1.  Communication


bullet Email – this is the preferred method of communication to and from the coaching staff.  Coaches will send out information and reminders to all participants via email.  Please make sure that your email address is accurate and up-to-date and that you check it regularly, especially for schedule changes over breaks and for inclement weather. 
bullet Talking to the coaches – if email is possible, that is preferred.  Coaches need to pay attention to their duties before and during practice.
bullet Information can be obtained by emailing the coach or by checking the team’s websites at  www.nlacswim.org 

2.  Practice


bullet Schedule
bullet The training schedule is posted on our site under "Practice Schedules" Please check it regularly and note that practice times may change.
bullet If practice is cancelled for inclement weather, a coach will notify you or your swimmer .


bullet Fees
bullet USA registration is required at the cost of $80.  A yearly Team Admin fee of $100 per a family as well as program session fees that vary by group.



bullet The Natatorium and Parking
bullet All participants and their families should respect the Natatorium and related facilities.
bullet Parents are responsible for their swimmers until they arrive on the pool deck.
bullet When dropping off or picking up your swimmers from practice or meets, please drive slowly and watch for pedestrians and other cars.


bullet General Policies:
bullet Swimmers should come to practice on time and ready to swim.
bullet Swimmers should bring all necessary equipment, as well as extra goggles and caps.
bullet Swimmers should use the restroom before practice.
bullet Swimmers should treat coaches and peers respectfully at all times.
bullet Swimmers should be present for the majority of the workouts if they expect to see improvement.



bullet Group Placements and Advancement
bullet Coaches will make all decisions regarding as to the best group for swimmers to train with.  This decision may include the swimmer’s mental maturity, workout consistency, skill level, and commitment to the sport.
bullet Coaches, in consultation with swimmers and parents, will initiate the move of a swimmer from one training group to another.



bullet Equipment, Suits, Caps, and Goggles
bullet Each training group will use some specific training equipment.  The coach of your child’s group will recommend equipment for your child to have for practice – Parents should not spend money on equipment without first consulting with the coach.
bullet All swimmers should wear appropriate competitive swimwear.  If you have questions, please ask your child’s coach – Parents should not purchase high quality competition suits, such as Fastskins or Aquablades without first consulting with the coach.
bullet Swimmers must provide their own caps and goggles and should have backups for practice and meets – caps and goggles break regularly.  At swim meets, NLAC swimmers will be charged for any team caps that they request from the coach.

3.  Competition


bullet General policies:
bullet Most swimmers compete with Nittany Lion Aquatic Club, a USA Swimming Club, as a part of the local chapter of Middle Atlantic Swimming.
bullet Swimmers who participate at meets with Nittany Lion coaches available should sit with the team.  Parents should not be on the deck unless working the meet and should not coach their children.  Swimmers are expected to follow the coach’s guidelines at meets and practice.



bullet NLAC Registration and Information
bullet NLAC Swimmers must be registered with USA Swimming to attend practice AND compete in meets.  A link will be provided to you to complete this process.
bullet Regional meet information and a meet schedule are available at the Middle Atlantic Swimming website - www.maswim.org



bullet Meet Entries
bullet Meet entries are done through the Team Unify website. We will send out registration reminders with entry deadlines for all meets that NLAC will attend.
bullet Meet entry fees are non-refundable once the entry deadline has passed (host teams must send a percentage of the collected fees to Middle Atlantic Swimming).  Please plan ahead!



bullet Nittany Lion Aquatic Meets & Your Role
bullet Nittany Lion hosts several meets during the year.
bullet These meets are the team’s major source of funding.
bullet NLAC parents are expected to donate their time to the club to help run smooth, efficient meets.