*Why is swimming such an expensive sport? What does it really cost to run the club? Do we pay for pool time? Are the coaches paid?
Swimming is definitely an expensive sport and comes with a lot of costs. We pay for pool time and coaching among other things. Below is a graph that gives a basic breakdown of where our money goes:
* Are any of the board members paid?
No, none of the board members are paid. All of the work they do is completely voluntary.
* Fundraising seems to be a frequent concern. Is fundraising really necessary?
Fundraising serves several purposes; not only does it raise much needed funds towards our operating costs and keeps the financial burden on our families lower, it also raises the profile of our club in the community. We want people to know who the Wolfville Tritons are!
* Can practice times be earlier in the day for younger swimmers?
The 4-6pm time slot remains the most popular for both the Triton and Varsity programs. The Varsity program has seen tremendous growth in recent years and their pool time has increased significantly.
We will continue to advocate for earlier pool access with Acadia and are all in agreement that the late times have been a real challenge for the success of our program.
* Who decides that a swim meet is on and the club should go even in dangerous weather? Why are they not cancelled when there is a snow storm?
Generally, meets go ahead unless the facility hosting the meet is closed. That is an unusual situation and any decision to that effect would be made by the host facility/host club. Because meets are often 1-2 months apart, the opportunities for swimmers to race can be limited. Swim meets are also huge revenue generators for host clubs. It is always at the individual family’s discretion if they feel it is safe to travel, whether that be for a practice or for a meet. We encourage each family to make the choice that they are comfortable with.
*3 day swim meets are too long. Why not just two day meets? Having students swim, miss school, and put pressure on parents to miss work in order to get kids to meets….is it really necessary?
3 day meets in Age Group swimming are the norm; in fact, as swimmers progress to National level meets the length of meets increases, often to 4 or 5 days. For swimmers to see improvement in their times as they grow and develop, they need adequate rest before/during a meet which means limiting the events that they swim in each session. There are also many more swimmers in Age Group swimming than in NT; to allow for swimmers to have adequate rest and still allow everyone to swim, meets need to stretch over at least 3 days for the most part so that we are not packing too many events into one day. For each meet, it is up to the individual family as to which sessions they attend; families who are uncomfortable with swimmers missing time from school may opt to only attend Saturday and Sunday sessions. If transportation to the meet is an issue because parents have to work, carpooling can be an option (we include this in the questionnaire prior to each meet to assess who is going/able to volunteer/needs to carpool). While it may be ideal to attend all 3 days, it is certainly not for everyone and we encourage each family to take the approach they are comfortable with.
*Could there be mini meets during practice? My son balks at competition and it might help to practice in a low stress situation.
In February 2015, we began holding monthly time trials. These are like mini swim meets in many ways. Time trials allow younger and/or inexperienced swimmers the opportunity to experience competitive swimming on a much smaller scale.
*More to come….