Menlo Mavericks Swim Team

Spark your child's inner swimmer with our youth swim team for ages 5-18. Expert, caring coaching, along with great team spirit and fun while learning.

Description

The Menlo Mavericks is a year round swim team which aims to create a swimming community that is extremely positive about being in and around the water. We emphasize learning sound techniques through our committed and competent coaches in a pleasant and positive environment. With a team segmented into smaller groups to meet the needs of swimmers of all ability levels, the Menlo Mavericks receive the best quality of coaching, instruction, and fun.

Visit our Menlo Mavericks team website for a look at upcoming events, team photos and more information about our swim team community!

The Menlo Mavericks program is for ages 5 to 18 years, and has three main objectives:

  1. Develop and foster a desire for life-long aquatic involvement.
  2. Refine swim skills in all four strokes including turns, dives, and relays.
  3. Instill the desire to improve ability through work, experience, and technique.

We create passionate swimmers using two steps:

  1. Fundamentals — For passionate swimmers to blossom, they must have sound and solid swimming technique fundamentals. The ease and joy of water activity is enhanced with efficient body movement patterns. We will not compromise this step ever from our Swim School, Menlo Mavericks, and the Summer Mavericks programs.
  2. Diversity — Always offering a varied and changing menu of swim activities that challenges and engages the individual to progress, develop, and evolve as swimmers.  Speed, rankings, and times are not necessarily the driving motivator behind our philosophy.

We strive to develop self-esteem, cardiovascular fitness as well as strength, flexibility, and balance.
 

Schedule

Menlo Mavericks offers five practices per week for Level 1 to Level 4 and eight practices a week for Levels 5 and 6. Coaches recommend attending at least three practices per week. Due to our commitment to quality coaching and service, we ask that swimmers attend and participate in team events as much as possible.

Level 1:
Monday–Friday: 4:00pm – 4:45pm   (Instructional Pool)
Monday, Thursday, Friday:  5:45pm – 6:30pm (Instructional Pool)

Level 2:
Monday–Friday:  4:45pm – 5:45pm  (Instructional Pool)
Tuesday and Wednesday:  5:45pm – 6:45pm (Instructional Pool)

Level 3:
Monday–Friday:  5:30pm – 6:30pm (Performance Pool)
Optional dry land exercise: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:45pm – 5:15pm

Level 4:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (Performance Pool)
Wednesday: 5:30pm – 6:30pm (Performance Pool)
Optional dry land exercise: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:45pm – 5:15pm

Level 5: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:  5:00pm – 7:00pm (Stretches & Performance Pool)
Wednesday: 5:00pm – 6:30pm (Stretches & Performance Pool)
Friday 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Performance Pool)
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00noon (Performance Pool)

Level 6: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:  5:00 – 7:00pm (Stretches & Performance Pool)
Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:30pm (Stretches & Performance Pool)
Friday 5:30 – 7:00pm (Performance Pool)
Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00noon (Performance Pool) 

Pricing

Each Menlo Mavericks level has a monthly fee for team members, depending on how many days a week your swimmer attends. Choose which package works best for your swimmer and choose your own days to attend practice, months are pro-rated so you can sign-up at any time. Prices reflect a per week attendance with a per month fee. We also require an annual $30.00 admin fee per family, $50.00 for families with multiple swimmers. 

To register, attend an evaluation session Monday or Thursday at 6:30 p.m. After the evaluation, the coaches will provide you with a registration form. Bring that with you to the Service Center after your swimmers evaluation to finalize the process.

Level 1:
(2 practices per week strongly recommended)
$52.00- one time per week
$62.00 - two days per week
$72.00 - three and more days per week

Level 2:
(3 practices per week strongly recommended)
$57.00 - one day per week
$67.00 - two days per week
$77.00 - three and more days per week

Level 3:
(3-4 practices per week strongly recommended)
$62.00 - one day per week 
$72.00 - two days per week
$82.00 - three and more days per week

Level 4:
(4 practices per week strongly recommended)
$77.00 - two days per week (minimum dues)
$87.00 - three and more days per week days per week

Level 5:
(4-5 practices per week strongly recommended)
$102.00 - up to six days per week

Level 6: 
(80% of practices expected)
$112.00 - up to six days per week

Sibling discount: 10% off for each swimmer after the first child.

Evaluations

Getting started

The Menlo Mavericks offers training and practice groups for swimmers of all ages and ability levels. It is the goal of the Menlo Mavericks to offer age specific training for all of our athletes geared towards challenging each individual and developing each individual to the best of THEIR abilities.

Placement for Levels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5:
Every swimmer must have a mandatory evaluation with a Mavericks coach to ensure that the swimmer is placed into the correct level that corresponds to their abilities and level criteria.  Please note, swimmers need to demonstrate an ability to swim 1 length of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke and have a basic knowledge of butterfly

Evaluation Times

Burgess Pool:  Monday and Thursday at 6:30pm

Move-Ups:

Move-ups, or moving to the next group, are under Coaches discretion. Coaches will discuss with the swimmer and the next level Coach about placement. Parents will be notified once Coaches have made a final decision.


Levels

Level 1 (ages 10 and under)

Our Level 1 group is designed for swimmers to continue with proper stroke technique and instruction and begin to build their endurance and speed. Goals for this group are to become skillful in the four competitive strokes and become exposed to competitions with USA Swimming. We believe fun and learning mix well together to get ready for the next level. It is encouraged that swimmers attend a minimum of 2 practices a week.  

·         Can swim 25 yards freestyle with proper stroke and breathing technique, backstroke with proper stroke technique and body position

·         Demonstrates and understands movements of breaststroke with use of legs and understands and demonstrates motion of arms

·         Listens to instructions

·         Streamline (push off wall in proper position, does not need to be under water)

·         Coaches will make sure swimmer is able to move to at least the middle of the next group prior to changing levels

This group aims to swim 500-600 yards a practice

Level 2  (ages 7-11)

Our Level 2 swimmers will have the majority of instruction during practice while adding some focus on endurance and longer swims. We continue with stroke refinement and introduce more drills to help improve technique. Swimmers are asked to attend a minimum of 3 times a week for the full benefit and to continue improving.

·         Can swim 50 yards freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke, according to USA Swimming standards

·         Understands circle swimming

·         Knowledge of yardage terminology

·         Understands and performs drills for specific strokes

·         Listens to instructions

·         Coaches will make sure swimmer is able to move to at least the middle of the next group prior to changing levels

This group aims to swim 800-1,000 yards a practice

Level 3  (ages 8-13)

In Level 3, swimmers will continue the education and emphasis of correct stroke and turn technique. We ask that swimmers joining this group have past swim team experience. This group will begin to focus on the “Swim meet Swimmer” by setting goals, race strategies, and leadership that will help them continue their success. We ask that attendance is 3-4 times a week for full advantage of coaching and technique.

·         Can swim 100 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, legally, by USA Swimming rules

·         Must be USA Swimming registered

·         Ability to swim a legal 100 Individual Medley

·         Knowledge of good turns and finishes

·         Listens and follows verbal directions from the coach

·         Understands a swimmer's role in team dynamics

·         Can circle-swim and understands team and swimming etiquette

·         Understands how to follow a pace clock

·         Coaches will make sure swimmer is able to move to at least the middle of the next group prior to changing levels

This group aims to swim 1,400-1,600 yards a practice.

Level 4 (ages 9-15)

Level 4 swimmers are well developed in swim meets and practicing. This group tends to focus more on swimming and keeping proper stroke technique while swimming at a faster pace. Understanding how a swim meet unfolds and the ability to lead younger swimmers and guide them through practice and swim meet processes is a plus. Goal setting and leadership are highly emphasized. Attendance at least 4 times a week is strongly encouraged.

·         Can swim 150 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly

·         Must be USA Swimming registered

·         Ability to swim a legal 200 I.M. with proper turns, stroke, and under waters

·         Correct starts for the four competitive strokes

·         Listens and follows verbal directions from the coach

·         Understands a swimmer's role in team dynamics

·         Understands pace clock and swim sets

·         Can swim with few breaks for an hour

·         Can circle-swim and understands team and swimming etiquette

·         Can perform one of the following test sets:

o    8x50 kick @ 1:10

o    5x100 I.M. @ 2:15

·         Coaches will make sure swimmer is able to move to at least the middle of the next group prior to changing levels

This group aims to swim 2,400-2,700 yards a practice

Level 5 (ages 11-18)

Focus is on the developing swimmer from just physical to applying a mental aspect with this level. Teaching swimmers how to train for races and be prepared to swim with proper technique at a fast pace. Learning how to mentally and physically break down swims while staying self driven. Each swimmer has developed leadership roles among the group and team. Practices with this group should be 4-5 times a week.

·         Can swim 200 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly

·         Must be USA Swimming registered

·         Demonstrates leadership qualities in, around, and away from pool

·         Listens and follows directions from the coach, and can incorporate instruction into technique

·         Understands pace clock and swim sets

·         Demonstrates ability to be a respectful team member

            ·         Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA for school. Grade checks are mandatory.

·         Can perform one of the following test sets:

o    12x50 kick @ :55

o    10x100 freestyle swim @1:40

This group aims to swim 3,300-3,600 yards a practice

Level 6 (ages 13-18)

          This level is by invitation only from Menlo Mavericks Head Coach.

           ·         Minimum age for this group is 13 years old

           ·         Must Be USA Swimming Registered

           ·         Attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled practices

           ·         Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA for school. Grade checks will be asked for.

           ·         Can perform one of the following test sets:

o    20x100 freestyle swim @ 1:30

o    12x50 kick @ :45

This group aims to swim 4,500+ yards a practice

Coaches

Aaron Burrows, Head Coach of Menlo Mavericks

Aaron Burrows

Levels 5 and 6, Menlo Mavericks Head Coach

Email Aaron

Aaron is a Bay Area native who started his love of swimming in San Jose as a child.  As he grew older, his enthusiasm to share what he had learned extended to  teaching swimming lessons at the young age of fourteen.  As an adult Aaron swam for his college team in Bakersfield, returning to teaching lessons every summer.  Also in college, Aaron began coaching for a local USS Club team in Bakersfield.

When Aaron started coaching a level 2 group, he really began to understanding the complexities of the sport of swimming. He started researching, listening  and talking to experienced coaches and trainers to obtain as much knowledge of technical sport of swimming as possible. Subsequently, Aaron moved up into the Head Age Group position and has  had many swimmers accomplish great things both in and out of the pool. Aaron is now working as the Head Coach with his Level 3 ASCA certification with the top level athletes within Menlo Mavericks.

In his spare time, Aaron enjoys the outdoors.  Aaron enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, and of course swimming. Aaron's hobbies include, but are not  limited too, playing instruments (the drums are his favorite), art and cooking. 
 
Aaron hopes to assist all his swimmers in the sport of swimming and life. Aaron is looking to create some new friendships and grow with the team, as a team!


Melissa Joy, Menlo Mavericks Coach

Melissa Joy

Levels 1 and 2

Coach Melissa has always loved the water. She has been swimming since she was very young and has been a swim instructor for over 8 years. Melissa jumped into coaching Mavericks with two feet and has enjoyed (and is enjoying) every minute of it.

Melissa coaches our Level 1 and level 2 swimmers.  She enjoys working with young swimmers to build on their love of swimming and team spirit. She believes that swimming is a great sport that encompasses both individual improvements along with an awesome team dynamic. Her goal is to have every swimmer advance their swimming ability as well as their confidence… and, of course, have a great time doing it!


Jenna Holden, Menlo Mavericks Coach

Jenna L Holden

Level 3

Coach Jenna’s love for water sports started at a very young age. Growing up on a small lake in upstate NY she could often be found out on the water swimming and boating in the summer months.  Her love of the sport deepened as she swam year round with her local USA swim team and all four years of high school on the Varsity swim team where she led her team to win sectional championships and made the State team. She pursued this love of swimming though the collegiate level. She has been blessed to have really great coaches along the way that have each shaped her into the person and athlete she is today. She desires to give her level 3 swimmers this same great experience.  

She is a certified USA swimming coach as well as a certified Recreation therapist. She is also a third generation lifeguard and water safety instructor. Her coaching experience as a USA swim coach began in NY where she coached her local team as well as an adapted swim team for children with disabilities. In her free time she can be found riding bikes, cooking and of course swimming laps.


Liv Jensen, Menlo Mavericks Coach

Liv Jensen

Level 1 and 2, Assistant Coach

Liv has been swimming since the age of 7 here in the Bay Area. In college, she swam for Cal, where she won several individual NCAA titles while helping the team to 3 NCAA Championships in 4 years. In addition, she was the first 18-under girl to break the 22 second barrier in the 50 yard freestyle, and has set several American and US Open records as a part of relays. She was team captain for the US swim team at the 2013 World University Games.

As an athlete, Liv enjoys learning about the biomechanics and physiology of swimming, and she carries that enthusiasm for the technical side of the sport into her coaching. Some of her favorite coaching moments are helping athletes finally "get it" after they have worked hard on a skill for a while.

When she's not at the pool, Liv loves to be outdoors and sails actively. She also loves books and is always looking for the next great read.

Policies

Registration Dates

Start anytime (fees are pro-rated) with recurring, monthly charges. For placement in the proper level, a quick evaluation is required.

New and Returning Swimmers

All new swimmers or swimmers returning after at least 6 months of a team separation are required to receive an evaluation by a coach at the pool. Once you have completed your evaluation, start with Menlo Mavericks mid-session by registering immediately in the Service Center.

About Evaluations

Just show up! Please come ready to swim Monday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All evaluations are in the water and take about 10 minutes.

Team Communication

Menlo Mavericks uses a team website to communicate specific details about practice schedules, upcoming meets, social events and team celebrations. Coaches use the team website to inform swimmers and their parents about changes to the schedule, meet registration and Athlete of the Month.

Cancellation

To cancel your Menlo Mavericks membership completely, please fill out the online Cancellation Form. Cancellation requests may also be taken in person through the Service Center, (650) 330-2232. Cancellation requests must be submitted by the 15th of current month to terminate recurring payment/membership for the following month.

FAQ

Q: How do I get started?

A: We offer evaluations for all swimmers at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. We do ask that swimmers have freestyle, backstroke and basics of breaststroke and a knowledge of butterfly. Once a swimmer has been evaluated, the coach will let you know what steps to take next.

Q: How do I register my child for Mavericks?

A: To register, attend an evaluation session Monday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Burgess Pool. After the evaluation, the coaches will provide you with a registration form. Bring that with you to the Service Center after your swimmers evaluation to finalize the process.

Q: Do I have to register my swimmer with USA Swimming?

A: Yes, we require all Menlo Maverick swimmers to register. Joining USA Swimming will allow your child to swim in club meets and experience faster improvement. As a Menlo Maverick, swimmers are able to join internal swim meets, held several times a year.

Q: Why Menlo Mavericks?

A: Menlo Mavericks is a year round swim team which aims to create a swimming community that is extremely positive about being in and around the water. We emphasize learning sound techniques through our committed and competent coaches in a pleasant and positive environment. With a team segmented into smaller groups to meet the needs of swimmers of all ability levels, the Menlo Mavericks receive the best quality of coaching, instruction, and fun.

Q: What is the swim meet policy?

A: Swim meets are an important factor into the sport of swimming. With Menlo Mavericks, we enjoy encouraging our swimmers to take on personal and team challenges by going to swim meets. Our coaching staff does not force swim meets on swimmers and families, but we highly recommend them. This allows swimmers to take the next step and help the coach and swimmer continue in the education and instruction of swimming. 

Q: How do I enter a swim meet?

A: An email notification will be sent out by the team website (and through swim connection once you are registered) Once you receive the email notification, you will need to enter through Swim Connection. Find the name of the swim meet and follow the link and the directions. 

High School Pre-Season

High School swimmers are invited to join Mavericks for a special pre-season session, January 5 - 30, 2015. Regular workouts, top-notch coaching, and lots of team fun. Train at Burgess Pool with the Menlo Mavericks, 5 workouts a week:

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday/Friday 5:30 - 7:00pm

$125/session, pro-rated, start anytime! Registration is easy! Attend an evaluation session Monday or Thursday at 6:30 p.m. After the evaluation, the coaches will provide you with a registration form. Bring that with you to the Service Center after your swimmers evaluation to finalize the process.

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