Illinois Swimming
Level 1


Expectations of SWIFT Aquatics Swimmers:

  • Arrive at practice on time in appropriate clothing.
  • Dryland:      Shoes and Shorts
  • Swimming:  Suits, goggles, caps, and equipment
  • Bring a water bottle to practice.
  • BE POSITIVE.  Positive attitudes lead to positive impact athletes.  This applies toward both coaches and team mates!
  • Swimmers are long term planners.  Set goals each season and understand what it takes to reach those goals.
  • Trust the Coaching Staff and understand there is a clear developmental progression to success.  Swimmers should not compare their times to others but, only to their own.
  • Respect all facilities that we practice and compete in.

Expectations of SWIFT Aquatics Parents:

  • Support your swimmer: 10 Commandments for Sports Parents
  • Parents are not to come on deck
  • USA regulation: viewing practice should be done from the balcony or bleachers.
  • Parents should not talk to their swimmer from the balcony/bleachers.  If the coach feels they need your help with a situation, they will ask you.
  • Supply your swimmer with appropriate nutrition
  • Water bottle for practice
  • Let the Coaches-Coach, Swimmers-Swim, and Parents-Support
  • Understand there is a progression to our skills, please do not interfere with that progression
  • Don’t compare your swimmer to other swimmers
  • Stress goals and improving times, not beating other swimmers
  • Understand physical maturation and the importance it has on development
  • Every swimmer begins with a set of skills and body type.  Our goal is to provide each swimmer with what they need to reach their fullest potential. 
  • Bring your swimmer to practice on time.
  • Bring your swimmer to meets on time.
  • Register your swimmer for the meets on time.
  • Volunteer to help in other areas of need on the club!
  • Respect coaches and understand they are doing their best to provide an enriching experience for all athletes.
  • Look at the meet schedule and plan accordingly
  • Meet deadlines
  • It's important to give your swimmer a chance to show off what they have been working hard at.