The MAC is back to practice at the Dulles South Pool.  See the schedule.

 


NEW SWIMMER'S FAQ   FIRST MEET Q&A  |  GLOSSARY


 

NEW SWIMMER'S FAQ

 


Who do I contact about joining the Moons Aquatics Club?

Please read the information further down in this FAQ first, and then you can email Coach Moon, if you don't find the information you need. 

 

Is it possible to try out before registration?

Yes, please contact us by email, and the location is available at Manassas Park Community Center Pool.

 

Do children who are first time swimmers need a level test?

No, you can start with level 1. 

 

Do 12 & over year-olds also need to start at level 1?

Yes, if they are taking lessons for the first time, they need to take level 1.  READ MORE ABOUT LEARN TO SWIM LEVEL 1-4

 

What happens if the level is different after registration without a level test?

During the first class, the coach in charge re-adjusts after checking the level

 

What swim items are needed for the first class?

Bring swim goggles, swimcap, swimming suits, and toiletry in the shower.

 

Where can I buy swim items?

Swimsuits and swim caps are available at Moons Aquatics club. If you want to purchase them, fill out the form then you will receive it on the first day of class. (Swimcap: $10, Swimsuit: $40) Other items can be purchased from the following shop.

- Suit Up water sports & Alpha ID Products 10627 Braddock Rd,Fairfax,VA 22032

- Cassel’s Sport and Awards / 2816 Towerview Rd, Herndon,VA 20171

- Swimoutlet.com  Online purchasing is not recommended for the first time purchase because the size is not easy to fit.

 

How do I choose a swimsuit?

It is most accurate to take a child to the shop and ask the staff, and we do not recommend oversized swimsuits for the next year. Think about wearing it for a year or so and purchase it at the correct size.

 

Are bikini swimsuits and trunks allowed during lessons?

No. I recommend one-piece swimsuits for Girls and jammers for Boys.

 

Can swimmers wear a rash guard, if the children are cold in winter?

Yes, They can wear rash guards. 

 

My Child is afraid of water. What should I do?

Our coaches are very experienced about it. Trust the coach and leave the children and stay at the bleacher, not the next lane during the lesson. If your child keeps crying after 3 - 4 time lessons, contact your coach. 

 

During the season, can I change the current class hours and coaches due to other schedules?

Yes, it is possible and your coach may change.

 

How to care for a swimsuit?

After the lesson, rinse with clean water without soap and dry in a cool place.

 

Do I need to purchase a Membership for the seasonal registration?

Yes, you must purchase FLEX Membership, which is the cost of each swim team to the local swimming association as a membership fee. Flex membership is available for up to 2 swimming competitions held at PVS(Potomac Valley Swimming). 

 

Can my swimmer choose to swim competitively after enrolling in a “Learn To Swim” program?

Yes. The majority of our “Learn To Swim” program members ultimately decide to tryout and continue their swim journey on our swim team.

 

Can parents interact with children during the lessons?

No, we ask that all parents remain in the spectator seating area and view from there.

 


 

FIRST MEET Q & A

 


What does my swimmer need to bring?

Swimmers need their team suit, MAC cap, towel, several extra towels, water, and healthy snacks.  They will need to refuel their bodies after warm ups and after each of their races. 

 

What do we do when we get to the pool?

Many meets are “positive check in” which means that the swimmer needs to be physically checked in (by placing a check mark next to their name) under each event that they are swimming.

 

How do I know which events my kid is swimming?

On your Team Unify page (our team website where you signed up for the meet), you can see a list of events the swimmer is entered in for the meet by clicking on their name under the meet information. 

 

How do I know when my child will be swimming? 

Swimmers are “seeded” into heats by their times.  If this is your child’s first meet or the first time they are swimming an event, then they will be a no time (NT) for this meet. 

 

How can I find the results?

Results are posted on the walls at the meets and some meets utilize an app called Meet Mobile where you can find the results.

 

What is my role as a parent at the meet?

Your role is to be your child’s biggest cheerleader.  They have worked hard to prepare for the meet and are excited to get to show off to you their accomplishments.  After a race, the swimmers are to talk to their coach immediately and most swimmers will do a cool down before being able to talk to you, but after that, they will be ready for some hugs and high fives. 

 

What time do I get to the pool?

The coach will send out communication to all swimmers letting them know what time to be at the pool for warmups.  PLEASE BE ON TIME.  The swimmer needs to be checked in, have found their team seating area, and be dressed with their team suit, MAC team cap, and ready to warm up by the time specified.

 

Can my swimmer leave when they are done with their events?

Yes, feel free to leave when your swimmer has completed their events for the session.

 

Does my child have to participate in every meet?

Meets are optional but swimmers are encouraged to attend whenever possible. Swim meets are a great measuring tool to gauge your child’s progression while providing invaluable experience at the competitive level.

 

I noticed there were relays at the last meet we attended. Why wasn’t my child chosen?

Why were some swimmers in the relay not swimming their best stroke?

Relay entries are computer generated and provide coaches with the fastest combination of swimmers by gender and age group.

 

What does DQ mean?

Disqualification – This can happen for a variety of reasons including starting early (false start), performing an illegal stroke or turn, etc. The reason for the DQ is usually listed on the results sheet.

 

Why is there an entry deadline for swim meets and why do I have to pay the fees if my swimmer can’t attend if they were entered?

Meet entries are due to the Meet host club weeks before the meet. Once the entries are submitted, the swimmer’s spot is secured and Moons  Aquatics Club  has guaranteed payment to the host team. Changes cannot be made after the deadline.

 

I am currently swimming for another USA swim team but wish to swim on the Moons Aquatics Club?

During the registration process you will be asked to complete a transfer form. During the transfer process (120 days) you will swim “Unattached”. You will be a member of Moons Aquatics Club but will be registered for swim meet as Unattached – MAC. If you are currently coached by another USA club coach, please notify them that you are registering to compete for the Moons Aquatics Club

 

What exactly does “Unattached” mean?

A swimmer in “Unattached” status can still practice with a team, be part of team activities, but cannot score, or post times as a member of that team, until their 120-day waiting period is over. Unattached swimmers cannot compete in any relays at Championship meets.

 


 

GLOSSARY OF COMMON SWIMMING TERMS

for Mini Team & Swim Team

 


Long course A 50-meter pool. This is the true definition of Olympic-sized pool. Most long-course racing is done in the summer from May to August. A swimmer’s long-course times will generally be slower because there are fewer turns.  There are several online calculators for converting short-course times to long and vice versa.

Short course In America, this term usually means a 25-yard pool. Most USA Swimming-sanctioned racing during the fall, winter and spring is done in short-course yards, including high school and college meets. The term can also pertain to 25-meter pools, although they are more common in summer league and abroad.

Deck Entries An entry that is turned in on the deck of a USS Meet. If accepted by the meet manager, a fee will normally be assessed for each entry.

Deck change changing, in whole or in  part,into or out of a swimsuit when wearing just one suit in an area other than a permanent or temporary locker room,bathroom,changing room or other space designated for changing purposes.

Deck pass the official mobile application of USA Swimming

Event any race or series of races in a given stroke and/or distance. For competitive limits,one event is inclusive of preliminary heat(s) plus its related final(s) or, one timed final or one time trial.

Age-group swimming The term applied to youth club swimming in America, both year-round and summer league.  Swimmers compete in the following age brackets: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18. Their age on the first day of a swim meet is their age for the whole meet, even if their birthday falls during the competition. Swimmers are not divided by age at high school and elite meets such as the Arena Pro Swim series, so in those cases, you may see 14-year-olds competing against 18-year-olds or even swimmers in their 20s. However, swimmers under 18 can set a national age group record while competing in an “open” meet.

Deck The area surrounding the pool at practices and meets, not including the bleachers or stands. USA Swimming rules prohibit parents from being on the deck at practice. At meets, only swimmers, coaches, officials and select volunteers may be on the deck.

Distance Generally, freestyle events 500 yards or 400 meters or longer. It can be argued that the 400 individual medley is a distance event.

Dolphin kick Once just the leg motion for butterfly, the dolphin kick (which mimics the undulating motion by which the sea animal moves through the water) is now considered the fifth stroke. It is done underwater in streamline position to in order build momentum on fly, freestyle and backstroke starts and turns. Swimmers are even allowed to take one dolphin kick in breaststroke.

Dryland A catch-all term for all physical conditioning done outside of the water. This can range from pre-practice stretching to regular sessions dedicated to lifting weights or doing resistance exercises, yoga, Pilates, spin classes, etc.

Hand entry The position the hand is in at the time it touches the water after the recovery and before the catch phase. The hand should enter with the fingers together and pointing downward, as if putting on a glove. It should also enter in line with the shoulder to avoid injury.

Heats At large, invitational-style meets, swimmers must qualify for the finals by posting one of the fastest preliminary times. They are grouped in heats according to their entry or seed time, with the fastest swimmers in each heat assigned to the middle lanes and each heat getting progressively faster. The fastest swimmers are distributed among the last three or four heats, with the fastest assigned to lane 4 in the final heat and the next fastest athlete in lane 4 in the penultimate heat, etc. This is referred to as circle seeding.

Heat sheet At large meets, officials distribute printed listings for each heat of each event to be swum. Swimmers should already be aware of what events they are entered in, but the heat sheet will tell them the order of events as well as the group and lane to which they are assigned. Athletes should take this timetable into consideration when planning when to warm up and when to leave the deck to go to the bathroom or the vendor area, lest they miss their heat.

IM This term stands for individual medley, an event in which a swimmer performs all four competitive strokes. The order is butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle. (The order is different in a medley relay, where the order is back, breast, fly, free.) IM race distances are 100 (one length of each stroke, contested only in a short course, or 25-yard or meter pool, mostly for 10-and-unders), 200 and 400. In a short-course pool, a 200 IM is 50 yards/meters or two pool lengths of each stroke; in a long-course or 50-meter pool, it’s one length. In a 400 IM, the swimmer does 100 yards/meters of each stroke. In short-course, that’s four lengths; in the long course, it’s two.

Taper A few weeks before a major meet, the coach will begin scaling back the volume or workload at practice in favor of working on fine details, like starts and turns. This allows the swimmer to get more rest in hopes of dramatically improving their times at their goal meet. Warning: You may find your swimmer suddenly has a lot more energy after practice while at the same time telling you, “I can’t take the garbage out because I’m on taper.”

Yardage The total distance your swimmer covers in per practice, day or week (also referred to as volume) and usually measured in yards (e.g. “my child’s group practices 5,000 yards a day or 25,000 yards a week”). This number can vary widely depending on your child’s age, whether s/he sprinter or distance swimmer, how long the practice is and their coach’s philosophy. Note: it’s still called yardage even when they’re swimming long course meters.

Zones A regional long-course championship meet held at the end of the summer, composed of age-group swimmers from one of four zones: eastern, western, central or southern. In this case, swimmers may represent their city or state on a relay with swimmers from other clubs.

Streamline When the body is pointing in a long, straight line with the arms at the ears, locked together with one hand on top of the other, while the legs are together and the toes are pointed.  It is used on starts and turns because it minimizes drag or resistance underwater.

Split The time for a portion of a race, such as each 50 of a 100-yard-race. Coaches will compare the split for the first (or front half) part of a race with the second (or back half) to determine where the swimmer was fastest and slowest. A negative split means the swimmer swam the second half faster than the first.

Warm Down Low intensity swimming used by swimmers after a race or main practice set to rid the body of excess lactic acid and to gradually reduce heart rate and respiration.

Warm Up Low intensity swimming used by swimmers prior to a race or main practice set to get muscles loose and warm. Warm up gradually increases heart rate and respiration, and helps to prevent injury.

Touch Pad A large, pressure-sensitive board at the finish-end of each lane that automatically registers a swimmer’s time and sends the time electronically to the timing system.

Q-Time Qualifying time necessary to compete in a particular event and/or competition.

Potomac Valley Swim Meets Meets that take place on designated weekends and include a variety of events and distances. Swimmers may elect to swim Saturday, Sunday, or both days. Be sure to check the qualifying times on the posted meet sheet.

False Start Occurs when a swimmer moves before the starting signal is given to commence an event. In USS meets, one (1) false start will result in disqualification.