Friday, April 22, 2016

And The Answer Is…

…it is entirely up to you. We are thinking about high school swimmer/students, no wait we mean student/swimmers – oops. Especially if you are a California Junior or Senior there are so many questions this time of year. High School swim season is nearing the end. This means League, Section and State meets to prepare for, perhaps even taper for – HA.
There is also the end of the year school activities: finals and other school projects, graduation activities, lunches and dinners with family and of course the almighty Prom.
We were talking with a fellow coach last weekend at a long curse development meet and we both had the same experience. We have nearly 100% attendance these days since the “big” meet is in view. Then immediately after that meet is done attendance drops from 100% to sporadic levels depending upon the student in question, no wait, the swimmer in question – no oops on this one.
The swimmers keep training and if your team is like ours we see the whole spectrum; those who aim for a great summer of training and racing and those who do as much as they think they can get away with while enjoying their summer. Especially at risk are the Seniors who intend to swim in college. They have all sorts of plans.
We say “at risk” because the best way to have a successful fall semester in a new program with the demands of college tossed in – studies and student life with pretty much full independence for the first time in their lives – is to be ready physically and race wise.
The only way to do that is to be fully committed to the summer. Here in California our long course season is so short for high school swimmers. Yet we regularly hear the need to travel, take vacations, you name it and we have heard it.
So, the question is – so well put by Coach Krotiak – do you want to earn a Participant Certificate or do you want to contribute to your new team? The answer is up to you. We coaches care a great deal about you and your future.
However, we are only able to coach you when you come to the pool. That is an absolute truth.

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