NEWS for Week of March 12th - March 17th

Tonight starts the first night of our regular practice schedule!  Let's hear it for longer days and sunshine (once we get through all the rain, that is.)  Read on for info on New Parent Info Night (tonight), making carpool arrangements, team gear, the practice plan, and a change to Friday's practice schedule due to a Redwood High School meet.

NEW Parent Information Night:  TONIGHT March 12th, 7:00 - 8:30pm

A great way to get all your questions answered at once and receive an overview of the whole program all at once.   Click here for more info.

When Will Team Gear be Available for Purchase Again?

Still available for purchase online:  Custom Swim Caps and Suits, Parkas and Sweats.  

You CAN place your order for custom caps ONLINE.  Online cap orders must be placed by March 23rd.  What is a custom cap, you ask?  The best way to identify your child at a swim meet when s/he is all wet and dressed in the same bathing suit as 250+ of his and her closest team mates.  Caps will be available for pick up at Pizza/Cheer Night, April 27th.

Orders for team suits, parkas, hoodies and Tidalwaves sweat pants will all be available directly through T& B Sports (1345 4th Street, San Rafael.  Phone:  415-453-2433). 

The final window for ordering with T&B will be Now - 3/16.  Click here to place your order during that time frame.  Any items ordered during this time frame will be available for pick up at Pizza/Cheer night, April 27th.  Any items not picked up at Pizza/Cheer will be available at Time Trials, April 28th.  Can't make it those 2 days?  Ask a friend to pick up for you.

Our version of 'brick and mortar' sales (inventory laid out on a plastic table), will resume at Pizza/Cheer night, Time Trials and the first 2 home meets of the season.  Also, available at COM on April 5th during our practice time frame (2:30 - 3:30).  Inventory will include pajama bottoms, t-shirts, hoodies, hats, etc. 

Questions about Team Gear?  E-mail our gear leads, Belinda Yan and Laurie Aaronson at 

How Can I make Carpool Arrangements?

Nothing says swim parent sanity like a well run carpool!  Now that the practice groups are posted, you will be able to find e-mail addresses by using the Member Search page found under the website tab: Contact>  Members.  Please note that you will need to be logged into your Team Unify (TU) Account to see this information.

How Many Practices Should My Child Attend Each Week?

This is a decision that is up to you and your child.  However, Coach Marie recommends 3-4 practices a week for most kids to see improvement throughout the season, for our 5-6 year olds, 2-3 days is probably a better recommendation.  Here's an interesting tidbit:  we actually have data that shows kids that attend the recommended number of practices a week indicate a greater satisfaction with their own performance as well as the program than those that come less frequently.  Watch for details about our Attendance Incentive Awards, coming soon!

Adjusted Practice Schedule at REDWOOD this Friday, March 16th

Hang in there, yep, this happens every year.  When Redwood High School hosts a swim meet our practice schedule generally has to change to accomodate.  Here are the dates that Redwood will host swim meets if you want to be better prepared:

Date Day of Week
March 16th Friday
March 21st Wednesday
March 29th Thursday
April 27th Friday

On these meet days we will always try to get our kids in the water as early as possible, but depending on the size of the two teams, we have to do some guessing.  Please be flexible on these days and stay with your swimmers until they are checked in at the gate.  For this Friday, March 16th, the adjusted practice schedule (at Redwood, only) is as follows:

Practice Groups From To

8 & Under (Blue and Gold)

6:00 6:30

9-10 (Blue and Gold)

6:30 7:15

11 & Up (All)

7:15 8:10


What's the (Practice) Plan?

Now that the season is underway, take a look at  Coach Marie's Season Practice Plan outline to get a sense for how your child will be training and what your child will be learning this season. We also hope you will find the time to read some of the great   Swim Parent News articles we have on the website.  A great way to learn how to best support your child, our coaches, and our team this season!