We get better at things we practice, so it makes sense that consistent practice attendance is necessary for success at every level of the Ellis Aquatics Swim Club program. We offer many levels of practice groups to match the ability and commitment level of all of our different athletes, each being appropriate for the age, and skill level of the swimmers in the group. If you want to get the most out of the program and maximize your child's opportunity to improve, consistent attendance at practice is ideal. Our coaching staff has provided some guidelines for each training group within Swim Groups section of the website for those swimmers who are unable to attend 100% of the practices due to other activities or commitments.
Answer: Burnout is a term that is improperly used in most cases. What many see as burnout usually stems from frustration over lack of progress. I would suspect that any of us would be hard pressed to honestly explain how putting a young person in an environment where they are learning and mastering skills, spending time with teammates and coaches who care about them, and exercising daily is cause for burnout.
"Burnout" typically occurs when swimmers stop getting faster at a rate that keeps them excited about competing. We never see a swimmer who is quickly progressing talking about "burnout" at the same time. There are a variety of good reasons for these "plateau" periods and the key to navigating through them is good communication between athletes and coaches. Coaches spend a lot of time helping their athletes keep their competitive results and training in perspective. In fact, it is often during the times of struggling that the young person will learn the most valuable lessons the sport has to offer them.
“Burn-out” became a popular term in the 70’s and 80’s when yardage based swimming was popular vs. technical and speed related training. Our program is based around great technique instead of huge volumes of yardage. We do not subscribe to the idea that 12 and unders need to swim 10's of thousands of yards a week in order to be successful in races that last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes on average.
While there are certainly real instances of "burnout" in the sport, they are very rare. Our coaching staff is committed to working with each swimmer on the team through the ups and downs the competitive swimming career has to offer. If you are concerned about "burnout", please feel free to contact your child's primary coach to discuss the matter more thoroughly.
Can my child play other sports and swim for Ellis Aquatics?
Answer: The short answer is yes. However, we do have guidelines for swimmers at different levels of the program to consider when they are planning to participate in another sport. As groups ramp up in competition level and difficulty it is very important to maintain regular practice attendance. For our multi-sport athletes and swimmers with other commitments we also offer groups without attendance .
10&under swimmers: We do not discourage our swimmers from participating in other sports in this age group. In some cases it may even enhance athletic ability and overall physical development. We do encourage our swimmers to continue to swim while participating in the other sport instead of taking time off so that their swimming skills do not regress significantly. We also ask our swimmers to consider our competitive calendar (especially the team focus meets) when making commitments to competitive events offered by the other sport.
11-13 year old swimmers: This age range includes a vital "window" of time for the aerobic development of a swimmer. Swimmers who have any kind of long term goals in the sport such as national level swimming or swimming in college should be very wary of activities that take them away from consistent training during these ages. While additional sports are not necessarily frowned upon at this stage, the decisions that will shape how far the swimmer progresses in the sport are certainly made during this time frame in most cases.
14-18 year olds: Swimmers who have the talent and commitment levels necessary for upper level success in swimming are typically committed to excluding other sports from their schedule at this point. However, there are many swimmers at this age who still want to compete in club swimming while experiencing other sports and activities offered at the high school level. Our coaches will work work with your athletes to discuss what their goals are and the best way they can meet them.