Communication on a team like this is very important and we have many ways to keep in touch with you.
Internet - MVAC has a web site. This is the first place to check if you have a question. The site is will be updated fairly regularly and will contain info on practice times, meets, and lots of other things you need to know or may want to know. http://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=azmvac
Email – We like to have the email addresses of all the swimmers and parents for mass communication. We check our email frequently, so we will get back to your emails quickly. You may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Phone – If you are missing practice or wish to talk to one of the coaches about a personal matter, you can reach Coach Ron on his mobile at (602) 999-9924. I will be glad to speak upon any matter as long as it is not during practice times.
Coaches should be informed about any illnesses or injuries of the swimmers, so that we may be aware of their possible absence or necessary alterations to the swimmer’s training.
Many physicians suggest swimmers abstain from practice when injured, others do not regardless of the seriousness of the injury. If you need a reference to a good sports physician for a second opinion, please see one of the coaches no matter the perceived severity of the injury. We have a team physician in Dr. David Ruby. We would be happy to schedule time with him to check out any injuries or illnesses.
Good stretching, easy warm-ups before practice and long cool-downs after practice will help prevent some injuries. Please adhere to coaches’ instructions.
It is also important for parents and swimmers to inform the coaches of any outside problems that may be distracting (i.e., school work, personal problems, etc.) to their full swimming potential. Please bring these issues to us before or after practice times.
PARENTS ON DECK
We welcome parents on deck to observe practice from time to time, but from a distance. Parents are asked to sit on the west side of the pool near the building. Please refrain from approaching a coach during practice. We would enjoy speaking with you AFTER practice is over.
We also ask that you avoid your own ‘coaching’ of the swimmers, as it can become very confusing for swimmers to have two ‘coaches’ (parent and coach). The results are almost always better when parents restrict their input to support and encouragement, and allow the coaches to provide the technical direction.
We, coaches, often are firm with your swimmer(s). We tell them what they’re doing incorrectly and how to fix it. We call them on it when they aren’t listening or giving maximum effort. Your job as parents is to be supportive. Please do not add to our work with negative comments about a swimmer’s practice, technique, or effort (that’s our job).