Program Break, Practice Changes Through The Start Of School & Sat's Rec Meet

Hi All,

It’s getting close to the final swims of the season. Currently, we have ten (10) swimmers racing at the Florida Age Group Championships held in Orlando. We have seen some fast swims, including a couple fastest in the country to date swims from Ethan! Keep it up Guys! We will do a more thorough recap when the meet is complete. Let’s all send some positive vibes out to our teammates in Orlando. Keep swimming FAST!

Schedule For Tomorrow

We will offer practice from 8:00 - 10:00am for all Age Group 4, all Senior groups and Masters.

Rec Meet

We will hold our final Recreational Meet of the season tomrrow as well. Below is the schedule:

Warm Ups & Registration - 10:00am

Meet Start - 10:45 to 11:00

Let's have fun cheering on our swimmers. These meets are a blast. All swimmers through Age Group 3 are encouraged to attend.

Volunteer Opportunity

Swimmers not in the meet are encouraged to volunteer to help run the Rec Meet. It's fun watching your younger teammates. The meet should last under two hours. Come on down and get some hours in while you help out the team. If you are interested, let me know during workouts or see coach Kelly at 10:00am tomorrow. Thanks in advance for your help. Know that your younger teammates do look up to you and love to see you at the end of their swims.

Championship Schedule & Practice Schedule Changes

There Will Be No Practices Offered On The Evening of July 25th Through August 2nd

We will keep the summer schedule through the morning of July 25th. After that practice, we will be heading up to North Carolina for the AAU Junior Olympic Championships (JOs). We will close the program down while we are away competing in that meet. Non Futures and JO swimmers will use this as their break. This is for all training groups, including Masters. Futures swimmers, we will make accommodations for you to be sure you are ready for your season ending meet as well.

We Will Hold Afternoon Practices Only From August 5th Through August 9th. There will be no Saturday offerings on August 10th.

We will offer a modified practice schedule for the following week. Masters are encouraged to come from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, this week. This is a good week for a break for those who attended JOs and Futures.

Seniors, Age Group 4* - 4:30 - 6:00pm

Age Group 1e - 4:30 - 5:15

Age Group 1m - 5:15 - 6:00

Age Group 2 - 4* 6:00 - 7:00pm

*Age Group 4 swimmers can choose which option works best with their school schedule

The Fall Practice Schedule, Including Mornings, Will Begin The Week Of August 12th.

We will post that schedule soon. It seems that Hillsborough County will not be changing the bell schedule so I do not anticipate much change form last year. We are just doing some last minute checks before we post it for your review.

Sharpen The Saw

If you have ever read the famous book by Stephen Covey, “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, you know that the last habit is, “Sharpen The Saw”. In short, effective people take time to refresh and rejuvenate themselves. It’s an important part of the development process. I know, I have been a bad example of taking time for one’s self. Now that we have additional seasoned staff on board, we can shuffle things around so we can allow the staff to “sharpen their saws” as well. This approach will ensure that we have long term stability and a healthy,  well adjusted staff.

Try to pick a week for your child to get away from the pool deck. Let them do activities other than swimming. In short, let them be “regular” kids. It will help them get ready for the rigours of the upcoming school year and swim season.


Taper Time

Outside of our Futures swimmers, all of our swimmers are officially on Taper. While many swimmers think this means 7 - 10 days of easy swimming, nothing could be further from the truth. This is the time when we maximize all of the gains we have made all season long. In order to do this properly, we need to be incredibly focused during the workouts, hold paces and rest when we are not in the water.

We have scaled down the hours of training to be inline with this method. The trick is getting into what I call the, “Taper Bubble”.  When I was a kid, there was an awful made for TV movie starring John Travolta called, “The Boy In The Plastic Bubble”. I think they did a comedy based on that in the 19902 as well. Long story short, if the boy got out into the real world, his body would shut down because he did not have an operational immune system. 

I want our swimmers to get into their bubble this week. Wash your hands constantly, don’t share bottles and now is not the best time to start line dancing. Below is a clip I like to send out this time of year to remind everyone to stay in their personal Taper Bubble.