FAQ

Why join the team?
It's fun. It's great exercise. It builds confidence. It's a great way for your child to meet other kids. It's a great way for you to meet other parents.


Who can join the team?
Any child 5 to 18 that can swim a length of the pool and support themselves in the water. If your child is not ready yet, please seek lessons now, so that they will be ready for swim team! Swimmers do not have to be proficient in any stroke to participate.  Lakeview Pool members, Findlay Country Club members, and non-members can join the team.

What will my child learn on the swim team?
The primary activity of the team is to teach and practice various swim strokes and techniques, with the intent of improving race times. Swimmers will learn some or all of the following strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Do I have to go to all the swim meets?

No, it is not mandatory to attend all of the meets. Swim meets are fun and a good way to measure improvement. 

Does a child have to swim in a particular number of practices during the week in order to swim in a meet?

No.  Like with most things, the more effort you put into swimming, the better your results.

Can I specify what events my swimmer will compete in the meets?
You can request events, but the coaches will decide the final events your swimmer will swim.

Will my child be in the relays?
Coaches will try to include as many swimmers as possible in relays.

Should I stay and watch a swim practice?
 
You're welcome to watch! Please sit in the covered area and refrain from commenting on practice. Please refrain from talking with the coaches during practice. Practice is when the coach spends time with the swimmers. Please hold your questions for the coach until before or after practice or ask questions by email. Please allow the coaches to handle any situations during practice.  Do not coach or correct your swimmer during practice. 

What happens if we have a conflict and my child is not able to attend practice?

The coaches keep a log on practice attendance.  There is no need to contact the coaches if your swimmer cannot attend a practice. 

My child attends a summer day camp. Can s/he still participate?
Yes. 

What is a dual meet and what other kinds of meets are there?

A dual meet is held between two swim teams. One swim club is the host team and the other is the visiting team. We may also participate in meets with multiple teams.

How does a meet operate?
We’ll set up our blankets and swim bags and begin to loosen up for the warm-ups.  After the warm-ups are completed, the meet will begin with the medley relays, the individual events, the final events are the freestyle relays.  Each swimmer can swim a maximum of 5 events.  Awards are usually distributed at the next practice following the meet. 

Do I have to volunteer?
Every swimmer registered for a meet must have one adult registered to volunteer for one half of every swim meet!
Families with multiple swimmers do not need to register to volunteer for each swimmer, only one half per family required.

What can I do to help prepare my child for a meet?
Have your swimmer eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, bring a water bottle to the meet, and get them to the meet on time.  Advise them to listen to the coach and to have fun!  Be positive! Cheer them on!

My child is in a medley relay, what order do they swim?
In a medley relay, the first swimmer swims backstroke, the second swimmer swims breaststroke, the third swimmer swims butterfly, and the last swimmer swims freestyle.
 
My child is in the IM, what order do they swim?
In the IM the swimmer starts with butterfly, then backstroke, then breaststroke and lastly freestyle.
 
What is a "heat"?
An event with more swimmers than lanes may be divided into multiple "heats."  Remind young swimmers that they are swimming to improve their individual time, not just to win the race.  The championship meet with multiple teams often have multiple heats of each event to accommodate a large number of swimmers.
 
What does DQ mean?
Disqualification - this can happen for a variety of reasons including starting early (false start), leaving the diving block early in a relay, performing an illegal stroke, performing an illegal turn, not touching the wall with two hands during a breaststroke turn, etc.  The coach can explain DQ's to swimmers after the meet.   If your swimmer is disqualified in a meet, do not criticize. Be supportive. For beginning swimmers, a DQ is a learning experience, not a punishment. A DQ alerts the swimmer and coach to what aspect of a stroke needs work. A DQ is much like an incorrect answer in school: it points out what the swimmer must improve on or may not understand. Disqualifications help keep the sport fair and equitable.

How many races can my child swim?
Each swimmer can swim a maximum of 5 events. Usually 3 individuals and 2 relays.  Relays are built as numbers allow.  If there are not enough swimmers in an age group, swimmers may swim 5 individual events, or swim up into another age group.
 
What does it mean when my child is "swimming up"?
The coach may determine that the team (and perhaps the swimmer) can best be served by having your child swim in an older age bracket. This is a complement to the swimmer because it shows the coach feels that he or she can swim effectively and will make a significant contribution to the team.
 
How can I best help the team?
Support your child by bringing them to practice, preparing them for the meet and cheering for them and the team at the meets. Volunteer to help out at a swim meet or with other swim team duties. It's an all-volunteer effort and there is always something more that can be done.  The officiating is all volunteer and it always helps to have more people trained to step in when others have scheduling conflicts for a meet. You may also enjoy the meet more when you know the rules well.
 
How can my swimmer win the event?
It is important that each swimmer learn that it is not about winning every race, but making personal progress on your own swimming and ability. Your child may improve their times dramatically as the season goes along, but may not win a race. Help them to see the tremendous personal success in his or her accomplishment alone.

Our team wants to be known as the best-behaved, most sportsman-like team in the league, both swimmers and parents.  Let's be good hosts and good guests.
Remind your child to tell other swimmers, from all teams, "Good Swim" at the end of their races.
Swim Fast!  Have Fun!