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What's the difference between Yard Pools & Meter Pools

What’s the difference between Yard Pools & Meter Pools

A lot of people new to competitive swimming don’t realize that there are different types of pools which are actually different lengths that your swimmers compete in. To the average person a yard and a meter are about the same thing…to a swimmer they are most definitely not the same thing when it comes to […]

What Makes a Pool Fast?

What Makes a Pool Fast?

Today I’d like to discuss exactly what people mean when they call a pool “fast”.  I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about some pools being good or fast while other pools are to be dreaded.   So what is it that makes some pools more desirable than others, and do they actually make swimmers go faster? Everyone take […]

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

How to Read Swim Meet Heat Sheets & Psych Sheets

Today I’d like to discuss heat sheets and psych sheets.  As with all new things they can be a little confusing at first, but used properly they will help guide you through your day at a big swim meet.  These handy little meet programs are typically sold at the door for a few dollars.  Some […]

How To Survive Your First Invitational Swim Meet

How To Survive Your First Invitational Swim Meet

Going to your first invitational meet is fun, exciting, and slightly terrifying for new parents.  I’m not going to lie to you, at first it is going to be stressful but never fear if you prepare properly and embrace the experience you’ll be an old pro at this meet stuff in no time.  So today […]

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How to Stay in your Swim Team Communication Loop

Whether you are brand new to the swimming world or a long time veteran, staying informed of what’s going on with your team is a must.  Good teams are fast paced and always have something going on.  Whether it’s pictures, meets sign ups, social events, practice changes, t-shirt sales, meet results, there is always something […]

How to Care for your Swim Suit & Save Money

How to Care for your Swim Suit & Save Money

Swimming, as I’m sure you are learning, is an expensive sport.  So for a lot of us it is important to figure out how to save money.  One way to do that is to learn about proper swim suit care. Believe it or not, having separate competition and practice suits and learning to properly take care […]

Preparing for your First Swim Team Practice

Preparing for your First Swim Team Practice

The first practice is kind of like the first day of school, both exciting and a little scary for both swimmers and parents. It can be worse if you have no experience with swimming and you have no idea what to expect.  While every team is different and you should find out exact details from your team, […]

How to Read a Swim Meet Entry

How to Read a Swim Meet Entry

If your team uses the very popular HyTech Meet Manager and Team Manager software, as almost all teams in our area do, then when you see the events posted for meets you will see a list of swimmers ordered alphabetically by last name with entries that look like the following: (Note that this is the […]

How to Choose a Swim Team

How to Choose a Swim Team

Swimming is an awesome sport for kids. Among other things, it should teach good work ethic, sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline. However choosing a good team that fits both your swimmer’s and your family’s needs is critical to your swimmers success and enjoyment of the sport.  It’s also critical to mom and dad’s sanity!  The fact […]