Hard work

Level 3

Welcome Age Group Swimmers and Parents

to the

2019-2020 Short Course Season

1. Parent Meeting: Monday, September 9th at the First Lutheran Church in Torrance. For more details see the Meet/Event page on TU.

2. National Motivational Time Standards: These time standards are created by USA Swimming every four years. They have a great progression of B, BB, A, AA, AAA, AAAA. An A time is the national average, and a AAAA is the top 10% of the country. Click here to see the standards, and make sure you're looking at the ones for short course yards.

3. Practice attendance requirements:  Age Group 1 = 4/6         Age Group 2 = 3/6

There is a minumum because we want your athletes to continue making progress. We encourage going more than the minimum to further learning opportunities and building endurance. 

4. Equipment List: Your athletes should have this equipment by the end of Week 2 (Saturday, August 31st).
-Black practice cap        -Goggles + spare pair                                 -Closed-toe shoes
-Water bottle                  -Swim Bag                                                    -Mesh equipment bag
-Kickboard                      -Swimmer’s Snorkel                                    -Fins
-Pull Buoy                        -Hand Paddles (Age Group 1 only)          -Practice suit
All equipment needs to have your swimmer's name labeled on it.

**Don't forget to change your swimmer's shirt size in TU...they tend to grow at this age.**

This year, we are being strict on having the correct meet shirts. It will no longer be okay to just wear any red or black Swim Torrance shirt. Each swimmer must purchase the Meet shirts from Board President Oscar Gonzalez. There is a White, a Red, and a Black Meet Shirt. Most swimmers will only need the red and black, but if you attend a meet that is more than 3 days, you'll also need the White meet shirt.

5. Swim Meets: As a member of Age Group, you have agreed to be on the COMPETITIVE team. Going to meets is part of being on a year-round program, and helps track progress from practices. Please see the Meets/Events page on TU for the schedule. The expectation is to attend at least 3 in-season meets and whichever End Of Season (EOS) meet they qualify for.

6. Watching practice: We would love for you to watch your swimmer practice. Just be aware the affect your presence has on your swimmer. We are trying to instill the T.O.R.C.H. values, which are Teamwork, Ownership, Respect, Commitment, and Hard work. Please avoid trying to get your swimmer’s attention from the parent viewing area if you want them to learn these things. Your presence does sometimes helps coaches because your swimmer may try harder because they know you’re watching. Try not to tell them when you’re going to watch. Allow your swimmer to become independent and trust the process, as well as respect the relationship between swimmer and coach.

Also, know what you’re watching. Our focus of the week could involve catch, and you may be wondering why your athlete’s head position is bouncing around. We will get there. We have 1-2 focus points each week. It’s a process, and at the Age Group level, it’s about building on the skills and terminology they learned in previous seasons.

7. Read the Weekly E-mail: THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW. You will receive an e-mail every Monday afternoon regarding five main topics: Practice Schedule, Meet Schedule, Age Group announcements, Swim Torrance announcements, and Parent Education. READ THE ENTIRE EMAIL. It takes less than 10 minutes. Both Age Group swimmers and parents should be reading the weekly email.

8. Have your kid communicate: Also in trying to instill the T.O.R.C.H. values, we want Age Group swimmers to be the ones telling coaches why they are late, why they are going to miss practice, or why they have missed practice. It builds interpersonal communication skills, as well as holds them accountable for their absences. Parents please do not email about why your swimmer is not at practice. They need to speak to their coach in person.

9. The Big 3: For Age Group, the Big 3 Rules are as follows:
            1. Swimmers need to pack their own bags, and carry their own bags.
            2. Swimmers need to read the weekly e-mail.
            3. Hustle to join the group if you're late.

10. 10 Tips for Sports Parents: As you’ll see in the weekly e-mails, we do a lot of parent education. Not only do we do education for your swimmers, but we also want you to learn about our team culture, philosophies, and what being a Swim Torrance parent is all about. So here is your first Parent Education opportunity. Click here for an awesome, yet simple graphic.

Go Swim Torrance!