About Wind N Sea Swim Team
Please find below all you need to know about our team: our mission, when and where tryouts are, when and where we swim, equipment you will need for practice and meets, our practice groups and the standards you need to meet for each, team policies on bullying and more.
WSST mission statement
The mission of Wind N Sea Swim Team is to provide a positive, fun, and competitive swimming environment utilizing a professional coaching staff, and assisting youth in their growth as individuals and life-long swimmers.
Do you want to become a member of the Wind N Sea Ospreys
We are a developing USA Swimming team that practices year-round at the beautiful Coggan Family Aquatic Complex. Designed to accommodate all different levels of swimming for ages 6 to 18, Wind N Sea Swim Team (WSST) provides a fun and exciting environment to improve your stroke technique, conditioning and competitive spirit. Coaches Pam and Paton share their love of the sport and maintain an atmosphere of team spirit and unity. Swimming is truly an amazing and life-changing experience. Bring your swimsuit, towel and a friend and come check us out!
Tryouts are held at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex (see below) at 4 pm the first Wednesday of every month, unless it falls on a holiday or break. Check the calendar page or home page for more details.
Everyone should receive email invoices when dues are due. Bring cash/check payment to practice as soon as possible. Be sure you are registered with USA Swimming if you are not already. Click here for a registration form. This needs to happen by January 1st. Please get this done today.
Familiarize yourselves with this website. For meet schedules and meet results, use our Calendar page. You can find team records and time standards on our Team Stats website, or at the San Diego Imperial website (our local US Swimming committee) plus all you need to know about how meets work on our meetinfo page.
Our Local Swim Committee (LSC) (San Diego-Imperial) website is also very useful and has more detailed meet information under their Meets tab.
Our national governing body is USA Swimming. USA Swimming’s website is http://www.usaswimming.org/. An amazing resource for parents, swimmers, and coaches. Register your swimmers for an account through the USA Swimming website and track all of their times, improvement, and what this sport is all about through Deck Pass.
For those of you using Facebook, I also push interesting articles to our Wind N Sea FB group page Wind N Sea Swim Team. Join the group!
Normal practice times —
please check our home or calendar pages for summer practice times or schedule changes
Novice – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4:30–5:00 pm
White – Tuesday & Thursday, 4:15–5:00 pm ; Friday, 4:30–5:30 pm
Red – Monday–Friday, Fri 5–6 Blue – Monday–Friday, dryland 2:30, swim 3–4:30 pm
Senior – Monday–Thursday; dryland 2:30, swim 3:00–5:00 pm; Friday dryland 2:30, swim 3–4:30
Coggan Family Aquatic Complex
800 Nautilus Street, CA 92037-6158
Where to find the meet schedule
For meets Wind N Sea Swim Team is attending as a team see our calendar page. To see the listing of all San Diego area meets, visit the LSC Web page http://www.si-swimming.org.
Proper swim attire
Proper swim attire for a club swim team is:
for girls a one-piece lycra or nylon practice suit, a swim cap (for longer hair—WSST provides two caps when you sign up) and goggles
for boys a one-piece lycra or nylon practice suit (can be the longer “jammer” type) a swim cap (for longer hair—WSST provides two caps when you sign up) and goggles
Two-piece suits and board shorts are not acceptable practice attire.
What type of equipment do I need to bring to practice?
Novice, White & Red groups Suit, goggles, cap, fins, water bottle
Blue & Senior groups Suit, goggles, cap, equipment bag, fins, hand paddles, snorkle (fron mounted by Finis or comparable), band, water bottle, sun screen!
Wind N Sea training groups and skills needed for those groups
Criteria that are used in deciding placement level…
- Skill proficiency
- Training performance (test sets) and attendance
- Swim meet performance and attendance
Swimmers are introduced to the sport of swimming through a fun, energetic atmosphere. Practice is geared toward introductory swimming essentials such as how to use the clock, general freestyle technique, and lane etiquette. The primary goal of Novice is to develop an interest in the sport through a positive, non-stressful environment. Stroke technique and aerobic shape are secondary to the primary goal of having fun!
Novice – skills needed<
- Attend 2/3 practices per week
Swimmers develop basic stroke technique skills in all four strokes. Workouts consist primarily of stroke instruction and early development of competitive swimming themes. Swimmers work toward becoming strong enough to begin basic workouts. White group swimmers are invited to compete only if and when they are ready.
White – skills needed: as above plus
- Legal breaststroke (kick, turns, pullouts, etc)
- Legal backstroke (turns, finishes)
- Freestyle flip turns
- USA Swimming Race Start Certification
- Attend 2/3 practices per week
- Attend 6 meets per year
Swimmers learn basic workout techniques and continue to develop technique in all four competitive strokes. Technique is still be the primary focus of the red group, but is conducted in the framework of basic workouts. Athletes learn the fundamental aspects of competitive training such as lane etiquette and clock reading. Workouts are designed to develop stroke technique and strengthen swimmers to reach the blue workout level. Some competition in encouraged at this level.
Red – skills needed: as above plus
- All legal strokes and associated starts, turns, etc
- Training performance
- Ability to do pushups and exit the pool without a ladder
- Ability to use the Pace Clock
- 10×25 yards @ :30 sprint
- 10×50 yards @ 1:00
- Attend 3-5 practices per week
- Achieve 3 BB USA Swimming time standards
Swimmers continue their stroke technique development while increasing their training load. More competitive themes in both technique and training are employed and swimmers will begin discovering how hard work can improve their swimming ability. Swimmers should participate in outside competitions while building team skills. Effort and learning are the standards for success and swim times should not be stressed.
Blue – skills needed: as above plus
- Attend 4-5 practices per week
- Be able to complete 10×100 free @ 1:30
- Be able to complete 10×100 IM @ 1:45
- Finish the T-30 test with 2200 yards swum
- Attend 12 plus meets per year
- Achieve 3 A USA Swimming time standards
- Complete USA Swimming’s IM Ready Challenge
The senior team is the main competition team. Swimmers take part in a full competitive training season and participate in a full season of swim meets. Competitive stroke techniques are refined and training is increased from the blue level as swimmers are now training to improve their swim times. Competitive training and strength building techniques are a part of every workout. Discipline and hard work are introduced as an avenue to success.
Senior – skills needed: as above plus
- Attend all practices
- Be able to complete 10×100 @ 1:20
- Be able to complete 10×100 @ 1:35
- Finish the T-30 test with 2400 yards swum
- Achieve 3 AA USA Swimming time standards
- Achieve 6 Junior Olympic time standards
- Complete USA Swimming’s IM Xtreme Challenge with 2000 points
Senior plus (mornings) – skills needed: as above plus
- Attend all practices as scheduled by coach
- 10×100 free@ 1:15
- 10×100 IM @ 1:30
- T 30 test at 2600 yards
- USA Swimming standards – multiple AAA
- IMX Challenge – 2500 points
Team Policy on Bullying and Guidelines for Electronic Communications between adults and athletes (added 10/25/12)
ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS BULLYING
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Wind N Sea Swim Team (the “Club”) and will not be tolerated. Bullying is counterproductive to team spirit and can be devastating to a victim. The Club is committed to providing a safe, caring and friendly environment for all of our members. If bullying does occur, all athletes and parents should know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell a coach or athlete/mentor.
Objectives of the Club’s Bullying Policy and Action Plan:
1. To make it clear that Wind N Sea Swim Team will not tolerate bullying in any form.
2. To define bullying and give all board members, coaches, parents and swimmers a good understanding of what bullying is.
3. To make it known to all parents, swimmers and coaching staff that there is a policy and protocol should any bullying issues arise.
4. To make how to report bullying clear and understandable.
5. To spread the word that Wind N Sea Swim Team takes bullying seriously and that all swimmers and parents can be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct prohibits bullying. Generally, bullying is the use of aggression, whether intentional or not, which hurts another person. Bullying results in pain and distress.
The USA Swimming Code of Conduct defines bullying in 304.3.7. Bullying is the severe or repeated use by one or more USA Swimming members of oral, written, electronic or other technological expression, image, sound, data or intelligence of any nature (regardless of the method of transmission), or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at any other member that to a reasonably objective person has the effect of:
i. causing physical or emotional harm to the other member or damage to the other member’s property;
ii. placing the other member in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property;
iii. creating a hostile environment for the other member at any USA Swimming activity;
iv. infringing on the rights of the other member at any USA Swimming activity; or
v. materially and substantially disrupting the training process or the orderly operation of any USA Swimming activity (which for the purposes of this section shall include, without limitation, practices, workouts and other events of a member club or LSC).
An athlete who feels that he or she has been bullied is asked to do one or more of the following things:
• Talk to your parents;
• Talk to a Club Coach or other designated individual;
• Write a letter or email to the Club Coach or other designated individual;
• Make a report to the USA Swimming Safe Sport staff.
There is no express time limit for initiating a complaint under this procedure, but every effort should be made to bring the complaint to the attention of the appropriate club leadership as soon as possible to make sure that memories are fresh and behavior can be accurately recalled and the bullying behavior can be stopped as soon as possible.
HOW WE HANDLE BULLYING
If bullying is occurring during team-related activities, we STOP BULLYING ON THE SPOT using the following steps:
1. Intervene immediately. It is ok to get another adult to help.
2. Separate the kids involved.
3. Make sure everyone is safe.
4. Meet any immediate medical or mental health needs.
5. Stay calm. Reassure the kids involved, including bystanders.
6. Model respectful behavior when you intervene.
If bullying is occurring at our club or it is reported to be occurring at our club, we address the bullying by FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED and SUPPORTING THE KIDS INVOLVED using the following approach:
FINDING OUT WHAT HAPPENED
1. First, we get the facts.
a. Keep all the involved children separate.
b. Get the story from several sources, both adults and kids.c. Listen without blaming.
d. Don’t call the act “bullying” while you are trying to understand what happened.
e. It may be difficult to get the whole story, especially if multiple athletes are involved or the bullying involves social bullying or cyber bullying. Collect all available information.
2. Then, we determine if it’s bullying. There are many behaviors that look like bullying but require different approaches. It is important to determine whether the situation is bullying or something else.
a. Review the USA Swimming definition of bullying;
b. To determine if the behavior is bullying or something else, consider the following questions:
• What is the history between the kids involved?
• Have there been past conflicts?
• Is there a power imbalance? Remember that a power imbalance is not limited to physical strength. It is sometimes not easily recognized. If the targeted child feels like there is a power imbalance, there probably is.
• Has this happened before? Is the child worried it will happen again?
c. Remember that it may not matter “who started it.” Some kids who are bullied may be seen as annoying or provoking, but this does not excuse the bullying behavior.
d. Once you have determined if the situation is bullying, support all of the kids involved.
3. Support the kids who are being bullied
a. Listen and focus on the child. Learn what’s been going on and show you want to help. Assure the child that bullying is not their fault.
b. Work together to resolve the situation and protect the bullied child. The child, parents, and fellow team members and coaches may all have valuable input. It may help to:
i. Ask the child being bullied what can be done to make him or her feel safe. Remember that changes to routine should be minimized. He or she is not at fault and should not be singled out. For example, consider rearranging lane assignments for everyone. If bigger moves are necessary, such as switching practice groups, the child who is bullied should not be forced to change.
ii. Develop a game plan. Maintain open communication between the Club and parents. Discuss the steps that will be taken and how bullying will be addressed going forward.
c. Be persistent. Bullying may not end overnight. Commit to making it stop and consistently support the bullied child.
4. Address bullying behavior
a. Make sure the child knows what the problem behavior is. Young people who bully must learn their behavior is wrong and harms others.
b. Show kids that bullying is taken seriously. Calmly tell the child that bullying will not be tolerated. Model respectful behavior when addressing the problem.
c. Work with the child to understand some of the reasons he or she bullied. For example:
i. Sometimes children bully to fit in or just to make fun of someone is a little different from them. In other words, there may be some insecurity involved.
ii. Other times kids act out because something else—issues at home, abuse, stress—is going on in their lives. They also may have been bullied. These kids may be in need of additional support.
d. Involve the kid who bullied in making amends or repairing the situation. The goal is to help them see how their actions affect others. For example, the child can:
i. Write a letter apologizing to the athlete who was bullied.
ii. Do a good deed for the person who was bullied, for the Club, or for others in your community.
iii. Clean up, repair, or pay for any property they damaged.
e. Avoid strategies that don’t work or have negative consequences:
i. Zero tolerance or “three strikes, you’re out” strategies don’t work. Suspending or removing from the team swimmers who bully does not reduce bullying behavior. Swimmers may be less likely to report and address bullying if suspension or getting kicked off the team is the consequence.
ii. Conflict resolution and peer mediation don’t work for bullying. Bullying is not a conflict between people of equal power who share equal blame. Facing those who have bullied may further upset kids who have been bullied.
f. Follow-up. After the bullying issue is resolved, continue finding ways to help the child who bullied to understand how what they do affects other people. For example, praise acts of kindness or talk about what it means to be a good teammate.
5. Support bystanders who witness bullying. Every day, kids witness bullying. They want to help, but don’t know how. Fortunately, there are a few simple, safe ways that athletes can help stop bullying when they see it happening.
a. Be a friend to the person being bullied;
b. Tell a trusted adult – your parent, coach, or swim club parent;
c. Help the kid being bullied get away from the situation. Create a distraction, focus the attention on something else, or offer a way for the target to get out of the situation. “Let’s go, practice is about to start.”
d. Set a good example by not bullying others.
e. Don’t give the bully an audience. Bullies are encouraged by the attention they get from bystanders. If you do nothing else, just walk away.
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION POLICY of the Wind N Sea Swim Team
The Wind N Sea Swim Team (the “Club”) recognizes the prevalence of electronic communication and social media in today’s world. Many of our swimmers use these means as their primary method of communication. While the Club acknowledges the value of these methods of communication, the Club also realizes that there are associated risks that must be considered when adults use these methods to communicate with minors.
All communications between a coach or other adult and an athlete must be professional in nature and for the purpose of communicating information about team activities. The content and intent of all electronic communications must adhere to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct regarding Athlete Protection.
For example, as with any communication with an athlete, electronic communication should not contain or relate to any of the following:
• drugs or alcohol use;
• sexually oriented conversation; sexually explicit language; sexual activity
• the adult’s personal life, social activities, relationship or family issues, or personal problems; and
• inappropriate or sexually explicit pictures
• Note: Any communication concerning an athlete’s personal life, social activities, relationship or family issues or personal problems must be transparent, accessible and professional.
Whether one is an athlete or parent, the guiding principle to always use in communication is to ask: “Is this communication something that someone else would find appropriate or acceptable in a face-to-face meeting?” or “Is this something you would be comfortable saying out loud to the intended recipient of your communication in front of the intended recipient’s parents, the coaching staff, the board, or other athletes?”
With respect to electronic communications, a simple test that can be used in most cases is whether the electronic communication with swimmers is Transparent, Accessible and Professional.
Transparent: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be transparent. Your communication should not only be clear and direct, but also free of hidden meanings, innuendo and expectations.
Accessible: All electronic communication between coaches and athletes should be considered a matter of record and part of the Club’s records. Whenever possible, include another coach or parent in the communication so that there is no question regarding accessibility.
Professional: All electronic communication between a coach and an athlete should be conducted professionally as a representative of the Club. This includes word choices, tone, grammar, and subject matter that model the standards and integrity of a staff member.
If your communication meets all three of the T.A.P. criteria, then it is likely your method of communication with athletes will be appropriate.
FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, BLOGS, AND SIMILAR SITES
Coaches may have personal Facebook (or other social media site) pages, but they are not permitted to have any athlete member of the Club join their personal page as a “friend.” A coach should not accept any “friend” request from an athlete. In addition, the coach should remind the athlete that this is not permitted. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “private message” each other through Facebook. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “instant message” each other through Facebook chat or other IM method.
The Club has an official Facebook page that athletes and their parents can “friend” for information and updates on team-related matters.
Coaches are encouraged to set their pages to “private” to prevent athletes from accessing the coach’s personal information.
Best Practice: The Club has an official Twitter page that coaches, athletes and parents can follow for information and updates on team-related matters. Coaches are not permitted to follow athletes on Twitter. Likewise, athletes are not permitted to follow coaches on Twitter. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.
Alternative Option: Coaches and athletes may follow each other on Twitter. Coaches cannot retweet an athlete message post. Coaches and athletes are not permitted to “direct message” each other through Twitter.
Subject to the general guidelines mentioned above, texting is allowed between coaches and athletes during the hours from 7am until 9pm. Texting shall only be used for the purpose of communicating information directly related to team activities.
Athletes and coaches may use email to communicate between the hours of 7am and 9pm. When communicating with an athlete through email, a parent, another coach, or a board member must also be copied.
REQUEST TO DISCONTINUE ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
The parents or guardians of an athlete may request in writing that their child not be contacted by coaches through any form of electronic communication.
Safe Sport Information
USA Swimming creates Safe Sport to prevent all forms of misconduct including sexual and physical.
Safe Sport is located at the USA Swimming website under Member Resources.
The program’s policies and guidelines can be found in the Safe Sport handbook located on the Safe Sport home page.
All USA Swimming members (coaches, athletes, officials) and nonmembers (parents) are strongly encouraged to participate.
Safe Sport in Swimming
Watch a brief video on Safe Sport home page: Director of Safe Sport, Susan Woessner, explains framework of Safe Sport. Expanded definition can be found in the handbook.
Know the USA Swimming Code of Conduct and “boundaries” between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors: handbook, section two, articles 302, 305 and 306; and section five, part I – recognizing sexual abuse, bullying and physical abuse. Do free online training webinars for parents here and athletes here (mandatory for coaches and non-athlete members) located on the Safe Sport Website.
Know how to respond to boundary and policy violations, suspicious and inappropriate interactions, and red flag behaviors: handbook, section five, part II; also training in webinars.
Know how and where to report when behaviors have become harmful, abusive, or a clear violation: handbook, section five part II – reporting; also training in webinars. View “Make A Report” on the Safe Sport home page.
All teams are required to have a Team Travel, Electronic Communication and Anti-Bullying policies. (see our About Us page)
Director of Safe Sport
(719) 866- 3589
SIS General Chair
SIS Safe Sport Coordinator