On January 20th, I sent out a blanket e-mail to all coaches in PVS asking for any feedback they had on how things were going in PVS. I invited complements, criticisms and ideas for change. I also said that I'd be sure to include their voice in my report to the BOD.
I received 8 e-mails from PVS coaches (which is about 8 more than I usually get) and I'd like to thank them all for their input. Coaches responding were:
I will adress their comments to the BOD in order.
Christian Dowd suggest moving the PVS Open Meets to two venues in stead of three, citing that often there are too many swimmers form his team in the same heats and even with three coaches at the session they can not give relevant / meaningful feedback to the swimmers because they have to turn around and get splits on someone else in the next heat. He feels that it's great that meets move faster but at times they are moving too fast. Christian also brought up the possibility of having HS Districts an observed meet for USA swimming purposes. This stems from the heavy meet schedule HS swimmers face with HS meets and USS meets. He also asked about PVS setting up Red cross CPR and First Aid Challenge classes during swim meets so coaches can get them out of they way since they have to be there anyway. His final suggestion was to rent or find a class in a computer school to run Hy-Tek classes for coaches and team managers to learn the program.
NOTE: (PVS also mentioned this earlier…holding registration seminars for team registars)Ward Foley had two comments:
Keith McGough stated that PVS officiating is top notch with a real focus on the kids. He also likes the three venue format of the PVS Open meets (from a parents perspective) times lines are manageable. He also feels PVS does a great job of communicating to it's members via e-mail and the web site and they do a good job of reaching out to small up and coming programs. His only suggestion was for PVS to expand their meet options. He offered two suggestions on this:
Chris Houtt wants LC time standards to be included in the 14 & Under JO meet announcement; if not this year, for next year. This would have a positive impact on his LC meets held during the SC season AND be a good thing for the JO meet.
NOTE: (Coaches Comp. Committee meetings have had discussions on ways to promote LC swimming…perhaps this is a good start)
Pete Morgan was not aware that March Meet dates were up for dicussion but he would support the change in dates proposed at CC meeting for 2004. Pete also cited that he feels we will need two courses in the morning sessions to accommodate the number of swimmers in the meet since we are swimming a combination of the old Junior and Senior Champs meets combined. He supports a move to GMU for the meets.
Victor Abrahamian would like to see the following happen to clubs delinquent in their PVS payments:
1) any team that owes money to PVS and the payment has been delayed over the grace period:
PV should take the following steps:
Note: (PV travel fund money goes to the club and is made to the club and not the individual athletes)
Any travel fund issue brought up by the athlete(s) should be directed to the club and not to the PV. This matter is between the club and their athletes.
2) PV should not award any team to host PV meets if the team does not have a certain required number of officials to begin with.
In the January Open Meet at PGS&LCone of my officials was moved to the other course (hosted by Ft Belvoir) to officiate while her child swam in the Potomac Marlins course.
Eric Collins would like to see PVS host one or two LC meets during the SC season.
Pete Sczupak would like to see PGS & LC utilized more during the LC season for more than one day meets if the demand is there. He feels it is the most under utilized facitity we use.
NOTE: (Perhaps this is an issue for Technical Planning)
Steve Ercolano would like for PVS to publish on the web site the names of the SC Zone Coaching Staff who have been selected so far. It is not there currently. Steve went on to cite the zone coaching staff selection process currently written in the P&P manual and wants to know why P&P is not being followed. His excert follows:
Selection of Coaches
The Competition Committee at its Fall meeting will select a staff of six coaches. A head coach and two assistants for the 13 & Over athletes, and an Assistant Head Coach and two assistants for the 12 & Under athletes. Staff selection will be based on the following criteria and procedures:
Steve asks: "Have the coaches not been selected"? He goes on to state…
· The web site shows that policy and procedure has been updated as of Sept. 2002 and I see no mention of Board action that changes policy and procedure, so where is our Zone staff?
· The September Competition Commitee Minutes reflect that coaches will be chosen at swim meets in March. How is this possible? Does Competition have the ability to rewrite Policy and Procedures? How can this decision have been allowed to happen? Policy and Procedure states a process for selecting coaches, if no nominees are available. Why wasn't this process followed?
· Why is the fact that we do not have a Zone staff public knowledge?
· There are financial stipends attached to Zone staff positions (at least there are according to Policy and Procedures). Coaches work for zones was supposed to start in September ( according to P&P). Since this has not been accomplished, will the stipends not be paid?
The bigger issue is that a lot of time and effort went into producing a "Policy and Procedures" Manual for PVS. Why is it not being followed? This Zone selection process is a prime example. If I am interested in being a Zone Coach, where do I go to find out the process? If I refer to P&P, which is supposed to be the "bible" of PVS, it tells me one thing. I have to read through the minutes of every meeting to find out what is the "current" procedure, even though that procedure isn't really the one that is supposed to be in place.
PVS Sr. Coaches Rep.