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USA Swimming is made up of over 3,000 teams from across the country. Of these clubs, nearly half have 50 swimmers or less, and a handful of teams have over 500 swimmers. WWST has been established to teach the basic skills and strokes necessary for competitive swimming which include the following: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley, relays, starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers compete in different age groups and meets depending on their achievement level and age on the first day of a meet. Traditionally recognized age groups are 10 and under, 11-12, 13- 14, 15-16, 17-18 with many meets featuring 8 and under, 15 and over and single age group categories. Team training groups are determined by age and/or ability level.

WWST Coaching Staff

THE COACH’S RESPONSIBLITIES include all facets in the training and preparation of the swimmer for competition and in the guidance of the swimmer during competition.  The responsibilities include:

  • Physical training and conditioning of the swimmer.
  • Psychological conditioning and preparation.
  • Working with swimmers on stroke technique.
  • Motivation
  • Determination of the lineup for meets.

It is the responsibility of the coach to determine which individual events each swimmer will swim at dual, or tri meets.  Choosing relay teams is also up to the coach, and it must be understood that the fastest swimmers are typically chosen and expected to make up the 4-person teams, especially at championship meets.  The meet line up is an integral part of the coach’s duties, and only the coach has all the information necessary for determining the most advantageous line up.  Meet line ups will vary as each age-group swimmer masters the four competitive strokes.

Check the WWST Website for an up-to-date listing of the WWST Coaching Staff.

Swim Season

Winter Season will run from the end of September to the middle of March.

Summer Season will run from Mid-April to the end of July


Practice Facilities

Practices will be at the Northwood High School and at the Nappanee Public Pool.  The Northwood High School and Nappanee Public Pool are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  It is advised that each swimmer have their own padlock to secure their valuables in a locker during practices and meets, both at home and away.

Parent/Guardian’s Role

Competitive swimming programs provide many benefits to young athletes, including self-discipline, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to deal with defeat, while becoming healthy and physically fit. As a parent, it is your responsibility is to provide a stable, loving, and supportive environment. This positive environment will encourage your child to continue. Show your interest by ensuring your child’s attendance at training, meets and other required activities.

Parents are not participants on their child’s team but contribute to the success experienced by the child and the team. Parents serve as role models and their children often emulate their attitudes. Be aware of this and strive to be positive models. Most importantly, always show good sportsmanship toward coaches, officials, opponents, and teammates.

Remember that your child is the swimmer. Children need to establish their own goals and make their own progress towards them. Be careful not to impose your own standards and goals. Do not over burden your child with winning or achieving best times. Learning about oneself while enjoying the sport is the most important part of the swimming experience. The swimming environment encourages learning and fun that will help your child develop a positive self-image.

The best way to help your child achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement. No one likes to make a mistake. If your child does make one, remember that this is a learning experience. Encourage your child’s efforts and point out the positives. The coach is the only one qualified to judge a swimmer’s performance and technique. Your role is to provide support.

ALLOW THE COACH TO COACH!  If you need to talk with the coach, please plan to do so outside of the practice time.  You will not be allowed on deck during practice time unless specifically requested by the coach.  The coaches must be able to concentrate their efforts, and safety on the swimmers during this time.  Arrangements to talk to the coach must be made directly through the coach.

The parent/coach relationship needs to be viewed by the swimmer as one of mutual respect and cooperation.  There may be times that you disagree or do not understand the action of the coach.  Please take time to ask the coach after practice. Misunderstandings should be handled without the involvement of the swimmer.  After you have had the opportunity to discuss any differences of opinion, it is important that you support the decisions made by the coach and that you support team policies as well.

Parents are part of the team!  Age group swimming is unique in that it involves the entire family.  The purpose of this part of the handbook is to discuss what you, as the swimming parents, can do to best support our swimmers and this program. Your commitment is important.  The obligations are many, but the rewards far outweigh any sacrifice on your part.