Practice Schedule for 2021 (June 7 - August 12)
Practices are Monday through Thursday and will be about 30 mins to 45 mins depending upon age/ability. Practices are fun and THE #1 way for your swimmers to make the most improvements! Progress is best achieved by attending three or more practices a week, however, swimmers are expected to attend at least 2 days per week. Keeping the safety of swimmers, coaches, and families into account, a maximum of 6 swimmers will be allowed per lane. For young swimmers (5-8 years old), there will be coaches in the water. Remember, practice is more than just about swimming laps! There may be some adjusting of levels and times once the coaches determine experience levels when the season starts.
- Level 5: 13-18 years old - 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
- Level 1 : 5-6 years old - 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
- Level 2: 7-8 years old - 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
- Level 3:
- 9-10 years old (Group 1) - 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
- 9-10 years old (Group 2) - 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
- Level 4: 11-12 years old - 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Key things to remember about practices:
- Swimmers will only practice at their scheduled time.
- When missing practices, you DO NOT need to notify the Head Coach.
- Per HOA rules, all non-resident swimmers MUST BE SUPERVISED during practice.
- Swimmers age under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult (18 and over).
- For everyone’s safety, please be sure to fully close gate latches when entering and exiting the pool.
- Be on time for practice and meets.
- Swimmers need to be on their best behavior. If there is a problem, they will receive a warning, a time out and, if necessary, be asked to leave. The Park Paseo Code of Conduct will be enforced.
- Stay off the lane lines – they are plastic and are costly to replace.
- Do not enter the pool through the clubhouse. If you are a non-resident be sure to have your sponsor, friend, coach meet you by the gate to let you onto the pool deck.
For the first weeks of practice, children practice with their appropriate age group. For the past few seasons we have had a practice schedule as listed above. These times are not guaranteed every year and are subject to the HOA allowing us to use the pool at these times.
During practices the coaches will be evaluating each swimmer’s ability and placing them in an “ability level” practice group. This format will closely resemble the “age level” practice groups but will allow swimmers who need a little extra attention to get the level of coaching they need while allowing more advanced swimmers to practice with a group that will challenge their abilities and give them more opportunity for improvement. This format will also better allow us to effectively utilize the swim lanes that will be available to us by breaking up some of those age groups that have a disproportionate number of swimmers.
Below is a description of the ability levels. The ultimate decision of a child’s practice group will be made by the Head Coach. However, most parents will be able to predict which group your child will be placed in based on the descriptions below. This is for planning purposes only. There is a chance that a child could initially be placed in one group and be moved to a higher level as their skills progress during the season.
Skill based levels:
Level I - Novice 5-8 year old swimmers. More likely 5-6 year olds than 7-8. New to swimming and need help with all basics of swimming. At least 1 coach in each lane of practice. Mostly in the shallow end until swimmers feel comfortable to go all the way across.
Level II - Advanced 5-6 year olds with 7-8 year old novice swimmers. Still need help with all basics of swimming, but more technique and fundamental driven with drills. At least 1 coach in each lane of practice. Swimmers will be swimming full laps.
Level III - Novice 9 & up year old swimmers that need help with the basics of swimming, technique/fundamental work, and help with the introduction of new factors such as flip turns. Only 1 or 2 coaches will be in the water, mostly for demonstration purposes.
Level IV- Advanced 9 & up year old swimmers that need a focus on technique/fundamental work along with some conditioning. These swimmers are not as fast as level 5 swimmers or are not in club programs that work with conditioning. No coaches in the water unless for demonstration purposes.
Level V - Experienced club swimmers/polo players with advanced aquatics abilities. Athletes that need fine tuning with their technique and fundamentals. Not as much conditioning needed. No coaches in the water unless practicing/training or to demonstrate.