Swimmers are expected to...
- Arrive to practice on time in appropriate clothing and equipment.
- Dryland: Athletic tennis-shoes and flexible clothes (shorts, tshirt, sweats)
- Swimming: Suits, goggles, caps, towels, fins, paddles, etc.
- Both: water bottle, sports drink, health/nutritional bars and/or snacks
- Be prepared to work hard and have fun.
- Come to as many practices as possible for your group to maximize your training.
- Attend and compete in meets suggested by your coach.
- Register for you own meets, with the help of your parent.
- Communicate with coaches if/when an issue, question or concern arises.
- Check the website for updates, news, change in schedule and meet registration.
- Be a dedicated, respectful, team-player.
- Be willing to try new things and maybe get out of your comfort zone.
- Have a positive attitude toward coaches and administrative personnel,
families, pool patrons and more.
- Use appropriate language and actions ie., non-discriminatory, no swearing,
no bullying, no violence etc.
- No “I can’t”, “Why do we have to..."
- Have goals and understand what it takes to reach them.
- Trust the coach and understand there is a purpose for every activity, drill, swim
and feedback that is given that is part of a developmental progression to success.
- Don’t compare your times to those of others
- Respect the facility
Swimmer Do's and Dont's
- Always do a healthy 5-10 minute warm up.
- Build your endurance.
- Focus on the process rather than the final outcome.
- Understand the purpose for the drills and workouts you are given.
- Write down, understand, revise and work towards your goals.
- Let your coaches know your goals so you can work together to achieve them.
- Be a team player. Support your teammates.
- Cheer for your teammates at meets.
- Understand, sometimes, it's ok to take a break from sports.
- Understand the importance of learning, hard work, self-discipline,
teamwork, and commitment.
- Understand the importance of learning and developing new skills.
- Ask questions.
- Have a good sense of humor.
- Share new and creative ideas to the group.
- Be willing to try new things that may put you outside of your comfort zone.
That's where you improve and learn the most!
- Listen. Then apply the feedback.
- Adapt, be flexible and multi-task if necessary.
- Be aware that your attitude and behavior affect your performance.
- Trust that your coaches have your best best interest in mind and
your training is planned accordingly.
- Talk to your coach before and after every race.
- Know your time, the qualifying times for your event and the time you're aiming to swim
- Have fun!
- Make enemies of other swimmers.
- Talk about others in the sports community. Talk to them. It is more constructive.
- Let outside factors, issues or negative emotions interfere with you time
in practice and at meets.
- Disrespect your coaches, teammates, parents, administrative/pool staff or the facility.
- Compare yourself or your times and performance to that of other swimmers.
- Belittle, tease, or mock other swimmers.
- Feel overwhelmed about competing at meets. It's just part of the stepping stones that
help evaluate your process. It sets a marker for future improvement and should be fun!
- Take short cuts.
- Neglect your school work and/or other responsibilities.
Swimmers are at the core of this program and services we offer. Thus, swimmers are expected to work hard, understand their purpose and respect those around them on their journey to success. To better understand your role as a swimmer and athlete and how to make your time at FAST the best possible experience, please refer to some of these useful articles.
Credit: USA Swimming