Lakeridge Swim Team
About our program
Thank you for your interest in Lakeridge Swim Team, an atypical year-round competitive USA Swimming program since 1989. First, Lakeridge Swim Team is a program that recognizes and embraces the compatible nature of not one, but two sports: swimming and triathlon. Lakeridge is comprised of both lesson and competitive swimming and triathlon programs for children, ages 2 through young adult. From blowing bubbles to US Olympic Team Trials, USAT Junior Elite National Championships (ages 16-19), and Youth Elite National Championships (ages 13-15), Lakeridge Swim Team provides aquatic opportunities to children of all abilities and levels of commitment in both disciplines.
Next, the Lakeridge staff of swimming and triathlon coaches brings many years of coaching and athletic experience. Lakeridge Swim Team has had the same head coach for longer than any swim team in Northern Nevada; since 1989, Head Coach Sharon Weiss has been working with all levels of the team. Similarly, Senior Coach Nenad Rodic has been with Lakeridge since 1997. A strong knowledge base in human development, sports performance, swimming, and triathlon facilitates the process of developing young athletes, beginning with basic swim instruction; throughout its history, a vast majority of Lakeridge Swim Team’s fastest swimmers and record holders were taught how to swim at Lakeridge, beginning in the lesson program, and advancing from Stroke Class, to Bronze, Silver, and Gold. From basic instruction to national competition, for over twenty years the staff of Lakeridge Swim Team has been guiding children and adolescents through childhood and through adolescence, and consistently with excellence and fun. In addition, the staff’s successful integration of appropriate and effective training for both competitive swimming and triathlon offers mutual benefit to swimmers and triathletes alike.
Like its staff and program, the facilities at Lakeridge Tennis Club are unparalleled by any others in northern Nevada, with two pools, a 25-meter outdoor pool (used in the summer months) and a 25-yard indoor pool. In addition, dryland training facilities include yoga, weights, spinning, and an array of Cybex and exercise machines, superb for the developing athlete. Next, the limited team size of the Lakeridge Swim Team insures a low swimmer to coach ratio, thus providing for the individual attention that so often enables a swimmer to excel.
What’s in a Swim Season?
Given the technically and physically demanding nature of swimming, we train year round, with one week off in August (aptly named ‘Week 52’). Regular attendance at training sessions for all levels is always encouraged and promoted, as it is believed that consistency is essential for maximizing individual potential. In addition, swimmers who attend regularly also tend to have better rates of improvement, connection with their teammates, and maintained interest in participating than swimmers whose attendance is less consistent. At the same time, the level of commitment that each swimmer and family has to this consistency is entirely their own and we appreciate a full range of commitment levels to swimming. While we certainly offer recommendations and guidance in this regard throughout each swimming career, we have no attendance requirements, with two exceptions: 1) Swimmers are expected to maintain appropriate levels of fitness for the group to which he or she belongs (e.g., make intervals, etc.) and 2) Team travel for senior competitions.
Based on the specific and individual needs of our swimmers and team, we participate in local, regional, and national meets as indicated. We travel as necessary for the development of our athletes, but we also keep travel to a minimum so as to minimize the financial burden on our families. We are active participants in USA Swimming competitions, from local Zone 4 meets to Pacific and USA Swimming competitions throughout the year. Swim meets are a fun and rewarding way of measuring and fostering personal improvement, applying race strategies, and spending time with friends, teammates, and family. While many young swimmers enjoy personal improvement and best times throughout each season, senior swimmers come to focus on personal improvement throughout a season, but best times at the end or peak of each season.
How to Register
Upon joining Lakeridge Swim Team, we ask that you do the following to complete your registration.
Step 1 Lakeridge Swim Team Registration Form
Please fill out form completely and return hard copy, including all pertinent medical information about your child.
Step 2 Safe Sport Policy & Acknowledgement
Safe Sport – The US Center for SafeSport is a national nonprofit organization providing education, resources, and training to promote respect and prevent abuse in sport. In accordance with SafeSport and USA Swimming, Lakeridge Swim Team also provides this education and abides by the guidelines that have been set forth. As such, we require acknowledgement of our Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy. Please review the policy and materials provided on our SafeSport page and submit a signed copy of the Acknowledgement form with your team registration form.
Safe Sport Acknowledgement Form
Step 3 USA Swimming Athlete Registration
Lakeridge Swim Team is a member in good standing of USA Swimming (LSC – Local Swim Committee, Pacific Swimming), our governing body. Accordingly, all of its swimmers and staff members maintain current annual registration in order to be eligible for training as well as competing, etc. USA Swimming has no grace period for athletes and non-athlete members to comply with this important requirement. At your earliest convenience, please email Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for our team registration link with USA Swimming. All swimmers in Stroke Class, Bronze, Silver, and Gold groups must be registered regardless of competition status.
Lakeridge Swim Team
Club Code: LAKE
Local Swim Committee (LSC): Pacific Swimming (PC)
|FEES||Monthly Dues||Monthly Dues||Monthly Dues||USA|
|Annual Team Fee||Annual Team Fee||Annual Team Fee|
|Group||1st Swimmer||2nd Swimmer||3rd Swimmer||All||Full Year|
1. Annual Fees – To cover the costs of running our program, this is a fee everyone pays based on the training group they are in at the time the fee is due (either upon joining, moving onto the Bronze Group from Stroke Class, or at the start of a new year). This cooperative fee covers everything from our Annual Awards Banquet to meet expenses, equipment, and the like.
2. Monthly Dues – As each suggests, these fees pertain to monthly operations of the program, primarily coaching & pool fees.
3. USA Swimming – Please see above.
*High School-only swimmers are welcome at Lakeridge and pay a reduced annual fee for training during the high school season. High-school swimmers are welcome to begin training as early as December and their annual fee is good through May. In the event a high school-only swimmer wishes to continue training year-round, and we hope they do, the same reduced fee works great for this first year and they can pick up the full annual fee for their group the following year.
|1 week||No deduction|
|2 consecutive weeks||25% off|
|3 consecutive weeks||50% off|
|4 consecutive weeks||75% off|
|5 consecutive weeks||1 month|
If you have any questions about the Lakeridge Swim Team Fees (Monthly Dues, USA Swimming Registration, Annual Fees, etc. ) or registration please feel free to call Sharon @(775) 786-2333 or email email@example.com and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Lakeridge Swim Team Mission Statement: With inspiration from the aims of our governing body (USA Swimming) and the Olympic Movement, Lakeridge Swim Team strives to provide a positive and safe swimming environment for young people, combining an emphasis on the technical, psychological, and social aspects of swimming as a sport and as a lifelong skill. We are committed to excellence as well as the enrichment of our sport. We “seek to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”(1). Our mission begins with a love of swimming, and extends to the broad range of individual goals and abilities of our members.
What has Lakeridge Swim Team accomplished? Since 1989, when Lakeridge Swim Team began as a year-round program, our goal of providing a swim program to a diverse group of young athletes has been achieved in many equally diverse ways. First, our athletes have acquired a host of the finest skills necessary to compete locally, regionally, and at the state and national levels. From Stroke Class through the Gold Group, many swimmers have gone on to swim in college, some on academic and/or athletic scholarship. Lakeridge swimmers, most of whom begin their careers in our stroke class, are among the hardest-working and best conditioned swimmers in our area, as well as often being cited as having exceptional stroke technique. This has been evidenced by the Pacific and USA Swimming Age Group Rankings year after year, hundreds of A, AA, Q, and PRT times, Far Western and Nevada State Championships finalists, champions, and record holders, High School Zone and State finalists and champions, along with numerous Junior Championships qualifiers, finalists, and a champion, and US National Championships qualifiers. Over the last two years, Lakeridge Swimmers have won relays in the Nevada State Championships in the 13-14 & 15-18 age groups. To field relays from a team of 70 against teams of 200 and above is testimony to the quality of Lakeridge Swim Team. Additionally, Lakeridge has competed at the US National Championships. Further, whether swimmers choose to use swimming as a means of exercise, training for seasonal competition, or devoting themselves to reaching their full potential, Lakeridge Swim Team welcomes swimmers who present unique ability levels and goals. With a focus on an individual’s personal improvement, Lakeridge swimmers have enjoyed success at all levels of swimming, while they have developed lasting friendships, a strong work ethic, discipline, commitment, and the understanding that success is a process, not a mere destination.
Taking our program on the road: Each year our competitive program is structured so that our swimmers have an opportunity to compete in approximately one swim meet per month, with the swimmers’ training being geared toward 2-4 championship meets per year. Lakeridge coaches also attend approximately 1 meet per month, and travel when necessary, to all out of town meets pertinent to our swimmers (i.e. Zone 4 Championships, NV State Championships, Junior and National Championships, Far Westerns, and any meets deemed appropriate by the head coaches for suitable competition not available locally).
Financial Assistance for coaches and swimmers: From our own mission statement to much of the current research available in the sport of swimming, Lakeridge Swim Team, while independent, promotes many of the ideas and goals of USA Swimming – “committed to excellence and the improvement of our sport”. Specific to competition, USA Swimming (through its local swim committees – ours is Pacific) “helps defray the travel costs of athlete members competing in the National Championships, Trials classes of meets, and the U.S. Open.” Individual swim teams around the country supplement this travel assistance through a variety of fundraisers (i.e. hosting several swim meets throughout the year, swim-a-thons, and so on). Lakeridge Swim Team’s need for swimmers and coach travel assistance is considerably lower than average swim teams, due in part to its relatively small size, and coupled with our philosophy that a swimmer’s Championship swimming should be limited to 1-2 meets per season. With this, a single annual fundraiser has proven successful in meeting the needs of our travel assistance program.
Pacific Swimming provides travel assistance to swimmers for the above competitions, with the method of funding determined by its Board of Directors (i.e. the amount of reimbursement based on transportation costs to the meet).
Lakeridge Swim Team supplements this travel assistance to its swimmers for the above competitions:
1) By funding hotel costs, rental car expenses, and any additional airfare costs not covered by Pacific Swimming/USA Swimming.
2) Only to swimmers who are qualified in individual events (relay-only swimmers are not eligible for travel assistance – as in Pacific Swimming), have met a minimum of 80% of that season’s training sessions, and have been dues-paying members of Lakeridge Swim Team for at least six months (college swimmers from outside our program who choose to train with Lakeridge for the summer months are not eligible for travel assistance until their second summer of training with Lakeridge).
Pacific Swimming and USA Swimming provide travel assistance to coaches as staff members of all-star competitions, international competitions, and specified training camps only.
Lakeridge Swim Team provides travel assistance to its coaches for all out of town competitions, which accounts for approximately 85% of travel fund expenses each year, with the remaining 15% going to swimmer expenses, as described above.
Fundraising at Lakeridge Swim Team: As stated above, our annual budget is kept to a minimum for several distinct reasons, the first of which is the fact that our relatively small team size precludes us from having an excess of Junior & Senior National qualifiers. Second is our belief that qualified swimmers should be adequately prepared for their championship meet. With this in mind, a swimmer only receives financial assistance if he/she has met the 80% attendance requirement. We understand the many financial and time commitments that families are devoted to every year, from our local schools to other extracurricular groups to charities. At the same time, minimal financial assistance is essential to our growth and development as a team, providing opportunities for swimmers to go as far as their work and ambition take them, and for coaches whose job it is to guide the process. Just as Lakeridge Swimmers train in a cooperative environment, we rely on the cooperative principle when it comes to fundraising; we encourage willing and enthusiastic participation by all, starting with our parents. In this way, the many hands that comprise Lakeridge Swim Team make light work and the collective is strengthened.