Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to NSC’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We want to thank you for being a part of our program. Listed below is some basic information, plus several questions and answers, so please take some time to go through all of this info.

Communication

How do I communicate with my child’s coach?

The coaches have a compacted schedule while on the pool deck coaching group after group, and it serves the athletes well if our attention is focused on them during their practice times. For that reason, we prefer that you contact your coach by email and they will reply to you within 24 hours in most cases during the week. If you have not heard back from your coach within 24 hours, send an email to me at aaron@swimnsc.com and I will get an answer to you. After practice your child’s coach can make himself/herself available. At this time please feel free to approach the coach and ask if they have a moment to answer your question. If it is an issue that you believe warrants a personal meeting with a coach, we’ll do our part to arrange a time convenient for you.

How do I find out about team items like meets, social events, entry deadlines, schedule changes?

We send out Coach’s Notes quite frequently via your email address we have on file. Please take the time to review these notes. We also have our upcoming meets / events posted on our website on the main page.

Practices

What is my role during my swimmer’s practice?

You are welcomed to view the practice from the balcony. You can run errands. You are not required to stay in our facility during your athlete’s practice. However, we do ask that you pick up your child on time from practice.

What is the WRONG way to view a practice?

The wrong way is to sit in the bleachers and critique what the group, the coach, and/or the swimmers are doing wrong and how you believe you could do it better. The right way: Resist the temptation to get pulled into “discussions” like that. Better yet, take a stand for youth sports and speak up if you hear another parent going down the negative path. Let them know that it is not appropriate and you don’t appreciate it. Thanks in advance. We are all about positivity!

What is the policy on arriving late to practice?

 We understand that sometimes swimmers have other obligations that may prevent them from getting to practice on time, however when they do arrive we expect them to quickly change and get onto the pool deck. The coach will let the athlete know what the group is doing.

What if I have to get my child out early?

Simply have your athlete inform the coach ahead of time, and when you need to get your child out, it is OK for you to get the coach’s attention and remind them that your child needs to leave.

What does my swimmer need to bring to practice?

Each group has specific gear items required. These items are listed under group descriptions on our site.

Meets

What are Time Standards?

Time Standards are event performance times set by either USA Swimming or Indiana Swimming that establish benchmarks for tracking progress in meets, qualifying for Championship type meets, and basically allowing an athlete to see how they “stack up” in the field of competitive swimming. The USA Swimming standards begin with “B” times, and as you climb up the ladder, next are “BB” times, then “A” times. From there it goes “AA,” “AAA,” and finally “AAAA.” You can access these time standards at www.usaswimming.org and search “Motivational Time Standards.” You can access Indiana Swimming time standards at www.indianaswimming.org.

What is “Short Course?”

Short Course is defined as the season where the meets are held in 25-yard pools. It typically correlates with the school year, from September through the spring.

What is “Long Course?”

 Long Course is defined as the season where meets are held in pools with the 50 meter configuration. It typically correlates with the summer season, May-August.

How often are meets offered / Are they required?

Meets are not required, but encouraged. They are part of the “reward” for the practices! Our coaches take careful consideration when scheduling meets targeted to our respective groups. We ask that our swimmers do their best to attend all home meets, and attempt to attend as many away meets as possible.

Will my athlete swim a “best time” every time they race?

No. A best time doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good swim. Contrarily, not getting a best time doesn’t necessarily mean it was a “bad” swim either. We work on a lot of skills week in and week out. We work on developing good habits, and chasing away the bad ones. Your swimmer may have not received a “best time,” but it may have been the best swim of their lives! This is a long journey. It is all part of the process. Everything we do is geared for the long haul – the life lessons, the ups, the downs, the peaks, the valleys. We want them to learn to enjoy the whole process. We also want YOU to learn to enjoy it – the ups and the downs.

How early do I arrive at a meet?

We expect the swimmers on deck ready to go 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled warm up time. We sit together as a Team and we warm up together as a Team. If your swimmer shows up late for the team warm up, they will miss critical elements of the entire experience. Leave the house early, be packed the night before, and arrive stress free on time!

What does my swimmer need to bring to a meet?

It depends on the venue. If it is a short, intersquad or one day dual meet, a towel, cap, and goggles should be sufficient. These meets run fairly quick. If it is a weekend long meet you will want to pack your team apparel, plenty of dry towels, caps & goggles and plenty of healthy snacks, bottled water or sports drinks. There are normally bleachers for the swimmers to sit on.

In closing, the most important thing you can do as the parent of a swimmer is to love and support your child, both in and out of the pool. The support is a key factor in fostering enjoyment and learning, as well as contributing to the child’s success in the pool. Here are some key suggestions to help you and your child achieve success in the pool:

Advice

My child is young. Do you have any advice for a new sports parent?

  1. Be more like the grandparent than the parent when watching your child perform. Grandparents are usually happy just to see their grandkids actively involved in about anything! They aren’t usually concerned with any outcome, they just enjoy being in the moment of the here and now, loving life.
  2. Always speak positively about the sport, and always conduct yourself in the best possible manner while at any NSC functions – including practices.
  3. The behavior of a team’s swim parents tells a lot about the team. If a parent’s behavior is determined to be detrimental to the team’s core goals and objectives, this does nothing to help the children. Please be a positive parent for our team!
  4. How can I be a supportive swim parent for my swimmer(s)? Learn to ask the right questions of your swimmer: What did you learn today? What was the hardest part of the workout? What was the easiest? What was the most fun? Also, be sure to keep in mind that the number one reason kids swim is because they enjoy it and they have fun. The number one reason kids quit is because – you guessed it – it is no longer enjoyable and fun. Truth is I’ve seen many cases of parents who mean well, but who chase their kids right out of this sport and sports altogether by placing too many demands and too much pressure to perform on their kids – spreadsheets, tracking reports that would make NASA envious, etc. Every swimmer has their own individual time line when they “receive” the ability to “flip the switch” and begin to really compete – even if it is on a limited basis. In some swimmers it takes a little longer than others to develop.
  5. Lastly, your swimmer wants one thing from you more than anything else…They want to know that you are proud of them – on both the good days and especially on the days where life is delivering a lesson or two!