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Kendbrin Swim Team Handbook

If your child is participating on our 2016 Swim Team, this is the information you’ll need to have a successful season. Goals and expectations are covered, along with parent participation requirements and complete schedules!

Narragansett Summer Swim League


Click here to download the 2016 Swim Team Booklet

Click here to download the 2016 Meet Attendance Form

Click here to download the 2016Meet Volunteer Signup Form

Click here to download the 2016 Meet Schedule

We are pleased that you will be a part of the 2016 Kendbrin Swim Team.  This handbook is designed to help answer your questions and to serve as a guideline for the upcoming season.  If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the Kendbrin Coaching Staff at 401-433-3515, or stop by the pool to speak to one of the coaches.  Coaches may also be reached by the following email address: Kendbrin@gmail.com

There are many goals of the Kendbrin Swim Team.  Each coach has made the following commitments: 

  1. To help foster a positive and enjoyable environment that is conducive to the development of both swimming and social skills.
  1. To provide swimmers with knowledge of the four competitive strokes- front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
  1. To help swimmers develop their swimming technique to the best of their ability for a lifetime of swimming enjoyment.
  1. To develop a youth athletic program, which encourages good sportsmanship and fosters a sense of team and community.
  1. To encourage participation in all practices and meets by swimmers of all abilities.
  1. To encourage swimmers to support and encourage their teammates at meets and practices.
  1. To create an environment at swim meets where cheering is as important as competing and where swimmers can learn the joys of competition.
  1. To instill a positive attitude and good self-esteem in all swimmers.
  1. To demonstrate the role that swimming can play in maintaining health, wellbeing and balance throughout each swimmer’s lifetime.
  1. To promote enthusiasm, team spirit, and team building.


*** TO HAVE FUN! ***


The Kendbrin Swim Team is a friendly and competitive swimming team whose aim is to provide regular training, as well as, light competition during the summer.

 *  All swimmers are required to swim in at least two meets during the season.

 Our focus is having fun, keeping fit, and working together as a team in a competitive environment.

All swimmers should strive to develop the four qualities of good sportsmanship, enthusiasm, perseverance and determination.  These four qualities are important both in and out of the pool.  These are life skills that will help athletes succeed in all arenas.

The Kendbrin Swim Team will encourage all swimmers, regardless of skill level and achievement, to enjoy and understand the healthy benefits of swimming and competing.


The season consists of daily morning practices, Monday through Friday (with some exceptions).  They are held from 8:30 to 10:00 for members 11 years and older and 9:00 to 10:00 for younger members.  Younger members do have the option of joining in at 8:30.  It is very important to be early for practice, and allow for extra time that can be spent stretching, fixing goggles, or putting on caps.  The goal is for swimmers to hit the water at the above designated starting times.  Please strive to arrive at least 10 minutes before the beginning of each practice.  Please note the coaches are on the pool deck to provide instruction and cannot be expected to coax swimmers into the pool.

 The following items should be brought to each and every practice:

  1. Bathing suit
  2. Goggles
  3. Towel
  4. Swim Cap

Practice attendance is very important to the development of each swimmer.  Consistent practice attendance will lead to greater improvement in both technique and times by the end of the season.  Also, before each practice, swimmers should apply sunscreen and make sure to have eaten something.

There are weekly swim meets on Tuesday and/ or Thursday mornings.

Our season concludes with the All Pool Meet during which each swimmer has the opportunity to compete against swimmers from all of the Narragansett Summer Swim League teams.  This is the largest meet of the season, where the top six finishers in each event receive a medal for their achievement.  Additionally, the league awards the All Pool Meet Champion Team.



The meet officially starts, with the first event, at 9:00 am.  Swimmers, however, need to arrive early to warm up with the team.  Swimmers should arrive no later than 8:15 am.  The swimmers will warm up between 8:15 – 8:50 am.  After warm ups, swimmers will dry off and gather around the coaches in the team area, swimmers are expected NOT to be found on the playground or in snack bar area.  The older kids will then lead the team in cheers.  The meet ends around 11:00 am with dive meet to follow.  While some swimmers may be done with their events before the meet is over, it is strongly encouraged that all swim team members stay to the end and cheer on all of their teammates.


 In order to help everything run smoothly, we ask that all swimmers and parents attempt the following:

  • Notify the coaches if your meet availability changes
  • Listen to announcements at practice
  • Check your email and the website for last minute team updates
  • Please be sure the coaches have your email and age as of July 1, 2016


 The last meet of every season is the Narragansett Summer Swim League All Pool Meet held at Kendbrin on August 6th and 7th.  It is strongly encouraged for all swim team members to participate in this event.  The trials for the championship meet starts at 9:15 am on Saturday August 9th, with the finals and relays to be held on August 10th.   It also lasts much longer than a typical dual meet.  While it is long, it is very rewarding for all swimmers to have the opportunity to compete against the entire league.


 To celebrate a successful season, the Kendbrin Swim, Dive, and Tennis teams will hold our end of the season banquet on Friday August 26th.  We order the food from the Pizza Palace of Bellingham Mass, which is delicious. Team gifts and awards including boy and girl of the year will follow.


 The Kendbrin Swim Team cannot succeed without the support of the parents.  The swimmers rely on their parents for encouragement and assistance.  The coaches rely on parents to help with other services and tasks.

We need parent participation throughout the entire swim season.  At each meet we need at least 20 parent volunteers for things to run smoothly.  We also need parents to coordinate the spirit breakfast, to be held on Thursday August 2nd, end of the year banquet, ALL POOL MEET (snack bar, parking, and timers runners) and team gifts. Parent involvement is coordinated by the Parent Representatives(s).

The Parent Representative(s) will help the coaches to coordinate parent participation and tasks peripheral to coaching.  Primarily they will:  Coordinate parent volunteers for each meet, coordinate parent / swimmer participation in team functions.

If you are unsure of what to do or how to help please ask the Parent Representative(s).  There are plenty of jobs to do and we always appreciate the help!

For the 2016 season the coaches are pleased to announce that Louann Diehl will be helping the coaching staff in the role of Parent Representative.



 Our swim meets cannot run successfully without the help of the parents.  There are a number of ways parents can volunteer your time – and we ask that each parent do so for a minimum of two (2) meets.  Your help is encouraged and welcomed.  Please speak to the parent representative or the coaches for a more detailed explanation of any of the following duties:


12 timers per home meet & 6 timers per away meet are needed.  No experience necessary!  This is a good job for anyone who wants to be close to the action.    A timer’s meeting will be held 15 minutes prior to the start of the meet to go over working the stopwatch, etc. There will be three timers per lane in addition to a backup timer for the inevitable stopwatch or brain malfunction.  One of the timers will have the task of writing down the swimmer’s times on the clipboard.  The runner will take the time sheets at the end of each event to the scorer’s table.  Occasionally a swimmer will enter an event that was not on the time sheets.  In this case one of the timers will simply write in the child’s name and record the times per usual policy.

2 runners per meet.  This is a great job for parents who want to get in a bit of a work out while their child swims.  It is fast paced but fun.  The runner’s job is to get the time sheets from the timers and take them to the scoring table at the end of each event.   A few calories are burned in this job.  Wear sneakers, sun block and a hat.


2 per home meet.  The main scorer must have computer training prior to the meet.  This year we will have 1 apprentice scorer during the meet to sit with the scorer and organize cards and watch the process of entering times in the HYTEK swim software.  If you are interested in this job, please let Louann know or sign up on the volunteer signup sheet.  The scorer sits in the shade if you are looking for a non-sunny job.

Once you have attended one or two meets, these tasks will all seem very obvious. 

But please do not hesitate to ask questions. 

Please try out a variety of jobs this summer as there is something for everyone.

It is our hope that every family will help out as best they can this summer

So as not to put the burden on the same individuals meet after meet.


 The first swim meet can be an overwhelming experience for both swimmers and parents.  Below are some guidelines to follow to help everyone to enjoy themselves.

Before the Meet Starts:

Swimmers should arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up time begins.  This time will be listed on the Schedule of Meets, which will be posted on the Kendbrin website and on the bulletin board at the pool.

First, each swimmer must find a coach in the team area and check in.  Team areas will be announced by the coaches.   At home meets this area will be at the side of the gate house.

Once “checked-in”, each swimmer will write his/her event numbers on his/her hand in ink.  This helps him/her remember what events he/she is swimming and what event number to listen for.

Your swimmer should now get his/her cap and goggles and report to the coach for warm-up instructions.  It is very important for all swimmers to warm-up with the team, during the designated warm-up time.

After warm-up, each swimmer should go back to the area where his/her towels are and sit there until it is time for his/her event.  At this time, swimmers need to pay attention to the coaches as they will be handing out cards as events come up.

The meet will start when warm-ups are over.   All questions concerning meet results, an officiating call, or the conduct of a meet, should be referred to the coaching staff.  They, in turn, will pursue the matter through the proper channels.

During the Meet:

It is important for any swimmer to know what event he/she is swimming.  He/she may swim right after warm-ups or they may have to wait awhile.  A swimmer should report to the blocks in plenty of time for the event with his/her cap and goggles.  Girl’s events are odd-numbered and boy’s events are even-numbered.  The swimmer will receive their heat and lane assignments from a coach when the sign-in for the meet.  This happens at least 15 minutes before the scheduled warm-up.  During the meet a coach will announce within the team area when a particular event should report to the blocks.  Swimmers are responsible for being in the team area and reporting to the blocks when instructed.

The swimmer swims his/her race.

What to take to the meet:

  1. Swimsuit, cap, and goggles.  These items are the most important.
  2. Towels – Realize your swimmer will be there awhile, so pack at least two.
  3. T-Shirts – Each swimmer may want to bring two because they can get wet and soggy.
  4. Sunscreen –The meets can be hot and sunny with not a lot of shade.
  5. Food – plenty of water and healthy snacks.


10 Commandments for Swimming Parents

By Rose Snyder, Managing Director Coaching Division, USOC

Former Director of Club Services, USA Swimming

(Adapted from Ed Clendaniel’s 10 Commandments for Little League Parents)

I. Thou shalt not impose thy ambitions on thy child.

Remember that swimming is your child’s activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual. Don’t judge your child’s progress based on the performance of other athletes and don’t push him based on what you think he should be doing. The nice thing about swimming is every person can strive to do his personal best and benefit from the process of competitive swimming.

II. Thou shalt be supportive no matter what.

There is only one question to ask your child after a practice or a competition – “Did you have fun?” If meets and practices are not fun, your child should not be forced to participate.

III. Thou shalt not coach thy child.

You are involved in one of the few youth sports programs that offer professional coaching. Do not undermine the professional coach by trying to coach your child on the side. Your job is to provide love and support. The coach is responsible for the technical part of the job. You should not offer advice on technique or race strategy. Never pay your child for a performance. This will only serve to confuse your child concerning the reasons to strive for excellence and weaken the swimmer/coach bond.

IV. Thou shalt only have positive things to say at a swimming meet.

You should be encouraging and never criticize your child or the coach. Both of them know when mistakes have been made. Remember “yelling at” is not the same as “cheering for”.

V. Thou shalt acknowledge thy child’s fears.

New experiences can be stressful situations. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared. Don’t yell or belittle, just assure your child that the coach would not have suggested the event or meet if your child was not ready. Remember your job is to love and support your child through all of the swimming experience.

VI. Thou shalt not criticize the officials.

Please don’t criticize those who are doing the best they can in purely voluntary positions.

VII. Honor thy child’s coach.

The bond between coach and swimmer is special. It contributes to your child’s success as well as fun. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of your child.

VIII. Thou shalt be loyal and supportive of thy team

It is not wise for parents to take swimmers and to jump from team to team. The water isn’t necessarily bluer in another team’s pool. Every team has its own internal problems, even teams that build champions. Children who switch from team to team find that it can be a difficult emotional experience. Often swimmers who do switch teams don’t do better than they did before they sought the bluer water.

IX. Thy child shalt have goals besides winning.

Most successful swimmers have learned to focus on the process and not the outcome. Giving an honest effort regardless of what the outcome is, is much more important than winning. One Olympian said, “My goal was to set a world record. Well, I did that, but someone else did it too, just a little faster than I did. I achieved my goal and I lost. Does this make me a failure? No, in fact I am very proud of that swim.” What a tremendous outlook to carry on through life.

X. Thou shalt not expect thy child to become an Olympian.

There are 250,000 athletes in USA Swimming. There are only 52 spots available for the Olympic Team every four years. Your child’s odds of becoming an Olympian are about 0.02%.


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