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Space City Aquatic Team 

A Long History of Pride and Excellence
The Space City Aquatic Team (SCAT) was founded in 1977 when two "AAU" teams (The Clear Lake Tigers and The Clear Creek Sharks) merged.
SCAT’s purpose at that time was to provide a feeder system for the area high schools and summer league teams. While this remains one of the club’s functions, since 1977 SCAT has greatly expanded its goals to focus on a comprehensive competitive swim program for our community. SCAT has not only become recognized as one of Texas’s finest programs, but has also stepped up into the national level by virtue of its National Age-Group, Sectional, Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Trial swimmers.

PHILOSOPHY OF COMPETITION
The Space City Aquatic Team engages in a multi-level competition program with USA Swimming that, like our training program, attempts to provide challenging, yet success-oriented competitive situations for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The following policies outline our philosophy:

1. We emphasize competition with oneself. Winning ribbons, medals, or trophies is not our main goal. Even if the swimmer finishes first, but has swum poorly in comparison to his/her own past performances, he/she is encouraged to do better. The individual’s improvement is our primary objective.

2.Sportsmanlike behavior is of equal importance to improved performance. All the coaches teach swimmers how to behave like a champion when the swimmers have both a "good" and a "bad" swim. Respect for officials, congratulations to other competitors, encouragement to teammates, determined effort, and mature attitudes are examples of behaviors praised and rewarded by the Space City Aquatic Team coaching staff.

3. A swimmer is praised for improving his/her stroke or time. It is the coach’s job to offer constructive criticism of a swimmer’s performance. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide love and encouragement that bolster the swimmer’s confidence along the way.
Swimmers are taught to set realistic, yet challenging, goals for meets and to relate those goals to practice to direct their training efforts.
Swimmers are prepared and encouraged to compete in all swimming events, distances, and strokes. This policy promotes versatility and encourages the swimmer to explore his potential in the wide range of events offered in competitive swimming. Oftentimes, a swimmer’s "best" stroke changes as he or she matures and his/her body goes through physical changes.

WHY SWIM?
The USA Swimming age group swimming program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for swimmers. Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health, by teaching healthy fitness habits.
SCAT is a club member of USA Swimming. Membership benefits include USA Swimming Rules and Regulations, membership certificate and certificate of insurance. Clubs joining USA Swimming have liability insurance coverage for approved insured activities.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVE
The Space City Aquatic Team, founded in 1977, is known throughout the country as a first-class, year-round competitive swim program. We offer a guided age-group program for swimmers age 5 and up, from the novice swimmer to the most competitive and skilled swimmer.
When a young person becomes a member of the Space City Aquatic Team he/she learns the values of sportsmanship and teamwork. Swimming with the Space City Aquatic Team, provides physical, emotional and intellectual skills that will last a lifetime.
The mission of the Space City Aquatic Team is:
"Developing Swimmers for Life"

GOALS TEAM
1.To teach kids a value system to enable free choice and the ability to accept the responsibility and consequences for those choices.
2.To continue to develop and promote the sport of swimming.
3.To provide a foundation to achieve a well-balanced lifestyle.
4.To instill self-discipline and concern for others.
5.To provide a foundation for coping with the challenges of life.

COMMUNITY
1.To develop social conscience and responsibility.
2.To promote and teach aquatic safety.
3.To provide a cross training facility for all levels and ages.
4.To provide improved quality of life for the community by offering access to programs and resources on a regular and consistent schedule.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
The administrative functions of the club are overseen by the Board of Directors. The board consists of parents, elected for a two-year term, and the head coach. The elections for board positions are held annually in the spring ( members are elected each year.).

COACHING STAFF
Nothing has a greater influence on the quality of aquatic sports than the excellence of the coach. The Space City Aquatic Team staff consists of 4 professionally trained coaches. They, as member coaches in the American Swimming Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program for youth coaches of any sport in the United States. Certified coaches in U.S. Swimming programs possess training and experience in the physiology and psychology of adolescent development. Our coaching staff provides the assurances that the time your swimmer spends in swimming will be quality time.

PRACTICE SESSIONS
Training sessions are the most important aspect of competitive swimming. Consistent training is needed to progress through the classes of swimmers. Training schedules are designed to provide only slightly more time than is required for a swimmer to accomplish this. Therefore it is important that each swimmer attends as many practices as possible in order to derive the full benefits of the program. Pool availability is our most limiting factor. Don’t waste it.

PRACTICE AND ATTENDANCE
The following guidelines are to inform parents and swimmers of the team policies regarding practice. These policies have been developed over many years and are designed to provide the best
possible practice environment for all.

1.Training groups do not have specific attendance requirements but, as a general rule, the least possible interruption in the training schedule will produce the greatest amount of success. The club does, however, encourage younger swimmers to participate in other activities in addition to swimming. The expectation level of the coaches to attend practices increases as swimmers move to higher groups.

2. For the swimmers protection, they should arrive at the pool no more than 15 minutes prior to their workout time. They should also be picked up no later than 10 minutes after their practice is over. Swimmers should be ready to swim 10 minutes prior to the start of their practice.Parents should remain on site to ensure that a coach is there before leaving their child.

3.While at workout the swimmers are the responsibility of the coaching staff, and the coaching staff is the swimmer’s authority figure. During practice sessions, swimmers are never to leave the pool area without a coach’s permission.

4.The club has an obligation to act as guests while in the high school pools and at League City pool as well as at the Friendswood City Pool and any other facility (both swimmers and parents). Every member of the club needs to do everything possible to respect this privilege. Any damage to school or city property may result in financial liability to the swimmer’s parents. Any damage may also result in the swimmer being asked to leave the team permanently.

5. Parents are allowed to observe practice from the seating areas only. Parents at the League City Pool can view practice from the covered area and parents at any other pool can view practice on the sides of the pool between the flag poles in the seating areas only. Please be considerate and keep conversations at a low volume level. Do not try to communicate with any swimmer from the seating area. This is not only distracting to the swimmer, but can also be distracting to the entire team as well as the coach. Parents who repeatedly communicate with there children during practice will be asked to leave. Once the swimmer arrives to the pool, only the swimmers are allowed on deck. If a swimmer does not have their equipment then only the swimmer can go and retrieve the equipment.

SWIM SEASONS
The swim year is divided into two seasons. The winter, or "short course," season runs from September to mid-March. The meets are held in a 25-yard pool. The summer, or "long course," season runs from early April through August. Meets are generally held outside in 50-meter pools (Olympic size). Swimmers usually get one week off after the short course season and two weeks off after the long course season.

MEETS
SPACE CITY AQUATIC TEAM attends numerous competitions throughout the Houston area, the state of Texas and the country. It is SCAT’s philosophy that the best place to evaluate most swimmers is in competition. Meets are not required by any swimmer but are strongly encouraged. If you wish to attend a meet you must notify your coach. Meet schedules and entry deadlines will be handed to you at the beginning of the year as well as being available online to view at your leisure. It is recommended that as a SCAT family you sit down and view what meets will be options to attend. In most cases for the Developmental and Competitive groups, your coach will approach both the swimmer and parents when it is believed that the swimmer is ready for competition. It should also be said that there are multiple levels of competition and in general when a swimmer attends a meet he/she will be swimming against other swimmers of similar ability. Throughout the season multiple levels of meets will be offered. Sometimes it is confusing to find out what meets your children are qualified for. Remember, your coach is the best source to find out what meets your swimmer is eligible for.

CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS
OLYMPIC TRIALS, SENIOR NATIONALS, JUNIOR NATIONALS, SECTIONALS, SENIOR CIRCUIT, GULF CHAMPS
are all championship meets that are for senior level swimmers that meet the individual time standards for each meet.

                            GO SCAT!