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Walnut Creek Aquabears
2015 Fall Swim Program
 
• • • • an outstanding opportunity to experience year round competitive swimming at its best • • • •
 
Our stroke development program emphasizes:
Efficient and Technically Sound Strokes
Crisp and Quick Starts, Turns, and Underwaters
Building Endurance with Focus and Purpose
Educating Swimmers for Practice and Race Discipline
All in a Fun, Friendly and Positive Atmosphere
 
Option 1 - Swim with the Year Round Team
This option is a true introduction to year round swimming and offers the best opportunity for swimmers interested in competing during the fall.
This option runs September 8 through December 6
Practice Group
Target Age
Swimming Emphasis
Age Group 1
M,T,W,Th,F
5:45 to 7:00 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 12/6):
$540
8&Unders
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, touch turns, flip turns, and speed development.  This group practices 5 times per week and competes in age group meets - prioritizing 'doing it right' over 'doing it fast.'
Age Group 2
M,T,W,Th,F
5:45 to 7:00 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 12/6):
$540
9-10's
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, touch turns, flip turns, and speed development.  This group practices 5 times per week and competes in age group meets - prioritizing 'doing it right' over 'doing it fast,' and learning the concepts that tie practice quality to technichal and time-based improvement.  This group is also introduced to goal setting.
Age Group 3
M,T,W,Th,F
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
S
8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 12/6):
$690
11-12's and 13-14's not yet in high school
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, touch turns, flip turns, and speed development.  This group practices 6 times per week and competes in age group meets.  A greater emphasis is placed on the direct relationship between practice quality, technichal improvement, and time-based results.  This group is engaged in group and individual goal setting.
All swimmers will receive an Aquabears team shirt and team cap.  All swimmers must be members of USA Swimming - this $45 membership fee will be charged during the registration process.
Swimmers in high school should join the Aquabears' Senior Group.
Contact mikeheaney@sbcglobal.net for information.

 

Option 2 - Fall Stroke Improvement Clinics
This option offers the benefits of swimming with the Aquabears, with less emphasis on meet participation.
this option runs September 8 through November 20
Practice Group
Target Age
Swimming Emphasis
Pre-Team
M,T,W,Th,F
4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 11/20):
$420
10&Unders
without previous swim team experience
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, and are introduced to turns.  Swimmers in this group must be able to swim 25 yards of freestyle on their own.  This is not a learn-to-swim group.
8&Unders
M,T,W,Th,F
4:45 to 5:30 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 11/20):
$420
Next summer's 7&8's with summer swim team experience
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, and are introduced to turns.  Swimmers in this group must have previous summer team experience.
9's
M,T,W,Th,F
4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 11/20):
$420
Next summer's 9's with summer swim team experience
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts and underwaters, with extra emphasis on the turns they will need for next summer's 50 yard races.  Swimmers in this group must have previous summer team experience.
 
10's and 11's
M,T,W,Th,F
4:45 to 5:30 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 11/20):
$420
 
Next summer's 10's and 11's with summer swim team experience
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts, underwaters, and touch and flips turns.  Swimmers in this group must have previous summer team experience.
12&Overs
M,T,W,Th,F
5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
 
Cost (9/8 to 11/20):
$420
Next summer's 12&Overs with summer swim team experience
Swimmers in this group are instructed in all four strokes, proper starts, underwaters, and touch and flips turns.  Swimmers in this group must have previous summer team experience.
All swimmers will receive an Aquabears team shirt and team cap.  All swimmers must be members of USA Swimming - this $45 membership fee will be charged during the registration process.
Swimmers in high school should join the Aquabears' Senior Group.
Contact mikeheaney@sbcglobal.net for information.
 
Fall Session - Important Dates
Date
Description
Monday, July 27
Online registration opens at aquabears.org (this is the only method of registration).  When the program reaches capacity, swimmers will be placed on a waiting list.
Tuesday, September 8
First day of Fall Session practices
TBA
Team Shirt and Cap Handout Day
Friday, November 20
Last day of Option 2 (Swimmers wishing to continue should join the Aquabears' year round team)
Sunday, December 6
Last day of Option 1 (Swimmers wishing to continue should join the Aquabears' year round team)
 
Fall Session - Swim Meet Schedule
Dates
Meet
Location
10/3, 4
TBA C/B/A+ Meet
TBA
10/17, 18
TBA C/B/A+ Meet
TBA
10/31, 11/1
TBA C/B/A+ Meet
TBA
11/14, 15
TBA C/B/A+ Meet
TBA
11/20 - 22
WCAB Last Chance B/A+ Meet
Walnut Creek
12/4 to 6
14&Under Winter Championships
Morgan Hill, CA
Meets are very important for evaluating improvement and providing motivation.  Although each meet is optional, swimmers should compete at as many of the scheduled meets as possible.  When our team attends meets we must provide timers.  We require each attending family to volunteer for one timing shift - usually 1.5 to  2 hours.
 

Swimming is Great!   Why can't I swim year round?

The Lafayette Moraga Youth Association Swim Team runs the County Meet each summer.  LMYA sets the eligibility rules for the County Meet.  These rules are in place "to provide top recreational swimmers with a venue to compete against each other."

LMYA clearly states that these are the rules for the County Meet only, and that it has “no jurisdiction over any other meet, league, or team.” and requests that each rule-making body discuss and decide what eligibility rules apply vis-à-vis recreational and year round swim team programs for their own events (except when it applies to the Walnut Creek Aquabears Summer's End Swim Classic Meet - an all comers meet that includes master's swimmers, rec swimmers, and USA-S swimmers from year round teams).

Each local swim league or conference adopts these eligibility rules as the bottom line for their own eligibility rules.  As a member of one of these local swim leagues, your team follows it’s league’s rules.  In order to participate and compete with your team, your swimmer also follows these rules.

The trickle down effect is that these rules really do have jurisdiction over the local leagues, and their teams.

Summer Recreational Swim Teams are a great place to be introduced to the sport of swimming in a fun atmosphere.  Life-long friendships are often formed on these teams.

When a young soccer or baseball player gets better, or wants to participate in a higher level of their sport, it is encouraged.  Moving from the house league to the competitive team is a significant milestone in a young soccer player’s career.  Moving from the Minors to the Majors in Little League carries the same weight.

If a summer team swimmer wants to pursue swimming beyond the summer season he or she then faces a difficult decision.  In order to even try year round swimming for a complete season, they must leave the team they grew up loving - leaving their friends without knowing if year round swimming is really the right option and without the possiblity of returning for nearly two years (if you try year round swimming this year, and decide it's not for you, you won't be able to swim with your rec team until the summer of 2016).

To help take the edge off of this big decision, we would like to see the Walnut Creek Swim Leagues adjust their own the eligibility rules in certain ways:

1.  Completely drop the eligibility clause for 13-14 and 15-18 swimmers, allowing these swimmers to train on a year round team, and to be a part of their rec team for the summer.

2.  Allow 11-12 swimmers to swim on a year round team through the Spring Far Westerns Meet (in late March or early April) and then return to their summer team when it starts, but not allow them to swim on a year round team during the summer (This is similar to the OMPA exemption rule).

3.  Leave the current eligibility rules in place for all 10&Under swimmers.

We feel these changes would strengthen the ties between the Walnut Creek summer and year round teams.

These changes would create an atmosphere that encourages swimming at a higher level, while preserving a swimmer’s connection to their summer team.  It bridges the gap between our best year round swimmers and our newest 6-&-Unders.

We hope that these changes would create a local swimming community that could help a future Walnut Creek swimmer make the United States Olympic Swim Team.  The last, and only one to do it, was the Woodland’s Brian Goodell in 1976 - and his family moved out of Walnut Creek to an area that allowed year round swimmers to swim on their summer team when he was just 10 years old.

If you would like to talk to us about changing the local swimming landscape for the better, or about the steps your team and league can take to help, please call Head Coach Mike Heaney at 925-939-5990, or email him at mikeheaney@sbcglobal.net.