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PRACTICE AND ATTENDANCE POLICIES

The following guidelines are to inform parents and swimmers of the club policies regarding practice.  These policies have been developed over many years with a number of top tier clubs and are designed to provide the best possible practice environment for all.

  • Each training group has specific attendance requirements appropriate for the objectives of that group. As a general rule, the least possible interruption in the training schedule will produce the greatest amount of success. The club does, however, encourage younger swimmers to participate in other activities in addition to swimming. The expectation level of the coaches to attend practices increases as swimmers move to higher groups.
  • For the swimmers protection, they should arrive on the school grounds no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their workout time.  They should also be picked up no later than 15 minutes after their practice is over. Swimmers should be ready to swim five minutes prior to the start of their practice.
  • In case a youngster is late for practice, it is our hope that the parents will send a note with the child explaining the reason for tardiness.
  • Plan to stay the entire practice. The last part of practice is very often the most important. Usually, there are also announcements made at the end of each practice. In the event that your child needs to be dismissed early from practice, a note from the parent for each dismissal is required.
  • Occasionally, most of a practice group may be attending a meet, in which case you will be notified of a practice change or cancellation.
  • Swimmers are to enter the buildings at the designated pool entrances and go directly to the pool area. A swimmer found in any other part of the building could damage our relationship with the school district.
  • While on school grounds, the swimmers are the responsibility of the coaching staff. 
  • During practice sessions, swimmers are never to leave the pool area without coach's permission.
  • If any swimmer needs to complete homework before practice or leave practice early to do homework, he/she must do their homework on the pool deck so the coaches will know where he/she is located.
  • The club has an obligation to act as guests while in the middle schools (both swimmers and parents). Every member of the club needs to do everything possible to respect this privilege. Any damages to school property may result in financial liability of the swimmers parents. Any damage may also result in the swimmer being asked to leave the team permanently.
  • Parents are not allowed on the pool deck during practice unless it is an emergency.
  • Parents are allowed to observe practice from the observation area. The school district has asked all parents to reach the observation area through adjacent hallway. Do not try to communicate with any swimmer from the observation area.  This is not only distracting to the swimmer, but can also be distracting to the entire team as well as the coach.