My son (recently turned 13) just finished up his first season of Water Polo. They capped the season by playing a tournament in the Olympic Expo Swim Stadium here in Los Angeles next to the Olympic Coliseum. Inspiring venue!
I threw the kid into this sport in May despite him having little-to-no formal swim experience. He had water-safety lessons as a youngster and could "swim," but not a "swimmer."
He loved Water Polo. Till now he's been a Lacrosse player, but the High School we are set on (for year after next) doesn't have Lacrosse but has a very good Water Polo program. So this was a strategic move on my part, that seems to have worked out.
Now to work on the strokes and aquatic techniques. By good fortune the coach whose name kept coming up when I asked those in the know who was the best person my son could work with to refine his swim skills, just happened to be at our pool where my boy was putting in extra laps prior to practice and he did an evaluation.
The coach runs kind of an elite program, Junior Olympics and what-not, and my son (who has never been on any sort of swim team) is far more "green" and not as fast (I'm sure) as the kids he is used to dealing with.
But the coach saw a lot of potential in my boy, who has a very lean-strong body (coach said "swimmer's body") and he's invited us to train with his team next week. Super excited, even if we eventually get moved down to the novice team at the same pool.
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I'm not sure what to do about food. Practices will be 5-7 (with two being 5-7:30). When/what do I feed the kid?
The old "don't eat before you swim" thing is fallacious? Or what?
Appreciate advice from veterans.
Super stoked for the opportunity.