOSOPHY          

To develop the character traits, technical skills and intense desire necessary for maximum realization of each individual'spotential.  Each swimmer has the potential to succeed.  As STOP coaches, it is our job to ensure that the values set forth by this premise and in conjunction with the team's philosophy, are instilled into each and every member of our team.  Although all swimmers are different, they all have the same opportunity and right to succeed.  On this team, swimmers are not compared to one another, they are compared to themselves.  The most successful are not the fastest, but those who strive to improve themselves.  Failure exists only when the participant determines that he/she can't or won't continue to try.  Failure is never the outcome of an attempt, it is a state of mind that enables a participant to find excuses to quit.