Eaton Parent Handbook

Eaton Parent Handbook

Philosophy

The number one mission of the Eaton High School swimming and diving team is to create a unified, team environment where all athletes have the opportunity to reach their full potential as students and as athletes.  As part of the Eaton Swim Team, athletes will be taught responsibility and accountability to the school, to the team, to other students and athletes, to the community, and to the athletes themselves. This is a mission that can only be achieved with the commitment of the athletes, parents, and coaches.

Varsity Expectations

The Varsity team has high goals, high expectations, and a high level of commitment. Varsity is the primary competition team and trains at an advanced level. This is not a learn to swim program. Training will include dryland and the weight room.

 

Varsity Swimming/Diving practice will be held before school Monday through Friday 6:45 am – 8:30 am at the NISD Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided to and from Eaton via bus. The bus will load up in the Eaton bus loop and leave at 6:15am. After practice the bus will depart the pool at 8:50am and return to Eaton by 9:20am.

 

Varsity Swimmers/Divers are expected to attend all Varsity meets and maintain 90% attendance for all required practices. Every 9-Weeks the attendance will be evaluated. Any varsity swimmers not meeting the required 90% attendance have the possibility to be moved to Junior Varsity at the 9 week mark.

 

Any roster moves will consider all aspects of the athlete. Training performance, maintaining eligibility and behavior are some of the factors taken in to account. At the end of the day, all roster moves will be made at the coach’s discretion.

 

Junior Varsity Expectations

 

The Junior Varsity team is designed to develop strokes, skills, and an aerobic base. This team is a developmental program with the goal of reaching the Varsity level. Emphasis will be with in-water skills and there will be no dryland or weights for Junior Varsity. There are limited competition opportunities for Junior Varsity compared to Varsity.

 

Junior Varsity practice will be held after school 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm. Transportation will be provided to and from Eaton via bus. The bus will load up in the Eaton bus loop and leave at 3:20pm. After practice the bus will depart the pool at 5:00pm and return to Eaton by 5:30pm.

 

Junior Varsity Swimmers/Divers are expected to attend Junior Varsity meets and maintain 80% attendance for all required practices. Every 9-Weeks attendance and performance will be evaluated. Any junior varsity athlete not meeting the required 80% attendance may be removed from the team. Any junior varsity athlete meeting the required 80% attendance and making Varsity performance standards will be eligible to move up to Varsity.

 

Any roster moves will consider all aspects of the athlete. Training performance, maintaining eligibility and behavior are some of the factors taken in to account. At the end of the day, all roster moves will be made at the coach’s discretion.

Self Transportation to/from Practice

Please note that any swimmer or diver wishing to drive himself/herself to and from the natatorium must complete an off-campus transportation form and submit proof of insurance that will remain on file with the athletic department during the course of the school year.

Holiday Practices and Off Season Activities

There will be swimming and diving practices during school recognized holidays. I will post a copy of the Thanksgiving and Christmas practice schedules on the Eaton Swimming and Diving Moodle page well in advance, so please make every effort to attend these practices. That may mean scheduling vacation time during other parts of the calendar year so that we can best prepare for District, Regionals, and State. 

 

The will be off-season training a week after our team’s last: meet. Practice times will remain the same (6:45 am – 8:20 am for swimmers) All divers and swimmers are expected to attend. Senior attendance is optional with required paperwork. We will take off for the STAAR test, PSAT test, spring break, and the last two weeks of school. 

 

Training and Injuries

 

Our competitive season will last from the beginning of September to the end of February.  We will begin the opening weeks of the season with a special emphasis on stroke development and refinement while steadily increasing the volume and the intensity of our sets.

During the swim/dive season, your ability to handle a higher workload will increase.  A certain amount of discomfort and soreness might well be the result of you putting in an outstanding run of practices.  While you are building good muscle, endurance, and speed there is a difference between soreness and a searing pain.  If you feel actual PAIN, it needs to be communicated to me and the athletic trainer now rather than later.  We do not want you sitting out an injury that could have been prevented.

Training room:  If it has been determined that you need some physical therapy, it is available at our school.  Please, report to the training room at the high school at 7:00 am for treatment.  I will receive a daily report from the trainer to see how you are progressing and to confirm you were there.  

Pre-existing injuries:  If you have a pre-existing injury that could limit your ability to do certain activities – I need to know about the situation as soon as possible.  Stay on your physical therapy exercises.  Just because it feels fine does not mean you can stop.  You feel fine because you are doing the exercises.  Once again, good communication can solve these problems before they get worse.

Transportation to/from Meets

Athletes must attend school and practice on the day of a competition.  The Eaton team travels to and from meets together.  Unless prior arrangements have been made with the coach, eligible swimmers and divers must ride the team bus to each meet. Eligible swimmers and divers also include those members of the team who are not able to swim or dive due to injury. For Saturday meets, the team bus will normally leave Eaton High School early in the morning – exact times will be given prior to each meet. If a swimmer or diver misses the team bus, he/she cannot participate in the meet.

 

After the meet concludes the bus will return to Eaton High School. Parents will also have the option to sign their athlete out and take them home after the meet concludes. The sign out form will be with the head coach and need to be completed after every meet where the athlete is signed out. All other athletes will be expected to ride the bus back to the high school. Once we arrive back at the high school the athletes are expected to have travel arrangements back home within 15 minutes of arrival.

Conduct at Meets 

Swimmers and divers do not only represent Eaton High School, but they also represent Northwest ISD at their competitions; therefore, constant reprimands, violations of school policy, and discipline referrals will result in suspension and/or expulsion from the team. Being a participating member in any Northwest ISD extra-curricular activities is a privilege, not a right. 

 

All provisions in the Northwest Athletic Guidelines and the Student Code of Conduct handbook are applicable to our athletes at all times on and off campus. Both the Athletic Guidelines and Student Code of Conduct handbook can be found on the Eaton Swimming and Diving Moodle page. 

 

Absences

 

If a swimmer or diver knows that he/she will not be able to attend a competition, the coach must be notified in writing (preference is email) at least 10 schools days prior to that competition to avoid being entered into the meet.

 

Similarly, if a swimmer or diver knows that he/she will not be able to attend practice, the coach must be notified in writing at least one day prior to that practice. Ample opportunities for Tutorials are available during Eagle time and after school. If you do not consistently train you run the risk of being removed from the team. 

Grading

As a sport under University Interscholastic League Rules, swimmers and divers fall under the same “No pass, no play” policy as other student/athletes. Therefore, swimmers and divers who fail any subject for a 9-week period are not allowed to participate in competitions (or ride the bus to the competitions). In order to regain eligibility, they will need to be passing all of their classes at the three week grading period. 

Required Equipment  

Each swimmer and diver will be provided with all necessary equipment for swimming and diving competitions, free of charge. Swimmers do not have to take any of these items if they have their own equipment, but it will be provided if necessary.  These items include: 

  1. One team swimming suit (for meets only)
  2. One pair of sweats (top and bottom)
  3. One parka
  4. One athletic bag
  5. Two swim caps

For daily training, swimmers will need to provide their own swimming suits, caps, and goggles. Varsity swimmers will also need fins. Divers will only need to provide their own swimming suits. Understand that school issued equipment may only be brought to school on meet days and cannot be worn at school or used at any other time. 

 

If any of these items is lost or severely damaged, they will need to be replaced at the swimmer or diver’s cost. Most items will be numbered, but it is your responsibility to keep up with what amounts to $400.00 worth of equipment. 

Lettering  

Because swimming and diving is a varsity level sport, all varsity participates are eligible to earn a team letter. In order to earn a team letter, athletes must: 

  1. Place in the top 8 at the district meet OR
  2. Compete for two years at the varsity level

I also take into consideration the swimmer and diver’s attitude, attendance at practice, maintaining academic eligibility and conduct in and away from school. Any violation of the district guidelines may result in an athlete not receiving his/her letter.

Captains

Captains must first be either a Junior or Senior, and maintain compliance with our Athletic Guidelines.  A captain’s responsibilities are many and varied.  They include:  always being a positive influence on the team and in school, passing all classes, exemplary conduct in and out of school, and helping the coach lead the team in a positive manner by their actions and deeds.  It is an elected position by your fellow teammates. The five (4 swimmers and 1 diver) candidates with the highest vote totals will be our captains for the year.

Buses and Locker Rooms

The locker rooms and buses used by the team must be kept clean.  It is the responsibility of each swimmer to ensure that their trash and belongings are removed from the locker room and bus.  It is the team’s responsibility to make sure the locker rooms and bus are clean when we are done using it (including removing trash and sweeping the floor). Our transportation and facilities are a privilege and not a right.

Communication

I’m a firm believer in open communication between athlete, parent, and coach. It’s important we are all on the same page. My goal is to give your swimmer the best environment and training regimen to be successful. I will always be honest about their progress, where they are at, and what steps it will take to improve. As a parent, you play an extremely significant role in keeping me informed of any developments that I may not know about. Whether it be emotional, mental, or physical I need to know of any serious developments so I can help your athlete the best I can. Email is the best way to get in contact with me since I check and respond daily. Bradley.eichenseer@nisdtx.org