Committed vs Recreational

In an effort to distinguish what is the proper training/psychological approach for each of your children, I am going to ask each of you whether I should consider you and your child more suited to the recreational or the committed/serious track of swimming for this winter period. Either is fine. I won’t be giving the recreational track short shrift. However, I will design practices and activities more well-suited to your joint expectations/goals and I won’t work at wheedling extra pool time for people who won’t be using it. For instance, the following are some of the differences btw the tracks:


  • Practice guidelines for practices per week are to be held to consistently.
  • More time/yardage to allow swimmers to compete at all distances and to explore what distance(s) swimmers find to be their best
  • Expected to go to most away meets
  • Expected to know best times
  • Expected to be able to watch film/swim
  • Parents expected to attend parents’ meetings to more fully understand the endeavor their children are undertaking and fully support them in their attendance goals
  • In addition to the primary goal setting (to beat your own best time), the coaching also incorporates some more absolute goal setting , i.e., to accomplish certain standards, cuts, rankings, etc.
  • Emphasis on attending higher level meets will become more and more as each swimmer’s career progresses.


  • Guidelines are just that- guidelines
  • Less yardage / shorter practice time; preparation directed to swimming shorter swims only (50’s and 100’s)
  • Expected to attend local meets; welcome to go to all out-of-town meets
  • Encouraged to know best times
  • Probably find film/others’ meets boring
  • Parents welcome to come to meetings, not expected to although expected to talk to someone about them and keep up-to-date
  • Concentration solely on relative goals of simply improving over time. Local meets emphasized.