Ask the Coach
Swimming can be a confusing sport. Sometimes it
seems like people “in the know” are talking a different
language. And, if you’re new, it can be a little
intimidating. Well, we’re here to help.
This is where we’ll post a series of questions and answers
from the coaches and parents about everything from how to put on a
swim cap to the definition of a fly-over start. Please submit
questions in the comments box below and we’ll try to get
What should my kids eat before practice?
Definite Answer: Rule of thumb….how will it taste coming
back up? Hahahahaha. Seriously. about an hour before practice, have
your child(ren) eat a bagel, a light sandwich, fruit, or other
easily digestible food that will benefit their bodies as fuel.
Also, drink lots of water. Please try to avoid sodas, fast food
(McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc.), doughnuts, candy and other
types of food that will lead to a temporary sugar high but leave
them still hungry after 30 minutes in the pool.
What do I do when child(ren) do not want to go to practice?
I want them to love swimming but I don’t want to force them
Talk to the Coach. It is the coaches job to make swimming fun
and/or interesting. But, parents must decide that swimming is good
for their children. It produces healthy, disciplined, strong young
people who are better off because you cared enough to be
How can I prevent “swimmers ear”?
Mix a 1:1 solution of rubbing alcohol & distilled white
vinegar. After workout, add four drops to one ear. For 100 seconds
(no more or you’ll tenderize the ear tissue) lay on side to
allow fluid into ear canal. Flip over to drain fluid. Repeat for
other ear. Repeat once a week for prevention.
The alcohol removes water, the vinegar kills "the bugs." This is
especially good to use when the ear itches before it is infected.
Remind kids not to use their fingers or anything else to scratch
their ear canal. This can lead to serious injury or