Having just returned from my third Y Nats, I am very confused and disappointed at how this so-called "YMCA Coaches Association" is run.
I'm not a newbie coach. I'm in my 8th year as head coach of a YMCA that has been slowly been growing. It wasn't until my 6th year, when I first attended LC Nats with one swimmer in one event, that I learned that there WAS a Coaches Association. Not only that, but it was an association that I was a member of, complete with a President, VP, etc. "Cool," I thought.
Three years later, I still know about as much as I did then, and that brings my to my main issues.
1. Why is NO EFFORT made to include ALL YMCA coaches in this association? I mean, yes, we're all members, great. How many YMCA coaches don't know that fact?
2. Why is NO EFFORT made to include ALL YMCA coaches in the decision making process? I shouldn't have to ask my Y to pay for a flight and a hotel in Vegas or Ft Lauderdale or wherever to place a vote, nor should it be left to those elite coaches who consistently have swimmers at Nationals, or who have the revenue to send coaches on overnight stays to decide what every Y coach will have to abide by.
3. Why is there no central location of information on the Y Coaches Association? I shouldn't have to wait until my next National meet to find out who the new president of MY association is. The existence of this forum seemed like it would be useful, but my post (should the admin's decide to actually post it) will be the third. And the one post that has a reply provides no information that is of any use, but rather, "call me for an explanation." That is not good enough.
4. This is posted on the front page of the LC Meet: 6/20/09 - With input and approval from the YMCA Coaches Association, the Meet Committee has decided to re-align the swimming of the 1500 Freestyle events and the 800 Freestyle Relay events. The 800 Freestyle Relay events will be returned to swimming on Thursday. All heats of the 1500 Freestyle events will be contested on Monday evening. See the http://www.ymcaswimminganddiving.org/2009LC/2009%20Long%20Course%20Handbook.pdf - Meet Handbook for more information and the new Order of Events. Again, when did I have the opportunity to have a say?
Can anybody provide a PUBLIC explanation?
Thank you --
Waterbury (CT) YMCA