What is the difference between Short Course (SC) and Long Course (LC)?
Very simply,short course takes place in a 25 yard or meter pool whereas long course takes place in a 50 meter pool. Short Course is normally noted as SCY for Short Course Yards or SCM for Short Course Meters. Long Course is sometime noted as LCM for Long Course Meters. Short Course season normally runs from late summer/early fall through winter. Long Course usually begins in the spring and extends through the summer months. NOTE: When the pool is set up to begin practice for Long Course, there are fewer lanes available for each group's practice. Therefore, during this period, practice schedules may be adjusted to allow the appropriate number of swimmers/per lane.
USA Swimming does not formally endorse any conversion factors between different courses. There are certain situations in which a time needs to be converted. An example of a formula that can be used is: (Meters Time) = (Yards Time) x 1.11 + 0.7 sec. USA Swimming also provides tables that can be used for conversions: USA Swimming Conversion Tables
What are the benefits of year round swimming?
Sudden Thunder recognizes that each of our swimmers must learn great stroke technique at every stage of their development. We believe that swimming correctly needs to be taught before athletes move on to training. We also find that swimmers who learn better stroke technique, will inherently swim faster and smarter races. Naturally, year round swimming will improve swimming ability, but it will also carry over to other aspects of an athlete’s life. Swimmers tend to take the listening, discipline, organization, work-ethic, time management, and goal setting skills they learn in our program with them to the classroom and thereafter to the real world. In addition, swimmers learn to handle successes and failures, which in turn creates superior sportsmanship and self-confidence
What does my child need to swim?
Every swimmer needs a competitive swim suit (one piece for girls and jammer for boys), two good pair of Goggles (example: Speedo Vanquisher, or Speedo Boomerang's) that they know how to tighten and loosen, a water bottle, and a towel. They also need a set of fins, a pair of paddles, and if they are over 10 a swim snorkel. All of these supplies can be purchased at Streamline Swim Store (located just south of the Paseo Del Norte and San Pedro intersection), or ordered off line. Some great sites are: our team store (see website), www.swimoutlet.com, and www.sportwide.com.
For swim meets each swimmer will need a team suit (black and yellow), and a team cap (available for sale from Coach KC). For practice any practice suit and cap is acceptable.
Swim meets will be posted online. Each swimmer is expected to attend meets. Please discuss this with your coach.
Fees are due on the first of the month, and late after the tenth of the month. All fees not paid by the tenth will be charged a $10 late fee.
All swimmers are required to maintain a $50 meet escrow account. When a meet is attended the meet fees will come out of that account and then the family will recieve an invoice of how much is needed to maintain the $50 escrow. When/If the swimmer leaves the team that money will be returned to the family.