Practice Groups Are Available on the Website

Thank you everyone for your patience while we got this information posted!  Click here to see the practice group assignments.  Remember, you will need to be logged into your Team Unify Account to see the information.  See below for answers to commonly asked practice group assignment questions.

When does practice start?

Regular practice starts Monday, 3/12/2018 for all Redwood swimmers!  COM swimmers and Tadpoles started practice 2 weeks ago.

What is the Practice Schedule?

The practice schedule is on the website, and will stay there.  Click here to see the practice schedule.  Please note that our practice schedule will shift as of Mid May when the Redwood High School team's season ends.  We should have the "Mid May - Mid July" Schedule posted by the end of this month.

Additionally, there will be a different practice schedule over Redwood's Spring Break (April 9th - April 13th).  This schedule will be posted as well when it is ready...shooting for a week from tomorrow.

Why Aren't the High School Swimmers Listed on the Practice Group Page?

Pure laziness on my part, really.  Since they don't start practice until mid May and because they are all 11 & Up, I left them off.

When Do the Saturday 'Focused Instruction' Practices Begin?

As of 3/17/18-This coming Saturday!  These Saturday practices (at Redwood) will go until our meet season begins on April 28th.  These are all free!  These sessions are available to all swimmers and usually focus on starts and turns--all optional of course.  The Saturday schedule is also posted (further down the Spring Practice Schedule page). We look forward to seeing LOTS of swimmers take advantage of these opportunities.

The "Early 11+ Group" Practice Time Shifted Later...Why?

Just trying to maximize pool space.  We had more pool space available at 7:00 then we did at 5:30, so we moved this group later to start with the other 11 & Ups. We are keeping the name relatively the same, "Early (out) 11+", because they get out 10 minutes sooner.  Clever, huh?

What if I Can't Find My Child's Name on the Practice Group Page?

Probably an error on my part...send me an e-mail and I'll track it down for you. The names are sorted by last name, and there are a lot of names! 

What if My Child's Birthday is after May 5th?

Cut off dates are always a bit tricky...there are always some people just before and some just after.  To maintain the integrity of our Age Group Practice Group model, we use a child's birthday as the date on which he or she should switch to an older age group practice.  Marie is always aware of upcoming birthdays and will send you a note about which group she would like your child to attend once the birthday occurs. 

What if My 8 & Under Blue Swimmer is Listed at Redwood, but We Prefer COM?

This is an easy change that I am happy to make.  We can easily accomodate 10 more swimmers at COM and it would be great to lighten the load at Redwood.  COM is great for our beginner swimmers that can benefit from more individualized attention (and an earlier in the day practice time)!  Much better for the younger ones, but only if you can make the time.  Just shoot me an e-mail and I will make the change.  

What if I Would Like My Child in a Different Practice Group?

A lot of thought goes into practice group make-up.  Marie and the coaches are looking for the best possible experience for all of the kids on the team, individually and as a group...our coaches hope you can support your child in explaining that practice group assignments are the coaches' decisions.  They can and do change over time and if you have a specific concern please communicate with coach Marie.

Please remember to come a couple minutes early to make sure your child gets checked-in at the gate before practice and is ready to go at practice time!  Ready means:  hair ties tied, caps on, goggles and fins ready to go.

Who Will Be Checking the Swimmers In?

At COM, Coach Marie or one of the assistant coaches will check swimmers in.  At Redwood, starting Monday, we have one of our High School swimmers learning the trade and taking over.  The good news for the kids is that Kaitlyn Yang is much younger and has a much better memory, so she should know all the kids in a much shorter time!  Remind swimmers to check in.  Starting soon, we will be rolling out our Attendance Incentive Award program!

Can We Go Onto the Deck to Help Our Swimmers Shower or Get Their Towel at Practice End?

In as polite a way as I can communicate, the answer to this is a clear NO.  Thank you for understanding that this is a Tidalwaves Board Policy that exists to ensure the safety and best practice experience for ALL swimmers and our coaches.  No parents on the deck period during practice.  If your swimmer has trouble finding his or her towel in the cubby after practice, consider keeping the towel outside of the gate and having your child come to you.  The showers may be utilized by the kids, but only if they can use them on their own.  Most swimmers shower at home. 

When Will the Swimmers Use Fins?

Fins are being used at every practice.  Please have your child mark his or hers in a way that makes them identifiable to the child, and remind your child to BRING them to and FROM practice.

Lost and Found?

There is a lot to gather up at the end of practice, and for many of our swimmers these first two weeks of Splash presented logistical challenges.  We get it.  No worries.  Going forward, please discuss with your child that the coaches are not responsible for things they leave behind.  Found items will be left in the cubbies.  Parents can look through the cubbies before practice starts (before 5:20).  After that time swimmers can look.

More info Monday in the next edition of the Weekly News.  See you at the pool!